Design and Technology prepares pupils to participate in rapidly changing technologies. They learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. The subject calls for pupils to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, to learn key skills and become effect team members. This in turn helps prepare them for their future careers. They look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems using a variety of materials and ingredients. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, taking into account function and industrial practice.
As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects on society. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators in all aspects of life.
In Technology we aim to
- develop in our students the creative and technical skills alongside the practical expertise needed to perform in a world full of ever changing technology
- develop in our students the ability to a wide range of knowledge and the skills to apply this knowledge to real world situations
- develop in our students the ability to grow an understanding of processes and skills needed to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- develop in our students the ability to evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- develop in our students the ability to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
- highlight the importance of STEM and STEM careers so students can make informed decisions and gain access to the next stage of work life after education.
Key Stage 3 Product Design is taught in Year 7, 8 and 9 as part of a rotation with Computer Science. Pupils will study Product Design for two terms giving them the opportunity to experience four exciting Design and Manufacture projects. Within Product Design, pupils will experience working in a number of specialist areas including Materials Technology, Graphics, CAD/CAM and Electronics. All of the projects offered at KS3 are intended to encourage learners to become inquisitive about design, gain confidence working individually and in teams/groups and develop their initiative by becoming innovative, creative learners.
In Key Stage 4 pupils follow the AQA Product Design specification. The course requires them to research and use as inspiration a range of design movements from the 20th century, learn how to design and manufacture items in a range of materials, incorporate ergonomics and anthropometrics to inform the specifics of design.
A host of skills are further developed in Key Stage 4, and students will use the design and evaluation processes to take their inspiration through from concept through to manufacture and evaluation. Technology teaches and develops so many different skill areas that it lends itself well to careers as diverse as manufacturing, interior design and marketing.
Key Stage 5 students follow the AQA Product Design specification, and at AS level Students should develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety.
- Developing an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials and components.
- The broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture methods in which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products
- Health and safety issues relevant to working with materials. Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM)
- Ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety
- The life cycle of products including manufacture, use and functional aspects and final disposal.
At A2, the specification offers Students the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture.
- Classifying materials and identifying, testing and comparing their application to product manufacture
- The implications of Health and Safety as an element of design activity
- Examination of alternative designs and redesigning existing products
- Use of natural resources, materials utilisation, conservation, waste disposal/management, pollution, recycling
- Appreciation and understanding of the use of CAM for industrial production
- Moral, economic, social and environmental responsibilities of the designer
- Planning production procedures and methods.