Design and Technology

This is an exciting time for the DT department as we are now a compulsory GCSE subject. Furthermore the recent new investments have opened up fresh possibilities and the potential to take teaching, learning and progress to a higher level within our department which already produces consistently strong results for our students.

Our dedicated and hardworking team believe that Design and Technology provides students with many valuable assets for their wider education. Students are actively engaged in the complete design process where they investigate design contexts, record findings, generate and explore design ideas, model and develop concepts, plan and make high quality prototype products then evaluate their success and potential for commercial production. This develops and embeds a wide range of educational skills, enabling students to express themselves creatively and to ‘think outside the box’ when faced with unforeseen challenges.

The creation of products from concept idea to finish is an extremely rewarding process which develops a sense of pride and ownership in their work. We have challenged ourselves to develop a curriculum that is robust, innovative and makes use of the industry standard technology available at Thorns to inspire the next generation of skilled confident creative individuals, and in the process create great memories and opportunities for future careers or further education.

 

  • Year 7
    • Students learn how to use CAD (Computer Aided Design)
    • Students learn how to use CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture)
    • Students learn about Food Preparation and Nutrition
    • Students learn how to work with Resistant Materials such as wood, metal and plastics.
    • Students learn how to work with Graphic Materials
    • Students learn important subject knowledge to prepare for examinations in this subject.
    • Students make a range of focussed practical products
  • Year 8
    • Students apply skills from Year 7 to design and make more open-ended products which encourage creativity and high quality practical skills and communication
    • Students learn more about Food Preparation and Nutrition
    • Practical skills and subject knowledge are further developed and challenged
  • Year 9
    • Students work on projects that are more complex and replicate aspects of GCSE work so that they know what to expect at the next level
    • Students learn more about Food Preparation and Nutrition course and prepare for GCSE work if they decide to continue their study in this subject
  • Year 10
    • GCSE Design and Technology – Brand new specification with first teaching – September 2017. Controlled Assessment project – 50% / Examination 50%
    • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition – AQA Controlled Assessment project – 50% / Examination 50%
  • Year 11
    • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition – AQA Controlled Assessment project – 50% / Examination 50%
    • GCSE Graphic Products – AQA Controlled Assessment project – 60% / Examination 40%
    • GCSE Resistant Materials – AQA Controlled Assessment project – 60% / Examination 40%.