Mr J Evans Curriculum Leader Design and Technology
Mrs M Magee-Bolalailai – Behaviour and Progress
Mr S Chesters – D&T Teacher
Mr A Gillies - Technician
The Technology department is a well-established department staffed by 3 full time each specialising in a different areas of the subject. The department also has 2 technicians who support the pupils learning in practical lessons.
The department is based in 5 learning spaces which are well equipped with specialist equipment. These provide a stimulating environment to inspire pupils to develop ideas and experience a sense of real satisfaction and achievement in directing their own learning when using practical materials. The learning spaces include a dedicated ICT suite where pupils can use the CAD/CAM programs Spaceclaim and 2D Design to support their learning across Technology as well as programs such as Crocodile Clips, Circuit Wizard and Food for a PC to support learning in each specialist area.
Pupils with SEN needs are supported through the use of adapted worksheets, the use of coloured resources and one to one support from the technical support staff.. We have adapted work areas in the food areas for pupils with movement difficulties and facilities for those pupils in wheelchairs. Work is monitored frequently and extra support or intervention is planned to allow pupils to make steady progress throughout their time in Design and Technology.
At KS3 pupils experience all aspects of the subject and rotate through the specialist areas completing modules in Food, Catering, Resistant Materials, Engineering, Electronics, Systems and Control, Product Design and Textiles.
Pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a balanced progression of product evaluation, FPTs and a range of DMAs in each specialist area;
Design and make assignments (DMAs) are used to give pupils the chance to put their knowledge, skills and understanding to the test and meet challenges that address real needs and wants. They enable pupils to develop confidence and the ability to apply design ideas and concepts in a concrete, practical way. They provide opportunities to work as individuals and teams.
Product evaluation activities are used to allow pupils to investigate, disassemble and evaluate products to build knowledge, skills and understanding that can be used for other activities, particularly the DMA.
Focused practical tasks (FPTs) are used to enable pupils to develop particular knowledge skills and understanding consolidating these as they are gained. They provide emphasis and opportunities for pupils to achieve success in one or more design and technology process.
Threaded through all of KS3 is the STEM focus where pupils learning in Technology is linked to their learning in Maths and Science to ensure their knowledge is fully embedded and transferrable across the subjects.
D&T – Focus is manufacturing skills and evaluation. Pupils are introduced to Health and Safety, basic hand skills, basic electronics, CAD/CAM, food safety and hygene. Projects include wooden storage unit, electronic torch.
D&T Focus is on designing and development, manufacturing skills and evaluation. Pupils work with metals and heat treatments, electronics, mechanical systems and control and robotics and programming, healthy eating and safe handling of meats. Projects include sporting metal figure, mechanical systems, Lego™ robotics (mindstorm), and producing a range of healthy meals.
D&T focus is on research, designing and development, manufacturing skills and evaluation. Pupils work on understanding form and function, developing their understanding of environmental issues, electronic circuit construction, the use of CAD/CAM, developing their understanding of nutrition and special dietary needs. Projects include; A passive mobile phone amplifier, an active electronic amplifier and planning and preparing a range of dishes for a balanced and healthy diet.
At KS4 pupils can choose a number of Technology options to study;
GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA). http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560 (QAN 50046093)
The course encourages pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality. Pupils work with a variety of materials over the two years and work to design and produce high quality practical outcomes. Pupils are encouraged to use new technologies throughout the course including CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping. The course modules also foster awareness amongst pupils of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.
VCERT Food and Cookery (NCFE) https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-2-certificate-in-food-and-cookery-2019.aspx (QAN 601/4533/X)
This qualification is designed for learners who have an interest in food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585 (QAN 601/8421/8)
This new GCSE 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.
VCERT Engineering Studies (NCFE) https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-2-certificate-in-engineering-studies-1932.aspx (QAN 601/4532/8)
This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in all types of engineering. It will provide learners with experience of using different tools and materials to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of what engineering may involve and allow them to develop an understanding of engineering drawing and schematics.
GCSE Systems and Control
(AQA) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-systems-and-control-technology-4565 (QAN 50046081)
The subject combines electronics and programming and pupils will design and make systems with creativity and originality using a range of electronic, mechanical and pneumatic components.
The department runs a number of extra-curricular activities during both lunchtime and afterschool. These are to further develop an interest in the subject and to support KS4 pupils through their exam preparation.
Let’s Get Cooking – Year 7 cooking club lets pupil try a range of different recipes focusing on healthy eating and trying new ingredients.
Lego club – An opportunity for pupils to learn in a very hands-on way how to complete a series of challenges over the year. It is hoped that the group will enter the annual Lego Green City completion and compete against other schools this year.
KS4 Technology – Time for KS$ pupils studying all KS4 courses to develop their controlled assessment work, to extend their subject knowledge or revise for exams.