Design and Technology
Food and Resistant Materials are taught in Design and Technology. Both subject areas use the ‘Design Process’ which underpins all projects.
Functional skills are an intrinsic part of Design and Technology. All lessons promote students to question their learning and develop ownership of their own learning through specific colour coded success criteria’s during each lesson.
Communication is a fundamental part of doing projects and working as a team. Students are actively encouraged to participate in discussions using technological language. They are expected to communicate their ideas visually, verbally and in writing. Written evaluations are an opportunity to test the understanding of projects from inception to completion.
ICT is an integral part of projects. It is used as a prime source of secondary research. Students are exposed to the latest technology in Computer Aided Design (CAD), and a laser cutter and 3D – printer now form part of the department resources.
Mathematics is primarily used for measuring; in Food for weighing, Resistant Materials for marking out materials. It is cross referenced when doing charts, and some elements of trigonometry are used in technical drawing and structures.
As part of the Language Strategy, teaching and learning is enhanced in the classroom by using resources including:
- table mats
- symbols with keywords
- mind maps
Employability is promoted within projects/courses by linking activities to real life situations and careers. In Resistant Materials students undergo the BTEC Construction Entry Level (E3) course from Year 12. This develops their home improvement skills which contains transferable knowledge and can be used if students choose to follow a career in trades. High profile celebrities such as Jamie Oliver are used to help inspire students like those doing the BTEC (levels 1 and 2) in Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills.