DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
In Secondary school, Design and Technology builds on pupils’ learning by providing sophisticated resources, including dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching. Pupils are given the opportunity to imaginatively and creatively focus on specific aspects of the subject such as product design, food technology, engineering, electronics and textiles. Pupils learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables pupils to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves and their community. It teaches pupils how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. The pupils develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for pupils to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.
Curriculum Leader: Miss C Whooley
“ 'There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.' - Milton Glaser
Design and Technology is a subject that I have genuine passion for. The diverse curriculum here at the academy allows teachers to nurture and develop a student’s creativity whilst enabling them to be intuitive problem solvers. The varied approach to teaching and learning within the subject (theoretical and practical) means that students of all abilities are able to enjoy, progress and achieve in lessons. I am an avid promoter of developing a child’s natural curiosity, which in turn allows them to engage with and question the world around them."
Teacher of DT: Mr D Anandavasagar
“With the state of the art technology that is now available at the Academy, our students have the means to develop creative and innovative design concepts and watch them transform into reality via a multitude of CAM technology that is within arm’s reach of them in the classroom. This raises standards, strengths and confidence of our students which will thoroughly prepare them for industry related designing and manufacturing. We are continually looking at the new ways industry and the commercial world uses Technology and will constantly try to bring these advancements into our learning opportunities.”
Teacher of DT: Miss C Blidgen
The specialist subject facilities include a wide range of new skills and techniques that reflect major advances in industrial manufacturing. The Design and Technology department has industrial standard computer aided design (CAD) including Solid Works, 2D design, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Linked to this is a wide range of computer aided manufacturing (CAM) including milling machines, laser cutters, PCB engravers, vinyl cutters, plotters, sublimation printing and 3D printing.
The Technology Department offers a wide range of subject disciplines to students, taught by specialist staff. The department follows a strong STEM agenda closely linked to mathematics, science and engineering.
All students study Design and Technology in Key Stage 3 and it is then taken as an option in Key stage 4.
In Years 7 and 8 students are taught Food Technology, Textiles, Product Design and STEM.
In preparation for KS4, pupils choose option subjects for GCSE, to be studied in years 9, 10 and 11. In Technology, they choose from GCSE Design Technology, Technical Award in Engineering, Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering and BTEC Technical Award in Health and Social Care.
Teaching in the Technology Department seeks to:
- Create practical learning experiences that promote success and raise attainment
- Establish an interactive dialogue with students at a challenging pace
- Introduce real scenarios and design issues that are meaningful to students
- Motivate students through design tasks in which students take ownership of their work and own learning
- Value and celebrate students’ creative and innovative contributions, encouraging openness to ideas and critical reflection
- Allow students to work collaboratively in groups, sharing ideas
- Explore with students the diversity of the application of design and technology in different cultures and the past.
Key Stage 3
Pupils develop an understanding of and apply the principles of nutrition and health. They cook a range of predominantly savoury dishes so that they learn basic cooking techniques that enable them to learn life skills. They develop knowledge and skills of a range of cooking techniques, of using different kitchen equipment, selecting and preparing ingredients and using different methods of adding heat. They develop awareness of taste, texture and smell as well as understanding the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
In Year 7, pupils learn practical skills including knife techniques and the use of the hob, grill and oven. They also develop their knowledge and understanding of personal hygiene, kitchen hygiene, food storage, labelling, healthy eating and ethical food production.
In Year 8, pupils develop and broaden their cooking skills further by adapting recipes and cooking main courses from different cultures. Pupils develop an understanding of dietary requirements, ingredient seasonality, nutritional content, food shopping and budgeting.
Pupils develop knowledge and understanding of developing design influenced by a design movement and the work of famous designers. Pupils learn to develop original and inspired designs that are based on the work of the art movement using a range of tools and equipment.
In Year 7, pupils make a zipped container that enables them to learn textile joining methods by hand and by machine. They learn to create and apply a design of their own creation by using fabric colouring techniques to produce a high quality outcome.
The STEM curriculum is designed to get pupils excited about design and engineering. It brings creativity and inventiveness to the classroom. Pupils have the opportunity to product design within a given brief and are encouraged to find inspiration in different cultures or everyday objects and use them to develop ideas. Pupils will gain an understanding of the inner workings of complex programmable machines, identify the changes in product design and innovation over time as well as gaining an understanding of how engineering has shaped the world we live in.
In Year 7, pupils work with a range of workshop tools and equipment to produce a stacking tower of shapes from wood-based materials. They develop basic skills of measuring and marking as well as learning how to cut each shape accurately and precisely. Applied mathematics and an understanding of geometry is also a large part of the learning within this project.
In Year 8, pupils further develop their practical skills within the workshop environment. They will carry out research in order to develop design ideas that are based around a cultural event with a specific target market in mind. Once they have finalised their idea through the iterative process students will mark, bend, cut and shape metal to create a simple and functional biscuit cutter.
PRODUCT DESIGN PROJECTS
In these projects, pupils develop their knowledge and skills of developing 2D and 3D shapes through traditional drawing skills and CAD skills. The pupils learn to use software 2D Design to produce designs which will then be manufactured through CAM, laser cutting. They also develop knowledge and understanding of using plastics and card to product commercial quality products.
In Year 7, pupils will be exploring a contextual challenge in which they will design and develop a prototype idea. They will research and develop their response through in-depth study of the given context. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of working properties of paper and card as well as sketching and design presentation skills.
In Year 8, pupils will develop an understanding of programmable components and products through an electronics based project. They will learn to solder a PCB and apply their making skills to produce a functional USB lamp.
Pupils will also improve their CAD and CAM skills through the Fragrance project which provides creative learning opportunities. They will use 2D Design to create a vector drawing which will allow them to experience their product being made using the laser cutter. They will understand the advantages and disadvantages of manufacturing commercial products in this way.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Design & Technology (AQA 9-1)
This qualification places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
Pupils will study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.
NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering
This qualification provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to the engineering sector. It offers breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge with opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills. This knowledge and skill base reflects the current needs of employers and higher and further education professionals. It presents knowledge, skills and understanding in a meaningful work-related context, to allow learners to understand theory and application.
Pupils work through nine units of study which will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different engineering disciplines and how products created within them have developed over time. They will explore the properties, characteristics and selection of different engineering materials as well as the tools, equipment and machines used. Pupils will apply their understanding of skills and techniques through a number of project based tasks in which they will also show an understanding of production planning techniques. Throughout the course pupils will develop the skills needed to be able to read and understand engineering drawings as well as how to produce their own by hand and by using computer-aided design (CAD). They will investigate how the application of science and mathematics is linked to engineering and understand the units of measure and equations used.
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care
This qualification provides opportunities for pupils to acquire knowledge, understanding and technical skills through vocational contexts. It provides opportunities to develop sector specific knowledge and skills.
The main focus is on four areas, which cover skills and processes, such as interpreting data to assess an individual’s health and designing a plan to improve health and well-being. An opportunity to develop knowledge of care values that are vitally important in the sector and practise applying them. Finally, the knowledge of health and social care services, human life span and factors affecting human growth, development, health and wellbeing.
Study of this qualification will help pupils to make more informed choices for apprenticeships and further study at Level 3.
WJEC Level1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering
This qualification has been designed to support pupils in schools who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. Pupils have the opportunity to develop a range of specialist and general skills that would support their progression to employment. The course comprises of two units: The Hospitality and Catering Industry and Hospitality and Catering in Action.
Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, pupils will also have the opportunity to develop some food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.
Homework is set weekly in Years 7 and 8. In Key Stage 4, homework is set every week and also forms a part of controlled assessment planning and preparation.