Design and Technology
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future."
The Design and Technology aims to offer an inspiring, rigorous and practical element to the school curriculum, while allowing students use their creativity and imagination to encompass their learning.
Pupils are encouraged to design and make products, that solve real world issues and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Students are taught to consider their own, as well as others’ needs, wants and values. The curriculum seeks to deliver a high-quality design and technology education, which aims to encourage independence, ownership of work as well as equipment and machinery within the department. Throughout KS3, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art within different aspects of work.
The curriculum aims to provide opportunities for students to develop their capability within the area, while combining their designing and making skills, with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. The content of the curriculum is intended to be progressive and is based on consolidating and revisiting content over time to secure progress and secure knowledge and understanding.
Classroom Activities and Enrichment
Students will experience a range of activities and assessments inside and outside of the classroom. Students will be required to work as an individual as well as part of a team when completing class and homework. These will be based around core areas of the subject and will include tasks and activities that link to:
- Identifying requirements
- Implications of wider issues
- Material considerations
- Manufacturing processes and techniques
- Visits to specialist companies/organisations
- Learning from existing products and practice
- Design thinking and communication
- Technical understanding
- Viability of design solutions
- Working in house with outside specialists
The department runs a D&T club every week that is led by the head of department and/or technician. The aim is to focus on short enjoyable individual and group activities, that focus on promoting the learning of Design and Technology and LORIC system at Deptford Green.
Visits to the Design, Science, and Victoria & Albert Museums are all included in curriculum visits through KS3/4, as well as local visits around the area and other communities in London when researching or looking for inspiration.
The curriculum will progress through the KS3 groups, offering a variety of creative activities. These are made up of both practical and theory activities, which focus on different aspects of the design process. Students are taught a vast range of skills such as analysing and evaluating skills, drawing techniques, working with CAD/CAM, learning how to program Lego robotics and Micro-bit controllers, as well as working with different materials, tools and machinery (traditional and to-date).
This enables them to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the iterative process of designing and making at KS4.
At KS4 students will be lead through the iterative design process using a series of bespoke projects designed by the department. Once completed they then will move on to completing a practice run of their final controlled assessment before going on to complete final assessment tasks and examination.
To underpin learning, a wide range of resources are used to facilitate and enthuse students’. We have a robust selection of design programs and equipment that helps to make learning varied and meaningful to the real world. We actively use online resources such as GCSEPod, Quizlet and Technologystudent.com to help facilitate and consolidate learning.
- Ms Roye, Head of Design Technology: email@example.com
- Mr Chana, Design Technology Technician: firstname.lastname@example.org