‘Mending things is interesting because you learn a lot about why they broke.’ James Dyson
Design and Technology is an exciting course that explores not only creative design but the science and technology that makes innovative design work. It is challenging both theoretically and practically allowing students to develop their creative ideas and their knowledge of science and technology.
At KS3 Design and Technology is an inspiring, challenging and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. Students gain a broad range of subject knowledge and make cross curricular links to subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art through a range of STEM challenges. Pupils will learn how to take risks, become resourceful and develop resilience. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on everyday life and the wider world.
At KS4 students study the new 1-9 specification and will acquire more focused subject knowledge in Design and Technology that builds on from key stage 3. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of different materials, manufacturing processes and practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries in order to design and make, with confidence and independence. They also develop skills in business and enterprise with a ‘Design, Make, Sell’ project allowing students to see a project through from conception to actually selling the products that they have designed and made.
The department is ever developing and striving to keep up with the pace of 21st century developments encouraging children to become the designers of the future.