Design & Technology

Departmental Objectives:

The aim of the design technology department is to give our students the most up to date experiences in design and make activities taught through the catholic ethos of the college. Students are given opportunities to become exciting, creative thinkers and designers of the future.

Facilities

The technology department is very well funded and is continually being up dated with modern technology. Some of the main features include:

  • Resistant material workshop
  • Food technology area
  • Textiles area
  • Graphics area
  • The department is well equipped with desktop computers, laser cutter, CNC milling machine and CNC sewing machines.

Key Stage 3

St Antony’s Technology Department offers the following subjects:

  • Resistant materials
  • Textiles
  • Graphics
  • Food technology

All these subjects are taught on a rotational basis, pupils will study 3-4 of the above subjects each academic year depending on timetable constraints. Pupils will be taught each subject over a number of weeks. Food Technology is now compulsory and will be taught to each year group at KS3.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 we are in a transitional phase with new specifications being delivered from September 2017. In order to continue to offer a breadth of creative, practical options for our students, we have introduced the Art based courses in Textiles and Graphics in addition to the new Design & Technology G.C.S.E Pupils currently study the following G.C.S.E subjects following the new AQA specification:

  • Design & Technology: Resistant materials
  • Design & Technology: Food technology
  • Design & Technology: Textiles
  • Design & Technology: Graphic Design
  • Art & Design: Graphic Communication (Current Year 10)
  • Art & Design: Textiles (Current Year 10)

Outline of specifications for each subject area for Design & Technology courses:

Unit 1 = 40% of G.C.S.E – Externally assessed examination paper

Unit 2 = 60% of G.C.S.E – Controlled task set by the exam board

Outline of specifications taught through the Art & Design courses:

Unit 1 = 60% of G.C.S.E – Portfolio of work

Unit 2 = 40% of G.C.S.E – Externally set assignment

The following are examples of projects which will be taught at Key Stage 3

Year 7

Resistant materials – Pupils will design and make wooden vehicles to introduce them to workshop health & safety, machines and materials.

Food – Pupils will learn to make a range of products based on food preparation and nutrition supported by theory knowledge.

Textiles –  Pupils will design and make snakes using a variety of hand and machine stitching and dyeing techniques.

Graphics – Students learn about the design work of Robert Sabuda to inspire their work based on his pop-up books and create monster characters using CAD.

Year 8

Resistant materials – Pupils will design and make a Smart Sign containing a working electrical circuit.

Graphics – Pupils will design and make earphone wraps inspired by the Italian home-ware brand ‘Alessi’

Food – Pupils will continue to learn to make a range of products based on food preparation and nutrition supported by theory knowledge.

Textiles – Pupils will design and make British cushions to develop a range of sewing machine skills.

Year 9

Resistant materials – Pupils will design and make products in a range of wood, metal and plastics working within a set context.

Graphics – Pupils will design and make mirrors using CAD/CAM inspired by the geometric work by British designer Tom Dixon.

Food -Pupils will continue to learn to make a range of products based on food preparation and nutrition supported by theory knowledge

Textiles – Develop a range of textile techniques through creative canvases based on contemporary Designers.

 

Key Stage 4

All G.C.S.E subjects follow a structured curriculum teaching the skills required for each G.C.S.E.

All students will be required to complete a comprehensive piece of coursework tasks that are set by AQA

All students will be required to sit an examination at the end of Yr 11.

The department encourages students to stay after school for technology clubs and extra subject tuition.

 

Websites

For Design Technology the following websites are useful:

www.studentnet.com

www.bbc.co.uk

http://www.technologystudent.com