What is Design and Technology in Primary Schools?
Design and Technology is a subject that encourages children to think creatively and solve practical problems. Through a process of research, planning, making and evaluating, children apply their learning to solving a meaningful real-world task. Practical skills such as creating structures and mechanisms, choosing and using appropriate tools and materials, adding electronic components to models, and safe and healthy cooking techniques, are all linked to class topics or situations the children experience. Design and Technology provides many opportunities for using skills learned in maths and literacy lessons, as children need to be able to communicate their ideas and plans effectively and be accurate when preparing materials and ingredients for their projects.
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