In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.
At Carterton Community College, all pupils take a DT or Engineering GCSE. In doing so we hope to foster the following ethos:
- To offer learners opportunities to develop and express their ideas, ambitions and creativity through a range of skills in a wide variety of contexts.
- To enable learners to communicate through drawn, written and manufactured mediums.
- To build confidence in learners to tackle new technologies.
- To encourage an understanding and appreciation of fine art, design and craft which will enrich learners’ lives now and in the future