Design and Technology

In Design and Technology our aim is to involve students in the process of designing and making products using a wide range of materials and applications. Students learn to develop skills through activities and tasks which are designed to help them grow in confidence.


Students show a pride in their workmanship and are encouraged to share their successes in discussions, group presentations, classroom displays and through peer assessment. All activities and tasks are planned to allow imaginative and creative designing which will then lead to manufactured products which will demonstrate high standards. Students will make products that they are proud to take home and show off their skills.


We recognise the importance of transferable skills from other subjects and their role in a student’s success in Technology, and aim to incorporate cross-curricular learning opportunities that support progress in other curriculum areas; for example, providing activities that encourage the use of extended writing and applying Maths skills to calculate the dimensions of a designed product. In all areas of Design Technology students reflect critically when evaluating their designs and are encouraged to modify their work, taking into account how it would be manufactured in industry.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the curriculum topics are shared between Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Engineering and high standards of graphical competence are encouraged throughout all subjects. We have specialist classrooms and workshops fully equipped to work in these material areas.

 

During Year 7 students are introduced to a broad range of techniques and are taught to use equipment safely. Through Year 8 their competence is developed through design and make activities in which we expect high standards of work and quality finished pieces. In Year 9 we begin to prepare students for the demands of KS4 with more focus on exam practice and a higher level of challenge.

Your child’s wellbeing is our highest priority during Technology lessons and every care is taken to ensure the learning environment is safe. Please be aware that although we take steps to minimise the risk of hazards occurring, we cannot guarantee the complete removal of allergens in the Catering room. If this is a concern for you and your child, please get in touch to discuss your individual needs.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students are able to select from a range of GCSE and level 2 options including Materials Technology, Engineering, Textiles, Catering, and Motor Vehicle Studies. All of these subjects require a hard working attitude from the start, as all work produced will count towards the overall qualification grade. Weekly afterschool catch-up sessions are offered for anybody falling behind. Please see the links tab for useful revision resources, coursework support materials and careers websites.

Key Stage 5

Students can choose to follow one of our ‘A’ level and level 2 and 3 subjects at Key Stage 5 including Motor Vehicle Studies, Textiles and Product Design. Each of these courses develop knowledge and skills that can be taken on into a number of higher education courses or apprenticeship schemes. Please see the links below for useful revision resources, coursework support materials and careers websites.

Links

The following links will take you to useful resources for exam revision and coursework support materials.


www.brantacan.co.uk


www.teachingplastics.org


www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge


www.iee.org


www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_pa/Scots_Guide/intro/electron.htm


www.madlab.org


Visit the following page for an extensive list of helpful websites related to Technology, courtesy of ‘TechnologyStudent.com’.


The sites were recommended by the World Association of Technology Teachers:


http://www.technologystudent.com/gener/linkspg1.htm

Careers

www.futuremorph.org


www.icould.com


www.thebuzzbook.co.uk/index.php?page=test

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