Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which uses creativity and imagination to design and make products based around a variety of contexts. It is taught in a range of specialist rooms that include practical workshops, electronics and graphics/ICT rooms. Students are given access to a wide range of materials, equipment and software to realise their designs including the use of CAd/CAM to manufacture.
In KS3 students have 2 hours of Design and Technology a week designing and making a range of different products. They develop creative, technical and practical expertise whilst drawing upon other subjects such as science, maths and computing to enable them to become confident, resourceful, creative, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
Beyond KS3 students can continue their studies with popular courses at GCSE and ‘A’ level in a variety of different materials dependent upon their interests.
Learning to cook is a life skill which pupils should find both useful and enjoyable. In Food Technology pupils will be taught healthy eating, nutrition and how to prepare healthy nutritious dishes. Boys and girls are taught to cook in mixed ability groups of twenty. Parents are asked to supply ingredients every fortnight and pupils take home the food that they have cooked at the end of the day.
Food Technology is taught as part of the design and technology group of national Curriculum subjects. Pupils will learn to design new recipes, plan their practical work using flowcharts, make the food and then evaluate it. In Year 7 they do a savoury scone/mini pizza project, pasta sauces in Year 8 and International foods, pastry and cakes in Year 9.