Design and Technology is a diverse department covering a wide range of subject areas. With passionate staff delivering exciting and interesting topic areas, we support students with their knowledge and understanding of the ever changing world they are growing up in. Students develop a mixture of drawing and design skills, analytical and problem solving skills, manufacturing knowledge and skill and an insight to the world of design and technology.
Students will also integrate the evolving area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) topics into their lessons to be able to build a confident base knowledge of the subject.
Who teaches my child?
Mr Crosland (Head of Department)
Key Stage 3
With a new GCSE specification in Design & Technology, what we deliver at Key Stage 3 has changed significantly over the last couple of years. Students now cover topic areas rather than make projects and cover information in the areas of:
Students will be assessed and guided to improve in each area we cover, looking at developing a deeper understanding and ability to showcase work. Students will be assessed on drawing ability, ability to analyse and investigate, ability to create / design and problem solve, ability to manufacture and reflect on their own work.
Students will be expected to complete two homework projects during the year which will support their knowledge and provide a wider look at the world of design and manufacture. Support and encouragement with the completion of these will help them progress better in lessons.
Key Stage 4
Each discipline of Design & Technology (currently Product Design or Materials and Graphics) follows a similar path, with students progressing through:
- a research section
- design and development section
- a making section
- a review section
Students will learn the necessary skills and knowledge regarding ranges of materials, processes and techniques in order to successfully manufacture a range of products as part of their coursework.New technologies and materials are also features of each area of Design and Technology Key Stage 4 curriculum. In addition to this students will also work towards an exam, covering all the necessary subject areas.
Year 9 and Year 10
Each discipline of the new Design & Technology Specification (Materials or Paper & Board) follows a similar path, with students covering all the required subject knowledge to be able to create a successful project and portfolio as well as completing an exam at the end of their second year of studying.
During the first year of studying, students cover all subject areas to build sufficient knowledge, skill and confidence to be able to apply it through their own work. During the second year, students progress through:
- an investigation section,
- a design and development section,
- a making section,
- a review section.
Year 9 and Year 10
In the areas of Materials and Paper & Board, students complete a piece of coursework which is worth 50% of their grade with the remaining 50% being made up by the end of course exam.
Both the coursework and the exam (which include Maths and Science application) are completed in or at the end of the second year of study. During the first year, students can expect to be formally assessed at the end of each unit. Additionally, classwork will be marked with feedback being used to support and develop the ability of each student.
Key Stage 5
Graphic Communication teaches students the principles of graphic design through a series of assignments. These will allow students to explore skills in:
- information design
Graphic Communication is assessed in Year 13. Students submit a portfolio which includes a range of project outcomes, consisting of a range of practical and written assignments which cover four assessment objectives, making up 60% of their grade.
There is an expectation that students match their lesson time with independent working and are prepared to take the initiative on their projects. They work in A3 portfolios and are encouraged to fill them with as much as possible from external inputs and research or experimentation. Support and guidance with any of this will support with their progress.