Design and Technology
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. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they 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 the nation.
The department has a well appointed, purpose built workshop with a full range of both hand tools and machines including full CAD CAM facilities. The use of ICT plays a major role in the department and we have a comprehensive range of software to allow pupils to design and make in both 2D and 3D. With the addition of IPads, we are entering an exiting period in the use of more personal technology to aid our designing and manufacturing. in addition to new Apps to aid sketching and 3D designing we are printing in 3D and recording our findings in much more detail when researching and recording our work.
During Key stage 3 pupils work with a variety of resistant materials and manufacture using both hand skills and computer aided making processes. In addition pupils experience aspects of systems and control and graphic based tasks.
Throughout the year, the department offers a Design Technology option at the end of each day, where pupils can access the tools and equipment to pursue personal projects, ranging from a kennel for the family dog to fixing a bike or scooter. These projects are carried out in a more relaxed environment, under close supervision, by skilled staff from the department.
During Key Stage 3 pupils are currently assessed using our Rose Steps. During the course of the year pupils are assessed on their design and making skills. In addition, extended writing tasks are also assessed through annotations, product analysis and evaluations.
During Key Stage 4 pupils are assessed using GCSE grades 1 to 9. Each pupil will work towards their target grade carrying out a variety of assessments on designing, communication skills, creativity, making and quality of written English and spelling.