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Design & Technology

'Design & Technology education is an essential part of a school’s curriculum, not just as preparation for a career, or further education in the creative industries, but for its wider educational benefits'. – Dick Powell, SeymourPowell Design Consultancy.

'Design and technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products'. - www.data.org (Design and Technology Association)

Design & Technology education is based upon six key design principles:

  • User
  • Purpose
  • Functionality
  • Design Decisions
  • Innovation
  • Authenticity

At The Halifax Academy we provide our learners with a wide range of experiences, allowing them to learn about these principles and to put them in to practice. The curriculum is designed to build upon key skills and knowledge, gradually working towards preparation for their GCSE courses and beyond.  Students are made aware of their target levels and grades from the offset and their path of progress allows them to see the end results which are capable through hard work and dedication.

Our vision is to develop intuitive and creative designers, who are able to work independently to solve problems and provide suitable design solutions with the potential to be commercially produced. We focus on promoting literacy and numeracy skills and cross curricular subject knowledge, allowing students to continue to develop and grow as well rounded and informed learners; promoting our school values in all that we do.

Students are encouraged and supported in being able to achieve excellent results in their chosen subject area and many go on to higher and further education in a mixture of Design based courses.  In addition, students have access to CAD/CAM facilities and are able to produce products of a very high, commercially viable standard.

Students are encouraged to reflect upon the wider impact of the products they use, including sustainability of materials and energy sources and product life cycle, ergonomics and looking at the work of other designers as inspiration in their own work.  Therefore providing them with opportunities to become educated consumers and make choices where environmental issues are considered.

 

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about?

Product Design project:  Promote your own – T-shirt print design and Night light promotional products

Students are introduced to a wide range of tools, equipment and processes.  We focus on the importance of Health and Safety in the workplace and promoting independent enquiry.

Students will engage in a variety of projects from all disciplines of the Design and Technology Curriculum, allowing all learners to develop individual strengths and skills learnt at KS2 whilst broadening their subject knowledge and understanding.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Your child is set regular homework by their teacher which also includes attending extra catch up sessions after school, your support in encouraging them to attend these is vital as it will provide them the opportunity to use tools and equipment which require one to one supervision and will broaden subject knowledge and skills further.

 

How can I support my child's learning at home?

At home you can support your child’s develop their Design and Technology skills by encouraging them to look at every day household items and analyse the materials and ingredients from which they are made and the industrial processes used to manufacture them. This will form the foundation to their studies in all of our specialist subject areas.

You can encourage them to share their project work with you so that you are informed of the projects they are undertaking and the detailed feedback they receives from their teacher to give them the opportunity to improve their work so that it is in line with their target levels. Pupils are set regular homework by their teacher which is vital as it will broaden their subject knowledge and skills further.

In addition, there are many online revision and support materials available on line which you could explore with them.

Should you require any further advice you can contact their Design and Technology teacher Miss T Rawson

As always we welcome any feedback and suggestions from students and parents and carers alike to enable us to provide the best possible curriculum for your child that is relevant and engaging.

 

Useful websites

http://www.technologystudent.com  A Design Technology website

http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/mechanisms Examples of mechanisms that could be used in the Pop Up Children’s Toy project

http://www.bluebellgray.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/keystage_3/topics/design_and_technology.shtml BBC Bitesize revision website

http://www.bpf.co.uk/plastipedia/processes/vacuum_forming.aspx Vacuum Forming is a process used in the Electronic Night Light project

 

 

Year 8

What will my child learn about?

Product Design project: Phillipe Starck Clock project. 

In their second year students will be given to opportunity to further develop their repertoire of skills and knowledge and are encouraged to become increasingly independent in their studies.

Students are introduced to Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Inventor 3D Design software and Computer Aided Manufacture.  Students are encouraged to consider environmental issues and sustainability in their designing.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Your child is set regular homework by their teacher which also includes attending extra catch up sessions after school, your support in encouraging them to attend these is vital as it will provide them the opportunity to use tools and equipment which require one to one supervision and will broaden subject knowledge and skills further.

 

How can I support my child's learning at home?

At home you can support your child’s develop their Design and Technology skills by encouraging them to look at every day household items and analyse the materials and ingredients from which they are made and the industrial processes used to manufacture them. This will form the foundation to their studies in all of our specialist subject areas.

You can encourage them to share their project work with you so that you are informed of the projects they are undertaking and the detailed feedback they receives from their teacher to give them the opportunity to improve their work so that it is in line with their target levels. Pupils are set regular homework by their teacher which is vital as it will broaden their subject knowledge and skills further.

In addition, there are many online revision and support materials available on line which you could explore with them.

