Technology Teaching Staff

  • Mr Todd - Head of Curriculum Area
  • Miss Birrell - Lead Teacher (Technology)
  • Miss Chamberlain
  • Mrs Drury
  • Mr Sykes-Bimsenstein

Art Teaching Staff

  • Mrs De Kadar - Lead Teacher (Art)
  • Mrs Cornell

Aims

KS3 - Technology

Year 7 KS3 Curriculum has been designed to be inspiring, rigorous and practical that encourages our students to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team. We also aim to make links to designs and designers throughout history, providing opportunities for children to critically reflect upon and evaluate their designs. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. This gives the learning purpose and relevance to the student encouraging them to develop life skills.

The Year 8 KS3 Curriculum has been designed to give a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. Through this process, the aim is to develop the pupils’ technical knowledge and vocabulary in relationship to graphic design, food technology, materials and engineering.

Year 9: Graphics allows pupils to explore designing in both drawing, modelling and CAD. Pupils can use design influences and use real life topics for their projects that prepare them for a GCSE in D&T (paper and board’s route / graphics). Each segment of the subject is a mini version of the assessment objectives that are needed for the N.E.A for year 10/11.

Food: To equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. To encourage learners to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. To equip learners with knowledge and understanding to minimise the environmental impact of their food preparation choices

Engineering allows pupils to explore and work with metals. This mini project has been designed to include cutting, shaping, finishing and joining aspects of metal technology. Each segment of the subject is a mini version of the assessment objectives that are needed for the N.E.A for year 10/11

KS3 - Art & Design

Art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Key stage 3 Pupils will be taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase their confidence in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Pupils will learn to use a range of techniques to record their observations in their sketchbooks and to analyse, annotate and evaluate their own work, using the language of art.

Pupils will be taught about the history of art, craft, and design, including periods, styles and major movements from the early 20th Century up to the present day. Pupils will learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Pupils will be taught and encouraged to develop a critical understanding of artists and designers, learning to express reasoned judgements that will inform their own artwork.  Key stage 3 pupils in Year 7 and Year 8, will learn to become proficient in drawing and painting, securing their art skills. Whilst, Key stage 3 pupils in Year 9 will be introduced to a variety of art and textiles artists and specialisms, such as, 3D Clay Sculpture, Poly block Printmaking and Free Machine Embroidery. Students will be regularly assessed and each year group will sit an Art Exam, in order, to create their own final response and outcome, and to demonstrate their skill and understanding.

KS4 - Art & Design Textiles

Art & Design Textiles equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject.  GCSE in Art & Design Textiles is a broad and flexible course that requires students to develop an appreciation of the creative process through a practical response, using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, materials, techniques and processes. Students will explore critically how artists, craftspeople and designers from diverse cultures, times and societies have arrived at solutions through the use of the formal elements. Students will use and develop their knowledge by recording observations and creating outcomes that fully realise their intentions.

Student progress will be monitored, throughout the year, through the regular completion of Learning Review Sheets and Coursework Checklists.

KS4 - Design & Technology

The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.

Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and the global community.

KS4 - Art

Art and Design equips students with the skills to enjoy, produce and engage with the visual arts throughout their lives, and it has immense value as a GCSE subject. GCSE in Art and Design is a broad and flexible course that requires students to develop an appreciation of the creative process through a practical response, using a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, materials, techniques and processes. Students will explore critically how artists, craftspeople and designers from diverse cultures, times and societies have arrived at solutions through the use of the formal elements. Students will use and develop their knowledge by recording observations and creating outcomes that full realise their intentions.

Student progress will be monitored, throughout the year, through the regular completion of Learning Review Sheets and Coursework Checklists.

KS 4 - Engineering

Level 1 / 2 Technical Award in Engineering  provides learners with a more practical alternative to GCSE study. The qualification introduces students to the various strands available within the engineering field, providing learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in realistic work-related contexts

KS4 - Graphics

'GCSE' standard and present in a NEA format. Pupils use advanced skills such as Rendering and 3D modelling.

Year 11 - Graphics allows pupils to explore designing in both drawing, modelling and CAD. Pupils can use design influences and use real life topics for their  projects that prepare them for a GCSE in D&T (paper and boards route / graphics). Each segment of the subject is a mini version of the assessment objectives that are needed for the N.E.A. for Year 10/11. 

KS4 - Child Development

Prepare students for parenthood or a career in a related area such as nursery nurse, childminder, midwife, paediatric nurse, neonatal unit nurse or primary school teacher.

KS4 - Food Preparation and Nutrition

To enable students to prepare a cook a range of nutritious, healthy dishes for themselves and others including those with special dietary needs. Students will know how to store a range of foods safely and will be aware of the impact their food choices have on the environment and how to minimise this. To prepare students for careers in food related industries.

Qualifications

  • GCSE Art & Design
  • Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering
  • GCSE Design & Technology
  • GCSE Textiles
  • GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Child Development

Please see below the Curriculum Overview Maps for a breakdown of what is taught in each year group and by term:

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