At KS3, students experience a variety of practical and technological skills intended to raise and refine creative thinking and awareness focussed upon the designing and production of products that meet human needs and requirements. The ultimate aim is for students to gain experience in all areas of Design and Technology, building and developing new skills to prepare them for GCSE and life beyond school including college, university, apprenticeships and the world of work.
students will be introduced to all the areas of Technology the school provides. This includes undertaking introductory projects in Graphics, Resistant Materials, Food Technology and CAD. students will enjoy a range of projects that will build upon practical skills and designing skills in all these areas. students also complete PLPs (Personal Learning Projects), which encourage independent learning and research outside the classroom.
Students will do practical work where possible. For research, design and some written work the department has a dedicated computer suite. All projects and activities are designed and planned to build on prior learning and allow pupils to be challenged, inspired and enthused by new experiences such as using CNC equipment.
As with all KS3 years, students will complete PLPs which encourage independent learning and research outside the classroom.