Design & Technology
Design & Technology, in the modern curriculum, is at the forefront of developing the creative problem-solving skills required to participate successfully in today’s rapidly-changing technological society. The subject provides an arena in which the arts and sciences meet, creating an opportunity for pupils to apply their innovative talents and technological knowledge to solving real human problems. The values of traditional skills are developed in parallel with advancements in the subject, including modern and smart materials, virtual and rapid prototyping and computer-aided design and manufacture. Through reflection upon the social and environmental consequences of their own and others’ design decisions, pupils expand their awareness and responsibility towards the wider world.
Design & Technology offers a diversity of teaching and learning opportunities, thus allowing all pupils to achieve. As a Foundation subject, all pupils study Design and Technology as part of the National Curriculum, this includes Years 7-9.
In Design & Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through Design and Technology, pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.
Design & Technology – National Curriculum, QCA 2007.