Traditional and contemporary CDT
The importance of Creative Design and Technology (CDT) can be seen clearly all around us. Indeed, recent Government research has revealed that the creative industries in the UK are growing at rates significantly above that of the UK economy. Our Creative Design facilities offer a fusion of traditional and contemporary approaches to designing and making, enabling our children to participate successfully in our increasingly technological world.
Pupils are challenged to analyse, design, prototype and make high quality products. With creativity at the heart of our curriculum and a focus on cross-curricular projects wherever possible, our children are able to develop understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the creative world. Opportunities to work with outside artists and local companies are embraced to develop this further.
Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Drawing on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art, our children are learning how to take risks and they are becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
Housed in our purpose built Creative Centre, the modern, flexible learning spaces offer the very best opportunities and resources. We have a design studio with 22 computers where we focus on Lego Digital Designer, Google Sketchup, Autocad Fusion 365, Makerbot Desktop and Techsoft 2D design. We also have 3 computer-controlled knife cutting machines, a dedicated small photography studio, inspirational design books and soldering equipment with extraction.
In the workshop our high quality hand tools allow us to teach children how to work safely with wood, metal, plastics and other common materials. To complement the learning of these vital hand skills we also have a range of computer-controlled machinery so we can create our designs using the Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD CAM) process. We have an A2 laser cutter, 3D printer, Vacuum former and plastic mould trimmer, strip heater for line bending, fume extraction unit and an oven for heating plastics.
Our children’s future
All man-made products are a result of the inspirational and rigorous discipline of creating functional items that improve the world around us. By evaluating past and present design and technology, our children are developing a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. They are being encouraged to make informed value judgements and practical decisions with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues.