Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Boys are taught for a double period a week via a designated project each term for each class. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Every project is intended to teach a few specific skills in using tools and manipulating materials and a boy’s experience is thus built up in a well-planned order. The design, which is the first stage of every project, is intended to be a simple working document which communicates both initial ideas and plans and the on-going changes and developments in the boy’s thinking as his project progresses to completion.