In teaching Design and Technology at Ralph Sadleir, our aims are as follows:-
- Pupils will come to acknowledge and appreciate the importance of design in their own lives, in the world around them and consequently in their own products.
- Pupils will learn to communicate their ideas and record their progress in ways appropriate to their age and abilities and to the task in hand.
- Pupils will acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of a range of materials in common use.
- Pupils will become competent and confident in a range of basic making skills.
- Pupils will adopt sound and methodical working practice in the realization of their ideas and develop good organizational skills.
- To encourage persistence and determination in the development and realization of pupils’ ideas.
- Pupils will recognize the importance of quality in their own products and those of others. That pupils will make products that are valued, that they feel proud of, and where applicable, are put to good use.
- To encourage responsible use of resources, paying due regard to cost and avoidance of waste in the design and making of their products.
- Pupils are made aware of potential hazards involved in the making of products and how to avoid them. Pupils behave and work in such a way as to avoid accident or injury to themselves or others.
We hope to achieve these aims by the following means:-
- By the investigation, disassembly and evaluation of familiar products and applications, pupils will focus on the different aspects of good and bad design. Increasing emphasis will be placed on the quality of pupil’s own designs.
- Pupils will be taught and encouraged to present their ideas and the development of their designs as clearly and effectively as possible. In KS 3 simple graphic techniques are taught to aid three dimensional representation.
- Pupils will work with card, wood, board materials, textiles, plastic, metal and electronic components.
- Basic design, making skills and processes appropriate to the task in hand and to the age of the pupils are taught by demonstration and practice. In KS 2 only hand tools and equipment are used by pupils. Use of machinery is introduced in KS 3. Pupils are given support until confident and competent enough to work safely and independently.
- Pupils are expected to set high personal standards in the quality of design, making and finish of their products.
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