DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Design and technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. Our curriculum focuses on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing pupils to learn about industry standards and manufacture products with high quality outcomes. Pupils learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication. Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Pupils will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing, making and apply technical and practical expertise.
Design & Technology at KS3
|Year 7||Year 8|
|Year 7 will be following an Art and Design curriculum and elements of Design and Technology will be incorporated into the schemes of learning/projects.||Year 8 will be following an Art and Design curriculum and elements of Design and Technology will be incorporated into the schemes of learning/projects.|
Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.
Design & Technology at KS4 (GCSE)
|Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
Examination Board: AQA
||Candidates answer all questions in three sections:
Section A: Core Technical Principles (20 Marks) – A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.
Section B: Specialist Technical Principles (30 Marks) – Several short answer questions and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.
Section C: Designing and Making Principles (50 Marks) – A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
||Practical application of:
NEA Assessment Criteria;
Pupils will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence
Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
After-school sessions are offered to KS4 pupils studying Product Design each week by all teachers.