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Design Technology

As a Technology school we have the advantage of offering ‘state of the art’ technology. In the department we have dedicated Digital Fabrication Suite with CAD/CAM equipment that includes, a CNC routing machine, CNC engraver, laser cutters, 2 vinyl cutters and also two 3D printers. The suite, for use by the department has a variety of subject specific based programmes. All of this modern technology enables students to use real world industrial processes to produce very high quality outcomes. In Food technology there are two dedicated Food rooms along with 2 classrooms for teaching theory. Each Food room is equipped with 12 ovens and various utensils for food preparation.

Key Stage 3 Topics in Design Technology

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Introduction to workshop and studio practices
Students are taught on a carousel system experiencing a skills based project in each materials area. These are designed to develop knowledge in the following areas:
  • Health & Safety
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Hand Processes
  • Machine Processes
  • Finishing Technique

The projects provide an arena for them to apply their knowledge and develop their ‘Designing’ Capability:

Mini Torch - Electronics

Pull along Toy - Hard Materials

Food Skills - Food & Nutrition

Pugly Doll - Textiles

Students are taught on a carousel system experiencing four more Design & Make Assignments, on in each materials area. These both expand their specific subject knowledge of materials & processes and further develops their ‘Designing’ capability:
  • Travel Game - Graphics
  • Jewellery – Hard materials
  • Food – Hand held snacks
  • Textiles – Re-think denim
Students remain on a carousel system and experience five more Design & Make Assignments, again in each material area. These both deepen their specific subject knowledge of materials & processes and further develops their ‘Designing’ Capability in preparation for GCSE study:
Product Design(Graphics and Resistant Materials)- Concept Product and Promotion
Food – Ready Meals
Textiles – Mad Hatters  
Digital Photography Project
 

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