Design and Technology Overview
It is our intention in Design and Technology to provide pupils with the opportunity to discover the pleasure and importance of designing and making using a wide variety of resources and materials. We hope that learning will be both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
We provide opportunities for students to develop their capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create products. Through Design and Technology, we teach students to develop their confidence to identify, examine and solve problems using tools and materials. While we teach this knowledge and understanding specifically within Design and Technology lessons, it crosses over and applies the learning from a wide variety of other curriculum areas such as Maths, Science, and ICT.
Our aims are to provide opportunities for pupils to:
- enjoy turning ideas into reality.
- to strive for successful outcomes.
- be creative and develop thinking skills.
- work independently and develop self-esteem.
- to develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness.
- to experience a range of different material areas
What is Design and Technology?
The Design & Technology Association states:
Design and technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. They learn how products and systems are designed and manufactured, how to be innovative and to make creative use of a variety of resources including digital technologies, to improve the world around them.
As their patron, James Dyson, describes:
“Design and technology is a phenomenally important subject. Logical, creative and practical, it’s the only opportunity students have to apply what they learn in maths and science – directly preparing them for a career in engineering. Policy-makers must recognise design and technology’s significance for the UK economy and strive not just to preserve it – but to ensure it appeals to the brightest of young minds.”
Supporting your child
All students studying Design & Technology are expected to do their very best no matter what their ability. In order to achieve this staff offer individual after school, lunchtime or break ‘finish’ off sessions. In year 11 there are opportunities for students to attend regular support sessions. Regular contact and support with home is also an aim of the department as we feel a strong working relationship between school and home is necessary to ensure students can achieve all that they can with the support of home as well as the class teachers.
Design & Technology
In Design and Technology we aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to discover the enjoyment and fun of making products using a wide variety of resources and materials. We hope that all learning will be interesting and students enjoy their experiences either in the Food room, the Engineering workshop, the CAD/CAM room or the Product Design workshop.
We provide opportunities for students to develop their designing and making skills through a variety of activities these also develop their knowledge and understanding of both materials and manufacturing techniques appropriate to the module of work they are currently studying.
During their time in DT we aim to provide students:
- The confidence to overcome problems independently from staff.
- The skills to follow their creative designs and turn these into reality.
- The ability to work independently and develop self-esteem and self-reliance.
- To experience a range of different material areas.
- To develop the relevant skills to achieve good grades at GCSE level.
Curriculum – Year 7 & 8
All students study design technology in year 7 & 8. Students are placed in mixed ability classes and follow a rotational system. Year 7 students complete a baseline test so that the department can assess their general understanding of DT and then develop the course to strengthen their understanding of the different subjects.
During Year 8 students also follow a rotational system. Projects have been developed to allow for more independence and more complex tasks being undertaken thus developing skills from Year 7 and improving on skills required for GCSE Design & Technology.
All modules of work set home learning tasks at the beginning of the module and the work is assessed and fed back before the students rotate to the next module/member of staff.
Module 1 – Product Design
Module 2 – Food
Module 3 – CAD/CAM
All students will study all 3 areas of DT with the possibility of specialising in either Catering or Design & Technology from Year 9 onwards
Hospitality and Catering
All students selecting this option follow a 3 year Level 2 WJEC Award in Hospitality and Catering course.
The aim of the course is to allow students to extend and apply their skills and knowledge of food to the specific requirements of the catering industry. As well as developing lifelong skills, this course offers an ideal basis for further study. There are many career opportunities in the catering industry and a GCSE in catering offers students an excellent insight into these careers.
The specific content of the course can be divided into nine areas of study: the food industry; job roles and opportunities; health, safety, and hygiene; food preparation, cooking and presentation; nutrition and menu planning; specialist equipment; communication and record keeping; and environmental considerations. These areas are covered through both practical and theory tasks.
Fortnightly independent exam questions, using their previous lesson knowledge and knowledge organisers to answer and to bring into the following lesson for use in the lesson.
When completing the controlled assessment students will be expected to complete unfinished work at homework to ensure that they meet the Christmas deadline. If the deadline is not being met students will be expected to attend after school support lesson to ensure that this is achieved.
The coursework consists of one controlled practical assessments, worth a total of 60% which includes a two course meal and supporting written work which takes place in the autumn of year 11.
The remaining 40% is assessed by a written examination which takes place during the summer term of the final year.
Design & Technology GCSE
All students follow a three year GCSE Design & Technology course that has a final assessment combining both coursework and a written examination.
The course looks at a variety of different projects and ways in which to design and manufacture using these materials. Students also look at modern issues within the world of technology. Students will spend year 9 & 10 developing the basic skills required to work independently on their main major project throughout year 11. At the same time the theory required for the written exam will be taught.
The course is assessed by a coursework piece that is worth 50% of the final mark. This is a design and make task and will be submitted by Easter of year 11. The final 50% of the assessment is an exam paper that is sat in the summer term of year 11 and is 2 hours long.
Homework is set every week covering both the major DT project (e-portfolio work) and theory.
Resistant Materials GCSE
All students follow a three year GCSE Resistant Materials course, which is accredited by Eduqas.
The course looks at a variety of different materials and ways in which to design and manufacture using these materials. Students also look at modern issues within the world of technology. Students will spend year 9 and 10 developing the basic skills required to work independently on their main coursework folder throughout year 11. At the same time the theory required for the written exam will be taught.
The course is assessed by a coursework piece that is worth 50% of the final mark. This is a design and make task and will be submitted by the February half-term of year 11. Students also have to sit a 2 hour exam paper in the summer term of year 11, which makes up the remaining 50% of the course.
Half termly independent projects will be set as home learning to develop skills learnt in class as well as offering the opportunity to improve classwork and understanding of the essential theory.