All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study DT for half of the academic year and Food and Nutrition for the other half. We adopt a product design approach throughout and students complete two projects in each year of KS3, where each project has a different focus. Students can opt to take GCSE where we follow the AQA specification.
Aims of the Department
We aim to prepare students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. We encourage students to learn to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life for all. We aim to enable students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, as individual members of society and members of a team. They will be expected to look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems which satisfy them. They will combine practical skills with an understanding of ethics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so they reflect on and evaluate present and past designs and technologies, its uses and effects. We continually update our delivery with the addition of new and emerging technologies with the development of smart materials, CAD/CAM and 3D printing. Through design and technology, students can become discriminating and informed users and become innovators.
Year 7 Course
The emphasis of the first project is to introduce students to the design process, the safe use of the workshop tools and equipment and the range of materials available, including the computer controlled cutting machine. The second project adds a more challenging design aspect, introduces the use of plastic moulding techniques and the use of our 2D CAD software.
Year 8 Courses
The focus of the first project in Year 8 is developing their presentation 3D drawing and graphic presentation skills, while the second introduces group work and a Maths and Business Studies element, where they are challenged to raise money for a chosen charity.
Year 9 Courses
In Year 9 we follow the Design Ventura task in conjunction with the Design Museum in London and the second project introduces the students to modern production techniques, will develop their use of the School’s 3D CAD software and can give students a flavour of a mini GCSE type project.
Year 10 and 11 Courses
We have for some time followed the Product Design option at GCSE, which is now specified for all schools with the introduction of the new GCSE’s from September 2017.