Design Technology at Chandlings revolves round Food, Textiles and Resistant materials. The subject is taught from Reception to Year 6 and children have the opportunity to use a variety of materials through project based activities. The emphasis is on learning through practical work, through enjoying the designing and making process whilst learning how to use a range of specialist equipment and materials. Children work both in teams and independently.
A creative approach to Textiles is enjoyed by all the children and there are many examples of the weaving, felt making, dyeing and silk paper making on display around the school.
Children in Years 3 - 6 are taught how to use Resistant Materials in DT. They use specialist equipment and materials to design and make a range of products which may include key fobs, jigsaws, clocks, mirrors and an automaton. Year 5 children are introduced to CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Machining) to help them to design their clock faces. The pupils learn the principles of movement using levers, cams and followers to make a moving toy and to develop practical and problem solving skills.