Design Technology

At New Monument, we believe that D&T lessons can provide children with opportunities to develop lifelong skills such as building, crafting and cooking. Our use of Cornerstones curriculum maximises the potential of all of our pupils developing intellectually, socially, and creatively. We aim to achieve this by leading lessons that allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment, where their views are valued and they have the opportunity to express themselves freely.  

The children at New Monument continually respond imaginatively and intuitively to stories, poems and the world around them through the links we make with the wider curriculum. They develop representations of many of our key topics in each year group. The crafts people from other cultures and periods in history linked to our topic work are discussed and used as inspiration. We ensure that specific skills are taught and children are given plenty of time for experimentation and for making aesthetic judgements about their own work. 

We have recently integrated our D&T units with IT through programming computing apps and Lego Education. This enables children to design and create working models.

By engaging in cooking, we nurtured the children’s natural curiosity of the world around them by exploring how things work together, how we use different tools and how we can change parts of our designs to fit different purposes. Our cookery units are planned carefully throughout the year to ensure we are teaching children the importance of a healthy lifestyle.