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Craft, Design and Technology Department

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An S2 CDT class working in the workshop

The Craft Design and Technology (CDT) department provides an all round education in design, graphics, manufacture, engineering, 2D & 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and related technology.

The pupil acquires experience of working with a variety of materials which include wood, metal, and plastics, together with the technology related to those materials.

S1 pupils have a numeracy lesson in CDTThe CDT Course in S1, S2 and S3

From S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

In S1, pupils will attend CDT for one period per week, and S2 will see pupils taking two periods of CDT every week.  S2 pupils can also choose to take one extra period per week of CDT based work as part of Peak Performance, focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

In S1, pupils will cover a broad range of work including sketching and rendering; designing and manufacturing of a plastic thermometer, a wooden spatula, and a metal key fob. Time is also spent on 3D CAD.

In S2, pupils build on the experiences gained in S1 and are exposed to deeper learning within the technologies area. Pupils will cover various units of work including further study on 3D CAD, 3D printing, designing and manufacturing a Charles Rennie Mackintosh style trinket box, headphone stand and candle holder.

Measuring in an S5 Practical Craft Skills classIn S3, pupils are given the opportunity to choose which two of the Technologies pathways they wish to specialise in. For full details of the choices available, see the S3 Coursing Handbook.  Courses in S3 will deliver experiences and outcomes, which will prepare pupils for appropriate National Qualifications in S4. 

There are two distinct pathways in S3, each of which builds towards the appropriate qualification(s) in S4.

  • Practical Craft Skills covers wood and metal and provides pupils with the opportunity to manufacture a range of items based on working drawings. This is a predominantly a workshop based course. Throughout third year pupils will cover work from the practical areas of Craft, Design & Technology which will be drawn from:
    • Manufacturing wooden and metal items from working drawings.
    • Cutting and shaping of materials.
    • Basic woodworking and/or metalworking tasks.
    • Applying appropriate finishes to wooden or metal items.
  • Graphics, design and Manufacture provides a broad coverage of design, manufacture, Desktop Publishing and CAD. This course is both classroom and workshop based. Throughout third year pupils will cover work from the main areas of the Craft, Design & Technology curriculum which will be drawn from:
    • Midlothian IKEA competition - 3D CAD, Sketching and Rendering, and Desktop Publishing
    • Midlothian IKEA competition - Designing from a given brief through to manufacture of your design proposal

Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Second, Third or Fourth Level. Together, the courses above build towards qualifications in Design and Manufacture, Graphic Communication, Practical Metalworking or Practical Woodworking at National 4 and National 5 in S4.

CDT courses in S4, S5 and S6

In the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6. National Qualifications that will be offered by the CDT department are:

  • Design and Manufacture: provides a broad practical introduction to design, materials and manufacturing processes. It provides the ability to read drawings and diagrams, the ability to discuss and communicate design ideas and practical details, the ability to create practical solutions to design problems, and the ability to manufacture design ideas. There is a strong focus on properties and uses of materials in the manufacturing of models and prototypes of products. The course combines creativity and designing with a focus on a product's function, performance and appearance. 3D modelling takes place both in the workshop and using CAD software. All of this takes place with a focus on technologies, and how they can affect our environment and society.
  • S6 Engineering SkillsGraphic Communication provides opportunities for learners to gain skills in reading, interpreting and creating graphic communications, and builds on the Desktop Publishing, CAD and graphics units covered in the B.G.E. stage. Learners will develop and communicate ideas graphically. They will develop spatial awareness and visual literacy. The course combines various aspects of graphic communication from manual sketches to 3D computer generated models and from manually rendered graphics to 3D computer generated renders. Software used throughout the course includes word processing, desktop publishing, 3D C.A.D/C.A.G etc.
  • Practical Woodworking and Practical Metalworking, which focus on the development of practical skills. They provide opportunities to gain practical craft skills in the use of a range of tools, equipment and materials, working with wood, manufactured boards and/or metals. They follow a series of activities through to the completion of a finished item. The courses provide opportunities to develop and enhance practical creativity and practical problem solving skills, and to gain an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop or similar environment. These courses, whilst workshop based, will also cover theory to prepare learners for a final exam.

In S4, pupils can choose to take courses in the CDT department. Each course takes four periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S4 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the CDT department in S4 lead to awards in:

In S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the CDT department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the CDT department in S5 and S6 lead to awards in:

  • Practical Woodworking at National 5 level. This course is of a practical nature; workshop based and provides many skills which are appropriate to a wide range of applications. Pupils will develop their tool skills, hand skills, and machine skills as well as an understanding of how to read working drawings for manufacture. This course is well suited to any pupil looking to move into trade based employment or training (joinery, building, plumbing...)
  • Practical Metalworking at National 5 level. This course is of a practical nature; workshop based and provides many skills which are appropriate to a wide range of applications. Pupils will develop their tool skills, hand skills, and machine skills as well as an understanding of how to read working drawings for manufacture. This course is well suited to any pupil looking to move into trade based employment or training (engineering, metal fabrication, welding, plumbing...) 
  • S6 Graphic Communication
  • Graphic Communication at Higher level. This course aims to help pupils to develop skills in the use of a range of graphic materials and techniques, develop the ability to use manual and computer graphics to communicate ideas and to develop the ability to read and interpret drawings and graphically presented information.
  • Design and Manufacture at Higher level. The focus of this course is on well-designed products for the market place produced by the use of the commercial design process and industrial manufacture. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore the impact of design and technology on everyday living. Using the design process, pupils will creatively identify and develop new products for design.

S5/6 pupils can also choose to take one extra period per week of CDT based work as part of Peak Performance. The work is themed around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Meet the Staff

Mr R Thomson
Mr R Thomson,
Principal Teacher (Curriculum)
(Art and Technologies)
Mr R Watt
Mr R Watt,
Teacher of CDT
Mrs C Kilpatrick
Mrs C Kilpatrick,
Teacher of CDT
Mrs J Watson
Mrs J Watson,
Teacher of CDT
Mr G Mitchell
Mr G Mitchell,
Teacher of CDT
Mr D Baur
Mr D Baur,
Technician

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