The National Curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
Cooking and Nutrition:
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
Food: Eatwell Guide Project
Textiles: Bag Project
Resistant Material: Crocodile Automata Project
Product Design: Moisture Tester, and Keyring CAD/CAM project
Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
Food: Dietary Needs project
Textiles: Hat Project
Resistant Material: Wind Chime Project
Product Design: Mood Light/Timer Project
Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:
Food: International Cuisine Project
Textiles: Sustainability Project
Graphics: Nets CAD/CAM Packaging Project
Students will select one of the three Design and Technology subjects to study in more detail Resistant Materials OR Textiles OR Graphics. Design and Technology is an area of study that focuses on planning, designing and creating products which people use. GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.