Design and Technology

Introduction to the department

Students at Stoke Park are provided with a broad range of exciting opportunities in Design and Technology. The Design and Technology Department is staffed by experienced specialist teachers in the areas of Product Design, Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials Technology, Textiles Technology and Engineering.

In design and technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.


Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.”

Name

Years/topics taught/keen interest in {subject related}

Mr K. Storer

Head of Department of DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Miss P. Marsh

Design Teacher, responsible for Food, Nutrition, Catering, Hospitality

Miss C. Branagh

Design Teacher, with specific skills in Textiles and Art

Mr P. Boyd

Design Teacher, with specific skills in Engineering

Mr K. Jones

Design Teacher, Post 16 D&T Product Design

Key Stage 3 curriculum offering

Students within Key Stage 3 have the opportunity to work across all material areas, including Product Design, Textiles, Food, Electronics and Graphics. During each module the students will experience a range of skills including designing, manufacturing processes and Key vocabulary related to each topic.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

‘Rumble in the Jungle’(A desk organiser) – Product Design Project in Resistant Materials.

2

‘Introduction to food and Healthy Eating’ – Food Technology

3

‘Introduction to Textiles’ – Designing a cushion cover – Textiles

4

Adventure Island - Electronic Promotional Display – Literacy, Graphics and Electronics

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Jewellery Design and Manufacture – Design Style, Metals and multi-media focus

2

Textiles – Designing a sustainable Pencil Case

3

Developing Food and Nutrition

4

Designing and Prototyping Novelty Products

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Concept Product Design and Development

2

‘Hats Fantastic’ – Textiles

3

Food and Nutrition – Product Development

4

Coventry 2020 Challenge!

Key Stage 4 curriculum offering

Design and Technology prepares students for life within a technologically developing society. It gives students a framework of reference by which they can make sense of the technologies they experience in everyday life and provides a solid foundation for occupations including automotive/transport design, product design, architecture, mechanical engineering, food nutrition, fashion design and many more.

Design and Technology is a practical subject which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

At Stoke Park we offer the following GCSE subjects;

  • Engineering (link to GCSE guide)
  • Food and Nutrition (link to GCSE guide)
  • Graphic Products (link to GCSE guide)
  • Textiles Technology (link to GCSE guide)

Each GCSE course comprises of developing the skills and appropriate Knowledge and Understanding for students to gain competence and confidence. This is carried out through a variety of small tasks, challenges and projects supported by practice exam questions and papers. All preparatory work will lead to the final controlled assessments which will take place predominantly in year 11.

The controlled assessments will comprise of students researching, investigating a given brief. They will be required to experiment and model some design proposals, create a manufactured outcome which will tested and evaluated.

Post 16 curriculum offering

We offer a post 16 Design pathway as the next step for learners after the successful completion of GCSE’s in Design subjects. This is a course which will allow learners who have specialised in different materials at KS4 such as graphic products, textiles, food & nutrition as well as Engineering and Product Design, to achieve greater and deeper understanding and tackle a range of practical design assignments.Learners are given short and longer project challenges to extend their knowledge of materials, designers past and present and appreciation of the technological developments which have and continue to shape our world.

This invariably involves learners designing ideas, making small models, creating prototypes and then manufacturing full scale real products. It is a very hands-on learning experience and suits learners who enjoy practical work, being creative and finding out how products are made and willing to have a go at making their own.

The syllabus we teach is AQA Design & Technology: Product Design (3D) to both AS and full A2 level.

  • Product Design (3D) - Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, ceramics, electronics, timber based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
  • Candidates will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials including CAD / CAM.

AS D&T has:3 mini design challenge practical projects( 50 % ) plus

One examthat tests our knowledge of Materials, their Properties, Making Processes and Components (50% )

A2 D&T has: 1 major design and make practical project where a specific problem and clients’ needs are investigated. Plus

One exam that tests knowledge of materials, design processes, technology and its impact in the wider world and the work of important current designers.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

Learners will be taught about what are the main materials used in Design & Technology. What are their origins and key properties. The main uses of them, how they are produced, processed and used in manufacturing. What are the environmental issues with using resources and how can we meet the world’s ever growing demand for energy. Small projects are set as design and make challenges where learners are given choices that may include developing new and original storage devices, graphic presentations and promotional displays. Furniture projects involving textiles and resistant materials.

2

Designing new Lighting for office or home use. Exploring third world problems and developing suitable yet achieveable solutions.Essentially being as imaginative as possible and learning how to use tools/equipment safely and skilfully to generate quality well finished products.

3

Learners will sit a written examination that tests subject materials knowledge and understanding. They will also submit for assessment an e-portfolio that reflects the very best work they have generated from their mini design and make project challenges delivered during term 1 and 2.

Terms

Topic/themes covered

1

The year is largely devoted to two elements, written content as preparation for the end of course exam and a single design and make challenge. Learners will be developing deeper understanding of the technological world and creating high quality essays that demonstrate they can clearly express ideas, opinions and justify these effectively.

2

The practical major project challenge is negotiated with the teacher , but represents an area of study that interests the learner and will involve the identification of a clear problem solving opportunity.

3

Learners will sit a written examination that tests subject materials knowledge and understanding. It also asks learners to reflect on current technologies and topics of importance that affect designers. They will also submit for assessment an e-portfolio that reflects the very best work they have generated from their major design and make project challenge which the student determines for themselves with guidance during term 1 and 2.

Offering

Description

Lego Robotics

An opportunity to work with Mindstorm Lego Robotics to solve problems and challenges. Creatively use Lego to construct working elements of the robot and ICT skills to program the robot to complete a range of challenges. Successful teams will be entered for the National Robot League Competition.

3D Printing Club

An opportunity to work with 3D CAD to design and develop a range of 3D products on the 3D printing machine.

3D Printing Challenge Y9

Stoke Primary School links – Designing and manufacturing Christmas cards on 2D Designer and manufacturing on the laser cutter.

Y9 students teaching Y6 how to use 3D CAD software and manufacturing a cube in a cube.

EON STEM Day October 2015

25 HATT students took part in the EON STEM challenge. The students used Makey Makey modular units to explore and develop electronic control circuits.

Lego Robotic Challenge