Design and Technology
The core of design and technology at Stanborough is creativity and imagination. Students are provided with the knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary to design and produce a range of quality products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. We provide students with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects such as food preparation and nutrition, food and cookery, textiles, product design, graphics and engineering. In all disciplines we aim to stimulate and maintain student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about technological aspects of their environment. The practical aspect of the subject draws on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering and computing. We prepare our students to live and work in the designed and made world.
Head of department: Miss C Burnham
What will students study?
All students will, by the end of Year 7, have followed a programme of modules covering six different material areas: food, textiles, wood, graphics, plastics and metal. These are designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, equipment and especially health and safety issues. By the end of Year 7 we are confident that everyone will have had the opportunity to gain a sound working knowledge of, and enjoyment from, their experience in each of these design and technology disciplines.
During Year 8, students continue to develop their skills and knowledge gained in Year 7 whilst developing and being introduced to new technologies such as the 3D printer, with a particular focus of incorporating IT in terms of Computer Aided Design and manufacture. Students opt for two focused modules, each half a year in length. They can choose from: food and nutrition, textiles design, graphics or product design. These modules allow students to experience a modern design and technology learning experience, work towards achieving higher levels and further the quality of the work and outcomes being produced.
Throughout Key Stage 3, students study key concepts so they are able to select the most suitable Key Stage 4 course. The design and technology staff are able to guide students to make the most appropriate choice.
At Key Stage 4 students are offered a wide range of design and technology courses to choose from. All courses are three years in length and are Level 2 qualifications. These are:
Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
NCFE Level 1/2 Combined Technical Award in Food and Cookery
AQA GCSE Engineering
AQA GCSE D&T Core with Timber Based Materials
AQA GCSE D&T Core with Textiles Based Materials
NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design
Students can continue to study design and technology at Key Stage 5 by choosing one of the following routes:
A level D&T: Product Design
A level D&T: Fashion and Textiles
Level 3 Food Science and Nutrition Diploma
How can I support my child in this subject?
You can support your son or daughter in design and technology by checking they are fully equipped for all lessons, particularly the practical element of the subject, for example in bringing in food practical ingredients.
It is also hoped that you will encourage students by getting them to show you their work and give feedback; both with the positives and areas of improvement and supporting them with the completion of their homework. Allow them to develop their creativity and imagination by showing an interest in technological aspects of their environment.
There is also a range of additional resources to support students’ progress in design and technology on the VLE and Show my Homework.
What equipment does my child need in this subject?
For design and technology students are required to have the same standard of equipment as for all lessons.
It is not the expectation that any specialist equipment is purchased, however in food it is an expectation that students are equipped with the necessary practical ingredients.
It is useful for students to have access to a computer at home for use with the range of free design software. If this is not available students have access to computers in the LRC or in the design and technology block after school.
Students are given a workbook or folder for each subject area, which contains all the work and resources that they will be covering in that module or subject. It is important that students bring this to every lesson.
Celebrating successes in this subject
As a faculty there are many ways in which success is celebrated. We enjoy taking part in a range of local and national competitions and being part of national initiatives, which celebrate student success in design.
In lesson time students can also achieve student of the week or star student such as “Chef of the Week” in food or take part in subject competitions such as the annual decorated Christmas cake competition.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Visits
In addition to our school based curriculum the faculty offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We offer after school activities in the form of the “Stanborough Stirrers” food club, a graphics, textiles, resistant materials and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club, and the opportunity for students to work under supervision on their GCSE or A level projects.
We also offer a range of visits to support students’ learning such as a visit to Bath and Cheddar, the Coca Cola Factory visit, the Good Food Show, the Clothes Show, London food markets and design museums. We have also visited Spain, France and Italy before where students experienced a wealth of food related activities.