Head of Department: Judith Birtles (Contact)
Key Stage 3
All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 experience the full breadth of the curriculum in Design and Technology. The Technology department deliver a range of projects that engages students in the design and making process. The lessons develop their research analysis, concept generation, manufacturing planning and practical skills through a range of learning activities that provide support and challenge to all levels of ability and aim to prepare them for the challenges of GCSE Product Design. Students’ progress is tracked through a combination of design portfolio and practical skills based projects, homework tasks and end of module tests.
Year 7 Projects
Creative Creature – A wood based project where students research, generate ideas and learn how to use a range of hand tools and machinery. There is a research task based on the arts and crafts movement focusing on William Morris.
Mood Light – An electronics based project where student make a light variable colour changing circuit which is housed in a CAD/CAM unit. In this project they study the work of Alberto Alessi.
Year 8 Projects
Amplifier Project- Students build upon previous soldiering skills and component knowledge enabling them to produce a marketable end product. They study the work of James Dyson.
Pewter Pendant Project – A pewter casting project students experience casting metal for a specific target market. Students research the life and works of Charles Rennie Macintosh.
Year 9 Projects
Clock Project- Combining a range of materials and processes student design and make their own unique prototype. This unit encourages students to develop independent workshop skills.
Tea Light Holder Project – Design and modelling focused design brief, students are given more freedom to allow them to produce creative responses to a Bauhaus inspired tea light holder.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, we offer AQA GCSE Design and Technology. This is a two year course focusing on the design and manufacturing process.
In year 10 students undertake a range of project focused briefs building upon their skills and knowledge from kS3. They experience both hand and CAD/CAM designing and making in timbers, metals and polymers. Students are encouraged to test, analyse and evaluate their projects as part of the interactive design process.
On the 1st of June in year 10 the exam board release a range design contexts which the student select and develop into a design and make project of their choice. This Non Examined Assessment (NEA) is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade. This project is completed and submitted in March of year 11.
Students complete an end of course examination which is centred around design and manufacture which covers; materials, processes, sustainability, ethical design, and manufacture in industry. 15% of the paper covers applied maths.
The curriculum encourages problem solving, risk taking and independent creativity. It is an exciting and rewarding course that our students gain many skills they can transfer beyond the classroom.