Design and Technology

The principal aim of Design and Technology at Birkdale Prep School is to equip pupils with the ability to become independent thinkers, who are adaptable and enquiring in our ever changing modern technological world. They will develop their skills to work both independently and in group activities.

Everyone is given the opportunity to experience designing, making and modifying, using a wide range of materials, tools and processes including card, textiles construction materials, modern materials and ICT.

Pre-Prep (KS1)

In Pre-Prep DT is delivered for 1 hour a week for one term each year. Pupils are introduced to the dynamic working environment of the D & T workshop space from the very start of their education.

Early experiences of Design and Technology at Birkdale Prep School, include exploring materials through play, asking questions about how things work, investigating and using a variety of materials, developing making skills and a basic introduction to research and design.

Prep (KS2)

Pupils explore a variety of materials and processes including card, textiles and construction materials. They use a wide variety of tools and equipment. They are given the opportunity to explore the design process from start to finish. They are guided through the different stages of the process from research, the generation and development of ideas and practical activities in which children realise quality functional products, fit for their intended purpose.

A wide variety of projects are taken on. These are designed to build and develop increasing skills allowing them to work towards greater independence and the ability to think critically, solve problems, modify and evaluate their work. They develop their use of tools and equipment and learn to manipulate a variety of different materials.

Topics covered include: electronics, mechanisms and levers, graphics and packaging, structures, pneumatics and 3D modelling.


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