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
In Home Technology we consider the Design Technology area using the materials of food and textiles. Each KS3 Year group spends half a year completing a Food Technology course and half a year on a Textiles Technology course.
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 practical environment, encouraging them to develop knowledge and understanding of how tools and equipment work. We provide them with opportunities to learn to use tools and equipment safely and hygienically.
Through our projects they experience the Design, Making and Evaluating Processes.
We introduce our pupils to Food Technology, considering Hygiene and Safety, developing skills, including the use of tools and equipment.
Textiles Technology looks at the safe use of tools and equipment, the types of materials available, their uses and properties.
In year 8, we revisit many of the skills and knowledge encountered in year 7 but aim to develop them to show increasing skills. In Food Technology we focus on developing skills and processes. Topics such as nutrition, looking at commercial “fast food” products and then making healthier home-made versions are covered as well as looking at mass production in the food industry. The Textiles Technology course draws upon previous knowledge gained in Year 7 and continues to develop skills. Some designing is introduced as well as different methods of applying colour to fabric.
In year 9, we continue to build upon previous years’ experience.
Through the design process, we develop our pupil’s ability to plan and manage their time effectively.
In Food Technology we introduce the pupils to mass production in the food industry as well as considering the working properties of different ingredients. Skills continue to be developed, which if pupils take GCSE Catering at KS4, provides a good skill base to start from.
The Textiles course provides the opportunities for pupils to understand the commercial design and make process. Skills and processes are further developed
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.