The Design Technology Department is exciting, vibrant and innovative and has a reputation that is the envy of other prep schools. Children from Year 3 onwards attempt a wide range of design problems, which are solved using various materials including wood, metal, plastics and electronic components. A specialist teacher, supported by a technician, teaches the subject in a well-equipped workshop. Pupils are taught to use a comprehensive range of hand and machine tools, ranging from lathes to CAD/CAM milling and vinyl cutting machines. There is also a computer control lab for CAD and computer control teaching.
The Department has been highly successful for a number of years in both national and international competitions. These include the BBC TV Technogames, the Wood for Good Competition, the Toyota Technology Challenge and Young Engineers Club of the Year. The Department currently runs an Eco Engineering Club and a Rocketry Club particpating in the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry challenge.
Design Technology is extremely popular with pupils as it gives them an opportunity to apply topics learnt in Maths and Science and put the theory into practice. They love the challenge of thinking through problems and manufacturing unique products to their own design.
ICT is directly changing the world around us and all our children will need to use ICT skills more and more throughout their lives. It is evolving rapidly and has become an integral part of all our lives, whether at work or at home. We therefore see it as vitally important that we ensure Newland House pupils are equipped to meet successfully the challenges that they will encounter in a developing technological world.
The children’s work in ICT supports and enhances work done in other areas of the curriculum, as well as providing pupils with the opportunity to learn about the use of computers in everyday life. Children are encouraged to treat computers as a useful resource to assist their learning so that they will become both confident and competent users of ICT.
The subject is taught throughout the school from Year 1to Year 8 in the main Computer Suite. The curriculum is designed round both the QCA and ISEB syllabus. The pupils learn specific skills and then develop them through activities and projects. Pupils become proficient in word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, graphics and using the Internet safely and efficiently and they are also introduced to programming.
The school is well equipped with a range of multimedia machines and interactive whiteboards. Carefully controlled Internet access and a large number of relevant software applications ensure that ICT at Newland House remains at the cutting edge of education.