The Technology Curriculum Area is well organised, forward-thinking and practically based.
Students are able to further develop their understanding of the design industry from hands-on interaction with modern processes (i.e. 3D printing, laser cutting, thermo printing, and computer aided embroidery) and materials (i.e. neoprene, polymorph).
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All students are encouraged to express personal and informed opinions through design, research, analysis and evaluation tasks. The main focus is upon the improvement of practical problem solving skills for a variety of purposes and consumer groups. Creativity is actively encouraged, as is the importance of accuracy and presentation within all forms of work. Both Key Stages 3 and 4 students have access to the ICT suite using programs such as SolidWorks, Corel Draw and Sketch Up and to the CAD/CAM centre.
Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
There is currently one workshop equipped for multi-media design and/or construction work with resistant materials. The workshop has been equipped with resources and equipment to support traditional and modern processes.
Resources are continuing to be reviewed and updated; students have access to a hot wire strip heater and a vacuum press kit (amongst a range of items). Hand tools have been purchased to ensure that students at KS3/4 have new and reliable equipment.
Another room has been converted into a dedicated CAD/CAM facility which has a laser cutter. We have also added a high specification 3D printer to the room, this uses photo polymers to print 3D models of student's designs.
We also have a Textile room, which contains a full suite of sewing machines, computer controlled sewing machine and other supporting resources. Within the Textiles room we have dedicated computer facilities which house a total of 8 multi-media PCs. Other PCs are located in the workshop, therefore allowing direct integration into the day to day processes required for the modern curriculum.
In both workshops, wall space is positively used to create informative and stimulating displays that reflect modern processes, support the projects and create an expectation for achievement.
Key Stage 3
Across years 7 & 8 students follow the national curriculum in technology with one lesson split between resistant materials and textiles.
The National Curriculum in England also specifies the activities through which D&T should be taught:
Key Stage 4
GCSE Resistant Materials and Textiles over a three year period both consist of Focused Practical Tasks (FPT's); short tasks with specific teaching point of development. Design and make Assignments (DMA's); longer tasks developing student's capabilities within design and make in specialist areas. These all building up to the students completing a controlled assessment work 60% of their GCSE and a 2hr written theoretical exam paper worth 40%.
Teachers offer their skills and supervision either during the lunch break or after school allowing students to further their skills with a range of fun activities.