Design Technology Curriculum Statement
It is our intent for the Design and Technology element of our school curriculum to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own product designs to create solutions to problems whilst also exploring food choices and nutrition.
The purpose of DT education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to explore the world around them by using creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
We believe DT is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that stimulates creativity and the child’s imagination whilst giving the child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Pupils acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others, including products that are vital to everyday living to those that are from other parts of the UK and from around the world.
As part of their work with food technology part of DT, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life as well as giving them the freedom to express themselves through the love of food.
DT is taught as an individual subject as well as being incorporated into other curriculum lessons, as pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.
Glenmead’s DT curriculum helps pupils to begin to make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of Great Barr, Birmingham, the UK and beyond.