Design and Technology

At Blackgates we promote the love of learning. Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

At Blackgates, we follow the National Curriculum, which includes Design and Technology as a compulsory subject at Key Stages 1 and 2. We encourage cross-curricular links and Design Technology helps you to teach Maths and English and indeed other compulsory subjects on the curriculum in an enjoyable way and put these subjects into context making them easier to digest and more understandable to younger primary age pupils.

In Design and Technology, we cover various skills throughout school. Early years and KS1, select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and understand where food comes from. KS2, incorporate all the skills they have learnt throughout their time at school. They focus on using a wider range of materials and components, prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques, understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

During children’s time at Blackgates, they will have the opportunity to celebrate Healthy Eating Week, where children will cook different dishes and have the opportunity to taste and try ingredients from different countries.

This gradual build-up of skills, throughout their time at primary school, will ensure that our children have the foundations needed to secure a good understanding of Design and Technology.