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Design and Technology at Key Stage 3

Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

At Key Stage 3 Design and Technology is taught through a wide range of areas that include Product Design, Graphic Design and Food.

During Year 7 and 8, students experience work in all these areas with specialist teaching staff in well-equipped and dedicated workshop areas. There is an opportunity to specialise in two of these areas in Year 9.  There are also a variety of enrichment courses on offer.  Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.

KS3 Content Product Design

Students are encouraged to express their creativity through a series of structured tasks and projects that leave scope for an increasingly high level of individuality.

A strong emphasis is placed on producing products of high quality in design and manufacture. Students are encouraged to observe and analyse examples of good design in their everyday life and to appreciate their life enhancing qualities. Progress and continuity are monitored through target setting and level indicators.

The faculty has access to ICT equipment which supports and enhances student work and students also have access to the use of a 3D printer that enables them to design outcomes in a different way.

Aims in Product Design

At KS3 Product Design our aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, imaginative and practical skill needed participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a selection of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users
  • assess, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

KS3 Content Food

The Food Technology Department is a busy, vibrant and popular department.  The focus is to promote a love of cooking whilst acquiring the knowledge and skills through practical work to become a competent cook and to gain success at higher levels. The aim is to embrace and celebrate success for all in a creative “can do” environment where a positive attitude is seen as the only option.

Aims in Food

 At KS3 Food our aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • understand the concept of healthy eating, basic nutrition, staple food products and how to create healthy home cooked meals and the importance of budgeting
  • self and peer evaluate, to use sensory analysis in evaluation to improve products, to modify and adapt recipes
  • write a simple specification and develop design ideas and to understand where our food comes from and the importance of origin
  • master basic cooking skills including; fruit and vegetables preparation, safe use of knives, stirring, stir frying, melting, mixing, rubbing in method, whisking, kneading, proving, rolling out, grilling, baking, pasta making 
  • Students cooking
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