Design & Technology
KS3 Design and Technology Students are taught in mixed ability classes. They have one hour per week in Design and Technology and will all have experience of Product Design and Food Technology by the end of Year 8 where they have two hours per week. Students will build up knowledge and skills and use graphic design techniques. In Year 7, students will have the opportunity to study biomimicry, focusing their study of nature on environmental issues. They look at the use of packaging and have the opportunity to design packaging using CAD/CAM. Students are taught a range of hand and machinery skills and are encouraged to be creative. All KS3 students will be taught food theory and practical skills based on building knowledge around healthy food and nutrition, making dishes which include bread, chilli, curry and carrot cake. Students at KS3 have the opportunity to further develop their skills by joining the cake-decorating club after school.
KS4 Design and Technology Options, Students in Years 9 to 11 follow courses in their chosen option. These courses are currently: GCSE Product Design, EDUCAS Level 1/2 hospitality and catering. Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. This specification has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality using a range of materials/ingredients and techniques.