Design & Technology
In Design and Technology students’ fascination for learning is harnessed through a wide range of ‘design and make’ activities. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to design products that solve problems and enhance the lives of others.
Students are taught to consider the impact designing and making has on the environment and carefully consider the effect using sustainable and non-sustainable materials has on people’s lives across the world.
When considering the design process, students investigate different production methods and the implications these have on local communities. Students develop an understanding of Fair Trade, managed forestry and low carbon emissions and are able to explain why these are important features of successful production systems.
In Graphics students learn about design and products from different cultures and have the opportunity to work on team tasks where they can demonstrate mutual respect
In Resistant Materials students gain an understanding of the heritage of wood and metal working within the United Kingdom with many traditional hand skills are taught, refined and practiced by students.
Within all workshop activities health and safety is of paramount importance. Students work sensibly in practical activities to ensure they keep themselves and others safe. They are encouraged to support one another with practical tasks and regularly evaluate each other’s work and provide constructive feedback offering advice of how to refine and improve work further.
In Food Technology, Cooking and Nutrition there is the opportunity for students to reflect upon their own ideas and beliefs (religious or otherwise) throughout the programme of study, in particular with regard to following a Vegetarian or Vegan diet and to the methods of farming used to produce the food we eat, for example Organic Farm, Sustainable Fishing, Non GM Farming Methods and ensuring food packaging is recycled or recyclable.
Students are encouraged to share reasoned viewpoints and to respect the views of others through debate and discussion. They are asked to reflect upon their own learning and progress via the use of their individual Progress Records and also through the work that is undertaken in class. Students learn about safe use of different kitchen equipment for both themselves and around others. They also learn over 20 specialised cooking skills.
A central focus of the Food Technology and Nutrition curriculum is that of personal health and eating responsibility, to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle for themselves and their families in the future. Students learn about their community and the impacts of poor diet on health and the cost to the community.
They learn about the diversity of the heritage around them by exploring topics such as traditional farming methods, seasonal ingredients and traditional regional dishes such as Lancashire Hotpot and Yorkshire Pudding. The importance of tolerance and mutual respect is integral to the lessons as pupils explore food and farming values from different cultures around the world.