Design Technology

 

Design Technology


Mission Statement


The core aim of teaching and learning of Design and Technology at Dene Community School, is to prepare to students to participate in tomorrows rapidly changing technologies.

In design and technology students 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.

Through Design and Technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Design and Technology develops confident individuals who become increasingly independent and are able to take the initiative as they plan and organise activities, and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials, ingredients or components.

The aim of this strategy is to deliver the key concepts of Design and Technology; Designing and making, Cultural understanding, creativity and critical evaluation through the department's curriculum of:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Products
  • Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Textiles technology


During Key Stages 3 and 4 students are offered many opportunities in the subject that are integral to their learning and which enhance their engagement with the concepts, processes and content of Design and Technology.

At Key Stage 3 all students follow schemes of work in these subjects based around the following design task areas:


Year 7

Students design and manufacture prototypes and products for themselves.


Year 8

Students design and manufacture prototypes and products for a market.


Year 9

Students design and manufacture prototypes and products for a client.


Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 are given the opportunity to study one of the following Design and Technology subjects to GCSE

  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Food Technology
  • Engineering


In Design and Technology GCSEs, controlled assessment makes up a big part of the examination.  Students produce design and manufacture portfolios based around themes and design problems of their choosing.

The courses are spilt between 60% controlled assessment and 40% final examination.


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