OVERVIEW – TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN

‘Technology and Design… Where Knowledge and Creativity Unite’

 

Members of Department
HOD: Miss Clare McElduff
Teacher: Ms Fiona Brannigan
Technician: Mr Colin Brown

Introduction

In Technology and Design we aim to stimulate and maintain student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about the technological aspects of their environment. We endeavour to help our pupils develop their creativity and technical ability through a wide selection of tasks. Pupils work both as individuals and in groups during their Technology Design lessons and we actively encourage pupils to support their peers in the class and to fulfil their own potential.
The use of ICT is an integral part of the work our pupils do. One of the packages we use is Solidworks, a CAD (computer aided design) programme which all pupils use to present their work at KS3, GCSE and A2.

Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 involves pupils in mainly practical orientated work, which cover the study area as determined by the National Curriculum. Pupils experience working with plastics, woods, metals, electronics mechanisms. KS3 pupils have 1 Double (1hr 10 min) of Technology & Design per week.

Projects completed by Pupils in KS3:

Year 8
Graphics
Electronics
Plastic Project
Wood Project
STEM

Year 9
Graphics
Mechanisms Project
Multi-Material Project
STEM

Year 10
Model Making
Computer Control
Multi-Material Projects
STEM

Robotics

When possible we invite Sentinus to work with Year 9 to use computer programming, set within the context of space exploration, to programme their own autonomous vehicle to carry out a range of tasks. Pupils learn to write their own programmes and download these to their robot to enable it to carry out its tasks. A very enjoyable Robotics Road show event with loads of challenges.