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CURRICULUM

Design
Technology

Head of Design Technology – Mr N Abraham
Assistant Head of Design Technology – Mr A Nagi
Teacher of Technology – Mr A Eyre

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

  1. 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.
  2. “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.”
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.

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
Scheme of Work Overview

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.

Scheme of Work Overview