From Brunel and bridges, to Edison and electronics, design technology effectively links a wide variety of subject areas. It teaches practical skills in an exciting way and plays a major role in developing children's lively inquisitive minds, ready for coping with life in the 21st century. The subject is structured to introduce different materials, processes and equipment and offers children the enjoyment of being innovative while learning about safe working procedures.
They learn to problem solve, using their initiative and imagination in a world which requires young people to develop skills more than knowledge. Design technology plays a vital role in this: encouraging children to manage projects, share ideas and acquire skills.
The children use the design cycle as a basis and are encouraged to make judgements that have aesthetic, functional, environmental and economic implications for their own work and that of their peers. Communication skills are improved and the ability to work individually, or as a member of a team, is developed. Design technology teaches pupils to use a variety of materials and learn about their physical properties. They learn to use a variety of tools and equipment safely.
Design Technology at Hazelwood is a meeting ground for many other aspects of the curriculum, particularly supporting maths, science, English and art but links with most subjects exist and it provides a valuable practical introduction to everyday life.
Head of Design and Technology