Design and Technology (D&T) is taught as a discreet subject in line with the National Curriculum 2014 objectives and encourages the children to understand the fundamental differences between art and D&T.
Typically the process of creating a work of art starts with the opinion, viewpoint or feeling of the artist and the end product establishes an emotional bond between the artist and their audience. Design, on the other hand, is not necessarily to invent something new, but to improve something that already exists for a specific purpose.
Through D&T at St. Paul's, the children are encouraged to identify, examine and solve practical problems and to improve existing situations. D&T gives children the opportunity to be reflective and honest about their own work and make changes that they believe will improve their product. We encourage the children to be inventive, using a variety of different materials and tools; this includes demonstrating their understanding of how initial designs develop into an end product.
An important part of D&T is for the children to evaluate what they have done and discuss what they could improve or adapt next time. The teaching of D&T at St. Paul’s includes using a whole day during each term for such skills to be taught, meaning that the children will have an enriched learning experience, during which they can create a product and develop their ability to self-reflect and think using an analytical mindset.
Gemma Willcox, Design and Technology Subject Leader