Design Technology is an inspiring subject. We currently offer three specialisms at KS3 and two specialisms at KS4. The department is led by Miss Harris who is supported by a DT specialist Teacher, Miss Ambreen and a DT Technician, Mrs Collins.
The department has excellent facilities including:
- A specialist fully equipped food and catering room
- A specialist fully equipped textiles room
- A designated DT IT Suite
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, pupils have one lesson a week in Design Technology and rotate between the three specialisms; textiles, graphics and food technology. Pupils learn a range of skills and materials within the three specialisms. The three projects pupils study at KS3 are:
- Food Technology – Novelty Pizza Project
- Textiles – Flanimal Project
- Graphics – Drawing Skills Workshop
The projects teach pupils how to go through the design process to create final pieces in the three specialisms. All pupils research, design, make and evaluate, giving them a chance to work as designers using the design process.
Key Stage 4
At Key stage 4, Design Technology currently offers the NCFE Food and Cookery course and GCSE Art and Textiles course.
The NCFE Food and Cookery course is an exciting practical course which also gives the opportunity to achieve a Food Hygiene Certificate. Pupils will be following the NCFE specification which equips pupils with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety. This qualification focuses on nurturing pupils’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Food preparation skills are integrated into four core units:
- Preparing to Cook
- Understanding Food
- Exploring Balanced Diets
- Planning and Producing Dishes in Response to a Brief
Each unit is worth 25% of the qualification. Three of the units are coursework units and one is an exam unit. All three of the coursework units incorporate both written and practical work.
The GCSE Art and Textiles course is a creative and exciting course which gives pupils the opportunity to explore different creative themes using both art and textiles techniques. Pupils will be following the Edexcel GCSE Art and Textiles specification which equips pupils with an array of textiles and art techniques as well as knowledge of the past, present and future of both art and textiles.
This qualification focuses on two components:
- Component 1 – Personal Portfolio 60%
- Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment 40%
This course allows pupils to:
- Develop and explore ideas
- Research primary sources
- Experiment with different media, materials, techniques and processes
- Present personal responses to a theme chosen for theme