Design and Technology Curriculum Philosophy and Intent Statement
The acquisition of knowledge in Design and Technology helps students become inquisitive and informed about the world around them. Knowledge in Design Technology includes the knowledge of how things work and are made and enables students to contribute actively to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves and their community. The development of skills teaches how to take risks and so become a more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable member of society, who is self-sufficient and independent.
Design and Technology is the real life application of maths and science. Through the applying of skills such as measurement and knowledge about materials and their properties, Design and Technology nurtures the development of practical and technical skills as well as knowledge in design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials.
Design and Technology encourages students’ creativity and encourages then to think about important issues such as the environmental impact of the products we design and use, the moral and ethics behind designing for manufacture, sustainability, enterprise and the need to design inclusively. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others and commercial products.
We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and to do this by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.