Design and Technology is a general academic subject with an essential, hands-on, element. It is an exciting area with a bank of knowledge, skills and understanding that allows pupils use their creativity to suggest and try out their ideas to solve practical problems.
At St. John’s-on the-Hill pupils are taught D&T from Year 3 in a well-equipped specialist room. At this stage they use ideas from class topics to help generate design ideas. Challenges further up the school include ideas from subject areas and from the children themselves, such as exploring structures and making simple moving toys, on to design solutions to help others.
Pupils learn to apply their knowledge about materials and their properties in choosing what they might want to make. They also begin to understand the design cycle, being prepared to attempt new ideas, the importance of perseverance and to be innovative. The importance of ‘trying it out’ and learning though practical activity is a constant.
Towards the top of the school pupils are encouraged to use more ICT in their work, for research and for CAD (Computer Aided Design), and can also use 3-D printing to explore some of the latest design concepts. Pupils are also prepared for senior School D&T Scholarships, for which we have had a high level of success over recent years.