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Design Technology

The foundation of quality in teaching and learning is for appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills to be identified, planned and taught.

It is unreasonable for students to undertake the complex requirements of design and make assignments without having first acquired the necessary skills and experiences required for their work. Outcomes produced in Design and Make assignments (DMAs) result from the application of knowledge/skills and understanding gained through Focused Practical Tasks (FPTs) and Investigating, Disassembling and Evaluating Activities (IDEAs). This all helps to develop a specialised technical vocabulary. The knowledge and understanding skills required are also reliant on the programmes of study from other curriculum areas, in particular the STEM subjects.

This forms the basis for the development of the course at Key Stage 3 and is organised so that all students follow the same programmes of study, but this does not mean that the provision is identical for all students. The work is differentiated to allow the needs of the individual group/student to be fully met.

Key Stage 3
Projects are developed to allow students to access the key concepts in Design and Technology during Key Stage 3. They are given the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will allow them to become more independent, confident learners in Design Technology.

Projects are delivered using a rotation format covering the essential material areas within Design Technology.

Y7 – Enquiry Based Learning

Y8 – Pull Along Toy (Resistant Materials)
Flashing Alien (Systems and Control)
Festival (Graphic Products)
Specialist Diets (Food Technology)

Y9 – Trinket Box (Resistant Materials)
Mobile Phone Holder (Product Design)
Graphical Communication (Graphic Products)
Buffet Foods (Food Technology)

Key Stage 4
The courses offered at key stage 4 are currently:
Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560) (Full Course)
Design and Technology: Food Technology (4545) (Full Course)
Design and Technology: Graphic Products (4560) (Full Course)
Information Technology: Computing (J275) (Full Course)

The examination board for all Design Technology courses is AQA. The examination board for the Information Technology course is OCR.