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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Design & Technology

Introduction

The Design & Technology department at All Saints offers creative opportunities for students to develop their design and making skills through a range of projects and contexts. In year 7, 8 and 9, these projects are designed to secure key skills through increasingly complex tasks that underpin the students learning experience in year 10 and 11. In year 10 and 11, the department offers GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, GCSE Product Design and BTEC Engineering.

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world’. Department for Education.

Staff
  • Mr B Gilmore (Head of Department and teacher of Product Design and Engineering)
  • Mrs D Hunt (teacher of Product Design and Engineering)
  • Mrs J Jones (teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition)
  • Mr P Robinson (teacher of Product Design and Engineering and technical support)
  • Mrs Y Occomore (technical support)

Curriculum Overview:

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the new Key Stage 3 curriculum where they will learn through a variety of creative and practical activities, gaining the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They work in a range of domestic, local industrial contexts. Projects in Cooking & Nutrition include Healthy Eating, Baked Goods, Breakfast and Lunch topics. In Product Design and Engineering, students design and make a range of products and work with a variety of materials, machinery and equipment including laser cutters and our newly acquired 3D printer.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the department offers the following subjects:

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. (Exam board: AQA)
  • GCSE Product Design (Exam board: AQA)
  • BTEC Engineering (Exam board: Pearson)

All the above courses are two years long and the GCSE subjects are made up of 60% Controlled Assessment (coursework) and 40% written examination. The BTEC Engineering course is made up of 4 Units of which one is an exam that accounts for 30% of the overall mark.

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