The Design and Technology curriculum at Blackminster has been planned to promote analysis, evaluation and creativity. It is taught as a separate subject in purpose built, well equiped rooms by specialist teachers and allows students to aquire knowledge and skills relevant to life and employment in a fast changing world. Students are helped to develop their imagination, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences.
Throughout Year 6 students work within the Resistant Materials area of Design and Technology. They are introduced to and guided in the use of workshop tools and machinery, developing small motor skills, identifying and managing hazards to ensure that they are able to work safely, and evolving the confidence to work indepedently.
Graphic skills are also promoted to enable students to record, develop and communicate ideas clearly on paper in addition to supporting technical vocabulary so that they are able to express and describe and technical processes. Confidence to record and communicate ideas also allows students to flourish creatively with individual work, and work positively and constructively in paired and group work, developing the cooperative and social skills needed when working as a team member in problem solving activities.
Students are further guided and encouraged in the development of analytical and evaluation skills both of their own work, the work of others and commercially available products so that they are able to investigate and evaluate products and problems constructively.
In Years 7 and 8 students will continue to extend their work in Resistant Materials. In addition they will undertake work in the Food Technology and Textiles areas of the subject.