Full time specialist Design Technology teachers and full time technicians staff the department. The rooms are all well equipped with specialised rooms for materials technology, food, two computer suites and clean areas. There are many other resources available such as interactive white boards, 3D printer, CAD/CAM machinery including a large laser cutter.
In addition to the workshop areas, we have two modern ICT suites, running the latest Design and Technology related software such as 2D Design, SolidWorks, Adobe Photoshop and various Multimedia applications.
Why teach Design Technology?
"The quality of design and technology in our schools is a vital requirement for the country`s future in the 21st century" - James Dyson, inventor and designer.
As human beings, our capacity for making things is unique. The products and systems that we use and have come to expect are an essential part of the lives we lead. Design and Technology is the core activity that allows pupils to develop and practice skills needed to design and make artefacts relevant to a modern day context.
KS3 Course Information
At KS3 our aim is stimulate and maintain pupils’ interest and curiosity for this subject and to provide them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding for them to become not only competent designers and manufacturers but also discerning and informed users of products. The `problem-solving` approach is the basic foundation of all projects and this leads to the use of a range of up to date technologies for both the design and manufacture of products. As pupils progress, the availability of different materials for their projects increases and the inclusion of more complex electronics, CAD/CAM and mechanisms provides pupils with exciting opportunities to produce quality products.
Key Stage 3
At KS3, all pupils are in mixed ability groups and they have two Design Technology lessons every week.
They design and make a variety of artefacts and some projects are designed to last a few lessons whilst others last several weeks. Projects are designed to allow progression through the key stage. Pupils are taught to gather and present information about the design problem, to sketch and develop their ideas using a variety of graphic techniques, to evaluate their ideas and also how to make a product of quality and to evaluate the final outcome.
Standard areas of KS3 Technology
Design and technology
Graphics / product Design
In Year 7 pupils currently design and make a range of items including Phone Charger Stand, Graphics, healthy dishes. The projects build on the work undertaken at KS2. Pupils are encouraged to think about the materials, equipment and processes used and to develop the appropriate technical vocabulary. For the majority of the year pupils are taught about healthy eating. Students design a healthy salad jar.
Again at year 8 pupils undertake a variety of projects of different lengths. The projects become more demanding and require more depth of thought and understanding from the pupils. Projects include an Electronics project on MP3 Amplifier. In Food studies, the project is based on nutrients, food provenance and factors affecting food choice.
Year 9 pupils are encouraged to become more independent in their design thinking by making the project more open-ended allowing for `creativity` in the use of materials and processes. There are a number of smaller design challenges throughout the year to build on skills needed for Years 10 and 11. The food project is based on special diets, cultures and cuisines.
At the end of the key stage it is our aim that pupils should have a good knowledge of the design process and a good understanding of the tools, equipment and process needed to realise their ideas. This is underpinned by a philosophy of problem solving and the role that Design Technology plays in their everyday lives.
Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are regularly assessed against the National Curriculum levels of attainment in Design Technology, at William Lovell Academy we have broken this down into the following seven strands;
· Ideas generation
· Development of a solution
· Making Evaluating
The areas to be assessed are included on the front of each design booklet, with easy to understand pupil self assessment guidance at the end of each section. The National Curriculum has been carefully mapped to allow all the areas to be visited at least twice during KS3. An overall teacher assessment level is given at the end of the key stage when reporting to parents.
KS4 Course Information
At KS4, Year 10 and 11 pupils have between 5-6 lessons every two weeks depending on their course. The department provides full GCSE courses in the following areas;
GCSE Resistant Materials AQA Until July 2018
NCFE Level 1 / 2 in Graphic Design
GCSE Design and Technology AQA
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition EDUQAS 9-1
Level 1 /2 Hospitality and Catering WJEC –This course counts towards progress 8
All KS4 pupils studying food gain access to Level 2 Food safety and hygiene course
During this stage the previous areas of study are built upon and the pupil experience becomes broader and technically more demanding. All groups are mixed ability and teachers are guided by a pupils’ past performance to help them set realistic targets for achievement at the end of year 11.
Technology Faculty Technicians
Mrs R Finlay Mr P Jarvis
Mr T Allen
Mrs J Waiya