“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
– Steve Jobs
In Years 7-9 pupils study the Design & Technology subjects in rotation, spending approximately nine weeks in each area whilst taught be specialist staff.
In year 7 Food, pupils learn about basic nutrition and eating a healthy diet. They design and make a range of simple dishes using all the different parts of a cooker, learning how to use equipment safely and hygienically. As pupils progress into year 8, they learn how cook more complex meals using staple foods and incorporate cuisine from around the world. In year 9, pupils develop their knowledge of the function and working properties and experimental work.
In Textiles, pupils work with fabrics and thread, using hand sewing equipment as well as sewing machines. In year 7 pupils design and make a decorative panel using appliqué and embroidery threads which is then used to make a denim cover for their planners. In years 8 and 9 they make a pencil case and cushion using more advanced processes.
In year 7 Product Design pupils work with materials to make a wooden pencil case, learn how to design for a client group and how to use tools and equipment safely. As they progress into years 8 and 9 they are exposed to new processes such as electronics, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.
In Graphics, year 7 pupils design a chocolate bar and market their product through a point of sale. As they move through KS3 Graphics they learn how to use industry standard design packages such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Projects include designing a point of sale display for a DVD and manufacturing a bespoke presentation pack.
At key stage 4 pupils can select from a diverse range of Design & Technology qualifications. These include:
In all these qualifications, pupils build on skills developed in key stage 3 through making a range of exciting practical activities. Practical work is always supported with design and written theory work. In
As pupils move through year 10 they undertake controlled assessment tasks which form part of their final grade. In year 11, there are further controlled assessment tasks and then preparation for their final examinations.
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