DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
We strongly believe in the importance of Design and Technology as a subject. It helps us to understand and give meaning to the world in which we live and, as such, we strive to make our students think about the world we are living in. Through our curriculum we aim to provide students with an all-round experience that is exciting and ensures that our students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking. At the centre of our subject is creativity and imagination. Design & Technology draws, develops and implements a range of different disciplines including mathematics, science, engineering, computing, geography, business studies and art. The subject also embeds high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.
We support our students to aspire through their learning experiences to standards of excellence intellectually, practically, and aesthetically. Each student experiences a variety of media and techniques. In KS3 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence into Key Stages 4 and 5.
We support students in learning to co-operate and negotiate and be able to share good practice and learn from others. We develop students’ awareness of the impact of design and design technology on society and expect them to achieve by applying a variety of skills from the wider curriculum together with those specific to, Design and Technology to produce effective and considered prototype products. We enable students to enjoy their learning in Design and Technology and gain transferable skills that will help them in other curriculum areas and in life.
We are a well-resourced department in terms of equipment and facilities. We are therefore able to offer a broad curriculum within our KS3 Design and Technology that gives a solid foundation in terms of technical knowledge and skills that allow our learners to progress into any of our KS4 options. We aim to create independent and confident learners, confident in the use of a broad range of tools, processes, materials and equipment by the end of the three years, even if they do not study Design and Technology in KS4. These are essential ‘life skills’ that should prove valuable time and time again in years to come, either in the workplace, or at home.
At KS4, learners will opt for one subject only in DT: NCFE Engineering Manufacture, this course is still relatively new to the school as there has been significant changes made on a national level in terms of the availability of courses at this level. We have responded to national changes and still offer a broad curriculum at Key Stage 3 to suit the needs of all learners.
We teach in such a way through KS3 & KS4 that we develop as much independence as possible in learners, so that they are able to take control of their own learning and their own projects at KS4. This gives them the best possible preparation for going on to employment with training, high quality technical apprenticeships or into Further Education. A good proportion of our learners go on to further education or employment in a technical area and our learners are frequently asked to take their Design and Technology work to interview with them in order to demonstrate their aptitude & ability.
By the time children leave our school they will:
- An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
- The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
- The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
- The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
- A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
- The ability to apply mathematical knowledge and skills accurately.
- The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
- A passion for the subject.
- Successful, independent learners who enjoy learning.
- Confident self-managers and team-workers, who are willing to take risks and keep an open-mind about new ideas and techniques.
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Students who understand how to make progress and achieve to their potential.
- Responsible citizens aware of the role they play in society and the importance of Design and Technology in contributing to society.