At a time when Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds, Sir James Dyson reflects upon this phenomenon by saying “As a child, at school, making wonky boxes in woodwork classes is not sufficient”. He goes on to say “Design Technology doesn’t separate out design from technology; but instead recognises that art and science, the practical and the theoretical, can all work together to bring about creative products”.
Walhampton aims to provide a practical approach that allows children the freedom to learn and develop hand skills and to encourage creativity and inspire originality using a range of materials and techniques. There is a very strong emphasis on Health and Safety within the workshop and it is always a top priority.
Design Technology Curriculum and Teaching
From year three to four, children are taught how to distinguish between different materials and helped to draw and measure throughout their project work, e.g. a noughts and crosses game, gardening tools, boats etc.
In year five and six, children begin building model structures to scale i.e. houses, vehicles etc and to appreciate types of mechanisms such as the use of cams and linkages.
Children in years seven and eight continue with Design Technology on a carousel basis, and are given the opportunity to design and manufacture a product of their choice. This will involve:
- Planning; (produce sketches or drawings in either Isometric or Oblique Projection, choose materials, types of fasteners etc).
- Manufacture; (using a range of hand tools and machines that include a Vacuum Former, Pillar Drill, Fret Saw and Wood Sander).
- Evaluation; (does it do the job? Can it be improved?).
Workshop lessons not only offer children the opportunity to take pride in their work, but also generate self-reliance, problem solving skills and above all curiosity.
Design Technology Staff
The Head of CDT is Keith Simkiss who is supported by Nicholas Loubser.