Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others needs, wants and values. Design and Technology curriculum allows students to gain a greater understanding of the technological/creative world of design having greater understanding for how products work, prepared and made. Design and technology delivers opportunities for pupils to partake in a technical and practical education. It plays an important role in providing young people with a hands-on creative experience and develops a practical identity and a capability for innovation.
Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities for exploration and problem solving, students are expected to respond with ideas, products and systems and are asked to challenge expectations where appropriate. They will need to combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.
The curriculum is designed to develop students’ confidence in using practical skills and help them to become discriminating users of products.
The Department makes extensive use of ICT at all levels and in all material areas. The use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing (CAM) is developing rapidly. Students in Year 7, 8, and 9 will study a combination of Food Preparation and Nutrition, Engineering and STEM Skills modules across a three-year programme, each rotation lasting for 10 weeks.
The DT department provides opportunities for students to take part in extra curricular activities during lunch times and afterschool. STEM club offers students an opportunity to explore topics beyond the classroom.
Key Stage 4 Options
Students who wish to take a design and technology GCSE can choose ONE of the following:
- Leve 1/2 Vocational Award in Engineering Studies (WJEC)
- GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Eduqas)
The Department has seven dedicated rooms, equipped for different material areas including two fully-equipped kitchens. In addition there is an ICT Suite based in the Design & Technology block, which is largely used to support the work of the Department.
Note to parents/carers – All DT courses require students to pay for the materials/ingredients required to complete the course and examinations. Please contact the school if you have any concerns about this financial commitment.
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