Design and Technology is seen as a hugely important way to practically link and reinforce some of the knowledge gained in other subjects, especially English, Maths and Science. It also is a hugely motivational tool for children, as the ways of working are different to many other subjects. Children can not only evaluate products from the world, but then design, build and evaluate their own inventions! Another benefit is that it gives a different environment for children to excel in, and gives relevance for other learning done in school in a more practical subject, which catches those children who aspire to move towards a career in engineering, construction or catering.
Design and Technology is a crucial part of the Diamond Academy Curriculum. It gives children invaluable problem solving and practical skills including those linked to a healthy diet. Each year-group engage in at least one unit of Design and Technology per term. It is recognised that this is most effective when linked to another subject which is being studied at the time such as History or Science. The unit can be spread over the course of a half term, or taught in a ‘block’ so that the design, build and evaluation are carried out all in the same week.
The items designed and built cover a variety of skills including accurate measuring, cutting with a variety of tools including saws, and various methods of fixing including effective use of strengthening and bracing.
Teachers must also aim to deliver at least one unit of Cooking and Nutrition per academic year. This should include background information on the food groups being studied.
The aim is to equip children with the knowledge and skills to put together a simple but balanced and nutritious meal by the time they leave our academy.
Safety is a crucial part of any Design and Technology unit and covers food hygiene along with the safe use of cutting instruments and other hand tools. Teachers are responsible for carrying out risk assessments for their own pupils with regard to this, and must evidence that they have clearly instructed their class on safety routines specific to their subject before any practical work is started.