We aim to offer students the opportunities to develop their abilities in the core skills of designing, making and evaluating whilst also providing them with hands-on experiences in a wide range of materials and processes.
Key Stage 3
Our KS3 curriculum is designed to provide students with the core skills required to be fully prepared for further study at KS4. This is themed around a number of projects starting from the planning phase and finishing with a completed and fully evaluated project. In KS3, each student will experience four projects and will experience a broad range of different specialisms including woodwork, metalwork, textiles, computer aided design and composite materials. This experience will enable them to make the decision on which area they wish to pursue at Key Stage 4. They will be given a design brief and, with the aid of their teachers, will plan what they will build to meet the brief, before building the item they have designed and then evaluating their work fully. Across the range of design briefs covered, students will also experience the contrast between traditional equipment and processes along with the most up-to-date industrial methods including 3D Computer Aided Design software and 3D printing.
Key Stage 4
Throughout KS4, students develop their theory skills alongside their skills in designing and building. During year 10, students start their theory and development work ready for the exam which counts for 50% of the overall GCSE. In year 11, students complete their course work project which makes up the other 50% of their mark.
(Please note, the current year 11 students will be the final students to be graded on on the A*-G scale and their controlled assessment will count for 60% of the overall GCSE.)
The Product Design department provide plenty of opportunities, both after school and at lunchtime, for students to spend time in the workshops getting the chance to hone and practice their craft.
|Miss H Kooner||Teaching and Learning Leader PACA / Teacher of Product Design|
|Mr M Ibrahim||Teacher of Design Technology|
|Miss J Marshall||Teacher of Art and Technology|
|Miss J Simpkin||Teacher of Art and Technology|