In the lower school, pupils follow a Broad General Education in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.  In S1 pupils will complete units in Graphics which are aimed at developing skills in presentation, through drawing board work (isometrics), sketching and through CAD. In Design and Manufacture they will focus on their practical skills, knowledge and understanding of tools, machines and materials and an IDL group activity. In S2 pupils further develop their skills in drawing board work (orthographic), sketching, CAD, craft skills and in an IDL group task. In S3 pupils receive 3 periods per week building upon their graphic and craft skills with emphasis on presentation and research and progression into creative design and folio work. Consolidation, differentiation and integration are important factors within the S1-S3 courses.

Pupils in Technical follow skills based courses in S1-3, developing confidence in using a variety of graphic techniques and different tools, materials and processes.
Communication in all forms is vital to society and the means of passing on information graphically is an important and relevant skill. Communication in its various forms has an impact on society, education, industry, commerce and world-wide markets.This course is intended to create awareness in the use of graphics and the techniques used to enhance presentations.The structure of the course provides an opportunity to reflect on the use of graphics in industry and in business and to be aware of the ever increasing advances brought about by the continual advances in technology.

The pupils will develop the following skills:

  • Skills in 2D and 3D graphic communication techniques including the use of equipment, materials and software in straightforward and familiar contexts
  • Knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions
  • An understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and on our society
  • An awareness of graphic communication as an international language
  • The ability to read, interpret and create graphic communication
  • Design skills and creativity to develop solutions to simple graphics tasks
  • Planning, organising, critical thinking, evaluating and decision making
  • Basic knowledge of computer-aided graphics techniques and practice
  • Knowledge of colour, illustration and presentation techniques in straightforward and familiar contexts

Pupils will be developing their craft and folio presentation skills and will complete the given tasks throughout the year. They will be encouraged to use the tools and machines safely and to become more confident in their abilities to be creative and to manufacture models to a high standard.

The pupils will develop the following skills:

  • Skills in the design and manufacturing of straightforward models
  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • An understanding of industrial designers and commercial production
  • The ability to devise design and manufacturing techniques in 3D
  • The ability to select and use, with guidance, a range of tools, equipment, software and materials
  • The ability to communicate design proposals
  • Creativity in an exciting and dynamic technological context
  • The ability to read drawings and diagrams
  • Planning, analysing and evaluation skills with support