The Design Technology (DT) Department is split into three separate areas of study per term:
- Food Technology
- Resistant Materials
- Control & Modelling
There is a team of teachers delivering these lessons across different curriculum areas, alongside an experienced team of teaching assistants.
Achievement & Progress
During Year 7, Design Technology lessons are rotated termly between Food Technology, Textiles and Control & Modelling.
In Year 7 and 8 much of the learning is incorporated into the curriculum areas of Food Technology, Resistant Materials & Textiles and Computing (Control). For further information see these curriculum areas.
The aims of the Food Technology Team are to promote and encourage an understanding of a healthy balanced diet, whilst practising a range of cooking methods, techniques and skills. This provides the students with the confidence, knowledge and independence to plan, prepare and cook a range of meals and recipes. An emphasis is placed upon the practical development of skills and knowledge and students will cook most weeks of the school year.
There are a range of cooking skills which are taught all through KS 3 which are refined and developed as the students build upon their cooking experiences. Some of these skills include:
Using basic tools & equipment; safe & hygienic working practices; weighing; measuring; preparing foodstuffs; using an oven, grill & hob; peeling, chopping and grating; boiling; rubbing in; creaming; pastry making.
Control and modelling:
This area gives pupils opportunities to try a range of materials to create personalised items and to learn and develop new skills in each area.
Plan and design fimo keyrings
Plan and design bridges
Plan and design polymorph clocks
Plan and design chocolate bar packaging/new bar
Plan and design floating gardens
Plan and design lanterns
Pupils have the opportunity to plan, do and review their own work learning a range of techniques to incorporate into their products.
Weaving/what fabrics are and how they are made/health and safety/paper weaving/speed looms/design and make own plush toy.
Design and create their own tote bag/use of fabric paints, pens etc/use of sewing machines.
Design and create own mini cushion. Use of embellishments/colour magnet/fabric dye/sewing machines/fabric paints etc.
DT Units of study include: Textiles: weaving and sewing; designing and making key rings using fimo; using a sewing machine to design and create multi-media pieces of Art; making clocks using friendly plastic and polymorph; making phone holders using thermoform.
DT Units of study include: Using probots; programming probots and movement sequences; components of a computer – input/ output; hardware/software and storage devices