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Design & Technology
Introduction to Design & Technology at Claremont High School Academy:
Claremont’s Design & Technology Department aim to provide our students with opportunities to engage in invigorating, challenging, high quality technological and design based experiences. All members of the Design and Technology department are committed to providing lessons of interest and relevance for all pupils. As pupils progress through the curriculum they will develop their understanding of the importance and function of Design and Technology within society.
The Design and Technology department currently consists of 4 Design and Technology teachers. Each Technology teacher is a subject specialist in one of four main disciplines’ (Product Design, Graphics, Textiles Technology and Hospitality and catering) .
Key Stage 3
During year 7 and 8 pupils will study three different areas of Design and Technology including Product Design / Resistant materials, CAD CAM, Graphics, Textiles or Food.
Each project will last for approximately 12 weeks. Through their Technology projects students will develop their 2D and 3D drawing skills, learn how to design and develop a product and will secure a vast understanding of a wide range of manufacturing techniques. Students will combine these skills in order to produce a professional final Product of their design.
GCSE FOUNDATION YEAR
For student who opt to continue with Design and Technology they will then enter their GCSE foundation year. During the course of this year they will learn a range of skills that they will provide them with a secure knowledge base to enable them to design and manufacture a range of products. These skills will then be further developed in year 10 and 11.
Key Stage 4 - Design and Technology
At KS4 Stage 4 pupils will continue to develop and build upon the core technical principles that they have gained as part of their foundation year. Pupils will do this by undertaking a range of practical, design and make assignments. In each of these assignment students will be given a different design brief that they must follow. Each project is tailored to teach pupils a specific part of the AQA GCSE Design and Technology specification. Over the course of year 10 and 11 students will undertake several of these projects which cover all of the areas outlined in the GCSE specification.
In year 11 pupils will undertake a final major project which will count as 50% of their final GCSE grade. At the end of year 11 students will sit a 2 hour exam which will make up the remaining 50% of their grade.
KEY STAGE 4 - Hospitality & Catering
The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is made up of two mandatory units: Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action Learners must complete both units. This structure has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop a wide variety of food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication. Through the two units, learners will gain an overview of the hospitality and catering industry and the type of job roles that may be available to assist them in making choices about progression. Successful completion of this qualification could support entry to qualifications that develop specific skills for work in hospitality and catering.
KEY STAGE 4 - Creative i MediaAs part of our provision for KS4 the Design & Technology department also offer a level 1/2 creative i media course. This course is perfect for students wishing to follow a career in any aspect of the media industry. Student studying on this course at KS4 will need to complete four units over the two year course. These units can vary, however students can expect to cover topics such as: Animation, Photography, game design and development, creation of digital graphics, pre production skills and website design. Students will learn skills through a hands on and practical course. The creative i media course is a media sector-focused course tailored for careers in film, television, web development, gaming and animation.
The Design & Technology department provide a wide range of extra curricular activities. Every year we run a range of activities to help our student develop their designing and engineering skills in a hands on practical way.
As part of our extra curricular provision we enter students into the Design Ventura competition where they compete against other schools to design, prototype and manufacture a new and innovative product in a 'Dragons Den' style competition. Students compete in teams of 4-5 against other schools from across the country.
As part of our ongoing initiative to show pupils how their technology skills can be used applied to careers in the design industry we run an annual trips to Warner Brother Studios, where students take part in workshops designed to teacher them how to apply their Design and Technology skills to the film and production industry.
For our KS4 groups we also run a trip to the 'New Designers' exhibition each year. This trip gives pupils the fantastic opportunity to view the amazing work being showcased by the newest design talent in the country from some of the top design Universities. This trip is always sure to inspire and motivate our KS4 pupils.
We also run a range of in house extra curricular activities which include:
- Robotics STEM club
- Visits and educational talks from STEM ambassadors
- 'Master chef' competitions
- Claremont Inter-college design competitions
- Lunchtime CAD Club