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Design & Technology

What does Design & Technology look like at Dale Hall?
DT is important to us at Dale Hall because it helps to prepare children for the developing world. It is an inspiring and practical subject which uses both creativity and imagination. DT at Dale Hall encourages children to become problem solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. The children combine practical skills with an understanding of social and environmental issues. Through the DT curriculum, children are inspired by engineers, designers, chefs, and architects to enable them to create a range of structures, mechanisms, textiles, electrical systems and food products with a real-life purpose. At our school pupils will have the opportunity to develop DT specific skills as well as combining these skills with a broad range of subject knowledge, drawing on disciplines such as Art, Science, Maths, ICT and Engineering. We truly believe that DT helps all children to become informed consumers and potential innovators.
 

Our Design and Technology curriculum promotes equality of opportunity and provides an awareness of areas that have gender issues. We understand that children are exposed to stereotypes from an early age and that one role of our school is to counter those experiences. We know that stereotyping leads to unconscious bias and as a school we have a duty to challenge those preconceived biases. All children will have access to equipment that has been traditionally female and male dominated to ensure equality for all- for example tools for woodwork, sewing and weaving materials, cooking experiences, and opportunities for large-scale and small-scale construction.

Through our continuous provision approach in EYFS and KS1, children are given ample opportunities in their learning environment to practise and embed their D.T skills. Our classroom environments are carefully designed to enable pupils to be independent and creative designers and engineers. Children have independent access to tools, materials, and resources and are encouraged to design, create and construct products based on their own interests. Children take ownership over their learning and are encouraged to self-reflect and evaluate their products. Our classrooms offer pupils a safe place to make mistakes and trial new ideas. Below are some examples of the provision we offer.

Here are some examples of our learning in action
Ideas to try at home
Fast, cheap fashion has been on the rise since the early 2000s. It has not only changed the way we dress but also the way we think about clothes and what we do with them. Today, we buy more clothes than ever before, only to wear them a few times – or even not wear them at all! While fast fashion has made new, trendy clothes more affordable, it has damaging effects on the environment. 
 
Here are 3 ways you can help the environment whilst getting creative!
 
1. Why not upcycle and reuse a piece of clothing you no longer wear? Follow the link above to create your own fashion range!
2. Buy clothes from a charity shop, you could even customize them using fabric pens, sequins and much more! 
3. Donate your clothes you don't wear and recycle! Did you know clothes take up to 200 years to decompose!
Useful home learning links for cooking and nutrition 
Miss E Grover

D.T subject leader