Design Technology connects with a variety of other subject areas through the Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum, and allows pupils to make real life links between their work and the work of engineers, architects, and designers, etc. Design Technology compliments subjects such as art and design, science, and ICT. Work often connects with on-going topics in these areas which allow pupils to understand the importance of designing and making in everyday life. It allows them to become aware of how technology is all around us and how technology advances. Pupils are encouraged to investigate, plan, adapt and evaluate their work while working on their own, in pairs and small groups. This develops their co-operation and understanding of how people have differing areas of strength and expertise. Pupils gain an understanding of materials, structures, mechanisms and controls whilst thinking about what the product will be used for and the needs of those who use them. They learn how to safely use a variety of tools under supervision to create quality items.