Design & Technology
Our mission is to provide students with a variety of resources and learning experiences that will enable them to enjoy and achieve. We aim to enable students to gain and develop essential skills, to cultivate enquiring minds that will ask questions of meaning and value, to encourage students to engage in discussion and offer reasoned responses, while remaining sensitive to the opinions of others, and to develop students’ employability skills so that they can achieve now and in the future.
The Design and Technology department provides a programme of study to ensure all students undertake a series of Design and Make assignments and complete theory-based exercises to develop knowledge and understanding within each of the material areas. These activities are designed to develop skills in designing and making using a variety of contexts within the various material areas. We aim to encourage students to become increasingly confident and independent, able to design creatively, take constructive criticism positively in order to improve designs further, and have the knowledge and skills to make their designs become a reality.
Examples of cross-curricular links
|English:||Vocabulary strategy – technical vocabulary taught explicitly
|Mathematics:||Measurements, scale, angles|
|Science:||Characteristics of materials, electricity and circuits|
|Humanities:||Social, historical and cultural influences on design|
|Geography:||Environmental and sustainability lined to material properties|
Examples of Cultural Capital entitlement from NC
The subject gives students a wider understanding of importance of design, and the role it plays influencing consumer behaviour, and it connection to wider cultural trends. The department also offers a range of visit to workplaces, and cultural institution such as the V & A.