The Technology Curriculum Area is well organised, forward-thinking and practically based.
Students are able to further develop their understanding of the design industry from hands-on interaction with modern processes (i.e. 3D printing, laser cutting, thermo printing, and computer aided design) and materials (i.e. neoprene, polymorph) to designing, preparing and cooking interesting nutritional food dishes.
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All students are encouraged to express personal and informed opinions through design, research, analysis and evaluation tasks. The main focus is upon the improvement of practical problem solving skills for a variety of purposes and consumer groups. Creativity is actively encouraged, as is the importance of accuracy and presentation within all forms of work. Both Key Stages 3 and 4 students have access to the ICT suite using programs such as SolidWorks, Corel Draw, Sketch Up and 2D design. We are actively introducing other ranges of software where available.
Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
There is currently one workshop equipped for multi-media design and/or construction work with resistant materials. The workshop has been equipped with resources and equipment to support traditional and modern processes.
Resources are continuing to be reviewed and updated; students have access to a hot wire strip heater and a vacuum press kit (amongst a range of items). Hand tools have been purchased to ensure that students at KS3/4 have new and reliable equipment.
Another room has been converted into a dedicated ICT suite where there is access to CAD/CAM facilities including a laser cutter. We have also added a high specification 3D printer to the room, this uses photo polymers to print 3D models of student's designs.
There is a lovely bright room that makes for a dedicated Graphics drawing room. There are spacious tables and professional drawing boards to allow the students the chance to be able to draw and design products using a vast range of drawing techniques i.e. isometric, orthographic to name a few.
Our food technology room is a fully operational working kitchen. Students have spaces to prep food with ovens and sinks, etc. There is space for them to leave their ingredients. There is a fully functioning demonstration area so ALL students can see first hand the dishes that they will need to be preparing. Our catering kitchen is being transformed into another high tech working area for students to develop and engage within Food Technology.
In all Technology facilities, wall space is positively used to create informative and stimulating displays that reflect modern processes, support the projects and create an expectation for achievement.
Key Stage 3
Across years 7 & 8, students follow the national curriculum in technology with two lessons split between resistant materials and food.
The National Curriculum in England also specifies the activities through which D&T should be taught:
Key Stage 4
GCSE Resistant Materials over a three year period consists of Focused Practical Tasks (FPT's); short tasks with specific teaching point of development. Design and make Assignments (DMA's); longer tasks developing student's capabilities within design and make in specialist areas. These are all building up to the students completing a controlled assessment work 60% of their GCSE and a 2hr written theoretical exam paper worth 40%.
Food Preparation and nutrition is the qualification we offer. This consists of an NEA task (non exam assessment). Students will undertake and engage with 2 tasks. Task 1 is an investigation task worth 15%. Task 2 is a cook, plan and prepare task which is worth 35% and encourages students to be creative and proactive in their chosen dishes. The remaining 50% is an externally assessed written theory exam.
Teachers offer their skills and supervision either during the lunch break or after school allowing students to further their skills with a range of fun activities.