Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
In their first years the emphasis is on the development of key design skills as they grow in confidence and creativity. Later on, they are able to tackle more complex tasks involving a variety of media from the more traditional materials to electronics and computer-aided design and manufacture.
Design and Technology places our pupils at the leading edge of the industrial world where innovation, creativity and style meet the practicalities of engineering. With this in mind, the students will be encouraged to participate widely in local and national competitions while liaising with local associates in industry to gain experience of design and technology in action.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
Key Stage 3
Pupils complete a range of booklets with accompanying design and making tasks to develop a range of skills using materials and equipment. Homework is set as appropriate to support the learning.
Key Stage 4
Pupils can select to take the Design and Technology GCSE (specialising in resistant materials and mechanical systems).
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The department has a clean DT room for design and computer based activities and a workshop.
Homework is set to help pupils reinforce their learning, explore new areas of the subject and deepen their knowledge and understanding. It encourages and interest in the subject and independent learning. It provides practise for the rigors of the GCSE examination.
The Technology department sets homework in accordance with the school’s homework policy: a minimum of 2 pieces per half term at Key Stage 3 and a minimum of one piece per fortnight at Key Stage 4.
There is a variety of homework set at both key stages. Some homework is set to prepare for future lessons or consolidate learning in lessons e.g. investigation into materials e.g. how pasta is made to reinforce learning or evaluate the practical outcomes to show understanding of materials characteristics or use of equipment. Some homework is creative and asks pupils to sketch ideas for a situation to practise techniques and show understanding of materials. At GCSE level homework is set to support the projects according to the topic followed. Homework will be varied e.g. research, sketching of ideas. Revision style questions are set to consolidate learning and practise for the mock and GCSE examinations to prepare students for the style of questions set and the best way of responding.
Homework is marked in line with the school’s homework and assessment policies.
Please refer to the school’s homework policy for how missing homework is followed up.
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