Key Stage 3
Design Technology in year 7 is project-based learning and aims to be an enjoyable way for the younger students to put into practice their core skills when being resilient, industrious, curious and honourable. The projects include health and safety in the workshop, technical drawing skills, design and make a plastic key fob and making a wooden desk tidy.
Design Technology in year 8 is also project-based learning but the project itself is much bigger in order to give the students a flavour of what GCSE Design Technology is like. They will conduct research in order to get ideas, draw some initial ideas, learn how to use computers to develop these ideas and create a final proposal. They will then make their model out of a combination of wood, metal and plastic then paint it. Finally this project will be evaluated. Assessment occurs at the end of each important section throughout the project.
Key Stage 4
Design Technology involves students designing and making products using wood, metal, card, textiles and plastic. The variety of and complexity of each project is dependent on individual ability and choice. GCSE projects have included MP3 docking stations, coffee tables, electric lamps, jewellery or tool boxes, bird feeders, activities that promote healthy living or even educational toys.
To find out more please get in touch with the Head of Design Technology, Steven Gillender on Steven.Gillender@northgosforth.co.uk