DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
The department believes that design and technology provides an essential educational experience for all pupils.
It is stimulating, intellectually demanding and stretches to the full the innovative and creative powers of the least to the most able pupil.
Key Stage 3
Induction Course Designed to give every student the opportunity to learn some basic presentation skills, this short course focusses on the design process and graphic techniques.
There are three challenging projects in Year 8 which include designing a toy with a moving part suitable for young children; the opportunity to make a useful storage shelf for such things as CD's and tapes and to redesign the classic craft knife for use in school. Can pupils improve on this classic design?
Year 9 is a very important year in Technology as it is when you will have to make a choice about which subject to follow at GCSE. The options are:Resistant Materials, Electronic Products,Graphics. For that reason the Year 9 projects are both demanding and enjoyable.
Key Stage 4
Electronic Products: If pupils like the idea of solving real-life problems using electronics then they will really enjoy themselves. In this subject they will learn more about the theory of electronics as well as making a range of small circuits and designing PCB's using computers. Pupils need to have a good record in maths and science to cope with this subject.
Resistant Materials: If pupils want to get into the workshop and solve problems using wood, metal and plastics then maybe this is the subject for them. They will get the chance to learn about the materials and manufacturing processes used today to make a wide range of everyday items. They will then be able to use those techniques to design and make their own products.
Graphic Products: How good are you at communicating your ideas to others?
That is what this subject is all about. Pupils will be asked to solve problems using both drawings and 3 dimensional models.
Pupils will learn to use a range of professional techniques and materials. They should have good drawings skills already to get the most out of this subject.