Design and Technology
Statement of Intent
In KS3 we aim to build practical ability, equipping students with the skills to use a wide range of materials and processes in both every day and project based contexts.
Students will learn to solve problems using research and experience to inform their ideas. They will become practiced in communicating these skills by drawing and modelling.
In KS 4 and 5 we aim to develop creativity and problem solving skills through designing and making products for specific users.
We hope to enable all of our students to become resourceful and innovative and to gain an understanding of how design can improve the lives of others and our environment.
We aim to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to make decisions about how products should be made in a modern and changing world.
Our students are taught about the Health and Safety aspects of a D&T workshop. They will learn about working properties of materials and issues of sustainable design. We also encourage students to participate in enterprising events and STEM focused activities which provide them with transferable and employability skills for life such as; problem solving skills, working under pressure to deadlines and numeracy.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students will learn to work with the key resistant materials; wood, plastic, metal as well as CAD/CAM through engaging and challenging projects which focus on quality of outcome. Students will also be encouraged to develop their creative problem solving skills, with design tasks that develop their initiative, independence and promote safety.
Key Stage 4
Design and Technology is purposeful, as well as being fun and exciting! Studying GCSE Design and Technology will build on what students learnt about designing and making in Key Stage 3. They will use their knowledge and skills to design and make new and better solutions to real problems, on their own and with others, working with the material area of their choice. They will also develop skills, such as teamwork and time management which are highly prized by employers. The GCSE course is part NEA (Non-examination assessment) and part written examination (50%).
The department has close links with local manufacturing companies, and provides trips to embed theory and introduce students to the professional environment. Current visits include factory tours at Keen Attachments and Reid Lifting.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 we offer a two year A Level course in Design and Technology (Product Design). The qualification allows students to study the principles of designing and making such as the performance characteristics of materials and designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment. Students will also complete an independent design and make project linked to inclusive design and produce a portfolio of work and a final practical outcome. There are four parts to the assessment, covering identification of the design problem, developing the design, making the prototype and evaluating both the design and the final prototype. Students will emerge themselves in challenging design projects that encourage transferable skills such as problem solving, analysis and quality prototyping skills.
Skills learned will lead to further education courses in design, engineering, architecture and higher level apprenticeships.
Within the context of the major project students will work closely with local organisations (currently Heart of the Forest School and Morello Physiotherapy Clinic), who provide support, specialist knowledge and the opportunity to design for real life clients.
They also have the opportunity to experience Product Design on a professional level with a visit to Kinneir Dufort Design in Bristol.