The Technology department at St George’s encompasses both Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition.
Design and Technology is an academic and rigours subject that allows students to respond to real world problems using real world design and engineering approaches. We are an academically successful department at both GCSE and A-Level and one of which is rising in popularity with students. At KS3 we cover the national curriculum in all material areas, thus giving students a broad and balanced approach to the department. Students at Year 7 and 8 will study everything from Product Design, Graphic Products, Textiles Design and Food Preparation and Nutrition on a carousel system. At Year 9 students will specialise in one before opting for formal GCSE choices in Year 10.
Food Preparation & Nutrition is an exciting subject where students get to investigate the function and role ingredients play in the food we eat and make as well as learn about lifelong nutrition knowledge and skills.
Our approach to the curriculum is to give our students a rigorous, authentic and challenging experience of Technology subjects. Briefs and context are authentic and challenging and use a range of processes and materials, opening students practical skills as well as problem solving skills. We embed real world context into all lessons and topics, allowing students to engage in real problems and think beyond the “pencil box”. Year 7 learn lots of new design and manufacturing skills, embedding the fantastic work the primary teachers have taught them and developing complex skills such as laminating, castings and vacuum forming. Year 8 work within graphic design, product design and textile design contexts, investigating practical techniques, generating briefs and proposals of their own ideas.
GCSE Design & Technology (AQA 8552)
GCSE Design & Technology (D&T) is a modern subject that aims to provide students with relevant design skills to be able to solve problems regardless of context. Design & Technology is not taught in separate material areas but taught across all, thus giving students a greater degree of choice in terms of the final prototype they design. It does not matter which D&T area students have studied previously in Year 9 as all areas feed into one at GCSE. A typical week in a D&T lesson could involve taking apart existing products to investigate how they are manufactured, interviewing clients and users on their needs and wants, designing and prototyping using a range of modern and smart materials, experimenting with 3D printing and laser cutting, investigating how industrial processes are used to mass produce products and how this affects our environment. Design & Technology provides many transferable skills and complements other subjects highly. D&T fits extremely well within STEM subjects and most universities and employers are actively seeking students with qualifications in the subject for courses such as Architecture, Engineering and Design.
The Design & Technology department is extremely well resourced in terms of the range and amount of machinery across the department and we are lucky to have consistent access to a wide range of materials. Teachers are highly trained to work with a range of different materials and can support a vast range of different projects to help challenge and stretch students. In year 10 students will study a range of topics to cover the core content, specialist knowledge and designing and making principles. This is linked with Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) to prepare students at Year 11 for their real NEA.
A-Level Product Design (AQA 7552)
Product Design is a new A Level that aims to strengthen learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling students to develop and make products that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. Learners are openly encouraged to take design risks and develop products through an iterative design process. Using a mixture of traditional and emerging technology, students will respond to a given design context and encouraged to explore this area in great detail.
A major requirement for participation in this course is a commitment to and the enjoyment of designing and engineering quality prototypes. Product Design is a rigorous, challenging and academic subject that must not be seen as an opportunity to simply make artefacts, but as an opportunity to solve real world problems with innovation and creativity.