Design & Technology - Parents Page

Why Include Information Communication & Technology In Home Schooling 

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables learners to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Learners develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world.


The skills, knowledge and understanding of the subjects involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are vital for all learners in an increasingly science- and technology-driven society. Learners should be learning to be:


  • Be creative

  • Solve real problems

  • Learn skills that to use in a future job

  • Learn about materials, processes and tools

  • Learn about the effect of products on the environment & people

  • Make things with different materials

  • Learn practical skills to help yourself

  • Apply knowledge from other subjects

  • Make a finished product to take home

  • Broadens minds about the world and people


Design and Technology builds on the skills and knowledge learners have already learnt. It leverages increasingly sophisticated resources, including dedicated environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching. As learner’s progress through this phase, they should be given the opportunity to focus on specific aspects of the subject such as product design, food technology, engineering, systems and control, electronics, textiles and graphics. However, at its core is creativity and imagination. They should learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they will need to acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Recording The Learning 

For our learners on the Autistic Spectrum, following instruction and ending up with the desired end product is very satisfying. The problem may come when you ask them to adapt the original instructions to make it there own. You may have to eat the same recipe a number of times before you can get even a little change in the ingredients. 


Design and Technology suits many of our dyslexic learners. Recording with drawings and labeled up pictures, photographing the different stages - a subject that plays to our skills.

Including Information, Communication and Technology in to the Learning Routine

Here, at Orchard Training we try to embed design and technology into our projects, where it sits naturally and can be enjoyed.


You don’t need any fancy, expensive equipment to teach history.  each project will list the resources you will need and suggestions of where to visit. They are written with the home-schooler’s budget in mind. The biggest expense will be getting the raw materials and some of this can be recycled and using recycled materials can be made part of the project where ever possible. 


Below is a project of Rocking Boxers. Made from a wire coat hanger for the rocking mechanism, plasticine as the counter weight, card for the body, kitchen paper for the head. Hours of fun was had working out how to make this work and then having matches to find out who was the best boxer! 

Circle of Colored Pencils

How To Deliver Design & Technology At Home

How we can do this at home, by starting with the idea that all of the projects are for both boys and girls.


Cooking healthy meals as well as treats, learning how to sew, this can be as little as sewing on button, but should include knitting, quilting, cross stitch, making items to use, pyjama bottoms or a useful bag.


Making things out of wood like helping to construct a shed, allow potential pinball wizards to flourish with a wood game project, or making Christmas decorations from willow. Making things with metal like tea light holders.


To make things from paper by making a paper bridge strong enough to take the weight of a toy car. or making a piñata for celebrations.

Why not join our Gingerbread House Challenge in December.