Design & Technology is essentially about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, through combining their knowledge and designing and making skills in order to create quality products. The subject also sees the preparation of young people for citizenship in a technological society as it allows them to make judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature. D&T provides excellent opportunities for teamwork. There is a huge content of Maths and Science within Design and Technology so we promote STEM with the lessons and point out the cross curricular links to Science and Maths but also to Geography, History, Art and ICT. Design & Technology involves investigations, disassembly and evaluative activities related to products and their applications. Practical tasks take place to develop students’ skills using equipment and knowledge related to materials and components; control and systems; quality, and health and safety. The knowledge used in Design & Technology is critical to the sound development of products. Design & Technology provides opportunities for students to engage in activities that are challenging, relevant and motivating.
KS3 Students follow a varied and innovative curriculum, utilising the department's resources, allowing them to experience various materials and manufacturing processes. Students are given and respond to various small design briefs covering a variety of themes and produce high quality outcomes in a mixture of materials. Students' knowledge is built upon year-on-year as the time allocated to individual projects increases, allowing students to cover topics in more depth. Students will cover main areas of Design Technology within Resistant Materials Projects, Textiles Projects , Graphic Products and Product Design Projects looking at the main material areas, Fibres and Fabrics, Papers and Boards, Plastics and Polymers, Woods and Manufactures Boards and Metals.