Should you require any further advice you can contact their Design and Technology teacher Miss T Rawson

As always we welcome any feedback and suggestions from students and parents and carers alike to enable us to provide the best possible curriculum for your child that is relevant and engaging.

 

Useful websites

http://www.technologystudent.com/ A Design Technology website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/keystage_3/topics/design_and_technology.shtml BBC Bitesize revision website

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Oven-Form-Acrylic/ Heat treatment of Acrylic used in the Acrylic Product project

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/energy_resources/sustainable_energy_rev1.shtml BBC Bitesize revision website - Sustainability

http://www.pinterest.com/scchez/futuristic-car-designs/ Inspirational designs for Vehicle of the Future

http://wonderfulengineering.com/10-futuristic-transportation-technologies-that-will-make-cars-a-thing-of-past/ Inspirational designs for Vehicle of the Future

http://biomimicry.org/what-is-biomimicry/ Information for the Biomimicry design project

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/keystage_3/topics/design_and_technology.shtml BBC Bitesize revision website

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Oven-Form-Acrylic/ Heat treatment of acrylic could be used in the MP3 Amplifier project

http://www.demilked.com/unusual-cool-speakers/ Inspirational designs for the MP3 Amplifier project

 

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn about?

At KS4 we offer a selection of GCSE courses, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products.

Students are encouraged and supported in being able to achieve excellent results in their chosen subject area and many go on to higher and further education in a mixture of Design based courses.  In addition, students have access to CAD/CAM facilities and are able to produce products of a very high, commercially viable standard.

Students are encouraged to reflect upon the wider impact of the products they use, including sustainability of materials and energy sources and product life cycle, ergonomics and looking at the work of other designers as inspiration in their own work.  Therefore providing them with opportunities to become educated consumers and make choices where environmental issues are considered.

In Year 9 students are introduced to their chosen subject through mini projects, theory of design and manufacture in a variety of scales from one off production to researching industrial processes involved in mass production techniques.

In Year 10 They then make their choices on their Controlled Assessment tasks where they will undertake the major project for their GSCE course.

Year 11 sees the continuation of the Controlled Assessment tasks where students manufacture the designs produced.  They go through a process of development in order to produce high quality products which respond directly to the clients requirements set out in the Design Specification.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Your child is set regular homework by their teacher which also includes attending extra catch up sessions after school, your support in encouraging them to attend these is vital as it will provide them the opportunity to use tools and equipment which require one to one supervision and will broaden subject knowledge and skills further.

 

How will my child be assessed?

Once Controlled Assessment is complete, at around the Easter break, the students have completed 60% of their GCSE.

The focus will then move to preparation for the GCSE Examination for the final 40% of the overall grade received.

The examination boards used are AQA for GCSE Product Design, Resistant Materials and Graphic Products

 

How can I support my child's learning at home?

Design and Technology requires your child to be consistently hard working and committed to his studies.  At home you can support your child by encouraging him to share their work with you so that you are informed of the project they are undertaking and the detailed feedback they receive from their teacher to give them the opportunity to improve work.  Your is set regular homework by their teacher which also includes attending extra catch up sessions after school, your support in encouraging them to attend these is vital as it will provide them the opportunity to use tools and equipment which require one to one supervision and will broaden subject knowledge and skills further.

In addition there are many online revision and support materials available on line which you could explore with them.

We are able to provide your child with all the basic materials and equipment required for their project but there are occasions where specialist or specific items are required which they will need to bring in from home.

In preparation for tests and examinations please support your child by revising the subject knowledge with them, testing them and supporting them in making revision notes. You can also ensure that they owns a copy of the revision guide and accompanying workbook for their specialist subject area.

Should you require any further advice you can contact their Design and Technology teacher or Miss T Rawson.

As always we welcome any feedback and suggestions from students and parents and carers alike to enable us to provide the best possible curriculum for your child which is relevant and engaging.

Here are some useful websites that you and your child can use to enhance their learning at home:

 

http://www.technologystudent.com/ A Design Technology website

http://www.thecoolhunter.co.uk/design Inspirational image source for Product Design, Resistant Materials and Electronic Products

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/ BBC Bitesize revision website

http://www.selectawoodentoys.co.uk/ Research resources for Resistant Materials

http://www.frippdesign.co.uk/ Research resources for Product Design

http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/any/design/3d-design?gclid=CKr9xPHmn8ECFcLnwgodhTAASg Careers Advice in DT related areas

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555 GCSE Product Design Exam Board information

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560 GCSE Resistant Materials Exam Board information

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/ GCSE BBC Bitesize revision