Welcome to D&T
James Dyson has said that:
“Design & Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.”
Within our department we provide a curriculum that spans a number of specialist disciplines that closely relate to a wide range of career pathways that are both fun and challenging. In keeping with the school aims our fundamental expectations of students are that they take pride in their work, always strive to do their best and respect the work of others.
It is important to us that pupils achieve and enjoy their time with us. Outside normal school hour’s department staff give generously of their time to provide evening booster sessions and holiday catch-ups.
Design and Technology prepares students for tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Our aim is for students to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and in teams. They are all encouraged to look for needs and opportunities in the world around us and they respond to them by developing and making a variety of products both at KS3 and at GCSE level.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
All pupils are given the opportunity to learn new skills, knowledge and expertise using a wide range of materials, including electronic components, wood, plastic, card, and food.
Resource tasks are carried out to build up a student’s experience, knowledge and skills through structured booklets and extension work. These lead on to capability tasks, which utilises these skills and test understanding. Progress is mapped using the school’s assessment schedule with a final National Curriculum level for DT given at the end of the key stage.
Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 & 11)
Design and Technology is optional at Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to follow a variety of courses. These are:
- Electronic Products
- Food Technology
- Product Design
- Resistant Materials
Each of these are offered as a full GCSE qualifications through AQA or may be Entry Level for some students. The specifications require students to complete a Design and Make project of their choice, worth 60% of the final grade and a written examination, which is 40%.
All students are set homework and the time spent on homework will increase as students progress through the Key Stages in line with school expectations.
The department has access to three workshop areas and two Food Technology rooms. We also have access to computer facilities to allow our students to complete key controlled assessment tasks. We have the capability to manufacture high quality outcomes using specialist computer software and our laser cutter in our workshop based subjects, but while we believe in giving pupils skills within new technologies, we also focus on traditional skills training to developing their ability to work with hand tools and manual machinery to produce quality products.
Design & Technology News
- Primary Link 2017
Southwark Primary School Introduction to cooking course (20/04/2017)
- Design and Technology
Product Design Year 11 (24/03/2017)
- Design and Technology
Year 8 Clock Project (09/01/2017)
- Product Design Revision Packs
Mrs Hall has developed a specialist revision pack for all year 11 GCSE product design students (21/04/2015)
- Electronic Products YouTube Channel
DCA Design & Technology staff have launched a new YouTube channel to support GCSE Electronics (14/04/2015)