Design and Technology
Inspiring our young engineers
Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technological world by encouraging them to think creatively and become innovative problem solvers. DT helps develop children’s skills and knowledge of designing and making functional and innovative products. It is our mission to give pupils the opportunity to develop and showcase their creativity and problem solving skills as well as build their confidence, curiosity and resilience to become caring citizens of our planet, which will support them as adults in their everyday life and chosen career paths.
At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, DT enriches our broad curriculum. It is taught by teaching all pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 a level of technical understanding within a broad range of designing and making skills. Both traditional and modern techniques are taught in a friendly environment where enjoyment, safety and inclusivity are benchmarks of Design and Technology at our Taverham Hall site.
“The teaching of quality design and technology in our schools is a vital requirement for the country’s future in the 21st century” James Dyson
All pupils develop intellectually and creatively as well as become familiar with lateral thinking. They improve their initiative and determination to manage their time and resources towards the manufacture of a high quality final product, all in a friendly and purposeful working environment.
Aesthetics and functionality are taught within the recently refurbished department where a range of CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) is taught with a suite of individual computers and an interactive whiteboard, adjacent to a pleasant well facilitated workshop catering for wood, metal and plastic technologies.
Beyond the classroom
Among the broad range of projects pupils design and build, particularly keen technologists participate in the annual Greenpower Goblin Go-Kart competition. We have enjoyed several successes over the past four years we have joined this venture and continue to raise funds and excitement amongst the pupil body. Another project unique to this school is our hugely rewarding and enjoyable Community Outreach Programme where Year 8 pupils enjoy the special link with pupils from Harford Manor School along with residents of the Black Swan Care Home, for whom they design a wide range of bespoke items each academic year. The Technology Tournament is yet another event that the department enjoys participating in where pupils get to experience designing to solve a problem in the real world.
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Pupils in Year 8 who have demonstrated particular ability in the subject over the course of the preceding two years, may be selected to work towards a Design and Technology scholarship, where extra time outside the normal lessons is offered to enable completion of the design folder and associated project of the pupil’s choice.