Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
At Villiers Design and Technology is taught through a Creative Curriculum, alongside History, Geography and Art and Design, where possible. We believe this enriches and enhances all the lessons taught, inspiring and encouraging children to make connections. Design and Technology runs throughout all these areas, so children can see how Design and Technology runs throughout and impacts on their everyday lives and especially the world of work. To enhance the learning they undertake in lessons, children are encouraged to complete their own Design and Technology projects at home and compete in school, and national competitions (linked to the Environment and wider world issues). We want the children to see Design and Technology as something that touches and enriches every area of their lives.