The D&T department offers students the opportunity to design and make their own products in a range of different materials using a variety of tools and equipment. Students study theory and develop their making skills through lots of interesting practical work. It is also an opportunity for them to apply the knowledge and techniques that they have developed in other core subjects into designing and developing practical solutions. Students analyse existing products to enhance their own designing. We are keen that students develop their ability to plan projects and present their work with clarity and impact. Our aim is that students enjoy highly productive lessons where they get to design and make quality products that they are proud to take home.
We concentrate on the students’ ability to be creative, independent problem solvers by developing their skills in a number of disciplines. We integrate challenge into all our lessons and give students the chance to demonstrate creativity and flare. The use of iPads is highly integrated into our projects to encourage computer confidence and research skills. Throughout students will also experience a wide range practical Design and make assignments over the course of KS3.
The student projects are:
We deliver a spiral curriculum which rotates pupils between each of the main areas of Design and Technology over the course of the three terms. Staff members teach all disciplines within the year to keep consistency for all their classes. Pupils are assessed throughout the term to provide chance for growth in the subject across each subject area.
We cover projects in:
The projects vary throughout Key Stage 3 to ensure progress of skills from the start of year 7 through to the end of year 8, as some students move onto G.C.S.E in year 9.
We strive to develop our student’s independence, creativity and love for the subject through focussed projects and high quality teaching.
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Give all students the opportunity to build upon the work of KS3 and help them rapidly develop their knowledge and practical skills through designing and making exciting quality products in a range of materials and disciplines. In Year 9 and 10, students will work on a wide variety of design and make projects which will develop their knowledge of working with graphics, textiles, electronics, mechanisms,structures, wood, plastic and metal using a wide range of equipment. At the end of Year 10 they will be able to choose to focus on an area of interest to them and complete a substantial design and make project for their coursework unit(NEA) in Year 11.
At the end of Year 10 students will start their GCSE coursework project (50%), completing a concise design folder containing: analysed research; development of ideas; planning;and on-going evaluations. Students will then manufacture, test and evaluate their final product in Year 11.
The final examination (50%) enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge within a range of exam contexts set by the examination board.
A steady supply of people who have studied design & technology is essential to maintain and develop the kind of society we value. Design & technology is central to the innovation on which our future economic success as a nation depends. For those young people who achieve a design & technology qualification at Abbey Grange Academy, the experience may well predispose some of them to consider a technical career.
The learning achieved through studying design & technology at school is useful in everyday situations, as it enables young people to deploy design skills and technical problem solving to address and solve practical problems at both the personal and community levels.
In their communities, their work places, and through the media, people encounter questions and disputes that have matters of design and/or technology at their core. Often these matters are contentious. Significant understanding of design and of technology is needed to reach an informed view on such matters and engage in discussion and debate.
Technologies and the design thinking behind them are major achievements of our culture, linked to the history of our country. With links to religious studies students will develop a better understanding of different food beliefs and choices and how this has brought different cultures and communities together.
Furniture Design, Joinery, Electrician, Construction, Site Manager, Architect, Production Line Manager, Logistics, Fashion Designer, Theatre Set and Costume Designer,Apprenticeships, Interior Design, Teaching, Fashion Buyer, Milliners, Shoe Design, Fabric Design, Aeronautical Engineer, Jewellery Design, Mechanical Engineer, Telecommunications, Electronics Engineer, Plumbing, Product Designer,Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Structural Engineering,Architectural Engineering and lots more.
Ultimately, we aim to develop independent problem solving and practical engineering skills through enjoyment of learning about the engineered world around us and putting what is learnt into practice. This will allow our students to understand engineered products and systems, production processes and give them the opportunity to contribute to one of the many engineering fields in the future.
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