Design & Technology
Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for our pupils to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.
- The Design and Technology Association
Through Design Technology, we want to inspire our pupils to be creative and imaginative, enabling them to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
We encourage our pupils to draw on knowledge from other subject areas: mathematics, science, computing and art predominantly, although depending on the context of our projects, they could draw upon knowledge from other areas of the school curriculum. It is important that our pupils see the bigger picture when it comes to designing and making, as they are our future.
Through Design Technology, we encourage our pupils to take risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through evaluation of the past and present design and technology, we encourage our pupils to develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of our nation.
Key Stage 3
The new curriculum is divided in to three strands: Designing, Making and Evaluating. In addition we teach them a range of technical knowledge that is then applied through our Design and Make projects.
We introduce our pupils to a workshop environment for the first time, encouraging them to develop knowledge and understanding of how the equipment and machinery works. We provide them with opportunities to use the equipment and machinery, learning how to behave in a safe way.
Through our projects they experience the Design Process and learn how to use it when designing. We develop and build upon previous drawing skills, to enable them to become effective communicators.
We introduce our pupils to Wood and Plastics, looking at the types of materials available, their uses and properties.
As part of the Technology component of the subject, we revisit and extend our pupils knowledge and understanding of basic electronics using simple circuits. We provide them with opportunities to work with CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing).
In year 8, we revisit many of the skills and knowledge encountered in year 7, however, we begin to give our pupils more freedom of choice where they demonstrate the confidence to cope.
During drawings skills, we focus on Orthographic drawings, extending their previous experience and knowledge. We continue to use the design process, encouraging the pupils to be more independent in its use in their work.
In electronics, we move to working with kits, involving the use of a circuit board and a set of components. Our pupils learn to follow instructions and diagrams and begin to understand how to test and fault find problems within the circuits. We continue to extend their knowledge and understanding of CAD/CAM.
During year 8 we re-visit and extend our pupils knowledge and understanding of mechanisms, motion and systems and control.
In year 9, we continue to build upon previous years’ experience.
Through the design process, we develop our pupils ability to plan and manage their time effectively.
We introduce the pupils to metal, focusing on traditional methods of working, considering the working properties of different materials when using certain tools and equipment. Our pupils learn how to make moulds using CAD/CAM and to use them to create intricate shapes, casting pewter. We continue to build upon their electronic skills, encouraging ever greater safe and independent practice. We continue to focus on drawing skills, encouraging the use of CAD as part of the process.
We aim to develop our pupils understanding of the skills they will need in Key Stage 4 and the options available to them post 16, to enable them to make informed choices.
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Key Stage 4
In Design Technology, our pupils can opt for a Product design/ Resistant Material’s course. This course builds upon their experience in KS3, enabling them to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding. They continue to work with the Design Process, researching, designing, making and evaluating products. They are given the opportunity to work with a wide range of materials, processes and equipment.
Extra-curricular activities in Design Technology.
Over the year, we provide our pupils with the opportunity to take part in Problem Solving Challenges organised by Engineering companies, as well as taking part in events such as Teen World and the Big Bang Show.
We run after school clubs, which enable our pupils to develop and extend their skills and knowledge both in a design and practical way. Our GCSE pupils are given the opportunity to do extra GCSE work after school to achieve higher grades.
Where can Design and Technology can take you?
In every walk of life, you will find trades people, designers and engineers. Without these people, much of our industry; the country’s infrastructure would fall apart. There is currently a high demand for engineers in this country and it is currently the best career area for job prospects.
You can follow two career paths:
1) Apprenticeships – day release at a college and hands on work experience and training/ Vocational qualifications/ Engineering qualifications.
2) Academic – GCSEs; A levels/ Vocational Qualifications/ Degree/ Post Graduate/ Masters.
Careers in Design and Engineering:
The careers below are just a few of the jobs available to our pupils should they wish to continue with Design Technology.
- Interior Designers; Space Planners; Furniture Designers, Lighting Designers; 3D Designers; Exhibition Designers; Product Designers; Product Design Engineers; CAD technicians; Industrial Designers; Specifiers/ FF & E Designers; Bathroom Designers; Kitchen Designers; Visualisers; Architects; Architectual Technicians; Project Managers.
- Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Electrical Engineer; Aerospace Engineer; Structural Engineer; Computer Engineer; Military Engineer; Forensic Engineer; Reverse Engineering; Environmental Engineering.
- Plumbers; Gas Engineers; Plasterers; Electricians; Building industry; Carpenter; Mechanics; Welders; Painter/ Decorators.