Design and Technology

Design and Technology prepares Caldicott boys to participate in today's rapidly changing ideas and technologies. The subject allows them to become autonomous and creative problem solvers who respond to design challenges by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. The combination of practical skills and an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices allows them to evaluate design solutions and technological advances. Through design and technology, they become innovators, as well as discriminating and informed users of products.

It is an important area of study for all young people, not only those that enter specialist courses at university.  An important feature of the subject is that it makes immediate and practical use of knowledge and skills from other subjects, notable science, art and mathematics. 

The subject is also a challenge, it requires initiative, an inquiring mind, determination, the careful management of time and resources, and a sense of responsibility for making decisions and taking action. The opportunity of being able to work with others and to understand the implications of what they do helps them to become informed consumers, understanding the balance of issues involved in compromise and in the search of quality at an affordable cost.

This personal experience will help them to develop their own system of values and to understand those that operate in society.

At Caldicott, the boys are taught Design and Technology right from the 1st Form where they work on a range of designing and making activities. As they move through the school they consider how products are used, plan projects, identify what works well and what could be improved in their own and other people’s design, they draw on knowledge and understanding from other areas of the school curriculum and use ICT in a number of ways. They also begin to work out their ideas with more precision, taking into account how products will be used, who will use them, their cost and their appearance. They develop understanding by investigating products and gain an understanding of how professional designers and the industry work. Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) is used as an integral part of the designing and making.