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Design Technology

Aims and Ethos

At The Study we believe that Design Technology (DT) helps our girls to become problem solvers through practical tasks, using creativity and imagination. It is a subject which enables pupils to make sense of appliances and processes in their environment, primarily through first-hand experience and exploration. It extends their curiosity as to how and why things work by providing opportunities to apply and develop skills of planning, designing and making. Satisfaction is gained from using physical resources to create a product that meets a perceived need. DT allows children to develop their understanding of products, manufacture and use. It contributes to the school curriculum by preparing the girls to cope in a rapidly changing technological world.

Curriculum Overview

The girls’ designing and making skills are nurtured from Reception, where they are encouraged to explore and experiment with different materials. At Wilberforce House DT is taught through various subjects. For example, in Year 1 girls design and make a moving Victorian toy using levers, which is linked to a History topic, while in Year 3 they design and make healthy sandwiches, which is linked to a Science topic.

At Spencer House the progression of skills is developed through DT lessons, with specialist teaching from Year 5. Topics covered range from designing and making a money container in Year 4 to designing and crafting a pair of slippers in Year 6.

Resources

The Study is well resourced for DT, with an abundance of materials and tools for a wide variety of projects. The girls also have the opportunity to use the computers in the ICT Suite to enhance their design and making skills.

Beyond the Classroom

There are a variety of craft clubs throughout the school where girls can use their DT skills. Girls in the Prep Department have the opportunity to enter their 3-D design work into the annual Independent Schools’ Association Art competition.