Design and Technology

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band-saw“When you say ‘design,’ everybody thinks of magazine pages. So it’s an emotive word. Everybody thinks it’s how something looks, whereas for me, design is pretty much everything.” – James Dyson.

This is the perfect subject to cover both purely creative and academic styles of study. Students will have opportunity to perfect practical skills, learn about design theory, hone their styles of presentation and enjoy freedom to produce unique and functional products. This is an all-encompassing subject that requires the use of a wide variety of skills therefore keeping interest for every individual.

The variety of skills and learning opportunities make this an ideal subject for equipping students with skills for life. Students will engage with a client and have to take into account their views and manipulate their designs to fit for particular needs. Design will enable students to think openly, consider wisely and adapt their reasoning.

Design and Technology at Lowton Church of England High School is cutting edge. We have state of the art technology facilities and resources which allow students to achieve the best possible design ideas. This subject encompasses a huge range of skills and encourages students to work independently from the start.

 

Subject Key Aims

To expand creative thought and functional reasoning.

To encourage students to interact with the world around them and understand how products affect us all in different ways.

To enable students to think about materials from different perspectives and know how to manipulate them in real-life contexts.

To encourage students to think about marketing techniques as well as the needs of individual users.

To encourage the use of a variety of skills and autonomous learning.

 

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

Students will spend 13 weks per year in Design and Technology, 13 in Food Technology and 13 in Photography

 

Year 8

  • Salvador Dali Inspired Clock – covering all major key areas of Design and Technology study
  • Presentation techniques
  • Design theory
  • Materials theory
  • CAD/CAM

 

Year 9

This is the start to Key stage 4. Year 9 runs as a skills year and build up to year 10 and submission of final qualification material. This qulification has the equivalent points allocation as the GCSE but has much more weighting on practical elements.

  • CAD/CAM
  • Woodworking skills
  • Design Theory
  • Materials Theory
  • Basic Electronics
  • External Assessment Preparation and Techniques
  • Presentation techniques

 

Year 10 – NCFE Craft

  • Practical experimantation with materials
  • Theory and skills
  • Materials theory
  • Presentation techniques
  • Marketing theory
  • CAD/CAM
  • Series of projects throughout the year leading to final submission

 

Year 11 – NCFE Craft

  • Practical experimantation with materials
  • Theory and skills
  • Materials theory
  • Presentation techniques
  • Marketing theory
  • CAD/CAM
  • Series of projects throughout the year leading to final submission

 

Please contact Mrs Shaw on 01942 767040 to discuss anything further regarding our school curriculum.

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