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Design and Technology

Key Stage 3

In KS3 Design and Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems to meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past Design and Technology, and its uses and effects. Through Design and Technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design & Technology is housed in state of the art purpose built accommodation which opened in 2005. Nine specialist rooms provide excellent facilities for the delivery of Product Design, Food Technology, Catering, Textiles Technology, Construction, Graphic Products and Engineering. Central to the faculty is a large atrium area which is ideal for group presentations and group design work as well as technological challenge activities and guest speakers. We benefit from extensive ICT equipment and facilities including two laser cutters and a CNC router both of which are fully integrated into programmes of study across the age range we teach.

In Key Stage 3 students take part in a range of design and make projects and short focused tasks which are intended to develop their practical skills and intellectual skills as well as their creative thinking and innovative skills. Students develop these skills, knowledge and understanding within the subject areas of Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Product Design and Graphic Products. Design and make projects which students undertake include an electronic adjustable fan, a picnic snack, t-shirt printing, metal megabugs, cd cover design and a pasta salad. We organise learning around a six month rotation where students study an area of technology for 6 months before moving on to the next.

Within the subject area of Food Technology students are asked to bring in ingredients for their practical lessons from home. At the start of each term students will be provided with the dates of each practical lesson and the ingredients they will require.

At Key Stage 3 students have 2 x 100 minutes for half the year and 3 x 100 minute lessons for the other half.

Students are assessed against National Curriculum level descriptors. There are seven attainment strands with Key Stage 3 Design & Technology which are as follows:

  • Generate, develop, communicate and model ideas
  • Respond creatively to briefs
  • Apply knowledge & understanding of materials and techniques
  • Use understanding of others’ designing
  • Plan, organise and make
  • Solve technical problems
  • Reflect on their own designing

Each scheme of work focuses on and addresses two of these seven attainment strands.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 Design and Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems to meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through Design and Technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design & Technology is housed in state of the art purpose built accommodation which opened in 2005. Nine specialist rooms provide excellent facilities for the delivery of Product Design, Food Technology, Catering, Textiles Technology, Construction, Graphic Products, Engineering and Construction. Central to the faculty is a large atrium area which is ideal for group presentations and group design work as well as technological challenge activities and guest speakers. We benefit from extensive ICT equipment and facilities including two laser cutters and a CNC router both of which are fully integrated into programmes of study across the age range we teach.

Key Stage 5

Pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems to meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past Design and Technology, and its uses and effects. Pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design & Technology is housed in state of the art purpose built accommodation which opened in 2005. Nine specialist rooms provide excellent facilities for the delivery of Product Design, Food Technology, Catering, Textiles Technology, Construction, Graphic Products, Engineering and Construction. Central to the faculty is a large atrium area which is ideal for group presentations and group design work as well as technological challenge activities and guest speakers. We benefit from extensive ICT equipment and facilities including two laser cutters and a CNC router both of which are fully integrated into programmes of study across the age range we teach.