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Design and Technology (D&T) at Davenies comprises two important elements:

  • learning about the designed and made world – understanding how things work
  • learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users

There are three core activities that engage the boys in D&T

  • investigating and evaluating existing products
  • practical tasks in which boys develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills
  • designing and making 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'

Key focus areas include: Mechanisms, Control Systems, Structures, Graphics, Food and Textiles.

D&T encourages creativity and encourages thought about important issues thereby providing opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products. We feel it is vital to nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live. The boys are actively encouraged to think about issues such as sustainability and enterprise.

The boys make decisions for themselves by creating products they can see, touch and even taste. D&T brings learning to life; it is a motivating context for discovering Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Art, PSHE and IT.


Sarah-Jane Collins

Head of D&T

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