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Design & Technology

Welcome to the Design and Technology Faculty

The faculty is made up of these areas:

  •  Head of Faculty - Mrs Crow - Teacher of Food Technology and Hospitality and Catering

  • Mrs Goth - Teacher of Textiles

  • Mr Mc Avoy - Teacher of Product Design

  • Miss Joynes - Teacher of Graphics and Product Design

  • Mr Wooldridge- Teacher of Photography, Electronics and Product Design

The Importance of Design and Technology

'Design and technology prepares students to participate in today's and tomorrow's rapidly changing technological world'

At Moorside High we believe that through design and technology, all students become critical and informed users of products, designers and innovators. Students learn to think and do something creative to improve the quality of life for consumers. Design and technology is about students becoming self-motivated, creative problem-solvers which allows them to work both as individuals and as members of a team. Throughout KS3 and KS4 students look for needs, wants and opportunities whilst responding to them by developing a range of design ideas, by making and evaluating products and systems. In design and technology students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social issues, environmental issues, function, and industrial practices. Students consider the use and effects of present and past design and technology.

Design and Technology at Moorside High a Faculty Policy:

 The aim of the Design and Technology Faculty is to offer equal opportunities to all students. We achieve this by offering a broad, balanced curriculum, which allows students of both sexes to achieve their maximum potential. Programmes of study are translated into differentiated schemes of work to match the ability, attitude and developmental level of individual students.

We strive to stimulate a lasting interest in learning through problem-solving and technological activities. We help students to develop their imaginations, sensitivity and creative responses to a wide range of aesthetic experiences.

Technology has an important part to play in helping all students acquire the knowledge and skills that will be needed for them to take an active role in an ever changing world.

The study of technology fosters a wide range of desirable qualities. Pupils need to cooperate with one another and have a responsible attitude to health and safety. Students develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups.

As a faculty, we deliver high standards of academic achievement through designing, making and evaluating results. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where all students develop personal responsibility and self-motivation but consider the needs and achievements of others. Through problem-solving and technological activities, the students build up their skills and confidence to enable them to approach a man-made world as active participants in future developments. At the same time, they show care and sensitivity for the environment.

Goals

  • To give all students of both sexes the opportunity and confidence to tackle and solve problems which are related to the needs of individuals.
  • To encourage the students to question the world about them as well as being able to constructively evaluate their own and other people's work.
  • To create a learning environment where the attributes of creativity, equality, cooperation and resourcefulness are developed and the students actively participate in project work.
  • To build on the different backgrounds of the individuals in a group and relate work to relevant cultural information.
  • For the students to develop an understanding of how they can control products and systems and how the products can be developed further to improve them.
  • To make students aware of the similarities and differences between school and the world of work

Design & Technology in Year  KS3

Pupils in Y7 and Y8 are ability set where possible and will be given the opportunity to experience all areas of technology each year.

All Ks3 pupils will:

  • Have one 100 minute lesson weekly or two 50 minute lessons
  • Work in all areas over the academic year, taking part in each area  (Food, Product Design, Graphics, and Textiles, Year 8 will also complete a rotation in Electronics and Year 7 will have the opportunity to try Sustainability).
    Click here to see the KS3 rotations for 2016/2017 

Design & Technology in KS4

  • Three 50 minute lessons or one 50 minute lesson and one 100 minute lesson. 

In D&T we offer a range of qualifications including GCSEs, Technical Awards and V.Certs covering the following disciplines:

  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • Photography
  • Product Design

By offering a wide range of courses ensures that we can provide opportunities for all our learners needs, for more information on each area please see the individual subject pages.