Design and Technology at St James’s is aimed at inspiring children to be creative and resourceful in their design and execution of products. Having planned and made their products, we also build in time for them to evaluate the appropriateness of their work and to ensure that they appreciate their usefulness in real life contexts. By studying products, their own and other people’s, the children’s understanding of how the world works is heightened, so inspiring them to think analytically the world in which they live.
Throughout the school, children have the opportunities to discuss their likes and dislikes; look at real life inventors and how they have changed our world; continuously question the aspects of familiar products; learning how things work; producing their own products based on their research, including: items with cam shafts, mechanical moving monsters, cookery, vehicles, puppets, shoes, up-cycling and re-cycling.
The key principles underpinning our Design and Food Technology are: