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Prep (Ages 7-13)

Design & Technology


Why Study DT?

From Year 3, pupils will develop a more sophisticated understanding of design and technology (DT). The pupils have the opportunity to work in a specialist workshop with a range of equipment and materials such as wood, plastic, textiles, card and electrical components. The pupils receive instructions on how to use tools safely and confidently, undertaking a broad and exciting curriculum, which introduces them to designing and making in a fun and stimulating way.

The department is often a hive of activity at lunchtime and after school, as many pupils like to spend extra time perfecting their designs. There is also the opportunity to attend a DT club after school to enable those pupils who enjoy this subject to further develop their skills.


Practical Skills

We encourage pupils to develop their creativity and imagination from an early age, and teach them the necessary practical skills and processes to solve design problems. Pupils of this age enjoy the freedom to come up with their own designs, and they are encouraged to develop their ideas and solve problems independently. The children record their design work in a design booklet and are able to take home what they have made.

Examples of 'design and make' tasks include a wooden photo frame, chocolate packaging, moving mechanisms, wooden bookends, textile toys, electrical jitterbug, bird mobile, clocks, textile bags, household organiser, e-textiles monster apron, and a jewellery box.

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