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Years 7-11 Students

Design and Technology

We study Design and Technology to nurture creativity, demonstrate iterative design, and show case problem solving in a practical manner. Technology is all around us and is driven by market pull, social factors and clients’ needs, which are reflected in the design and manufacture of prototypes and end products. Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. The enjoyment and commitment from students are shown from our high-quality outcomes and the outstanding progress that is made ensuring all students meet and exceed their personal best.

By studying Design and Technology we allow opportunities to develop skills and knowledge across a wide range of disciplines using traditional, practical and computer aided tools. Design and Technology covers Product Design, Resistant Materials, Electronics, Fashion and Textiles and Engineering, all problem-solving subjects building confidence and resilience in creative skills, testing, failing, improving and creating successful outcomes individually or as part of a team.

Students must understand the properties of materials across the breadth of subject areas to make informed decisions that influence performance, aesthetics and cost.  Across the key stages Design and Technology fosters the need to analyse contextual situations, build specifications, design creatively, test ideas and prototypes, manufacture products and evaluate outcomes.

Within Design and Technology, we begin with health and safety and building competency’s using industrial and domestic tools and equipment. Students will work collaboratively digesting Design Briefs and analysing tasks. Students will learn to communicate ideas through sketching in 2D and 3D. Later students will construct their own briefs and have the freedom to guide projects around their own choices and others wants and needs. We build later on greater complexity in design using specific software that allows students to showcase ideas on digital devices and outputs that would be used within a commercial environment.

We have carefully planned progression through our rigorous curriculum along with opportunities to revisit knowledge previously covered. Low stake retrieval of knowledge and monitoring of retention is conducted through formative and summative assessments alongside cooperative structures allowing students to build confidence in their answers and allow time to ensure the quality of answers are articulated with sureness and subject technical language.

Through our subject we look to actively develop skills transferrable skills, such as teamwork, project and time management which are consistently sought and valued by employers. We aim to provide a curriculum that will be relevant for the future. To prepare students for work within the full range of Design & Technology careers both locally and beyond. A curriculum that demonstrates that the skills fostered by Design and Technology are valuable preparation for careers in many other fields linking work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science computing and art.

We build the Cultural Capital of our students by ensuring they understand Britain’s contemporary design practice and design heritage, as well as a knowledge of international design practice using business and enterprise links. We encourage wider reading and the exploration of academic theory of design using a range of resources referencing these within students work and using quantitative and qualitative data to justify decision making.

Food

We study Food as it is an integral and essential part of everybody’s life, as such we aim to build a working knowledge, interest and practical capability in this area. Food is an integral part of life essential for good Health and Well-being but also a huge industry with Hospitality being one of the biggest market forces in the Country. Food is a mainstay of the British way of life and eating out is a cultural and social way of life for many.

By studying Food, students will start with the basics of cooking, food preparation and food safety while exploring and understanding how to prepare food that is nutritious. We build the Cultural capital for students with the exploration of dietary needs, developing an awareness of British foods and understanding the importance of Food miles, seasonal foods and locally sourced food. Students develop an understanding of Food provenance to complete the knowledge of where food comes from, preparation techniques and the production of a final product. Students will develop the ability to follow instructions, work collaboratively, develop independence and confidence in decision making while developing a deep understanding of Health, Hygiene and Safety. Students will develop confidence and resilience in Food preparation techniques, developing new skills and creativity in the art of cooking.

Food preparation skills are further enhanced with external opportunities including the Rotary club cooking competition. Links with companies such as Morrison’s has further inspired students with visiting food specialists demonstrating fish filleting and jointing chickens with relevance to the Food industry.
Student progress through key stage 3 scaffolding knowledge and skills acquired to develop a broad range of practical outcomes. This is complemented by theoretical knowledge including the Eatwell Guide and Nutrition while encouraging students to be able to apply knowledge to make Informed decisions about food when selecting and preparing ingredients for their own lifestyle choices.

Students can choose to study food in year 9 where the scientific element and understanding of food is developed for deeper learning. Students can also select the Events Management course which develops an insight into the food industry and Hospitality sector. Progression into Key Stage 4 includes the GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition and the Vocational Hospitality and Catering. By studying Food students are well equipped for taking further steps in working in the Food Industry or further study at College leading onto the many University courses and Apprenticeships available.

Health & Social Care

We study health and social care to acquire the knowledge, understanding and technical skills which can lead to vocational and academic futures.  The curriculum is designed to be dynamic and fluid, aiming to build upon students prior learning whilst introducing new ideas and concepts to facilitate a deeper understanding of the subject.

Around 3 million people work in health and social care and together they account for nearly 1 in 10 of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise, so they will continue to play a key role in UK society and the demand for people to carry out these vital roles will increase.  

To begin with, students will learn the different communication skills used to create respectful and trusting working relationships with service users.  These will include verbal, nonverbal and alternative communication and how they can be expertly used to promote inclusivity within a diverse population.  Students will have the opportunity to further practise these skills during their work experience placements.

Moving on, students will learn the care values that underpin good quality care across the provision. Regular use of real-life case studies encourages the interlinking of knowledge and its practical application. Collaborative group work allows students to examine current issues in care whilst exploring their own values, attitudes, and beliefs and how this could influence their decision-making process.  It also provides the opportunity to understand how other perceptions may be different from their own and how they can move forward as a group to find a mutually satisfying solution which acts upon the best interests of the service user. 

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to be aspirational in discovering the various pathways available in health and social care related careers.  They will gain additional practical experience by engaging in their local community through their work experience placements in nurseries, schools, and care homes.  Students will also benefit from a host of guest speakers drawing upon their own unique health experiences and practical sessions which allows students learn the increasingly popular alternative and complementary therapies.

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