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The Oaktree School

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Design and Technology

Design and Technology at The Oaktree School

Within Design and Technology (DT) children gain critical thinking, problem solving and creative skills to help them in their futures.

The National Curriculum for DT aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Through The Oaktree School DT curriculum children work through a cycle of Design - Investigate, Plan, Create and Evaluate. Children will be able to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions through this cycle, they will have the opportunity to become creative problem solvers and will develop a positive growth mindset as they critical evaluate their own projects to identify areas for development. We encourage the use of technology through their computing lessons as they research different products and designs to help influence their own work.

Through the progression from the Early Years curriculum to Year 2 we teach children how to use different tools safely, e.g. transporting scissors safely in our Early Years to using knives safely to cut vegetablesin Year 2. In partnership with our Life Skills curriculum, children investigate the importance of a healthy diet, plan healthy recipes, create these recipes and evaluate their outcome.