Design Technology

Design Technology is the most recent addition to the thriving Creative Arts department at Riverston School. Design Technology is a subject where children’s capability in designing and making is developed through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding.  As Food Technology and Textiles are taught as separate subjects, the focus of Design Technology will be the exploration of woodwork, carpentry and other design and construction skills. At Riverston School we view Design and Technology as a subject which allows children to apply their knowledge and understanding in a creative way to design and make products. At Key Stage 4 and 5 we offer BTEC Art and Design as one of our learning pathways.

“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” 

(National Curriculum Document 2014)
“Tell me and I forget- show me and I may remember- let me do it, and I learn.”
Learning through making works! (Prue Leith, Leith’s School of Food and Wine
As quoted in National Curriculum Document 2001, page 14)