Design & Technology
The design & technology department offers an invigorating and challenging experience. It aims to provide lessons of interest and relevance such that pupils may be motivated to complete projects to a high standard with an emphasis on the production of functional and useful products through an iterative design process. Our curriculum steers towards product design which enables pupils to become independent and innovative designers. Our spacious workshop allows pupils the opportunity to design and make handmade quality outcomes.
The teaching of design and technology across the academy is delivered through a variety of creative and practical activities that cover designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge following the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Children are encouraged to develop their creativity and produce design products with a purpose in mind and for an intended user. Design and technology is implemented across the academy with pupils developing an understanding of a variety of materials and incorporating elements of maths, art, science, engineering and computing. We also offer the opportunity for pupils to attend lunchtime clubs and make use of the outdoor learning classroom environment during lessons.
It is the intent of Bredon Hill Academy for design and technology to be taught in year 7 and 8. Pupils will partake in one lesson a fortnight and are taught in mixed ability form groups. Within Key Stage 3 pupils currently have the opportunity to develop and reinforce their product design and making skills on their ‘Jewellery’ and ‘Clock’ projects. Pupils learn to use a range of tools, machines and materials to develop their skills safely. The use of computer programmes and applications are also a key focus to be utilised by pupils in the design of their products.
Throughout the delivery of design and technology the ethos of promoting British values is fostered. Pupils are encouraged to be tolerant, show mutual respect and be supportive of each other during discussions or evaluations. They must listen to and take on board differing opinions but still make their own choices. Through their research, pupils gain a better understanding and respect for artwork and ideas from other cultures. Pupils also understand the importance of health and safety rules in the workshop. Sustainability issues and the impact of plastics and developments in design and technology on our society and environment are also addressed within the creating and design stages.
The D&T department continues to review and improve our curriculum and has its own formative assessment systems in place. The data from the ongoing monitoring of pupils’ understanding, knowledge and skills is used to differentiate, challenge and support pupils’ attainment and progress based on guidance from the National Curriculum D&T Progression Framework. Summative assessment also takes place at the end of a unit of work to help assess whether pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations and to assess any gaps that still need embedding. Exit data for pupils Working At or Above was 83% with 53% achieving a Working Above.