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, systems and control, electronics, textiles and graphics. 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: Mrs P Sharma
"‘The best way to change the future is to design it’…M. Cabonli.
Design and Technology is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world. Giving the pupils opportunities to explore, experiment and investigate to develop their knowledge, understanding of materials and tools helps them to develop their skills and abilities to become more effective, more experienced and more efficient in their problem solving."
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 A Nath
'Design and Technology includes a range of subject areas to develop our student’s knowledge and understanding and their designing and making skills. They have the opportunity to broaden both their horizons and knowledge in our key subject areas where they can develop lifelong skills.
Innovation and new concepts is what we strive for with our students and for them to think outside of the box. Students can create from concept through to completion and have the most advanced and current modern technology in the school to do this.
Raising aspirations and goals has helped our students to become more confident learners which will prepare them for the next stage of their learning journey.'
Teacher of DT: 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.
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 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 it is then taken as an option in Key stage 4. In Years 7 and 8 students are taught Cooking and Nutrition, Textiles, Graphic 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, BTEC Technical Award in Engineering 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
Cooking and Nutrition:
The 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. And they understand source, seasonality and the characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.
In Year 7 pupils learn the twelve practical skills and develop knowledge and understanding of food storage, labelling, healthy eating and nutritional values.
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 seasonality, 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 accurate designs using a range of tools and equipment that are based on the work of the art movement and designers. They learn to develop 3D models based on the given design context.
In Year 7, pupils design and make a zipped container that enables them to learn the joining methods by hand and by machines. They also learn to create and apply design by colouring techniques to develop a product of high quality.
In Year 8, pupils create an original design for a personalised cushion cover. They use a range of colouring, printing and fabric manipulation techniques to develop their individual outcome.
The STEM curriculum is designed to get pupils excited about engineering. It brings creativity and inventiveness to the classroom. Pupils have the opportunity to product design, they are provided challenges to find inspiration in everyday objects and use them to develop ideas and solve problems. Pupils disassemble complex machines, identify the design clues and develop an understanding of the engineering thinking behind how and why it works.
In Year 7, pupils work with a latest technology model to do product analysis and development of models. They develop basic skills of measuring, marking and building shapes accurately and precisely.
In Year 8, pupils disassemble a complex machine and understand how and why it works. They work with metal to learn to mark, cut and shape it to create a simple 3D animal shape.
Graphic Design Projects:
In these projects, pupils develop their knowledge and skills of developing 3D shapes through traditional drawing skills and CAD skills. The pupils learn to use 2D design to produce designs through CAM, laser cutting. They also develop knowledge and understanding of using plastics and card to product commercial quality products. They will use basic electronic circuits to produce a battery operated toy.
In Year 7, pupils will be exploring design movements and respond by developing models based on the movement. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of working properties of paper and card. They will further develop their experience by learning to use 2D design and laser cutting.
In Year 8, pupils will develop their responses to contextual challenges by addressing a given problem. They will research and develop their response through in-depth study of the given context. They will examine and evaluate existing products to make design proposals to improve the product They will improve their CAD CAM skills through the Fragrance project which provides creative learning opportunities. The pupils will further develop blister packaging for their products.
Key Stage 4
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Technical Award in Engineering provides an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. It provides underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills that reflect the 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.
It will give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector It will give learners a more focused understanding of engineering through the selection of optional specialist units, give learners the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of optional units that are essential for successful performance in working life, give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 engineering qualification, support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship, give full-time learners the opportunity to enter potential employment within a wide range of engineering sectors such as mechanical, automotive and electrical.
BTEC Level 1/ Level 2 Technical Award in Health and Social Care 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 three areas, which cover skills and processes, such as interpreting data and designing a plan to improve health and well-being. An opportunity to develop knowledge of care values and practise applying them. And finally the knowledge of human life span and factors affecting human growth and development.
GCSE Design and Technology
The new GCSE 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.
Our GCSE allows students to 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.
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.