Design and Technology

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Enrichment

In every one of our academies a vast number of after- academy enrichment activities take place each week. Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme.

Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure by clicking HERE

FACILITIES

The department has 4 specialist teaching rooms, including 2 CAD suites. The department is well resourced and operates specialist equipment including a CNC laser cutter and a brand new 3D printer. The laser cutter is used by 4 of the material areas within D&T.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Trips take place to inspiring places such as the ‘Clothes Show Live!’ at the Birmingham NEC and the Winter Gardens in Sheffield to see great design.

The department is planning a visit to London to experience architecture, fashion and product design.

The department runs after-school sessions and clubs 4 nights a week for all year groups. This includes a homework session every Thursday night – 3pm to 4pm.

D&T challenge competitions are entered.

STEM

The D&T department is one of the bases for the academy’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) initiative. Year 8 were the latest year group to experience STEM first hand – they attended an event hosted by the Bloodhound SSC team. The day was an exciting opportunity to experience the technology and engineering that goes into the car that may one day travel faster than the speed of sound!

Department teacher Miss Kane is the Academy’s STEM coordinator. There will be a weekly STEM club as well as trips and competitions with a STEM theme.

FACEBOOK

Mrs Ruddock administers the D&T department’s very own Facebook page. The page is regularly updated with examples of students’ work and interesting D&T related news articles.

USEFUL LINKS

“www.technologystudent.com” Excellent revision site for all D&T GCSE courses.

“www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design” Good revision site for all D&T subjects.

“www.focuselearning.co.uk” An excellent site for Resistant Materials, Graphics and Electronics – See your D&T teacher for login details.

“www.textiles4u.wikispaces.com” Textiles revision site.

“http://getrevising.co.uk/resources/gcse_aqa_textiles_revision_notes” Textiles revision site (subscription required)

“http://www.nutrition.org.uk/” A Food & Nutrition website

“http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk” A Food & Nutrition website

“http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/food-technology”