As a department we believe that Design and Technology is vital to the future success of our students as they both live and work in the modern World that is evolving at an exponential rate. We want to ensure that our students can both interact with and be part of creating the future. Design and Technology is not just about manufacturing aesthetically pleasing products but relates to all aspects of how we live and is linked to our intellectual, emotional and physical needs.
We believe that Design & Technology is the ‘core’ to cross-curricular knowledge and skills as our subject draws on every aspect of the wider curriculum to enable effective problem solving and provides students with the opportunity to put their learning into practice and reality.
It enables students to take action through working creatively and collaboratively, and engages them in high level thinking and decision making. The skills learnt are empowering, diverse and appropriate to their action taking.
Design and Technology is delivered in the context of the designed and manufactured World. The decision making and action taking that students engage in will enable them to produce products, concepts, systems or environmental outcomes. Students take ownership of their World and in doing so seek to improve it through enquiry and exploration. The benefits of this to students enable them to contribute to culture, society and industry.
Design and Technology is an amalgam of academic and vocational, giving a fantastic balance to all students who are involved in it.
Designing and making is a fun, challenging and engrossing subject. Not only do you get to let your mind go out to play, you are able to realise your ideas in physical form. Students are genuinely engaged by the cutting shaping and forming of materials.
Design and Technology is valuable because it enables an understanding to develop students as consumers of Technology and of the affect that we have on environment from the ‘cradle to the grave’ approach of our products. We want to develop an understanding and use of the sustainable approach to enable students to be socially responsible as both designers and consumers.
The Department's Approach To Design & Technology
Our subject is exciting and relevant and gives students the tools to be resourceful and self managing. Listed below are the characteristics of Technology teaching that we encourage at all times with our pupils in all key stages.
We encourage Design Technologists to:
Be innovative and willing to take risks when designing and making.
To get the WOW factor
Feel their opinion is valued but it must be informed.
Ask questions and keep asking questions
Appreciate the nature of research the need to use judgment
Be aware of current issues e.g. sustainability.
Appreciate that there isn’t always a clear answer or one answer.
Understand Design and Technology because it is necessary to appreciate how it affects all aspects of our day to day life.
Develop empathy particularly when working in a practical situation.
The aims are of our Department are to build up and develop the following:
Independent learning that leads to problem solving
Allow the students to build up knowledge and skills of materials and processes
Increase awareness of culture, how technology operates within society.
Put it in context by introducing current designers and makers.
Please contact Mr J Shaw, Head of Design & Technology, should you require more information.