• DT

Design and Technology

Creating futures

Design and technology is a subject in which the learner is challenged to develop creative, collaborative and critical thinking. It requires analytical, evaluative, technical, scientific, mathematical, creative and practical skills to be combined. Learners develop perseverance, determination and patience, and the ability to work with others. The subject teaches responsibility and commitment, it encourages learners to think creatively and imaginatively with a sense of purpose, consideration for others and to consider the impact of the choices they make. Design and Technology is not about always giving the right answer it is more about asking the right questions and developing in students the confidence to go their own way.

Our approach

We believe Design and Technology to be increasingly relevant in modern society and endeavour to ensure that students understand the environmental, ethical, social and cultural issues associated with our innate desire to design and make. We hope that through product analysis and the study of design trends and influences, students learn to adopt healthy lifestyles and become discerning consumers and users of products.  Working individually or in teams, students develop design and technology knowledge, skills and understanding through projects and design challenges. Students explore design opportunities and use the design process to create products or prototypes using a variety of materials, skills and techniques.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 

In Year 7 students have two fifty minute lessons of Design & Technology per week, focusing on either Food, Textiles or Product Design for a term and then rotating. This means that by the end of Year 7 they have experienced all three areas within Design & Technology.

Students are introduced to the new and different specialist environments and taught to work safely and hygienically. They begin their learning about materials and ingredients, their properties and characteristics, and develop skills, and techniques as they complete focused practical tasks.

Through projects students begin to develop designing skills, they are introduced to design briefs and design specifications, they learn how to use product analysis and consider the sustainability of products.  Creativity is encouraged as the students consider the design of the products and prototypes they make. Students are introduced to the use of ICT for computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM).

Continual assessment is used to inform teacher judgements about levels with assessment of each project focused on specific elements of Design & Technology capability. At the end of year 7 students complete a one hour exam that tests the student’s design and thinking skills.

Year 8

In Year 8 students have two fifty minute lessons of Design & Technology per week, focusing on either Food, Textiles or Product Design for a term and then rotating. This means that by the end of Year 8 they have experienced all three areas within Design & Technology.

Students are by now familiar with expectations in terms of health, safety and hygiene and are expected to work with greater independence.  They continue to learn new skills and techniques and their knowledge and experience of materials is broadened through more challenging focused practical tasks.

The projects set are more open and provide opportunities for students to apply their learning and make design decisions more independently. Students are expected to be able to justify their choices and should consider the sustainability issues whether environmental, ethical or social. Students enhance their skills using computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) and in Product Design they begin to incorporate the use of electronics into their designing.

Continual assessment is used to inform teacher judgements about levels with assessment of each project focused on specific elements of Design & Technology capability. At the end of year 8 students complete a one hour exam that tests the student’s design and thinking skills.


Year 9

In Year 9 students have two fifty minute lessons of Design & Technology per week. They focus on either Food, Textiles or Product Design/Graphics for a term before rotating.

Over the duration of year 9 students have one term of  Food, one term of Textiles and one term of Product Design, although not necessarily in that order. Students continue to develop in Design & Technology competence and confidence as they undertake the challenge of designing products to meet more open design briefs. Students have the opportunity to choose and utilise a wider range of materials, and techniques and should be problem solving and making informed decisions based on the skills and knowledge acquired previously.

One project is completed each term in each subject, with assessment based on the work completed over the duration of each term. The projects are designed to challenge students to work independently and prepare students for controlled assessment at GCSE.  Continual assessment is used to inform teacher judgements about levels with assessment of each project focused on specific elements of Design & Technology capability. Students complete a one hour exam that tests the student’s design and thinking skills.

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