Curriculum

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Our Design Technology curriculum focuses on developing practical skills within key material areas, 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 get to grips with using current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.

At Key Stage 3, pupils study Design Technology as part of a carousel comprising a 19 week block in Materials Technology and a 19 week block in Food and Nutrition.

For 2017/18 only, the Academy will offer legacy GCSE Design Technology specifications in Graphic Products, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These subjects will be discontinued from 2018/19 onwards and all pupils will then follow the new AQA GCSE Design Technology specification.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Students will  also have the opportunity to design and make a skateboard and a sweet dispenser which can be taken home.

Through these projects students will develop the following skills :

  • Designing
  • Rendering
  • Using materials safely
  • Using equipment safely
  • Understanding various properties of different materials
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Students will build on skills developed in Year 7 while completing a design and make project that requires them to make a small table lamp.

Through this project students will develop the following skills:

  • Electronics
  • Designing for an intended user
  • Selecting appropriate materials and equipment
  • Understanding the environmental factors associated with a range of materials
KS4 Option Choice: Design and Technology (New Specification)
Year 10 Year 11
  • Materials – modern materials, smart materials, composite materials
  • Materials and their working properties
  • Sustainability
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Energy generation and storage
  • The majority of year 11 will then be spent completing the NEA tasks set by the exam board and preparing for the exam
Legacy KS4 Option Choice: Graphic Products
Year 11
  • During the first half of Year 11 pupils will complete the Controlled Assessment task started in Year 11
  • During the second half of Year 11, pupils will prepare for the written exam by building on the knowledge gained in Year 10

Topics covered include:

  • Materials and Components
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Paper and Card Engineering
  • Processes and Manufacture
Legacy KS4 Option Choice: Resistant Materials
Year 11
  • During the first half of Year 11 pupils will complete the Controlled Assessment task started in Year 11
  • During the second half of Year 11, pupils will prepare for the written exam by building on the knowledge gained in Year 10.

Topics covered include:

  • Materials and Components
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Environmental, sustainability and cultural issues
  • Safety and the consumer
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Joining Techniques
Legacy KS4 Option Choice: Textiles
Year 11
  • During the first half of Year 11 pupils will complete the Controlled Assessment task started in Year 11
  • During the second half of Year 11, pupils will prepare for the written exam by building on the knowledge gained in Year 10

Topics covered include:

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Finishing Processes
  • Components
  • Design and market influences
  • Product analysis
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues
  • Environmental effects: the disposal of chemicals used to manufacture products; the need to dispose of waste in a safe and environmentally friendly way
  • Production Planning
  • Information and Communication Technology in Technology
Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.