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Design and Technology

At Chesterfield we are designers! We want children to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be architects, graphic designers, chefs or carpenters.

We encourage the children to use their creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems considering opportunities as well as their own and others’ needs. Our D&T curriculum encourages children to become independent, creative problem solvers and thinkers both as individuals and as part of team.

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. Our Edible Playground is a vibrant outdoor teaching garden that inspires hands-on learning and gets children excited about growing and eating healthy food. It also helps to improve the children’s health and wellbeing whilst providing a fun outdoor learning environment that supports cross-curriculum teaching.

Our curriculum drivers of communication, oracy, reading, aspirations and inclusion for all shape every aspect of D&T, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole.