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“Design is intelligence made visible.” – Alina Wheeler
The D&T department aims to encourage quality work and develop each student’s potential by providing an interesting, stimulating and enjoyable environment. As a department we have worked hard to produce a comprehensive, integrated and enjoyable set of modules which inspire the students.
Design Technology prepares students to participate in our rapidly changing world. The subject requires students to become independent thinkers who can solve problems for themselves. The combination of practical skills along with an understanding of aesthetics, social, environmental issues and how the manufacturing industry works, makes this a subject which will be used for life. By studying design and technology students can become innovators as well as informed users of products.
Design and technology enables students to:
During the foundation stage, Design Technology is taught as one subject covering many areas of design. In order to cover the breadth of study required, some areas are taught as discrete specialisms. At Birkdale we teach in a rotation of specialist areas such as food technology, product design and resistant materials. This allows students to experience Design Technology from a range of practical and design-based fields, before taking a more specialised approach in year 9.
At examination stage, GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making, and to apply technical and practical expertise. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth. Practical work is worth 10% of the course. Portfolio work is worth 40% of the course and an external examination is worth 50% of the course.
Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.
Design and Technology utilises increasingly sophisticated resources, including dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching. Students progress through opportunities to focus on specific aspects of the subject such as product design, food technology, engineering, systems and control, electronics, textiles and graphics. However, at its core is creativity and imagination.
Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.
All Technology lessons utilise modelling strategies for our students to see exceptional performance and allows them to engage fully with what it required/expected, therefore scaffolding more challenging curriculum content so that it is accessible to all.
All classes are mixed ability to ensure that all get to see what ‘excellence’ looks and feels like. This also ensures that students adopt more of a growth mindset and allows for thorough focus on creativity, development and achieving progression as opposed to feeling labeled or restricted.
|Foundation Stage - Years 7 & 8||Examination Stage - Years 10 & 11|
|3 hours per cycle (1 lesson in Food, 1 lesson in Product Design, 1 lesson in Resistant Materials |
|5 hours per cycle in chosen option subject (Design Technology, Construction and/or Hospitality and Catering) |
mixed ability option classes
|Foundation Stage - Year 9 |
5 hours per cycle specialising in Design Technology, Construction and/or Hospitality and Catering
mixed ability option classes
|Curriculum Leader - Mr Milner|
|Teacher of Food - Mr Ascough |
Teacher of Construction - Mr Whiteside
Teacher of D&T - Mr Ahmad
Teacher of D&T - Mr Moss
|Technician - Mr Davies |
Technician - Mrs Merchant