Design and Technology

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” Albert Einstein

Design and Technology contributes to the school curriculum by preparing all young people to participate in a rapidly changing technological world. It enables them to understand how to think creatively to improve the world, combining their knowledge with understanding of aesthetics and function. It helps pupils to become discriminating and informed users of products, and to contribute to their home life and the community. Students learn to become autonomous and creative problem solvers both as individuals and in working with others. Pupils learn to recognise needs, wants and opportunities and respond to these by producing a range of ideas and products which they can critically reflect on and evaluate from a variety of perspectives, including use, production, marketing, environmental, cultural and aesthetic.

Course content

The Design and Technology curriculum is designed to allow pupils to develop their D&T technological capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding to design and make products such as beanie hats, acrylic pens, chicken balti and phone stands. Students study Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials.

Skills developed

• Develop designing and making capability
• Develop problem solving skills
• Develop enterprise skills
• Work with a range of materials
• Encourage creativity and originality
• Engage in both team and individual work
• Improve pupils understanding of the significance of Technology to the economy and the quality of life