Design and Technology at Elms is an engaging and immersive experience. Students will make a range of products using a varied selection of tools and materials. The workshop is well equipped with traditional hand tools, a selection of small machinery and benefits from modern CAD/CAM methods with our laser cutter.
The ethos of the department is centred around the theme of enabling students to produce something they are proud of. We feel that the final product is a physical manifestation of the student’s efforts, and one which they can see and feel the results of their hard work. This ethos is aligned with the Thrive practice embedded throughout the school and serves to influence the broader nurturing of the student.
Design and Technology is taught throughout the school, with primary lessons taught both in the workshop and in the form class, dependent on the project. Primary projects are wide ranging in their topics, sometimes linking with the class topic, such as the Vikings, or short stand-alone projects. The primary projects build on the skills throughout the years, starting with very limited exposure to tools, and building to year 6 students using a range of hand tools and limited machinery.
In Secondary, DT is taught across KS3 and as an option at KS4. The projects are focused on building the students resilience with design and improving their accuracy skills through marking out and greater use of tools and machinery. The products are linked to customer needs and an emphasise is made about how the work relates to a real life scenario and vocational skill.