Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children access Design and Technology through the specific learning areas of Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials) and Understanding the World (Technology).
In Technology, our nursery children develop a range of investigative and manipulative skills by showing an interest in technological toys (with knobs or pulleys) and learning how to operate simple equipment. They demonstrate skill in making toys work through manipulation to achieve an effect (such as sound).
Through Expressive Arts and Design, Nursery children begin to construct using various construction materials. They can join construction pieces together and realise that tools can be used for a purpose.
Reception children continue their development in the areas of Technology and Expressive Arts and Design.
Building on the Technology skills acquired in Nursery, children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
Through Expressive Arts and Design, children are encouraged to think imaginatively and use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about their uses and purposes. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques to experiment with design, texture, form and function.