Message to all parents – 03/07/2020 Dear Parents and Carers As you may have heard the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has outlined plans in more detail for schools to reopen fully in September 2020. This is being widely reported in the media and you may find this summary useful from the BBC: • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53253722 We […]
Through problem solving and technological activities, the students will build up their skills and confidence to enable them to approach a man-made world as active participants in future developments whilst showing care and sensitivity for the environment, guided by the National Curriculum. Key Stage 3 targets will be set at the start of each year.
A teacher assessment of performance will be made at the end of each year, with a final KS3 level provided in the summer term of Year 9.
Design Technology looks at the process of creating a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. A very broad concept, it is essentially the efficient and effective generation and development of ideas through a process that leads to new products.
Key Stage 3
- Introduction of what Design Technology is, through practical based products.
- Design and make products, such as a mobile phone holder (plastics) and desk tidy (wood) for themselves or family members.
- Look at Health and Safety in practical environment and use of commercial equipment, such as the laser cutter and sewing machines.
- Develop the products we design and make, looking at commercial aspects to the designs, making products for someone else.
- Design and make products which can be produced in a batch, such as a money box, picture frames.
- Look at developing the whole product, looking at how designs alter it, so that the product can be easily manufactured in bulk.
- Through designing and making, the focus is on systems which control the manufacture of products, looking at how products are mass produced and developed for the commercial world.
- Design and make products which can be mass produced, such as a tea light holder and a clock based on a theme. In textiles, we make a letter cushion and fabric bag based on a cultural theme/material.
- Look at developing the whole product, including the packaging and marketing, so that it could be placed on a shelf in a shop.
Key Stage 4
(This is an optional subject at KS4)
- Skills and understanding of metal / wood / plastic / paper / card.
- Introduction to CAD / CAM.
- Mini Project based on flight / a child’s toy / speaker unit
- Industrial practices in a project.
- Planning and construction for major project.
- Major project – based on pupils’ own work around set tasks by the exam board.
- Revision work, practical and theory for exam.
Clubs & Activities
Within the area we offer a number of after school activities:
- STEAM club – in conjunction with the Green car project – Thursdays.
- Key Stage 3 club – used to complete work – Tuesdays after school.
- Key Stage 4 club – used by Year 11’s to complete coursework – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school.
Mr C Glover BEd (Hons) – Leader of Design Technology
Miss K Donovan – Teacher of Art & Design Technology
Mrs S Bell – Teacher of Design Technology
Mrs J Inglis – Design Technology Technician