Mr Weller and Mrs Mercer lead Design Technology at Katherine Semar.
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. 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Specific tasks are designed to encourage children to respond ambitiously showing originality and creativity in response to a stimulus. By drawing upon real life experiences provided by the school to support all children, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues and function. During innovations, children are encouraged to consider possible risks and how to manage them.
Our curriculum is designed with the national curriculum as a starting point but as we have extremely high expectations for our children, we have added additional challenge to help develop crucial life skills. These can be seen in the bold objectives in our INSPIRE curriculum.