Design Technology

Design and technology is an enjoyable, inspiring, creative and practical subject where pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products which meet human needs. Our department facilities and resources allow for a wide range of activities both as part of the curriculum and for extended projects during school hours and after school. 

The aim is to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding
  • Use creative and imaginative thinking
  • Able to solve real and relevant problems in context
  • Able to investigate
  • Will explore and develop ideas
  • Will design and make high quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

•  Critique, test and evaluate their ideas

Key Stage 3

Year 7 begins with an introduction to health and safety in the workshop area, followed by a series of modules which place a strong emphasis on developing a variety of practical skills in line with the National Curriculum. In their first year, the emphasis is on the development of key design skills as they grow in confidence and creativity. Later on, they are able to tackle more complex tasks involving a variety of media, from more traditional materials and Computer-Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.

In year 8 students develop skills learnt from year 7 through a variety of creative and practical activities. Pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.   They continue to identify and solve their own design problems.  They develop specifications to inform the design of original, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of solutions. Pupils work with variety of materials and equipment and the use of ICT to develop further.

In year 9 pupils will be working on projects that give them a more accurate flavour of what the different disciplines in design and technology offer at KS4.   This practical subject area requires the application of knowledge and understanding when undertaking market research, initial ideas, developing ideas, modelling, making, testing and evaluating.

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: AQA

Students focus on resistant materials for their design technology controlled assessment. The students focus on designing and making products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students gain knowledge of a range of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. They produce a design folder and a practical piece of coursework as part of their controlled assessment as well as preparing for the final theory examination. The quality of the practical work and skills are important in resistant materials supported by the ability to design, plan and explain how the practical processes are used in production.

This qualification consists of two units. Unit 1:- is worth 40% of the total GCSE and is assessed by a two-hour examination that will test the pupil’s knowledge and design skills. Unit 2:- is worth 60% of the total GCSE and is assessed by controlled research, design and practical tasks. This requires students to undertake a project based on a selected task and produce a product and portfolio of written work.