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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

 

Rationale

Whenever possible, Design Technology is closely linked to the topics that the pupils are studying in class, providing them with a design brief that is both meaningful and challenging. The children will have the opportunity to use a range of materials, tools and processes whilst working through the various stages (designing, making, evaluating and adapting) of producing a model or object that suits a purpose. Using their creativity and imagination, they will work independently or as part of a team to try and find solutions to problems. Children will be encouraged to keep adapting and improving their ideas, without feeling a sense of failure if their first attempt does not work.

 

Aims

The national curriculum for design and technology 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.  

COMPUTING

 

Rationale

Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. 

Pupils are given opportunities to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective and safe way, knowing how to access suitable websites and Apps and use computers/tablets appropriately. 

Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.

 

Aims

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
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