Design & Technology
Design and Technology provides students with an opportunity to enhance their previous experience through the design and manufacture of a range of products.
To enable greater access to tools, materials and equipment, students are taught in the areas of Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Systems, Graphics and Textiles Technology. Each area has its own specialised approach but all areas aim to develop a greater awareness of design and technology in society.
From a given brief, students develop ideas and manufacture quality products to meet real needs. As their technical knowledge increases they are encouraged to take greater responsibility for their projects, setting targets, managing resources and evaluating progress. Extensive use is made of ICT to support learning.
This is a broad based subject that encourages intellectual, creative and personal development, requiring students to use their initiative and to develop practical, problem-solving skills.
Resistant Materials, Systems and Graphics: A Guide for Parents
- There is a small voluntary contribution towards the cost of basic materials used during Key Stage 3 (details are given in a separate letter). Some major projects in years 8 and 9 use additional materials and extra voluntary contributions will ensure we are able to make high quality products. We will request these as necessary at the time of making the products.
- It is important that basic drawing and colouring equipment is available and brought to each lesson to ensure that work is always completed to a high standard.
Food/Textiles: A Guide for Parents
- Ingredients for Food lessons are usually brought from home. All containers or ingredients should be named.
- It is sometimes necessary to ask for a dish, in which the food may be cooked and transported, to be brought from home.
- We encourage students to try new foods in a range of sensory testing and product analysis lessons. Please let your son or daughter’s food teacher know of any food allergies. Nuts are not used in the department and dedicated equipment is available for students with nut allergies if required.
- The apron on the school uniform list is made from Flame Retardant PVC - a far safer fabric than the ordinary PVC. This may be purchased from school. Please make sure that the apron has your son or daughter's name written on it (black marker pen is best for this).
- In Year 7 a small voluntary contribution towards the cost of fabrics used in textiles lessons will be requested at the time of making. In Years 8 and 9, students will be asked to provide their own materials.
Mr R Benford (Head of Design and Technology)
Miss R Kabir (Head of Textiles)
Ms C Cerny (Head of Food)
Further information for current parents and students can be found on the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). Log-in via the link above, click on Departments, then D & T. Parents are reminded that they share log-in and password details with their child.
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