Design and technology

Design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject, using creativity and imagination. Children design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, using card, modelling materials, construction kits, resistant materials, textiles and food. The majority of Design and technology will be planned through class topics.

The essential characteristics of confident designers and engineers are:

Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
A passion for the subject and knowledge of up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

Through the experiences of Fly to the Line, KNex challenge and Young Engineers, children have opportunities to apply their learning in a practical context.