‘Technology’ in the Early Years forms part of our work in ‘Understanding The World’. Through topics such as ‘On the Move’, ‘Where I Live’ and ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’, the children learn how things work. They explore toys with a variety of mechanisms – clockwork, push button, battery operated – and find out how they can be made to move. They investigate simple mechanisms such as hinges, springs and axles, and try to incorporate these into models that they make with construction and recycled materials. We also bake and cook on a regular basis, making a variety of food, including cakes, fruit kebabs and stir fry.
At Key Stage 1, we build on these skills by focusing on the ‘design’, ‘make’ and ‘evaluate’ cycle. The children are presented with a series of challenges, including building bridges and making model vehicles, and encouraged to generate a ‘design’, thinking carefully about what they need to achieve. They then ‘make’ their product, and ‘evaluate’ it, considering how well it fulfils it’s purpose. Changes are made as needed, and the children encouraged to share their ideas.
Popular topics for Key Stage 1 D&T include ‘On The Move’, ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ and ‘Summer Holiday’.
Art and Design
In art and design we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We include art across all areas of our curriculum enabling children to begin to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and the wider world.
Children use a range of materials creatively to design and make products Children use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination Children develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space Children learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.