Design & Technology
Design and technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. As a school we place an emphasis on ‘quality’ products as there is great benefit in students experiencing success and seeing, handling and producing products that are well made. The preparation of young people for citizenship in a technological society is also a central activity within the subject. Core activities in D&T
- investigative, disassembly and evaluative activities related to products and their applications
- focused practical tasks to develop skills and the fields of knowledge
- understanding materials and components
- control and systems, including mechanical, electrical, electronic and pneumatic structures
- achieving quality
- Health and safety.
Knowledge and understanding is taught specifically within D&T, but it also draws on other curriculum areas such as science, mathematics, art and design, business education, information technology, environmental education and economic and industrial understanding. D&T will also contribute to these subjects and some other curriculum areas.
Design and technology provides excellent opportunities for students to apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature in their designing and to existing products and their applications.
It also provides excellent opportunities for teamwork Students use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical and modelling skills, to help their thinking and ability to take action in the process of designing.