To develop imaginative thinking in pupils and to enable them to talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. To enable pupils to talk about how things work, and to draw and model their ideas.
Due to the practical nature of design and technology, evidence of work undertaken by pupils can be in the form of teacher’s notes or as a photographic record. Samples of the design process and end product are also used and students are encouraged to undertake self-evaluation of their own projects.
The opportunities for pupils to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence are richly embedded in the open ended projects given to pupils at key stage 3. The projects allow pupils to discover themselves through encouraging creative and innovative solutions to designing and making problems.
The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely. Students are given a thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
All pupils must demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of technical principles and design and making principles. Year 11’s put together their final piece for their GCSE course work and past exam papers give pupils an understanding what to expect in the up and coming exam. Year 10 pupils have started the format of the new AQA GCSE, looking at the history of what has changed our lives in design technology.
Accreditation offered to year 10 and year 11 students - GCSE AQA Design Technology/ Pearson Edexcel Entry Level