Design and Technology

Faculty Leader: Mr D Gay

We aim to make Design and Technology an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Embedded in all areas is the importance of Health and Safety. This is an integral part of each lesson.

Product Design
The pupils experience a broad range of technical and practical skills needed to perform everyday tasks confidently. They learn to use this knowledge along with applying mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art skills to design and make a range of useful products. We have links with the local shoe industry who have provided us with resources and have visited school

Key Stage 3
Year 7: Pupils learn to use the tools, machines and equipment safely. Students are introduced to a range of materials and learn a variety of ways in which to cut, shape and join them. Examples of products they can make are be: clocks, shoes, tea light holders and bird feeding stations.

Year 8: Pupils look at production techniques to design and make a steady hand game, funky bird boxes and kites. They use CAD CAM to produce an artefact such as a key ring or an acrylic vase.

Year 9: the pupils investigate structures and movement, through bridge building and using hydraulics to build a moving vehicle.

Year 10 and 11 Pupils follow an accredited course. They design and make a useful product from a given theme. Past examples are mobile phone speakers and electronic games. The emphasis is on independent work and applying previous knowledge.

Cooking and Nutrition
Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that will enable pupils to feed themselves and others affordable now and later in life. Pupils learn to apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook. They are taught to the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes and to understand where food comes from.

Year 7: Investigate Dairy Foods, vegetables, other cultures dishes, self- sufficiency and ICT in food technology.

Year 8: They learn about staple foods, seasonal food, food around the world and how to use small electrical equipment.

Year 9: Proteins in food, vegetarian alternatives, cooking for others and understanding production methods.

Key Stage 4
The pupils follow an accredited AIM course: Everyday Food and Drink Preparation. This course is intended to give the pupils more independence when choosing ingredients and gives them essential life skills.
Last year pupils had the opportunity to meet with specialists from local supermarkets who have ran sessions on healthy eating.

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