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 pupils are introduced to the subject by learning about safety in the textiles area and how to use tools and equipment including the sewing machine, steam iron and fabric shears. Skills and techniques vital to successful textile production are then introduced, including the use of different materials, design processes, decoration techniques and aesthetics.
Over the course of Key Stage 3, students will design and make a number of items using textiles, including a universal mobile phone cover, storage solutions and make up bag.
Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA Textiles course, and further develop their skills acquired in Key Stage 3 to a higher level. The course begins by encouraging research and analytical techniques, comparing and contrasting materials solutions to storage problems, develop solutions and learn techniques for constructing and decorating their own product. The source then leads us in to exploring mass manufacturing techniques, computer aided design and the importance of fair trade.
A big element of the assessment for this qualification is a coursework project, and students spend time selecting from a design brief, researching and developing ideas, producing a range of options for evaluation and finally design and manufacture of the final product. The coursework element allows pupils to use and strengthen skills already developed earlier in their school careers.