Design and Technology
Ideas must be put to the test. That's why we make things, otherwise they would be no more than ideas.
In Design Technology students get an opportunity to explore creativity and hands on learning. It enables them to explore different materials and technologies to bring their design ideas to life. They have the opportunity to explore, design, make and evaluate, a process which enables them to reflect on their learning at each stage.
Head of Creative Arts, Technology and Media
Gwen Frye | firstname.lastname@example.org
Asma Ali | email@example.com
Helen Crump | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Close | email@example.com
Anita Walker | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sebastian Willan | email@example.com
Design Technology is taught in Y7-Y9. We cover a range of material areas, techniques and skills in order to prepare the students for the DT GCSE. They are given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of different projects which enables the students to develop and cultivate their interest in Design Technology.
Autumn 1- Introduction to DT and H&S. Graphics skills introduced
Autumn 2- Design and make. Textiles (phone pouch)
Spring 1 +2- Design and make. Plastic novelty pen
Summer 1- Understanding renewable energy sources. Balloon powered car
Summer 2- Research and investigate. Fantastic products report
Autumn 1- Design and make. Personalised face mask
Autumn 2- Design and make. Wooden puzzle
Spring 1- Research and investigate. Tech in society
Spring 2- Paper and boards theory. 2D-3D nets
Summer 1- Designing. Bug hotel and understanding sustainability and 3D modelling
Summer 2- Technical drawing skills. DT graphics skills
Project 1- Dragons den challenge/Smart and Modern materials
Project 2- User centred design. Inclusive design
Project 3- STEAM. Sustainability. Wind turbine project
Project 4- Design and make. Mini NEA
GCSE Design and Technology (AQA) 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 apply technical and practical expertise. Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and 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.
The course is 50% exam and 50% NEA.
Autumn 1- Introductions to DT GCSE. Researching the work of designers and companies. Smart and Modern materials theory
Autumn 2- Wood theory & plastic theory
Spring 1- Metal theory & Textiles theory
Spring 2- Electronics and Mechanical systems
Summer 1- Other theory (CAD/CAM, Renewable energy & Social/Moral issues
Summer 2- Contextual challenge revealed. Student start working on NEA (Section A). DT mock exam
Autumn 1: Continue working on NEA. Complete sections A, B & C
Autumn 2: Complete AO2- Section D. Start modelling prototype for section E
Spring 1- Complete AO3- Sections F. Prepare for exam
Spring 2- Recap theory and prepare for final exam
Things to do and see:
Visit the Design Museum. Free workshops around Camden and Kings Cross (Keep an eye on the family bulletin for latest opportunities).
Extra-curricular activities and clubs: DT club every Monday lunchtime in TE1.