In Year 7, pupils have studied the process of designing and making in three of the following areas: Computer graphics, Graphics, Textiles, Food or Product Design. Pupils have worked on extended design, make and evaluate tasks focussing on:
- The generation of ideas
- Responding creatively to a design brief
- Applying knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques
- Using understanding of others designing
- Planning, organising and making
- Solving technical problems
- Reflecting on their own designs.
In Year 8, students are taught a wide range of skills through a variety of extended design, make and evaluate projects. Their work this year has covered the following areas of Design & Technology:
– Product Design
The emphasis is on project work and is designed to help develop creative design ideas using a wide variety of inspiration and to develop a wide range of practical skills including the use of CAD/CAM to help them to realise their ideas. Projects include the making of souvenir boxes, superheroes graphics work and a wide variety of multicultural dishes in food technology.
Year 9 pupils are following a rotation this year and will complete projects in 4 of the following areas:
Food, Textiles, Resistant materials, Graphics or Computer Science.
They will complete extended design and make tasks in these areas to experience work similar to GCSE. They will cover:
- developing, planning and communicating ideas (research, analysis, specification, generation of ideas, development of solutions, planning, graphical communication)
- working with tools, equipment, materials and components to produce quality products
- evaluating processes and products (testing and evaluating their own products; evaluating and analysing commercially manufactured products)
This will give them an experience of GCSE type work which will hopefully assist them with their decision making when they choose their options.