THE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT IS A LIVELY AND SUCCESSFUL DEPARTMENT, HOUSED IN A SPECIALIST TEACHING ROOM IN THE CONVERTED STABLE BLOCK.
Our Design Technology curriculum is based around the requirements of the National Curriculum and GCSE Design Technology syllabus. With Technology leading the way in the modern world we aim to meet the challenge of offering a 21st Century course using 21st Century equipment.
It is important that our pupils are provided with practical skills which will help them to meet the challenges of life after School and we encourage the children to think imaginatively when designing and making. They learn how to use tools, materials and equipment correctly and safely.
The Design Technology area is equipped with machines to enable pupils to work with a wide variety of resistant materials, including plastics. The room has its own computers, equipped with a Computer Assisted Design (CAD) milling machine. For textiles work we have a computerised sewing machine as well as more standard sewing machines.
At Foundation Stage, children have the opportunity to investigate construction materials and learn how to join and build with them. By the end of the Reception year, most children will have the knowledge and understanding to select appropriate tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join materials to produce an end product.
In the Junior Department, the children build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects all around them, exploring how familiar things work and will start using ICT as part of their design and making. Whilst the younger children are introduced to Design Technology in their classrooms, from Year 4 onwards, pupils have one DT lesson a week in the DT workshop,
In the Middle Department pupils learn to work on their own and as part of a team and to think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them. They plan their projects and identify what works well, modifying and improving their own and other people's designs. They draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum and use computers to research their projects.
From Year 4, the curriculum covers Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, and Textiles. Exciting projects include making a mini torch using an electronic circuit, designing and making a fleece beanie hat using a computer-aided embroidery machine, an MP3 amplifier and speakers and a bubble-blowing machine!
DT also plays a part in the co-curricular life of the School, and pupils in the Middle and Senior Departments are able to sign up for popular after School clubs as well as having the chance to be a part of designing and creating costumes, props and staging for the annual School drama production, which takes place in the Lent term.
Pupils apply logical and independent thought extremely well. ISI Inspection Report 2013