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The Team and Facilities
The Design and Technology Department is situated on the ground floor of the Technology and Science block and caters for Electronics, Graphics, Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Textiles Technology. It is a very well equipped and resourced building, including an IT suite, laptops and tablets, 3D printer and laser cutters which enable all aspects of the curriculum to be accessed by pupils. There are currently four full time specialist teachers plus a Head of Department within Technology. In addition, the department has support in the form of two dedicated Technicians.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and Year 8), students follow a carousel system which consists of a double lesson (100 minutes) once a week. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, they develop knowledge and understanding of the ‘design and make’ process, through using Electronics, Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Textiles.
In Electronics students make a ‘Night Light’ and a “Steady Hand Game’; in Food and Nutrition they cover the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet which includes making a range of savoury and sweet dishes; in Resistant Materials they make a pencil holder, maze game and an analogue clock and in Textiles they make a draw-string bag and a cushion cover.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 (Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11), students choose a specialism from Key Stage 3 and attend classes twice a week, one double lesson (100 minutes) and one single lesson (50 minutes). The department follows the AQA specification.
Electronic Products helps students to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of resistant materials, textiles, card or recycled materials. This course has 60% controlled assessment.
Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.
Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged. This course has 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
Textiles Technology helps students develop their creativity. This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to make textile products, a vital feature of candidates' experience of taking this specification. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment as a reflection of the importance of practical work within the subject.
Key Stage 5
AS and A Level courses are offered, again following the AQA specification, for Product Design in Textiles and 3D Design. Product Design helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to design and make a product (or in the case of AS, a number of smaller products) in both years of the course.
|Subject||Year Group||Exam Board||Specification|
|Electronics, Resistant Materials||9||Edexcel||GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology (1DT0)|
|Food||9||AQA||GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (8585)|
|Resistant Materials||10||Edexcel||GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology (1DT0)|
|Electronics||10||Edexcel||GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology (1DT0)|
|Food||10||AQA||GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (8585)|
|Resistant Materials||11||AQA||Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560)|
|Graphic Products||11||AQA||Design and Technology: Graphic Products (4550)|
|Textiles||11||AQA||Design and Technology: Textiles Technology (4570)|
|Food||11||AQA||GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (8585)|
|Product Design||12||AQA||Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) (2550)|