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.
Our objectives are that the students will be able to:
- generate, develop, model and communicate ideas in a range of ways
- respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products
- apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, ingredients and technologies to design and make their products
- use existing products and design to help them develop their own
- plan their Designing and Making and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials, components or ingredients
- evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities are the most appropriate to use
- solve technical problems
- reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their products so that they can see how they could make improvements in future project work
Within the Technology Department there are several ‘Strands of Knowledge’
Product Design | Textiles Technology | Graphic Products | Food Technology
Each of these strands cover a wide area but all follow identical processes of Design and Manufacture.
|Developing a Specification||
|Development of Chosen Ideas||
|Planning the making||
Throughout Key Stage 3 girls will rotate around the department spending approximately 12 weeks studying an area before moving to the next. By the time the girls reach the stage of deciding their GCSE options they would have experienced eight or nine sessions and will have experiences that will help them make their choices. Each of the four main areas listed above are offered at GCSE and also at AS and A2 level.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4