D&T

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 a growing number of links with local industry, which provide additional resources for use within the school, and opportunities to see real-world design and manufacturing in action.

Key Stage 3 Topics

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 include: pencil holders, calendars, wheeled wooden toys and bug hotels.

Year 8

Pupils start to focus more on Design Criteria and use different materials and production techniques such as heat-forming acrylic (plastic). Some of the products they create include colour-changing thermometers, acrylic key fobs, steady hand game, funky bird boxes and kites.

Year 9

The pupils investigate structures and movement, through levers and pivots, to build toys with moving components and rubber-band powered vehicles. Other projects may include key racks, mobile phone holders and storage boxes, and the use of CAD/CAM to cut and engrave their products. Electronics is introduced through basic circuits and prototyping.

Key Stage 4

At this stage pupils are taking more responsibility for their own designs and selection of materials and tools. More work is done on mechanisms such as automata, electric motors and more advanced electronics. Projects may be linked to a particular theme, a need within the school or at home, or a connection with local industry. More advanced techniques such as metal-working, enameling, vacuum-forming, and electronics may be included in the project fabrication process as required. 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.

Key Stage 3 Topics

Year 7

Pupils investigate dairy foods, vegetables, other cultures dishes, self- sufficiency and ICT in food technology.

Year 8

Pupils learn about staple foods, seasonal food, food around the world and how to use small electrical equipment.

Year 9

Pupils learn about proteins in food, vegetarian alternatives, cooking for others and production methods.

Key Stage 4

The pupils follow an internally accredited 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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