Design and Technology is an important strand within the wider curriculum. It gives pupils a first hand, practical understanding of the made world, introducing them to the basic properties of wood, plastic and metal. Through a variety of projects, they learn how to cut, shape, fix and finish a range of materials and are gradually introduced to the design process.
Unlike Art, which is very much about the representation of our emotional response to a stimulus, the design process focuses on the end user and gradually equips pupils to think strategically and to plan effectively to reach a design outcome.
As well as being introduced to the more traditional methods of making, using traditional tools in a well-equipped workshop, pupils are also introduced to Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture through the use of digital printers and engraving machines.
Looking to the future, food is also being introduced into the curriculum in Years 5, 6 and 7 in September 2016. It is vital that pupils develop a more sophisticated understanding of the nature of food, where it comes from, what it consists of and the impact it can have on their health and fitness. A fully equipped food workshop will be opened later this year.
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