Design and Technology

Design and Technology gives children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products.

Design and Technology at Sandroyd promotes creativity and innovation through design, by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

All year groups study DT, and during weekly lessons, pupils follow the traditional problem solving approach, using the design process to create a viable and successful solution.  Working from an initial design brief to the development of a prototype, pupils investigate, research and develop viable ideas through sketching, drawing and modelling. Using various materials and manufacturing processes, pupils then make, test, modify and evaluate their products.

The projects across all year groups are based on clear targets with the importance of critical thinking and a coherent set of criteria for rewarding positive achievement.  Pupils undertake designing and making assignments which involve focused practical tasks along the way to a finished solution and product.  Pupils produce a supportive portfolio that is assessed as well as the finished product. Pupils are given regular feedback and ideas on how to develop and enhance their design work. There is a great emphasis within the workshop that making mistakes is a vital part of the design process and without making mistakes, improvements cannot be made!

Developments and advances within technology have meant major changes in the classroom and the workshop environment.  Pupils can now expect to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) to manufacture products at Sandroyd.  Programmes such as 2D Design enable pupils to create virtual three-dimensional models and highly accurate engineering drawings of products before they undertake any making.

Pupils can experience CAM using the Silhouette cutter to produce professional finishes for making stickers, greeting cards, banners, logos, fabric applique and lettering. As technology continues to develop in the workplace, so too will the equipment and manufacturing methods used within schools. 3D printers and laser cutters are founds in most senior school workshops now, so it is vital that all pupils leaving Sandroyd in year 8, have a firm understanding of manufacturing methods and using software to its full potential.

Through problem solving and design development, pupils become reflective thinkers and informed consumers. Whilst practising these skills, pupils learn about the characteristics of materials including woods and plastics, and more recently fabric. The introduction of 6 new sewing machines to the department has meant that all pupils can develop their sewing skills and experience another important area of Design Technology.

It is my hope that Design and Technology at Sandroyd will inspire as many young minds as possible and help them become some of the world’s best future designers and engineers.

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