Design & Technology

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Curriculum Leader: Mr D Wooldridge

The D&T department aims to develop pupils’ designing and making skills by working through a range of projects, using a variety of materials. The subject is taught by an enthusiastic group of teachers who have a wide variety of analytical, design and making skills, including traditional hand skills, and computer-based skills, meaning that students are well-informed when making their chosen outcomes.  The Design and Technology department consists of seven teachers who have a wide range of abilities and experience in the subject.

Pupils spend two hours per week studying Design and Technology, focusing on the key skills of investigation, designing, making and evaluating.

One hour per week will be spent studying more resistant materials and systems-based outcomes, whereas the other hour will focus more on Food and Textiles-based outcomes.

Pupils will have the opportunity to specialise further at KS4.

To find the programme of study for D&T, please click here and for cooking and nutrition, click here.

Pupils will study an exciting and diverse range of disciplines covering all areas of Design and Technology, including investigations into design styles, modern and contemporary designers and issues influencing designers today.

Pupils will learn how systems work to enhance people’s lives, gain a greater appreciation of the different cultural effects that are present in multi-cultural environment, in addition to developing a greater understanding of how materials, processes, systems and products have evolved as technology has developed.

Pupils in Year 9 will be taught as a ‘foundation year’ where the principles of good design will be reinforced whilst working on a range of activities using a range of materials including Textiles, Graphical media and Resistant Materials. Year 10 pupils will focus more on a material specialism, whereas Year 11 will be spent covering a major project that will contribute to the pupils’ final GCSE grade, as well as preparing for the end of year examination.

Year 9 will be following a specification that will be available at some point during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The breakdown of this course is 50% Controlled assessment, 50% Examination.
Years 10 and 11 are following the AQA specification that can be viewed here.

The breakdown of this course is 60% Controlled assessment, 40% Examination.

We offer 3D Product Design and Product Design: Textiles for those who wish to continue studying the subject at A-Level. Students are taught about a range of designers, design styles and principles, as well as being given the opportunity to experiment in more depth with a range of materials and techniques.

To find the specification for D&T, please click here.

In addition to the projects we teach in lessons, we also enter pupils in competitions such as ‘Inspirations’ at Elvington and the Rotary Club competition at the National Railway Museum, where pupils are able to practise their engineering skills or showcase their work. We have been particularly successful over the last few years, with pupils winning the ‘Inspirations’ day at Elvington and being put forward to the national Big Bang engineering finals.

In addition to taking part in external events, we also run a Master chef competition and take part in various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) based events.

Flat pack toys (Y7):

Solor powered vehicles (Y8):

What if… (Y9):

Resistant materials (Y11):