Design & Technology

 

Mission Statement

The core aim of teaching and learning of Design and Technology at Roysia Middle School, is to prepare to students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies

In design and technology students 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.

Through Design and Technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design and Technology develops confident individuals who become increasingly independent and are able to take the initiative as they plan and organise activities, and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials, ingredients or components.

The aim of this strategy is to deliver the key concepts of Design and Technology; Designing and making, Cultural understanding, creativity and critical evaluation through the department’s curriculum of:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Products/Computer Aided Design
  • Food Technology
  • Control Technology

During Key stages 2 and 3 students are offered many opportunities in the subject that are integral to their learning and which enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of Design and Technology.

 

Purpose of study

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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

 

Aims

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook