Design and Technology
Students are rotated on a DT carousel where they get the chance to experience different areas of DT. This is done on a 7/8 weeks rotation. They are given the chance to learn and develop skills in the different subject areas. The subject areas which are currently offered to the students are; Food Technology, Textiles and Resistant Materials. In Food Technology the students are taught food hygiene and safety along with basic cooking and food preparation techniques. They make things like coleslaw, fruit salads, pasta salads and many other healthy and tasty dishes. In Textiles students are taught about health and safety in the workroom, a number of decorative techniques such as; screen printing, batik and tie dye alongside basic sewing skills using both sewing machine and by hand. The end product is an electronic nightlight with their own print design and embellishments added. Resistant Materials offers the students the chance to use equipment and machinery which they might not otherwise encounter. Through practical tasks they learn about the properties of a range of different materials such as; wood, metal and plastics. They make coat hooks and garden ornaments using different materials and shaping techniques.
In year 8 students will complete a range of theory and practical work. Students begin to further develop their basic skills and feel relatively confident using machinery and equipment. They will be beginning to develop their organisational skills and independence with their work. They have the chance to build on these in all the different subject areas producing clocks inspired by culture in Resistant Materials, making SMART cushions inspired by culture in Textiles and making a variety of savoury and sweet dishes from a range of cultures such as; savoury rice, pizza and mini carrot cakes in Food Technology. Projects made in the different areas reflect SMSC giving students the chance to participate and respond to cultural and environmental issues.
When students reach year 9 students practical skills and subject knowledge have been developed to a wider extent. Not only are they able to complete set practical activities but they are able to modify and adapt their work to suit the needs of others. Students develop a sense of self and are able to work constructively when completing tasks. In Textiles the students learn about quality control, planning and manufacturing. They make products such as children’s dresses or other decorative products. They are able to explain what makes design work effective and suggest modifications to suit different target audiences. They are more proficient in using the equipment and enjoy creating and adapting designs for their products. Students in Resistant Materials enjoy designing, experimenting and manufacturing their own jewellery designs. They have a sense of pride in their accomplishments and are able to use the different drawing programmes in a much more competent manner. In Food Technology the students enjoy practical activities and are always eager to make new products. They are given the chance to make different dishes which reflects our multiculturalism.