Design and Technology:
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Here at Birchensale, we want to inspire your child and allow them to develop in their own way. We solve design problems, construct and evaluate while picking up lots of technical skill on the way.
We have two full time DT teachers: Mrs. Bowles teaches Food and Textiles while Ms. Hewitt teaches Product Design and Electronics. Pupils focus on two DT disciplines per year so study at least 3 subjects at each key stage. Longer study times of 20 weeks gives more time for in-depth learning.
Year 5- Textiles/ Product Design
Year 6- Food/ Product Design
Year 7- Textiles/ Product Design
Year 8- Food/ Product Design with Electronics
Key Stage 2 Design and Technology Work
Key Stage 2
Year 5 pupils make bunting inspired by Scandinavian design. They acquire a range of decorative textile techniques; colourwash, felting, colour-transfer and stencilling. Pupils stitch by hand and learn a range of stitching methods and decide with is best suited to purpose. They study and are inspired by the T. Shirt designs of Katharine Hamnett.
They then go on to construct "Monster" sandals and sunglasses from craft foam and further improve measuring and cutting skills. They learn how to cut a pattern or template. Pupils are introduced to The Design Process and use IT to develop ideas.
In Year 6, pupils focus on Food Technology. The prime aim is to learn how to cook balanced, nutritious and tasty products that they want to eat. Pupils also spend time in the garden learning where our food comes from. They plant, nurture and harvest a range of fruits and vegetables. We then use these foods to cook with in the kitchen. Pupils develop safe knife skills, use electrical kitchen equipment and cook in the oven and under the grill. They also learn how to wash up properly - there are no dishwashers in our kitchen!!
Year 6 pupils later study Product Design. They learn about structures: why they work and how to test them. They find out about engineers such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Gustave Eiffel. They then go on to make kites using a range of resistant and complaint materials. They use CAD/CAM to decorate their product. Pupils modify, adapt and improve their ideas throughout.
Key Stage 3 Design and Technology Work
Key Stage 3
In year 7 pupils study Textiles (STEM project) and are taught how to use the sewing machine. They learn about the design process and use elements from this process to design and make a fleece hat. Pupils learn a range of techniques including decorative CAD/CAM stitching and applique. They make a logo/badge using iPads and print onto fabric. They learn about fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Mary Quant as part of their home study.
In Product Design, students design and make a decorative mirror. They consider the needs of their target market before designing can commence. Pupils use a range of construction materials including Mod Roc, acrylic and Sculptamold to create a sturdy 3D structure. Knowledge of The Design Process is developed.
Year 8 pupils study 'Food' for their first module. They learn advanced preparation techniques. The focus is on safe handling of high risk foods (eggs, raw meat). Pupils also spend time in the garden learning where our food comes from. They plant, nurture and harvest a range of fruits and vegetables. We then use these foods to cook with in the kitchen. Pupils develop advanced knife skills, use electrical kitchen equipment and cook in the oven and under the grill and on the hob.
The final module for pupils in Year 8 is Product Design with Electronics (STEM). They design and make a cylindrical LED lamp powered via a USB port and constructed from 'found items'. They use the design process to achieve a high quality usable item, targeted at a chosen group. Pupils learn how to use soldering irons to create a circuit. Study continues on 'Great Designers of Our Time'.