“Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.” – Stephen Gardiner
We believe Design and Technology offers the opportunity to inspire the designers and manufacturers of the future. Design and Technology encourages creativity and imaginative thinking whilst developing perseverance and giving pupils the opportunity to feel wonder at their achievements. We ask children to become problem solvers in their own world and in the world of others. The process of design, make and evaluate asks children to consider their own and others’ needs and values. Design and technology will prepare children to deal with their rapidly changing world. It encourages autonomy and individuals who can work as part of a team. Through Design and Technology children combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues. Our approach to Design and Technology will prepare them for a constantly changing society, increasingly dependent on technology.
What our pupils say:
“I like design and technology because you get to design lots of different things, like a clay pot and a paper bag puppet. It was fun when we made Marshmallow Krispie cakes, toast and Instant Whip too!”
“Design and Technology is great because you can design things on a blueprint and then you can make them and improve them.”
“I do a lot of cooking at home and so I found it fun to do in school. It was different from writing. I tasted all the things we made– salsa, guacamole and tortillas. It was all delicious—well maybe I wasn’t a big fan of the guacamole!”
“I really liked making all of the different foods that I wouldn’t have known about if I had not gone to cooking club. One of my favourites was probably Rocky Road with honeycomb—I had finished them all by the next day! I also really liked making guacamole when we did the Aztec cooking because I love avocadoes. Making the wraps and flipping them was fun too. It was quite hard to make the Aztec salsa because you could easily get it wrong if you added too much of one ingredient.”
DT Exemplar – Designers of the future – December 2020 Robot Wars Comes to Minch! – 2019