Design and Technology

Ms Rebecca Lucas  – Subject Leader

Miss Natalie Cole – Teacher

Mr Graham Jones – Technician

For more details about the Design and Technology curriculum, please email rebecca.lucas@macclesfieldacademy.org

Design and Technology combines practical, technological and creative thinking to design and make products for human needs. Pupils analyse and evaluate existing products, use research techniques to design and make their own products that are aimed at a specific consumer group. Practical skills are a key element of D&T, as is the ability to use Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) to enhance outcomes.

KEY STAGE 3

In Year 7 and 8, students rotate through a series of Design and Technology disciplines – Textiles, Electronics, Resistant Materials and Food Technology. Within each project phase the students also cover Graphics skills such as drawing styles and using programmes such as Photoshop, Google Sketch-up and 2D design to enhance their design portfolios.

  • Pupils can critically analyse and evaluate existing products
  • Pupils use imagination and creativity to develop their own ideas both individually and as a team
  • Use tools and equipment safely and correctly
  • Pupils can use CAD/CAM effectively to improve product outcomes
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and processes
  • Generate, develop and model ideas using a range of techniques.

Each D&T subject covers a 12 week programme with a 100 minute lesson each week.

The pupils work to a design brief where they carry out research, analyse and evaluate existing products, create designs and model and make their ideas. Pupils carry out a range of practical activities to develop individual skills.

They learn to use tools and equipment safely and correctly to produce products made from fabrics, plastics, metals and wood and new ‘smart materials’. CAD/CAM plays an increasingly important part.

KEY STAGE 4

Pupils can choose either Product Design or Food Technology as part of the school’s pathways process. Product Design will be changing to a broader GCSE and will be titled Design and Technology. Food Technology will become Food and Nutrition.

Product Design (OCR).

Through a series of design and make tasks students will gain knowledge and understanding of Innovative Products and Iconic Designers. Students will demonstrate skills in making and in the handling of tools. Products are either made from wood, metal or plastic. Electronics may also be integrated. Areas such as Marketing, Packaging and Production Methods are also included in the course.

During lessons pupils design and make products (using a variety of materials) aimed at specific consumer groups. CAD/CAM plays a significant role in enhancing outcomes and ensuring that the products could be manufactured in quantity

Food Technology (WJEC)

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.

This GCSE will equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and also to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

This qualification will encourage learners to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition.

Dishes cooked will include a wide range of dishes main meal dishes, vegetable dishes, pastries, cakes, sauces, dishes for special diets, starters, desserts etc.It is expected that students will cook every week in order to develop their practical skills and to produce a wide range of high quality dishes.

EXTRA CURRICULAR

D&T is also delivered in the form of design and make activities through the Enrichment programme, including the Rollercoaster Challenge, Lego League and in food competitions (ie Rotary Young Chef award).

OTHER DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION

  • 1 Fully equipped Food Tech room.
  • 2 DT Workshops including CNC vinyl cutters and a Laser Cutter
  • 1 ICT Suite of Computers giving access to Photoshop, Google Sketch-Up and 2D Design CAD software .
  • 1 Textiles room equipped with sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery machines.
  • 1 Electronics lab
  • All classrooms have an Interactive Whiteboard and a number of student PC’s.