Design and technology is a practical subject area where pupils are involved in a range of design and make activities. It can be summarised in the following way: pupils design what they make, and make what they design. Furthermore, 'design and technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity'. (James Dyson)
We aim to develop a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to allow pupils to successfully design, make and evaluate their own, and other peoples', products. At the heart of the subject is working with materials to create solutions to design problems.
The main areas are:
The subject is taught through a series of design and make projects. Pupils are set a design problem and, working in a folder, have to draw design solutions, describe and explain their ideas and plan practical work. Using tools and materials they make their chosen design. Finally, a written evaluation is completed to explain how successful their work has been and how it could be improved. We are very fortunate to have two modern and extremely well equipped rooms, in which pupils can experience the many exciting opportunities offered by the subject.
'I enjoyed the project on our ball bearing game. It was exciting to have to think up our own ideas and then put it into action by ourselves. I enjoyed putting together and making the insides the best. I enjoyed it the best because my idea was completely different to everyone else, and I wasn't sure if it was going to work or not, but it did in the end.' (Year 6 pupil)