Design and Technology (D&T)
Head of Department – Ms Arjan (Head of Design and Technology)
Design technology helps students develop their creativity, through innovation in both practical and design work across a range of material areas. At St Michael’s Design technology is compulsory at KS3 to give students a range of essential life skills working in a range of different material areas. At KS4 and KS5 Design Technology is optional and narrowed down to a specific material area.
Programme of study at KS3
Students will be taught on a carousel in years 7, 8 and 9 and over each year they will experience a range of material areas including Food technology, graphic design , product design and textiles. To enable practical lessons to be taught thoroughly all DT lessons are double.
Across all the material areas students will be taught:
- Use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
- Identify and solve their own design problems
- Develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
- Use a variety of approaches to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses
- Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools
- Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
- Select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties
- Analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
- Investigate new and emerging technologies
- Test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
- Understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists
- Understand and use a wide range of materials, equipment & processes
- understand and use digital resources & specialist equipment
Programme of study at KS4
The college currently offers three Design Technology subjects at KS3; Product design, Textiles and Home economics: food and nutrition. We use AQA exam board for all our KS4 subjects. Please see the separate entries for these subjects for more information.
Extra curricular activities:
The Design technology currently runs a club for KS3 after school once a week, run by the qualified DT technician.
Workshops are open most evenings after school for KS4 and KS5 to drop in and receive one to one help from subject specific teachers.