Design and Technology at Cherry Tree Academy
SUBJECT LEAD: MRS L GURTLER
At Cherry Tree Academy, our Design and Technology curriculum allows children to exercise their creativity through designing and making. The subject develops children’s creativity, sets them challenges grounded in real-life situations that engage and inspire, and equips children with the knowledge and skills to be resilient and solve problems.
All teaching of Design Technology follows the design, make and evaluate cycle, with each step rooted in technical knowledge and vocabulary. We give meaning to the children’s learning by making sure that the design process has a real life, relevant context. Children can choose from a wide range of tools and materials for their work and once they complete their tasks they evaluate their own products against the design criteria, a process that helps them to understand how and why a product or design element has been successful or not and then use this to adapt and improve their product.
At Cherry Tree Academy, we believe that high-quality Design and Technology education make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation. Through the evaluation of past and present technology, children will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. The study of how key events and individuals have helped shape Design and Technology globally will support this.
The Design and Technology curriculum at Cherry Tree Academy ensures that children have the best possible start in life and leave our school with a lifelong love of Design and Technology, ready for the next stage in their education.