Subject Team: S. Bird

Subject aims

The Design and Technology department is located on the first floor and ICT is found on the ground floor of the main building at Martins Gate. At present, there are 3 full time teachers delivering the courses offered by the department.

The department consists of one workshop, ICT room and on general classrooms, which are well equipped with computers and technology equipment. The students have access to advanced manufacturing and CADCAM with a laser cutter.

The department is particularly well equipped with a full range of traditional tools and machines for working in wood, metals and plastics. We are also particularly well resourced with equipment for teaching systems and control, engineering, electronics and graphics. The department has a large number of PCs and all students are expected to be proficient with solid works and 2D design by the end of KS3. All of our PCs are connected to the school network giving Internet access. A3 colour printers and laser printers ensure high quality graphic output

Key Stage Autumn Spring Summer Exam Board
Embedding core skills Health and safetyUse of plastics as a medium

Introduction to a design brief

Using ICT as a making toolDesign your own product

Wood and metal properties

Introduction to food as a design mediumUnderstanding hand tools

D&M project

National progression guidance
All GCSE groups have three lessons a week.  Introduction to the GCSE syllabusCAD/CAM project

Designing for everyday use

D&M project

Establishing a portfolio

Advanced CADDesigning storage

Ergonomics and anthropometrics in design

Independent making projectCompleting the design portfolio

Embedding advanced making skills for practice

At GCSE we offer AQA Resistant Materials, AQA ELC in Resistant Materials. The awarding bodies provide the syllabus that we deliver on a project-based system

Further information

Design appreciation exposes pupils to product awareness, product functions, aesthetics, design in society, Fundamental British values (cultural) and technological influences on design. In art lessons these skills refer to artistic understanding, appreciation of composition and fine art motor skills.

Through the design process, pupils learn and practise basic strategies and skills in research, analysis, ideation and development, evaluation and design communication.
Pupils acquire basic making skills and related knowledge through the manipulation of resistant materials, simple modelling materials and basic technology; and the execution of appropriate techniques and processes in a workshop environment. Through making, pupils also learn to use materials prudently and develop the habit of effective and efficient work processes in a safe manner.

All students at KS3 have a lesson of Design and Technology every week. Each student works on a project one a term. There are six projects a year and these projects are on a three year turn about as we have a mixed KS3 groups. Some of the projects are clocks, night light dominoes box and drawing skills.

The D&T syllabus comprises three learning domains broadly classified as Design Appreciation, Designing and Making. Pupils will learn to apply knowledge and skills through design-and-make activities.

Reading list and useful texts
The department has developed strong links with local industry working with the local companies and providers to give our students a wide range of experiences.

Links have also been established with the University of Plymouth and other schools around Plymouth.

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