Design Technology

Staffing

Mr N Abraham - Head of Design Technology: abrahamn@maghullhigh.com

Mr A Nagi - Assistant Head of Design Technology: nagia@maghullhigh.com

Mr A Eyre - Teacher of Technology: eyrea@maghullhigh.com

Twitter:

@MaghullHighDT

Intent

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

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

What are the key concepts that have to be mastered for pupils to be successful in this subject?

Design & Technology

1 Design and Technology should encourage pupils to understand and apply the iterative design process that can be summarised as explore, create and evaluate. 

2 Pupils should be taught to use creativity and imagination to design and make products1 or prototypes2 that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

3 Pupils should acquire subject knowledge in design and technology, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to comprehensively deliver their concepts and products/prototypes. 

Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition must equip students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. They should encourage students to cook and enable them to develop vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

“In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.”

Design Technology

Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 all pupils work on a carousel system and rotate around all the different Design and Technology areas. These include Food & Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Electronics,

Pupils spend at least one term in each area.

The curriculum is project based and pupil’s work designing and making or problem solving with the design work getting progressively more complex as pupils move through the Key Stage.

At the end of the Key Stage they will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to make a considered choice at option time.

DT Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 7        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 8        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 9        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Food Technology

Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 7        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 8        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 9        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

DT Key Stage 4

Design and Technology subjects are in the options for key stage 4. Pupils have the option to choose to study Engineering at the end of year 9.

Option choices are as follows:

  •   BTEC Level 2 Engineering

DT Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 10        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 11        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

DT Key Stage 5

At post 16 we offer two BTEC NQF Level 3 Extended Certificate in Engineering.

It is the equivalent one A Level.

Pupils attain either PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION.

BTEC NQF Level 3 Engineering is fully acceptable for UCAS points.

DT Scheme of Work Overview:

Year 12        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Year 13        Autumn 1    Autumn 2    Spring 1    Spring 2    Summer 1    Summer 2

Cultural Capital

Design & Technology

DT develops pupil’s understanding of how developments in design and technology impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists.

Pupils should learn how to take design risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students should develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high quality design and technology is essential to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation.

Food & Nutrition

A balanced diet and appropriate levels of physical activity are important for good health, and for children and young people they are essential for healthy growth and development. They can help to maintain a healthy body weight and enhance physical and mental health and well-being.

Pupils are taught the rules of simple food hygiene, such as the importance of hand washing, together with helping them to develop an appropriate understanding of the principles that underlie these rules. This understanding, along with the provision of opportunities to put the rules into practice, should help to address issues of food safety in the future and reduce the incidence of food poisoning including E.coli and salmonella.

Pupils develop interfaith/multicultural understanding and social cohesion, it is important for pupils to understand and respect religious food requirements and prohibitions. For example, from a cultural perspective some foods might be outside the pupil’s experience and/or taste preference; from a religious perspective some foods might be restricted owing to religious requirements (for example halal, kosher or vegetarian foods) and abstinence from food might be required at specific times during religious observances such as Ramadan.

 

An Equitable Curriculum - Removing Barriers to Learning

The DT curriculum is designed to allow access for all. The Department is equipped with the facilities that allow wheelchair access through adjustable workbenches in two rooms and adjustable cooking hob and washing unit in the Food and Nutrition room.

The scheme of work and the projects within are all designed to allow access for all. 

 

For further information regarding the Design Technology curriculum please contact Mr Abraham (Head of Design Technology)     abrahamn@maghullhigh.com

 

 

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