Design and Technology
Key Stage 3
We follow a broad based curriculum where students are given the opportunity to explore many aspects of designing and making.
The fundamentals are:
- Responding to design tasks through analysis, research and initial design ideas.
- Development of ideas through drawing, CAD and model making.
- Learning skills, processes and techniques, (using tools and machinery, technical building processes like joints, structures and adhesives) across the areas of wood work, plastics, CAD/ CAM, textiles, product Design and electronics.
- Exploring the potential of materials and processes.
Throughout the curriculum, creavitivity is nutured and encouraged. Students have the opportunities to experience new things and this is very important. As student's progress through Yr.7 to Yr.8 and Yr.9, learning is personalised as much as possible. The most able students in Yr. 9 are following a Level 2 Btec 3D Design curriculum.
Key Stage 4
Students choose D&T as an option at the end of Yr. 9. They begin Yr. 10 by working towards a Btec Level 2 certificate in 3D Design. Students, also, have the option of pursuing the Btec to Diploma level or entering for GCSE Resistant or Textiles. Students work on personal projects within the structure and disciplines set out in the assessment criteria for each unit covered. These include:
- Working to 3D design briefs: Exploring plastics processes and techniques, wood lamination and the use of moulds, marquetry. Final projects include designing and making a piece of furniture (table or stool), a media storage unit or a table lamp
- Surface decoration for 2D design: primary and secondaryresearch on a theme, developing an imageas a designfor application on various surfaces, batik, screen printing, felt making, enamellingand iron on vinyl.