Design and Technology

Subject Leader:                  Mrs L Krantz

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Design & Technology Key Stage 3

All students study Design & Technology for three lessons fortnightly. During this time, students cover the core areas of Graphic Media and Product Design. Systems & Control as well as Electronics feature in the programmes of study. Students will be primarily concerned with developing their designing and making capability through a number of exciting projects. Students are encouraged to take an active part in their learning through the use of a Design & Technology assessment tracking chart.

Students are:

  • taught by specialist teachers in specialist rooms;
  • in mixed ability groups throughout KS3;
  • set homework to extend on the learning that takes place within the classroom;
  • given opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities to further their; designing and making skills.

Our expectation is that students will:

  • participate fully in all aspects of Design & Technology;
  • be properly equipped for all lessons;
  • display a positive attitude to learning;
  • follow all Health & Safety instructions given.

Design & Technology Options at Key Stage 4

  • Design and Technology.

What is involved in Design and Technology at Key Stage 4?

Core Technical Principles

  • New and emerging technologies.
  • Energy generation and storage.
  • Developments in new materials.
  • Systems approach to designing.
  • Mechanical devices.
  • Materials and their working properties.

Specialist Technical principles 

  • New and emerging technologies.
  • Selection of materials or components.
  • Forces and stresses.
  • Ecological and social footprint.
  • Sources and origins.
  • Using and working with materials.
  • Stock forms, types and sizes.
  • Scales of production.
  • Specialist techniques and processes.
  • Surface treatments and finishes.

Designing and Making principles 

Students will be taught to understand that all Design and Technology activities take place within a wide range of contexts.

They will also be taught to understand how the prototypes they develop must satisfy wants or needs and be fit for their intended use.

All students will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in relation to the following areas:

  • Investigating, primary and secondary data.
  • Environmental, social and economic challenge.
  • The work of others.
  • Design strategies.
  • Communicating of design strategies.
  • Communication of design ideas.
  • Prototype development.
  • Selection of materials and components.
  • Tolerances.
  • Material management.
  • Specialist tools and equipment.
  • Specialist techniques and processes.

Why is this subject important today?

Design and Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies, by learning to think creatively.

The subject calls for pupils to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups – looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems.

Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. In the learning process pupils can reflect on and evaluate present and past Design and Technology, its uses and effects.

What skills will students learn/develop and how will they learn?

Students will develop an understanding of how things work and why they look the way they do.

Students will learn to work as a team to solve design problems and to manufacture products. They will develop a range of practical skills associated with modern industry.


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