The teaching of Design Technology follows the requirements of the National Curriculum. It is organised to allow children to:
- Develop knowledge of materials and their properties.
- Develop, plan and communicate ideas
- Realise designs by making finished products.
- Evaluate their products
The approach to teaching concentrates on the development of skills needed by the children to prepare them for living and working in a technological world. The teaching in this subject area includes work in Textiles and Cookery. Safety is of paramount importance and the safe and correct use of tools and equipment is taught and continually emphasised from the conception of the idea to the finished product.
Bead Making in Class 4
Children in Class 4 designed their own jewellery from recycled paper. There were lots of stages to the process, beginning with drawing and cutting out the long thin triangles of paper.
Next step was to glue and roll the paper slips around a skewer to form the basis of a bead.
- each bead was left to dry before covering with a PVA varnish
- some beads were painted with water colours before varnishing
- once dry, the beads were arranged to create an attractive pattern and then threaded onto elastic.
‘At first I couldn’t do it but I persevered and had patience and then I got really good!’ said Charlie
Brooklyn said, ‘I made one big bracelet with lots of beads – I gave it to my mum.’
‘My mum asked how I made it. I could tell her , step by step. Making beads is awesome!’ said James.