Design and Technology

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Mr Farrington Head of Design and Technology/Engineering
Mrs Cross Head of Food Preparation and Nutrition
Miss Fleming Catering
Mr Mitchell Design and Technology/ Construction
Mr Bywater CDT/Catering Technician 

Curriculum Intent and Maps 

Design and Technology 
Curriculum Intent Key Stage 3

Design and Technology at St Gregory’s is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Pupils use creativity and imagination to design and manufacture products and prototypes that solve real and relevant problems that consider social, moral and cultural values. Drawing on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Computing and Art, pupils learn how to become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. High quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, health and well-being of the nation.

Classes in Year 7, 8 and 9 are part of a ‘carousel’ system so will move to a different area of the subject three times each year.

Curriculum Maps Key Stage 3
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Curriculum Intent Key Stage 4

In Year 10 pupils develop their depth of knowledge and understanding by working through a range of mini NEA projects.  Pupils use creativity and imagination to design and manufacture products and prototypes that solve real and relevant problems that consider social, moral and cultural values, forming cross-curricular links, pupils draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, and Computing. Pupils use a range of media in order develop their own design style.

 

In Year 11 pupils work through their chosen NEA project.  Pupils continue to use creativity and imagination to design and manufacture a working prototype that solves a real and relevant problem that considers social, moral and cultural values. Pupils will continue to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Design Technology in preparation for their end of year examination.

Curriculum Maps Key Stage 4
Year 10 Year 11
Construction Key Stage 4

In Year 10 pupils are introduced to the various aspects of trades in the Construction industry. Pupils work independently to develop a range of practical skills to manufacture products that solve real and relevant construction projects. Forming cross curricular links, pupils draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science and Computing. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of safe working practices in the ‘workplace’.

 

In Year 11 pupils work independently to carry out a range of practical assessment tasks from three trades; Joinery, Painting and Decorating and Tiling. Pupils are required to demonstrate their understanding of safe working practices in the ‘workplace’ throughout these tasks. Pupils then undertake a written assignment involving a set scenario of a new build at a school in Africa.

Curriculum Maps Key Stage 4  
Year 10 Year 11
Engineering Key Stage 4

The purpose of the Year 10 curriculum is to enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop: ​

  • • skills required for independent learning and development;  
  • • a range of generic and transferable skills; 
  • • the ability to solve problems; 
  • • the skills of project based research, development and presentation; 
  • • the fundamental ability to work alongside other professionals, in a professional environment; 
  • • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts. ​

​Pupils will undertake a range of mini NEA projects which follow a ‘plan, do, review’ approach to learning. With this, learners are introduced to a context for learning, review previous learning to plan activities, carry out activities and review outcomes and learning.  This approach mirrors engineering production and design processes and also provides for learning in a range of contexts thus enabling learners to apply and extend their learning.

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The curriculum has been designed to build on the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired at Key Stage 3.

 

In Year 11, pupils will work through their two NEA units and prepare for their Unit 3 examination. 

The purpose of unit 1 is for learners to analyse engineered products in order to propose design solutions to meet requirements.

The purpose of Unit 2 is for learners to use skills developed to produce an engineered product. 

The purpose of Unit 3 is for learners to use their knowledge and understanding of engineering processes and material properties to solve problems. 

Pupils will continue on from Year 10 to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Engineering in preparation for a future career.

Curriculum Maps Key Stage 4  
Year 10 Year 11