The Design and Technology (D&T) department is based in the ground floor of the purpose-built David Holmes Building. It is a spacious multi-media workshop, providing a full range of facilities for the delivery of all aspects of the D&T curriculum.
The department philosophy follows that espoused by Jacob Bronowski, ‘ The hand is the cutting edge of the mind’.
Design and Technology lessons focus on pupils solving real world problems by designing and making, using fabrics, cards and boards, woods, metals, polymers (or ‘plastics’), mechanical and electronic components.
D&T is taught as a six year course from Upper Juniors to Form Five. The majority of work carried out in lesson is practical in nature allowing pupils to gain an understanding of the properties of materials and tools to design intelligently. Although pupils may focus on the quality of their finished outcome, it is the learning which takes place en route which is most important.
Pupils use a wide range of hand tools, machine tools, power tools and computer-controlled machinery to realise their ideas.
Tasks are differentiated (often self-differentiated by pupils) to best suit their strengths and interests. Pupils investigate technological concepts in more detail during extended homework tasks which also help them to develop the learning skills and habits they will require at Key Stage 4.
Design work is often collaborative in nature and pupils are encouraged constantly to apply the principles of Kaizen as they analyse their work and through the Iterative Design Process.