All students study Design and Technology at Key Stage 3. We aim to teach our pupils to work independently and with creativity. Technology skills are developed through analysis of existing products and skills based activities to design and make quality products. Through Design and Technology, students become independent and creative problem solvers by developing confident practical skills and the ability to work within a fast changing world.
Key Stage 3 Technology
The main areas of study in KS3 are Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials. We also incorporate ICT skills along with an element of Graphic Design. Technology develops a range of skill including innovation, creativity and problem solving, both as individuals and as part of a team. Throughout KS3 we aim to develop confidence as well as awareness of safety by applying learning in familiar contexts before advancing to the unfamiliar.
At this level, homework should take no longer than 30 minutes each week. Types of assessment could include research, investigations and evaluations. Students are encouraged to develop their skills using Google sketchup and technologystudent.com. There are many valuable resources on Manufacturer websites; we particularly like M&S as they produce products applicable to all 3 areas of study.
The department offers a range of extra curricular activities, including various lunchtime catch up sessions as and when required and access to relevant local and national competitions.
Key Stage 4 Technology
From September 2018, we are offering two GCSE courses:
- WJEC Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition which comprises a series of practical investigations underpinned with a comprehensive knowledge of the scientific and nutritional theory behind the processes involved. We use the Educas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition text book, which pupils can log into online here.
- Edexcel GCSE Art, Craft and Design. Students will cover a wide range of techniques at the start of the course, including traditional art techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics, alongside a range of stitched textile processes and RM techniques, including computer aided design, pyrography and precious metal clay. They can select at least two of these to use within their coursework projects and can specialise in just one area in their exam project if they wish.
All Technology subjects are weighted with 60% controlled assessment and 40% exam assessment. This gives the opportunity to develop practical skills, time management and independence as well as a knowledge base. 30-45 minutes of homework is expected each week, which may cover research, planning, revision and exam preparation exercises.