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Design & Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

 

Aims

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

 

At Bredon Hill Academy, pupils studying Design and Technology combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.

The DT curriculum is delivered to all pupils through a combined course which offers Resistant Materials and Food in a carousel arrangement. Each project follows the National Curriculum guidelines on subject matter for Key Stages 2 and 3. Students rotate between subject specialists on a half yearly period.

Resistant Materials

Key Stage 2

Topics covered include:

Year 6

Structures: Students explore different structures, including bridges, and are involved in a range of team building activities.

Mechanisms: Students investigate simple mechanisms such as pulleys and cams.

Egg Cups: A plastics based project; students learn to use hand tools and workshop machinery.

Key Stage 3

Topics covered include:

Year 7

Jewellery Project: A metal based project where students design and make an item of jewellery. Students study the work of other designers and use this research as inspiration for their own project work.

Year 8

Clock Project: Students design and make a clock. During this project they will carry out a variety of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Hand tools and workshop machinery are used by students to manufacture a quality product.

Cooking and Nutrition

At Bredon Hill Academy, pupils are taught how to cook whilst applying the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. We aim to instil a love of cooking in our pupils and provide opportunities to design and adapt recipes to suit their individual needs.

Key stage 2

Year 6

Pupils are introduced to a range of cooking techniques, e.g. learn how to peel, chop, slice, grate, mix, spread, knead and bake. Pupils apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare and cook a variety of predominately savoury dishes.

Key stage 3

Year 7

Pupils will become competent in a range of cooking techniques introduced at KS2. Pupils will cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet.

Year 8

Pupils will understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients. Pupils will decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes.