Pupils have 1 hour of Design Technology each week during which they undertake a variety of projects to develop their designing, making and evaluation skills.
In Term 1, pupils take part in the Active Kids Get Cooking Healthy Lunch Challenge which includes practical cooking sessions, where pupils make products suitable for a packed lunch. Pupils then have and introduction to Textiles and are given the opportunity to design and make a felt Christmas decoration.
In Term 2, pupils take part a Snack Attack competition to design a new fair trade snack.
In Term 3 pupils study structures, textiles and food technology in further detail.
Pupils have 1 hour per week of Design Technology which is split between Food and Textiles and Resistant Materials. In this subject area, pupils investigate form, function and materials before designing, developing and making their own toy for an anti-bullying campaign. This project is designed to develop creative thinking, practical making and evaluation skills as well as well as encouraging pupils to think about the qualities needed to be a good friend.
During their time in Resistant Materials, pupils design and make a Personal Coat of Arms. Pupils are introduced to a range of hand tools and machines and must work within the constraints of a design brief. Pupils are encouraged to explore a range of ideas before selecting and developing their chosen idea. This is then realised in wood.
Pupils start Year 7 in Food Technology by taking part in the Licence to Cook programme, designed to equip pupils with practical cooking skills and knowledge of healthy eating, wise food shopping, food safety and hygiene. Pupils take part in many practical sessions which build skills by making a variety of dishes including fruit smoothies, French bread pizzas, flapjacks and apple crumble. Where possible, pupils are encouraged to experiment with ingredients and develop their own ideas.
Pupils spend the second term studying Textiles Technology where they design and make a cushion for a teenager. Pupils investigate materials and techniques before designing and making their product.
The final term will be spend studying Resistand Materials, the course is designed to provide a foundation in good workshop practice, the handling of tools and materials and to increase awareness of the design process. Pupils design and make a wooden novelty gift or souvenir that would be suitable for sale in a gift shop at either a Butterfly Farm or a Tropical Fish Aquarium. Pupils also study electronic components and circuits. They make a fuse tester contained in an acrylic case.
During Year 8, pupils move between Textiles, Food and Resistant Materials Technology to spend full afternoons working on practical activities. In Food Technology, pupils take part in the Licence to Cook programme, a Government initiative designed to equip pupils with practical cooking skills and knowledge of healthy eating, wise food shopping, food safety and hygiene. Pupils take part in many practical sessions which build skills by making a variety of dishes including Scones, Handmade Burgers, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Chicken Curry. Where possible, pupils are encouraged to experiment with ingredients and develop their own ideas.
In the second term, pupils investigate social, moral, economic and environmental issues related to the textile industry and undertake a textile recycling project. Pupils design and make a new product from an old one of their choice.
During the final term pupils will study Resistand Materials, pupils study Isometric Drawing and undertake a focused practical task in which the skills from Year 7 are reinforced and extended. They use a combination of materials and joining techniques to make a desk tidy. Pupils will study movement and mechanisms and use a cam to design and make an animated toy.