At the heart of Technology is problem solving which stretches right across the curriculum. It is a way of learning which encourages children to put their ideas into action and is every bit as important as reading, writing and mathematics. As attitudes form early in life, it is important that understanding in technology is introduced in the Infant School and in ways that are appropriate to the young child’s development and personal experience. The technology we teach is about making things that work and that have a clearly seen relevance to real life situations.
Children quickly learn to follow a pattern of investigation which starts with determining a need and is followed by suggesting a solution, selecting a way forward, making something and finally testing whether the need has been met. Working in this way children have an opportunity to discover the properties and application of a wide variety of materials. They also learn and develop the ability to think logically, work together, communicate ideas and findings and to use with safety and confidence a variety of tools and equipment.
By initiating curiosity in children we encourage them to look at the world around them and ask questions about how things have been made and which materials and mechanisms have been used Through combining their knowledge and experiences children generate their own ideas 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.
Children select from a variety of construction materials, components, and textiles according to their characteristics. They use a range of tools and equipment, safely and under supervision, to perform practical tasks such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. Children explore, use and adapt mechanisms such as levers, sliders wheels and axles in their products.
The progression of skills is integrated with developing technical knowledge to explore how structures can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. Essential to this process is identifying what worked well and what could have been done differently. Children work in small groups, pairs or individually to evaluate their own and others’ work.
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