Monday, May 01, 2017
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Design and Technology

As a department we believe that Design and Technology is vital because it is concerned with all aspects of how we live and is linked to our intellectual, emotional and physical needs. We aim to provide students with a breadth of technological, design and realisation experiences to enable them to fully employ their problem solving potential.

 

Fiona Buss Subject Leader  
Katy Mackenzie Second in Department
(Resistant Materials Technology)
 
Kim Lethbridge Second in Department
(Resistant Materials Technology)
 
Julia Dillon Teacher
Second in Department (Resistant Materials Technology)
 
Andrew Anderson Teacher
(Resistant Materials Technology)
 
Rachel Coles Teacher
(Textiles Technology and Art)
 
Rae Owen Teacher
(Textiles Technology and Art)
Leader of Learning and Art Subject Leader
 
Jenny Basham Teacher
(Textiles Technology and Art)
 
Maria Moore Technician
(Food Technology Technician)
 
Tim Frankham Technician
(Resistant Materials Technology Technician)
 
Lisa Pow Technician
(Textiles Technology and Art Technician)
 

 

Design and Technology offers opportunities for students to develop their capabilities, by combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding. Development of their critical understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture prepares them for making a contribution to life and work in an increasingly technological society.

Key Process strands/Level Descriptor foci

 

Resistant Materials Technology

Textile Technology

Food Technology

Generate, develop,

Communicate and model ideas

 

Year 8

Outdoor Living

 

 

Year 7

Eatwell plate

Respond creatively to briefs

   

 

Year 9

Masterchef

Apply k & u of materials and techniques

 

Year 7

Curves and Containment

 

 

Year 8

Skills School

Use understanding of others’ designing

 

Year 9

Moods

 

 

Year 8

Textiles and tunes

 

 

Plan, organise

Make

 

 

Year 7

Bags of ideas

 

 

Solve technical problems

 

Year 8

Moja Island

   

Reflect on their own designing

 

 

Year 9

Impact

 

 

 

Levels

 

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Level 8 Exceptional performance

Generate, develop,

Communicate and model ideas

I generate ideas by collecting and using information.  I communicate alternative ideas using words, labelled sketches and models, showing that I am aware of constraints

I develop ideas by drawing on and using various sources of information. I clarify my ideas through discussion, drawing and modelling, showing understanding of aesthetic and economic dimensions

I draw on and use a range of sources of information, and show that I understand the form and function of familiar products as I develop and model ideas

I use a wide range of appropriate sources of information when developing and modelling ideas

I use a range of strategies to fully develop and model appropriate ideas, responding to information I have identified

I seek out information to help my design thinking. I recognise how products contribute to lifestyle and choices of a variety of client groups as I develop and model ideas in an innovative way …………… and communicate ideas in new or unexpected ways

Respond creatively to briefs

I take users’ views about aesthetic and technical issues into account as I respond to briefs

I respond to briefs showing understanding of how culture and society are reflected in familiar products when developing and communicating my own ideas

I respond creatively to briefs, exploring and testing my design thinking.  I develop detailed criteria for my products and use these to explore proposals

 I investigate form, function and production process as I respond creatively to briefs I identify conflicting demands on a product and respond creatively to briefs, suggesting ways forward and explaining how my ideas address these demands  Responding creatively to briefs, I am discriminating in my selection and use of information sources to support my work 

Apply k & u of materials and techniques

I apply my knowledge and understanding of materials, ingredients and components, and work with them with some accuracy, paying attention to quality of finish and to function

I show that I am aware of constraints as I apply knowledge and understanding of materials, ingredients and techniques

I apply my knowledge and understanding by responding to several aspects of the problem

 I apply my knowledge and understanding, recognising the different needs or a range of users, and search for trends and patterns in existing solutions as I develop fully realistic products When applying knowledge I make decisions on materials, ingredients and techniques based on my understanding of physical properties and working characteristics  I interpret and apply knowledge and understanding creatively in new design contexts ... 

Use understanding of others’ designing

I use some ideas from others’ designing to inform my own work

I use understanding of others’ designing as I develop my work

I recognise the significance of others’ designing and modify my approaches accordingly

 I use my understanding of others' designing to inform my own as I communicate creative ideas I use my understanding of others' designing by reinterpreting and applying learning in new contexts  I use understanding of others' designing in innovative ways 

Plan, organise

Make

I produce step-by-step plans and then select and work with a range of tools and equipment

I work from my own detailed plans, modifying them where appropriate. I work with a range of tools, materials, ingredients, equipment, components and processes with some precision

I produce plans that outline alternative methods of making progress. I work with a range of tools, materials, ingredients, equipment, components and processes, showing that I understand their characteristics

 I produce plans that predict the time needed to carry out the main stages of making products. I work with a range of tools, materials, ingredients, equipment, components and processes, taking full account of their characteristics  I organise my work so that I can carry out processes accurately and consistently, and use tools, equipment, materials, ingredients and components with precision I work with tools, equipment, materials, ingredients and components to a high degree of precision. I make products that are reliable and robust and that fully meet the quality requirements given in the design proposal 

Solve technical problems

I identify what is working well and what could be improved to overcome technical problems

I check my work as it develops, solve technical problems and show some evidence of creativity as I modify my approach in the light of progress

I check my work as it develops and solve technical problems by modifying my approach in the light of progress

 I adapt my methods of manufacture to changing circumstances as I solve technical problems, providing a sound explanation for any change from the design proposal I use accurate testing to inform my judgements when solving technical problems   

Reflect on their own designing

I reflect on my designs as they develop, recognising the significance of knowledge and previous experience

I test and evaluate my products, showing that I understand the situations in which the products will function

I evaluate how effectively I have used information sources, using the results of my research to inform my judgements when developing products.  I evaluate my products as they are being used, and identify ways of improving them

I select appropriate techniques to evaluate how my products would perform when used and modify my products in the light of this evaluation to improve their performance I identify a broad range of criteria for evaluating my products, clearly relating my findings to enviromental, ethical and social and cultural dimensions   I reflect critically and effectively throughout designing and making processes

Students are able to select to study in either Food Technology, Resistant materials Technology or Textiles Technology. Here they are given the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills to a high level through a range of challenges and tasks using a variety of materials and technologies, including specialist CAD-CAM equipment. Students are encouraged to become creative, innovative, independent learners and makers. 

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