The Importance of Design and Technology
Design and technology involves using creativity and imagination to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems.
It has important links with mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
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.
According to OFSTED, pupils with special educational needs make better progress in D&T than in most other subjects.Designing and making usable products gives pupils a real sense of achievement. They benefit from experiencing their own progress and taking responsibility for their own learning. The practical application of their ideas and personal engagement with the task improves attention span, patience, persistence and commitment.
Design and Technology offers these pupils the chance to experience achievement at a level that may seldom occur elsewhere in their school life. It consolidates skills from other lessons and reinforces learning with positive outcomes.