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Technology

The Design and Technology Curriculum Area is divided into many subject areas; Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Product Design, Textiles, Food Technology, Engineering and Health and Social Care. It is a popular subject, gaining large numbers in Key Stage 4 and increasing numbers and courses offered at Key Stage 5.

The Design and Technology Faculty extends its curriculum much further than just in lesson times. Students are offered extra-curricular clubs or catch up sessions, Gifted and Talented events and STEM competitions. We also offer both day and residential trips, where students can access deeper learning by visiting museums or industrial working environments.

Staff Position
Mr P Kilkenny Curriculum Area Leader Technology
Mrs A Edwards Leading Teacher Technology
Mr S Syson Teacher of Technology
Mrs L Vickers Lead Teacher Second in Technology
Miss L Watson Teacher of Technology
Mrs J Wicks Teacher of Technology

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

“Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.”

At Key Stage 3 Design and Technology lessons aim to give students a range of making skills they can use in later life. We thrive to ensure students enjoy the curriculum projects and set these to be products which students are proud of making, and would want to take home to use further.

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Graphic Products – Drawing Skills
  • Resistant Materials – USB Lamp Project
  • Textiles – Soft Toy
  • Food - Introduction to Food Technology, Basic Skills and Methods
  • Nutrition
  • Graphic Products – CAD CAM Picture Frame
  • Resistant Materials
  • Amplifier
  • Textiles – Mobile Phone Case
  • Food - Healthy Eating Recipes

 

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Technology: 

Encourage your son/daughter to research and understand about key designers of current and past times, such as James Dyson, Henry Beck, Alberto Alessi or Vivienne Westwood.

A range of resources can also be found on online, on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog and online:

www.technologystudent.com

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4, the Technology Faculty offers the current Year 11:

  • GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design  
  • GCSE Design and Technology: Food
  • BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Engineering
  • BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Health and Social Care

Students Years 9 and 10 are studying:

  • GCSE Design and Technology
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • BTEC Tech Award in Engineering
  • BTEC Tech Award 2017 in Health and Social Care

To find out more about each course, please see the relevant subject.

Additional resources Key Stage 4 Technology

www.technologystudent.com         A good resource for theory knowledge of all subject areas


www.designmuseum.org

www.design-technology.org

www.jamesdysonfoundation.com

www.designcouncil.org.uk

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Sixth Form Courses 

A Levels offered include Engineering, Design and Technical. BTEC Level 3 courses include the Health and Social Care Certificate and Diploma.

Additional resources Key Stage 5 Technology

Encourage your son /daughter to:

  • Make use of MyPLC, a mobile-based resource which enables students to self-assess their progress about a specification related learning checklist. 

www.technologystudent.com               A good resource for theory knowledge of all subject areas.


www.designmuseum.org                      Past, present and future etchnology

www.design-technology.org                 Core Principles 

www.jamesdysonfoundation.com       Interactive design solutions

www.designcouncil.org.uk                    Design based solutions

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school.