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Design & Technology

The design and technology curriculum aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.

Students will have the opportunity to explore the five key curriculum concepts: materials and their working properties, specialist techniques and processes, communication of designs, prototype development and impact on society and the environment.  

 
 
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Design and Technology is a 

phenomenally important subject. 

Logical, creative and practical, 

it's the only opportunity students 

have to apply what they learn in 

maths and science. 

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James Dyson

At key stage 4, students will select a material area to specialise in, enabling them to further develop specialist technical skills and gain a greater understanding of the working properties of materials.

 

Students will be able apply their knowledge and skills to real-world situations through practical problem-solving tasks and prototype development. Analysing the work of others, and testing and evaluating their own prototypes will enable students to become reflective learners.

 

The iterative design process forms an integral part of each project, enabling students to explore different techniques for communicating design ideas and discover the value of testing and evaluating in order to produce high quality prototypes.

 

Throughout the curriculum, strong links are forged with subjects such as science, maths, geography and business studies. Students will explore the impact of global warming, issues of sustainability, as well as learn about effective business innovation, fashion trends and how to analyse, record and present data, following prototype testing.

What are they learning?

Year 7


In Year 7, students will learn about materials and their working properties during a rotation in textiles. They will explore the properties of natural, synthetic and regenerated fibres and look at fabric construction, embedding their knowledge and skills through practical application when developing their own prototype. A rotation in graphics, will enable students to gain a greater understanding of the iterative design process when learning how to communicate their design ideas using one and two-point perspective and isometric drawing techniques. Students will explore the working properties of timbers and polymers during a rotation in resistant materials, enabling them to gain knowledge in specialist techniques and processes, as well as an insight into the environmental impact linked to each material.




Year 9


In year 9, students are able to select a material area to specialise in, enabling them to focus on developing specialist technical skills and gain a greater understanding of the working properties of materials. Students will develop their understanding of new and emerging technologies, enhancement of fabrics and materials and the use of environmentally friendly materials. Prototype development will include garment construction in textiles and an automata project in resistant materials.




Potential Careers relating to your subject


Architect / Carpenter / Costume Designer / Electrician / Plasterer / Plumber / Primary School Teacher / Secondary School Teacher / Textiles/ Fashion Designer / Stylist / Advertising / Display designer / Retail Manager / Aerospace engineer / Theatre Set Designer / Bricklayer / Computer-aided Design Technician / Pattern Cutter / Fashion Journalist




Year 8


The five curriculum concepts are developed further in Year 8, with projects in textiles, graphics and resistant materials. Developing, testing and evaluating prototypes are areas of focus in both textiles and resistant materials. Learning how to use new equipment and machinery is key to the development of specialist techniques and processes in timbers and textiles this year. Prototype development includes a set of juggling balls, a night light and a slot-together toy. Students will explore the iterative design process further in graphics when looking at design movements and how the work of others can help inspire design ideas. Knowledge of materials and their working properties will be enhanced when looking at regenerated fibres and environmentally friendly fabrics in textiles. Prototype development includes a set of juggling balls, a night light and a slot-together toy.




GCSE


At GCSE, students will gain a greater understanding of the value of primary and secondary data when analysing and researching set briefs through a series of design and make projects. These projects are designed to prepare students for their Non-Exam Assessment in Year 11, which follows the design journey of the iterative design process. As the course progresses, students will develop the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to make key design decisions linked to client needs, the environment, production methods, specialist techniques, aesthetics, safety and functionality.





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