The Design and Technology curriculum is an inspiring, rigorous application of both theoretical and practical skills. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
In Years 7 to 9 students develop their understanding of material properties, processing and how these materials are suited to certain products through a physical portfolio and a number of project-based design tasks. By Year 9 students embark on a more open design task which encourages independent research and experimentation and where they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present designers how design impacts society is also taught to enhance understanding and promote curiosity.
At GCSE and A Level our students study Design and Technology: Product Design. This course further enhances their design skills through the deepening of their knowledge of the subject material and the completion of several design tasks, culminating in the design and manufacture of a working prototype that solves an everyday difficulty/problem. Pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
Students are encouraged to be critical and analytical in their approach to design and to have the courage to explore and learn from their mistakes. In addition to the teaching of traditional and modern subject material, cross-curricular links are established between the Sciences and Mathematics. The annual STEM challenges at KS3 afford our students the opportunity to explore real world engineering challenges whilst working in small groups. There are also a number of opportunities to get involved with our co-curricular programme. Beyond the classroom our GCSE students have the opportunity to visit the Design and Science Museums and the Mini Plant in Oxford, whilst at A Level our students visit the New Designers Exhibition, The Olympic Park and Aquatic Centre.