Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. The emphasis of learning is split into 4 key areas:
1. Investigate; we research a variety of areas, from the ‘Solent’ to Maritime history.
2. Design; being able to produce different design ideas using a variety of communication styles
3. Make; this includes manufacture, and quality and accuracy
4. Evaluate; this includes testing and evaluating students' own and others' products against criteria set out by themselves.
Students interpret and apply Number/Numeracy throughout the designing and manufacturing process. They develop knowledge to enable them to make use of specialist measuring equipment and accurately use standard units of length, time and weight related to real life activities.
The Solent region has a long history of engineering industries through the marine industry, the Royal Navy and more recently the Civil Engineering industry with the development of the M27 corridor and Welborne Garden Village. Our Design and Technology curriculum is designed to equip students with the contemporary specialist skills to begin their journey into such employment areas.