Design & Technology


Welcome

Welcome to the Design & Technology page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

The overall aim for pupils in D&T is to build their confidence, their knowledge and their practical capability so they can solve practical problems by generating design solutions and manufacturing quality items using ingredients, components, fabrics, raw materials such as wood, metal, plastic and new and smart materials.

What are the aims of each area?

Within each area of D&T all pupils will learn how to investigate a design problem, research relevant details, present design solutions as drawings, computer images and three dimensional outcomes, with skill and within a safe working environment.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

In Key Stage 3, pupils will develop their designing and making abilities in a broad range of technologies including Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Mechanisms, Electronics and Control Systems. In Food, pupils will focus on Food & Nutrition and developing their practical skills. Pupils will have two lessons each week taught by specialist teachers in all areas.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Years 7 and 8 pupils will be assessed on their ability to investigate problems, research relevant information, present design solutions and manufacture quality items. Overall progress is reflected in National curriculum levels from level 4 to level 7 at intervals throughout the Key Stage.


Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

Pupils will have two or three lessons each week. Currently there are GCSE groups running in Textile Design in Year 11 and; Food Preparation & Nutrition and  Design & Technology in years 9, 10, and 11. 

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

All our GCSE courses involve practical design and make controlled tasks (NEAs) which are completed in Year 11.  In the new specification Food Preparation & Nutrition and Design & Technology Courses the breakdown for the GCSE assessment comprises of 50% controlled tasks and 50% examination. In Textile Design the assessment is 60% personal portfolio of work and 40% final exam board set task completed over 10hours.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Food Technology
2016
2017
2018
A* - C Grades
72.3%
53.9%

Food Preparation & Nutrition



4+ "Standard" Pass


74.4%
5+ "Strong Pass


53.5%


 Design & Technology
A*-C % pass rate
2016
2017
2018
Electronics and Control Systems
76.7%
63.2%
43.9%
Resistant Materials
53.8%
25%
44.4%
Textiles


74.2%


What can it lead to?

All Design & Technology courses underpin a number of further and higher education courses and apprenticeships, along with an extensive range of careers in Food and Textile related industries, Engineering, Design and Construction industries.


Accommodation & Resources

All Design & Technology courses are taught by extremely experienced subject specialists.

There are two well established workshops for Resistant Materials and Electronics, two dedicated Food rooms, a purpose built Design room with a suite of computers, Laser cutter, 3D printer and a new purpose built room for Textiles.

All rooms have computer access and interactive whiteboards or touch screens.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in Design & Technology gaining 'real world' skills and an increased knowledge of the technologies which permeate the world in which they live. They enjoy acquiring designing and making skills, working safely and confidently as individuals and also as part of a team.