Design & Technology

KS3 Design & Technology.

The KS3 course in Design & Technology is intended to prepare Spring Brook pupils to cope in a rapidly changing technological world and enable them to think and intervene creatively to improve that world.
In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make a variety of design and make projects.

Key Concepts from the National Curriculum:

• Designing and Making
• Cultural Understanding
• Creativity
• Critical Evaluation

During the course of the KS3 Spring Brook pupils will gain an understanding of Resistant Materials, Graphics, Electronics and Food Technology. Health and Safety relevant to the subject area is a key part of each course. Pupils will learn a variety of skills, some with traditional tools and equipment such as drills, saws and chisels, others with modern pieces of machinery such as laser cutters and 3D modelling. Strong emphasis is placed on students developing practical capability in each area and becoming autonomous learners in each discipline.

GCSE Design Technology – Resistant Materials Technology

This is a two year course designed to help pupils develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

This specification requires pupils to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment. During the controlled assessment pupils will produce a design folder that must demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the design process. As the folder develops pupils will complete one practical task chosen from a number of topics set by the exam board.

Pupils will also sit an exam that accounts for 40% of the overall marks