Ethos and Aims

Technology is developing all the time and keeping up with fast-paced change is essential.  The jobs people will be doing tomorrow will be radically different from many of those done today, so preparing students for the future is crucial.  D&T opens doors to a wide range of careers in the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries as well as medicine, law and computer science.

Design and Technology is purposeful, exciting and ambitious.  Studying D&T involves learning about designing and manufacturing, using knowledge and skills to design and make new and better solutions to real problems. This is done individually or in teams, working with appropriate materials for a design brief.  The knowledge and understanding our students acquire from our Design & Engineering projects are also transferable skills that they can apply to solving real issues in the real world.  Skills learnt through collaborative work, iterative design approaches, problem solving, planning and time management are highly valued by employers throughout a vast range of career options.

KS3 Curriculum Content

Through our KS3 units, students learn to understand consumers and their needs and wants, about traditional and modern or smart materials, how to use their creativity to design and how to communicate those ideas, how to model and test those ideas or manufacture finished products, understanding how things work and how to analyse their own ideas and the work of others.

Years 7 & 8

The Felt Monster – working with textiles and embedding electronics

Pewter Pendant – creating moulds and casting metal

Gravity Cars – using aerodynamic knowledge to compete in teams

USB Lamp – further learning of electronics and how plastics behave

Handheld Technology – using the understanding of anthropometrics and ergonomics to hone design and modelling skills

Students can then opt for Engineering and Design & Technology as separate options in Year 9.  The vision and aims are the same and they consist of the unit detailed below.

Year 9 Engineering Option

Mobile Phone Stand – looking at fitness for purpose and using CAD/CAM

Bottle Opener – honing accuracy and hand working skills to shape and join materials

Desk Tidy – an iterative process to create non-stereotypical solutions and refine technical drawing skills

Year 9 Design Technology Option

3D Print Project – honing graphical communication and using a modern making process

Designer Chair – using inspirational iconic designs, an iterative process and ergonomics knowledge

Architecture Project – considering both form and function, avoiding stereotypes and refining modelling skills

KS4 Curriculum Content

AQA Design & Technology GCSE

This option prepares 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 also applying technical and practical expertise.

Through the course, students study core technical 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.

The qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit their exam and submit their non-exam assessment project (NEA) at the end of the course.  The exam will account for 50% of their final grade and the NEA project will account for the remaining 50%.  More information can be found at the link below.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552/introduction

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