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.
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.
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?
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.
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