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Design and Technology

Here at Great Coates we believe that Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that helps to promote children’s creativity and imagination. It is also believed that a high-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

At Great Coates DT is taught through a variety of creative and practical activities which often link to the topic being covered at the time. In these lessons children learn how to design and make products using materials such as clay, textiles, wood and construction kits. Being able to talk about their ideas, select appropriate tools and materials, assemble and join components appropriately and safely and evaluate their finished item are all important elements of the technology curriculum that we cover.

DT lessons provide children with the chance 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. Through these hands on, engaging lessons children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and are required to draw on and apply skills from maths, science, engineering, computing and art. The subject also encourages children to become creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. Children also learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.

Cooking and nutrition.

Design and Technology also includes the teaching of cooking. Here at Great Coates we are lucky enough to have a designated teacher who provides cooking lessons to children across the school. Lessons have been designed to promote and develop a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing, as well ensuring children have a progression of skills as they progress through school that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We believe that 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.