Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term.
With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.
Design and technology promotes pupils’ intellectual and practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.
Pupils develop a variety of skills and techniques such as product analysis, information and presentation drawing, computer aided design, (CAD) the use of modelling tools and machines, and computer aided manufacture, (CAM).
The underpinning skills are theoretical knowledge and designing and making. Consumer issues, Branding, Safety, Human Factors and Sustainability Material focus – Paper and card Printing and packaging methods Design & Make task – based on manufacturing in quantity, e.g.
The course is built upon a multimedia approach so students use materials such as paper, card and a range of plastics for modelling and making realistic products. This is sat at the end of Year 11 and tests students’ knowledge and understanding of materials and processes through a combination of short, long and design response questions. Charity and Fundraising The very nature of this course is about looking at the world around us, in particular people and products.They encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but are firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity.There are new AS and A level Design & Technology courses available in draft form which, when accredited, will be for first teaching in September 2017.At Key Stage 4 these subjects form part of the options process and can be selected by students to study up to GCSE level.Students will be awarded a grade A-G following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11.The Design and Technology curriculum is delivered through the 3 subject areas of Food, Product Design and Textiles.All Year 7 and 8 pupils spend one term in each of these specialist material areas and cover the topics outlined below.In Key Stage 3 students are taught the four Technology subjects (Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food) in mixed ability groups.Students will cover all areas for 2 hours a week on a carousel basis throughout the year.At EWS we have well equipped specialist rooms for teaching Food Technology, Product Design, Graphics and Textiles.We have laser cutting technology in the department for all year groups to use to help realise their designs.