Designing and making


A safe working environment and safe ways of working should be encouraged at all levels. During designing and making activities children will work with a wide variety of materials and tools. Tools such as craft knives, glue guns or hacksaws must only be used by children who are under the direct supervision of the teacher or a specially designated adult.

The teacher should demonstrate the safe use of tools before allowing their use in designing and making tasks. Tools need to be stored in a secure area and children should only have access to tools when supervised. The cultivation of a safe working environment should be considered by the teacher and the school when planning and organising learning in science and technology.