Meet the Department
|Mr N Gough
||Head of Technology
|Mr P Daley
||Teacher of Technology
Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. The course has been designed to encourage pupils to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. They will acquire and apply knowledge and understanding through: Short focused tasks to develop making techniques, analysing and evaluating products and processes, developing ideas, planning and producing products, considering how past and present design and technology affects society, recognising moral, cultural and environmental issues that form part of design and technology. They will learn how their ideas could be manufactured, both individually and commercially, including the use of CAD/CAM. The necessary graphic techniques will be developed to enhance the design folder work. During the course the emphasis is placed on combining skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and manufacture quality products in quantity. Students acquire and apply knowledge, skill and understanding through;
- Developing design, research and investigation skills
- An understanding of a variety of materials and their properties
- An appreciation of the manufacture of commercial products
- An understanding of the link between the designer, the manufacturer and the user
- Market research, costing and the evaluation of products
- Developing practical skills
- Recognising the moral, cultural and environmental issues inherent in design technology
In KS3 the Technology curriculum is delivered in four, 10-week blocks where pupils will study Technology/Textiles/Catering
Technology – Two 10 week projects
Students design and make two projects in Yr7, a mini light and a bookend. Pupils first learn about workshop safety and workshop routines. A wide variety of hand tools are used in these projects with an emphasis on accuracy.
Mini Light – The mini light introduces pupils to the design process as a way of generating ideas for products. A template is made and used to cut out the mini light shape in plastic.
Book End – The bookend shows pupils how to mark out accurately using the correct tools and to use jigs to help cut a Lap Joint in pine. Sketching ideas and learning how to draw in isometric to present ideas and thoughts, to an audience.
Jewellery – demonstrates how metals can be cast into different shapes. Pupils make a study of Art deco & Art Nouveau design styles and use them to generate design ideas.
Mobile Phone Holder – is made in acrylic and shows pupils how to design using the CAD package 2D design and shows how this can be linked to a CNC router to produce the final product.
Clock – demonstrates laminating of different materials using plywood and plastics
MP3 Amplifier – electronics project PCB assembly and vacuum forming
AQA GCSE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 8552
This is a new specification being taught from September 2017.
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
How pupils will be assessed: 50% Examination 50% Coursework
The Examination has been split into three sections as follows:
- Core technical principles
- Specialist technical principles
- Designing and making principles
Yr 10 will focus on these core skills, learning through practical projects and written examples that will prepare pupils for the examination and the coursework project.
Yr 11 will be the Practical application of the core skills which will be approximately 30–35 hours design and make task consisting of:
- Assessment criteria:
- Identifying and investigating design possibilities
- Producing a design brief and specification
- Generating design ideas
- Developing design ideas
- Realising design ideas
- Analysing & evaluating
- The design challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the coursework
- Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence
Extra Curricular Opportunities