At Godstowe we believe that all children should have an opportunity to find out about the world in which they live by asking questions about how things work, talking about experiences and discoveries, investigating materials, developing skills and handling tools. A child enquires and takes apart to discover and answer questions.
From then on, Design Technology aims to build on these earlier experiences while maintaining breadth, balance and progression throughout. We aim to encourage discovery and inventiveness while being aware that an end product to be proud of and to be working is important. Activities that put before us real problems that we have to solve for ourselves, for which there are no answers in any books.
'Design Technology is an approach to learning that does not base itself on subject divisions' Williams and Jinks
Godstowe's DT programme falls into four distinct subject areas, resistant materials, graphics, textiles and food technology. Each child has an opportunity to excel in the subject, and to improve upon key skills.
This subject... 'helps to develop in people such qualities as imagination, inventiveness, resourcefulness and flexibility. Industry and commerce need people with such qualities, but people and individuals also need these qualities in order that they may be able to challenge and change their own roles in life if they so wish.' (Equal Opportunities in Technology.)
We hope that girls leaving the school show a life-long enthusiasm and interest in the subject, and that they obtain skills that they will find of use not only in their academic life but also in their social environment.