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Creative Arts & Technology

 

Creative Arts and Technology

Art, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition and Music

The curriculum area is a group of creative subjects comprising of: Art, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition and Music. Throughout KS3 students study Art, D&T and Food for two hours per week, they rotate and move between the various subjects changing each term. All students also study Music one lesson per week. At Ks4 students have an opportunity to choose to study for a GCSE in: Art, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition or Music.

Design & Technology

Creating futures

Design and technology is a subject in which the learner is challenged to develop creative, collaborative and critical thinking. It requires analytical, evaluative, technical, scientific, mathematical, creative and practical skills to be combined. Learners develop perseverance, determination and patience, and the ability to work with others. The subject teaches responsibility and commitment, it encourages learners to think creatively and imaginatively with a sense of purpose, consideration for others and to consider the impact of the choices they make. Design and Technology is not about always giving the right answer it is more about asking the right questions and developing in students the confidence to go their own way.

Our approach

We believe Design and Technology to be increasingly relevant in modern society and endeavour to ensure that students understand the environmental, ethical, social and cultural issues associated with our innate desire to design and make. We hope that through product analysis and the study of design trends and influences, students learn to adopt healthy lifestyles and become discerning consumers and users of products.  Working individually or in teams, students develop design and technology knowledge, skills and understanding through projects and design challenges. Students explore design opportunities and use the design process to create products or prototypes using a variety of materials, skills and techniques.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 

In Year 7 students study Design & Technology students are encouraged to design and make products in workshops, they also have an opportunity to learn CAD/CAM. This means that by the end of Year 7 they have experienced all three areas within Design & Technology.

Through projects students begin to develop designing skills, they are introduced to design briefs and design specifications, they learn how to use product analysis and consider the sustainability of products.  Creativity is encouraged as the students consider the design of the products and prototypes, they make. Students are introduced to the use of ICT for computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM). They may be introduced to some textiles.

Continual assessment is used to inform teacher judgements about levels with assessment of each project focused on specific elements of Design & Technology capability. 

Year 8

In Year 8 students continue to study Design & Technology where they are encouraged to develop their D & T capability. Students are by now familiar with expectations in terms of health, safety and are expected to work with greater independence.  They continue to learn new skills and techniques and their knowledge and experience of materials is broadened through more challenging focused practical tasks.

The projects set are more open and provide opportunities for students to apply their learning and make design decisions more independently. Students are expected to be able to justify their choices and should consider the sustainability issues whether environmental, ethical or social. Students enhance their skills using computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) and in Product Design they may begin to incorporate the use of electronics and textiles into their designing.

Continual assessment is used to inform teacher judgements about levels with assessment of each project focused on specific elements of Design & Technology capability. 

Year 9

In Year 9 students continue to develop their D & T capability and are preparing for GCSE Design & Technology that is offered as an option at KS4. The projects are designed to challenge students to work independently and prepare students for non-exam assessment at GCSE. There is a focus on sustainability and health and safety in the workshop.

Continual assessment is used to inform teacher judgements about levels with assessment of each project focused on specific elements of Design & Technology capability. 

Key Stage 4

Students are given an opportunity to study for a GCSE in: Art, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition or Music

GCSE Design & Technology (currently AQA)

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. They will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. GCSE Design & Technology allows students to study core technical knowledge, designing and making principles including: CAD/CAM, H & S, a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. Students will also study specialist technical principles in greater depth.