Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, practical subject which utilises the creativity and imagination of pupils. It enables pupils to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Alongside regular design and technology sessions, there are a three specific design and technology days during the year, which allow students to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable designers. Children can evaluate past and present design and technology ideas, developing an understanding of their impact on daily life and the wider world.

Aims

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.