Design and Technology Department

Introduction

"Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity." James Dyson

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.” (Paul Klee, Artist)

Design & Technology provides opportunities for learners to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design & Technology in a rapidly changing society. Learners are able to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of those activities that are involved in designing and making. The department provides learners with safe, stimulating and orderly working environment so they can strive to reach their full potential.

Art and Design is an interesting and challenging subject which is intended to help learners to respond to their own experiences, environment and culture using a variety of media. A strong emphasis is placed upon drawing skills, particularly from observation, as this underpins the whole of the art and design process.

All learners study Art at KS3 and have the option to take GCSE Art & Design at KS4. We currently follow the Edexcel GCSE 5AD02

GCSE Art & Design learners work in a range of materials and processes, e.g. , drawing, sculpture, construction, relief, collage, printing and digital imagery, so as to develop an understanding not only of the technical and practical requirements of the medium, but also a critical awareness of artists and designers, past and present, working in similar materials. The GCSE is awarded on the production of two distinct coursework units and the satisfactory completion of a controlled examined unit at the end of the course.

Homework

As a department KS3 homework is set once per year in the form of a Home learning project which would last between 5 and 6 weeks .All groups of learners of all ages and abilities, will be required to complete the home learning project and hand in on time. It is intended to reinforce the general skills, concepts and good practice that are endemic to the department. KS4 students will be set homework weekly and will also be expected to complete any unfinished coursework in their own time, to ensure they maximise their full potential. We believe that homework is an extremely important aspect of any art and design course; it gives the learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop the ability to make efficient use of private and independent study
  • Extend and consolidate the learning activities experienced during lesson time
  • Provide the opportunity to research and use this information in lesson time
  • Promote co - operation and involvement between the student and parents at home
  • Make use of their immediate environment and experiences

Although we teach mixed ability groups, pupils are set common tasks that accommodate differentiation, by outcome. We are sensitive to the needs of the weaker as well as the more able pupil. Tasks are set that provide reasonable scope for all abilities. This is reflected through careful marking and use of constructive comments.