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 question and answer sessions using ‘attunement strategy question structure’ to develop personal, learning and thinking skills.
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 now forms 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 stuctures.
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
Outside of the classroom, students are taken on visits to further expand their educational experience. Venues have included:
- RAF Museum
- London Eye
- Jamie’s Italian (new for autumn term)
Employability is promoted within projects/courses by linking activities to real life situations and careers. 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. In March 2012 a group of year 11 students won a special award for their entry in the National Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills competition.