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Co-educational independent day preparatory school for children aged 3-16 years

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Design Technology

Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing technological world.

The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed uses of products, and become innovators.

From Year 5, pupils visit the DT Workshop which is situated in the Oaks, which opened its doors in 2007. The department is very well organised and equipped with hand tools, soldering irons, pillar drills, sanding machine, a metal working area (incorporating a guillotine, line bender and hole punches), strip heaters and a vacuum former for shaping plastic. Design and Technology at Crosfields incorporates Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing into the curriculum.  We use a ‘Roland CAMM 1 machine’ for this.  Children in Pre-Prep and the Junior School have their DT lessons in their classrooms.

Through design and technology pupils are encouraged to develop their creativity and design ideas through a variety of media. They develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. In addition to the more traditional manufacturing methods the department also integrates Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing into the curriculum.


Take a look below at some of the exciting things the children create!


Year 5 Levers Project - Pupils learn about controlling movement with using levers. They learn about the different types of lever, i.e. 1st, 2nd and 3rd class, and extend their making skills by developing techniques in cutting, shaping and joining to combine components. They do this by selecting tools and equipment to measure and cut accurately. A card Prototype is made first. During the project, pupils have the opportunity to use the pillar drill. At the end of the project they will have made a mother bird feeding a baby bird, by combining a 1st and 3rd class lever. 

Year 6 Whirligig - This project offers children plenty of scope for creativity and flexibity.  Children work through the design process, first by carrying out research.  The main aims of this project are to improve knowledge of the design process, graphical skills and knowledge and understanding of resistant materials (particularly wood and manufactured boards). Children must select materials and match them to the appropriate making processes. They learn how to cut, shape and join wood and develop mark out skills, such as using a template to improve quality control, as well as learning about a jig and how it can be used for mass production.



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  • Crosfields School
  • Shinfield Road
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • RG2 9BL
  • Main Office: 0118 9871810
  • Bursar's Office: 0118 9862535
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