Design Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
Design Technology subjects currently offered at The Moat School are Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials Technology and BTEC Home Cooking Skills which are taught in dedicated specialist teaching rooms.
Why is Design Technology good for dyslexic pupils?
Design Technology lessons provide an excellent context for the application of numeracy and literacy:
Numeracy for calculations
Literacy for reading and listening to instructions and also for research and annotation during project work
The practical nature of Design Technology lessons, whether in the Resistant Materials Technology/Graphics workshop or in the Food Technology room, makes the learning experience for dyslexic students a multi-sensory one. Reinforcement of topics taught is provided with practical hands on experience.
You can find specific information about the curriculum for each Year Group here: