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Design and Technology

Purpose of study
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Pupils use creativity and imagination; they 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 use cross curricular skills from mathematics, science, computing and art. Where possible, design and technology topics link to the Cornerstones Curriculum.
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.
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.

Practical experiences, at the heart of this subject, need to foster positive attitudes towards overcoming problems, working collaboratively and developing a flexibility of approach. The subject serves to reinforce the notion that we do not always work towards pre-ordained solutions.

At St. Peter's, pupils engage in a rich and varied D.T curriculum with experiences embedded in the 4 key principles outlined above. Through Topic Days, year groups cover a range of objectives. Our after school Cookery clubs provide pupils with an additional opportunity to enjoy this subject.