Design & Technology Faculty
We aim to securely equip all of our students for life beyond school as successful, confident, inquisitive designers. We believe that education provides the key to social mobility and our curriculum is designed to build strong foundations in the knowledge, understanding and skills which lead to academic and personal success. We want our students to enjoy the challenges that learning offers.
Our aims are underpinned by a culture of high aspirations. Through developing positive relationships, we work towards every individual having a strong belief in their own abilities so that they work hard, build resilience and achieve their very best.
Our curriculum is planned to enable all students to develop skills in the following areas:
To develop an understanding of health and safety within a range of areas
To gain a range of practical skills including the need for precision and a passion for design
To understand the impact people and products have on the environment
To gain a wider understanding of the world around us and the impact people and products can have on this
To use subject specific technical vocabulary to share and explain their ideas and concepts
In addition to subject specific links, we aim to explicitly reinforce the skills and aptitudes which support employers say are important in the workplace;
Aiming high, staying positive and resilience
Communication skills (listening, speaking, presenting)
Teamwork and problem solving,
Creativity and thinking skills
Design and Technology
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.
Each project within our year 7 and 8 curriculum covers the process of design, create and evaluate. Each design stage will look at research and exploration to meet the needs of the user. The students will also develop specifications to their designs and learn to communicate their ideas using annotation. The creating stage is where the fun really begins! Here the students will use a range of specialist tools, machinery and even computer aided manufacturing along with a variety of materials taking into account their different properties. During the evaluation stage the students will test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups. During the course of years 7 & 8 technical knowledge is also covered. This looks at the more complex mechanical systems used in their projects, such as movement, force and power.
As part of their work within food studies, students will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. They will understand and apply the main principles of nutrition and health. They will also develop knowledge and understanding of how to cook mostly savoury dishes to enable them to produce a healthy and varied diet. Students will explore and experiment with different ingredients and cooking techniques raising awareness of taste, texture and smell. Throughout KS3 the students will learn about the source, seasonality and characteristics of different ingredients from around the world.