Design & Technology

Designing the World Around Us

Design and Technology (D&T) is all around us whether it’s solving a problem or designing the latest gadget. In Design and Technology students are encouraged to think differently, be creative and innovative and to question whether a design or product really works.

Our aim is to make learning in D&T really creative, while challenging students to think about how design can change the world around them and make it a better place to live. Students regularly comment through feedback and Parents’ Evenings how much they enjoy the practical work.
Our Approach

Through project work and working together, students develop practical and perceptual skills and the ability to plan and develop ideas.  These projects give students confidence through visible achievement as well as an understanding of visual communication, and are flexible to suit each student’s ability.

Each project focuses on different aspects of the design process which include:

Students also develop an understanding of the role of designers in a multi-cultural society, the significance of technology to the economy, and an awareness of historical and cultural traditions in the subject.

Key Stage 3

Every module and unit of work at KS3 will require the pupils to expand their knowledge, build on previous skills as well as learn new ones. Application of numeracy, literacy, ICT, sustainability and enterprise are also developed. Students create and complete a range of projects, such as iPod cases for Year 7, and automata in Year 8. 

Key Stage 4

For Y9, Y10 and Y11, students are offered Full AQA GCSE courses in D&T - specialising in Resistant Materials or Textiles and Food Preparation and Nutrition.  Projects tend to vary and the final coursework project gives students choices for areas of focus.

In these more advanced courses, there is a greater emphasis on industrial practice, current processes, environment and sustainability. Students must apply the use of computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM).  Industrial practises, social, moral, environmental and sustainability issues are a consideration when taking on the role of a designer. CAD and CAM are compulsory elements for GCSE to achieve the higher grades.

Resources

The D&T department has specially designed classroom resources and facilities  for all students including: