Design and Technology Statement of Intent
Why is Design and Technology important for all students in the Olympus Academy Trust? Why does it matter?
Design and technology is a varied, creative and practical subject. It allows learners to use and develop lifelong skills in a range of different contexts, through a variety of media. Learners are required to think critically and encouraged to ‘think outside the box,’ in order to find solutions to real life problems. It is cross curricular, drawing on, and developing the skills required to be successful in maths, science, computing and art.
Design and technology teaches our learners:
- the life skills of planning, design, construction, problem solving and evaluation.
- to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users.
- how to assess risk, take suitable precautions and make adaptations to ensure the safety and welfare of all.
- how everyday items are designed and produced and why decisions are made about construction techniques and materials.
How does studying Deign and Technology help young people to achieve?
Design and technology teaches children how to research, plan, create, problem solve, adapt, evaluate and think critically. Learners develop essential practical skills that can be used creatively across all subjects throughout the curriculum, and into later life. Design and technology allows learners the opportunity to work independently, and develops the skills of collaboration and team work, transferable across all curriculum areas.
The Key Learning Intentions for Design and Technology