Design and Technology
Before pupils leave Stanford, they will have the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils will have the opportunity to design and make prototypes and products for a wide and varied range of uses. They will be able to critically evaluate their ideas and products as well as test them on others. Pupils will have an understanding of the principles of nutrition and how to cook safely.
The Stanford DT curriculum develops young designers and engineers to have the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to flourish in all areas of design technology. The Stanford pupils have a wide and creative DT curriculum that has 6 vital components: food and nutrition; textiles; structures; mechanisms; electrical systems; and IT and control. The pupils will have a clear understanding of the process and are encouraged to follow these strands throughout:
Research - Gathering information about the needs and wants of particular individuals and groups.
Design - Understanding their intended users and their own product. Communicating ideas and
creating prototypes for product.
Make - Selecting the tools and applying the practical skills and techniques.
Evaluate - Referring to planning and initial ideas in evaluating their product.
Food and Nutrition
Pupils have access to a wide variety of resources within school, giving them the opportunity to participate in food technology with the use of the new fully functional kitchen. The children have already had success with making pizzas, spicy chickpea salad, and eggless cake from World War 2! Pupils will develop a clear understanding of the different food groups and what makes a healthy, balanced diet. They will also have the opportunity to cut, peel and prepare food hygienically and use different heat sources to cook their food (KS2 only).
Within textiles, pupils at Stanford will be able to use a range of different stitches and create patterns, before adding decoration to their textile product.
Structures and Mechanisms
The Stanford DT curriculum allows pupils to use a wide range of materials to build structures. Children will be able to accurately measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials. In addition to this, they will be able to hold and use a variety of tools safely and appropriately. Pupils at Stanford will explore and construct many different mechanisms throughout their time at Stanford; this includes constructing sliders and levers, to create moving parts. Pupils will also have the opportunity to research the work of key architects and engineers, and even meet some for careers’ advice!