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Design and Technology

'inspiring the designers and engineers of tomorrow today'

This country needs 2.56 million engineers and designers by 2022 and we have developed our curriculum to inspire and prepare you for employment in the Design and Engineering sectors as well as equipping you with a wide range of life skills, no other subject offers, if you don’t.

 

Key Stage 3

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

In Years 7 to 9 we run a carousel system, in conjunction with the Textiles and Food and Nutrition departments, which gives all students experience of the many aspects of Technology by learning and applying a wide range of traditional and hi-tech skills. All our KS3 courses aim to give students an understanding of materials and processes and how to use them to produce useful and creative products.  This year we have extended our projects to eighteen weeks to enable more opportunity for creative design and manufacture.

Year 7

  • Clock – students are set the task of designing and making an acrylic clock which incorporates some form of programmable electronic display. Creative design techniques are taught along with the properties of plastics to enable high quality and unique clocks to be designed and made by all students.

Year 8

  • Picture Frame – this is primarily a wood based project in which students make a picture frame and are then asked to design a range of decorative features, choose one and apply it to the frame. Students then go on to design and laser cut a slot together stand for their frame.

Year 9

  • Note Holder – students are set the task of designing a personalised note  holder based around a standard metal based design. Creativity and individuality are expected to then design and make a unique and desirable product.

 

GCSE

DT at GCSE is an optional subject with many students choosing one of the three courses we offer. All our GCSEs are assessed by 40% examination and 60% personal project.

 

GCSE Electronic Products (EDEXCEL 2EP01)

"Electronics is cleary the winner of the day."  John Ford

This is the last year that this course will run and it is for those students who wish to learn more about the Electronics Industry.

  • Year 10 - spent building on the electronics experience gained in KS3 by learning more advanced building blocks of electronics and then practising joining them together to design and test more complex circuits.
     
  • Year 11 – the knowledge learned in Year 10 is used to design and make a personal project. The current Year 11s are making a Theremin and designing some form of alarm system of each student’s choice. The students are also fully prepared for their 1 1/2hr exam

 

GCSE Systems and Control (AQA 4565)

"There are an endless number of things to discover about robotics. A lot of it is just too fantastic for people to believe.” - Daniel H. Wilson

This is a new course for this year and is for those students who wish to have a broader knowledge of electronics and its real world applications. The study and understanding of robotic systems is the focus for the learning of this course.

Year 10 – is spent building on the electronics experience gained in KS3 by learning more advanced building blocks of electronics including microprocessor control of motors, servos etc. To prepare students for their personal projects a robotic arm is built and programmed to complete a range of tasks such as picking up and moving an egg without breaking it! The more able students can move onto using a Wii Nanchuck to control the arm.

Year 11 – the knowledge learned in Year 10 is used to design and make a personal project. The students are also fully prepared for their 1 1/2hr exam

 

GCSE Engineering (AQA 4850 – Single/Double Award)

"Scientists investigate that which already is; Engineers create that which has never been"  Albert Einstein

This course is for those students who wish to study a more broader engineering course.

  • Year 10  - spent learning about a wider range of materials and industrial processes. Pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanics and computer control is also studied. To prepare students for their personal project a number of mini projects are undertaken. The social and environmental impact of electronic products is also studied. This year these mini projects are: a Glow in the Dark KeyRing, Hi-Tech Phone Holder and Jewellery design.
  • Year 11 – the knowledge learned in Year 10 is used to design and make a personal project which is an adjustable desk lamp. The students are also fully prepared for their one hour exam.  The more able students can opt to complete a double award which involves completing a second project (an electronic bike alarm this year) and sit another one hour exam.

 

GCSE Product Design  (AQA 4555)

"Design is intelligence made visible"  Alina Wheeler

This is the last year that this course will run and is for those students who wish to learn more about the Design industry.

  • Year 10 – the core topic of paper, card and advertising is taught through the Flat Packed VR Viewer project. Additional wood, plastics and metal topics are taught through a Designer Clock project.
     
  • Year 11 – the knowledge learned in Year 10 is used to design and make a personal project of their choice. The students are also fully prepared for their two hour exam.

 

A level

Unfortunately we are unable offer any DT A levels (Engineering or Product Design) for the 2016-17 academic year.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

DT must be made real and relevant so we offer the following extracurricular activities

  • lunchtime drop in sessions (all year groups)
  • Go4Set (all KS3)
  • Robotics Club (Year 7)
  • Brooklands and Mercedes World Trip (Year 9)
  • D of E Engineering Club (Year 10)
  • Harry Potter Trip (Year 10)
  • Florence Trip (Year 10)
  • Arkwright Engineering Scholarships (Year 11)