Design and technology offers opportunities for children to:
- learn designing and making skills
- build up their capability to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding
- nurture creativity and innovation
- explore values about and attitudes to the made world and how we live and work within it
- develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their contribution to our society.
We are delighted to have a fully trained woodwork teacher who leads sessions with our children. The sessions are held in the Heartwood Woodwork Hut.
Cooking, nutrition, food, meals, health and community
Influenced by the Swedish approach and curriculum, preparing and organising the preparation of meals is planned throughout our children's education at Heartwood.
In addition to the National curriculum, children are taught:
- How to plan and organise the preparation of meals of home-life
- About tools and equipment that can be used for baking and food preparation and how these are used in safe way
- Different methods of baking and cooking
- Recipes, instructions, how they can be interpreted and followed, as well as common words and terms for baking and preparation
- Hygiene and cleaning when handling, preparing and storing food
- Different tools to support planning of varied and balanced meals, and also how meals can be distributed over a day
- Importance of meals for a sense of community
- Different traditions in food, such as celebrations of special occasions
Toast, Talk and Tales
When children arrive in the morning they prepare their own toast from fresh bread delivered from the local bakery Wellbreads. The children take responsibility for spreading, cutting and washing up their plates and knives. This is set up in a serene atmosphere where the children can socialise and talk with their peers and adults, very much a recreation of a family breakfast experience.