Our aim in the Design Faculty is to create the designers, inventors and artists of the future. We ask students to reflect on society’s current and future needs and answer the question – how can we make a better future for all through design.
We ask students to come up with creative and experimental ways of solving problems, using a variety of different materials and processes, and evaluate and reflect on how their work meets the needs of the modern world.
We are engaged in community projects and extracurricular activities which challenge students to go further than classroom learning to make an impact on the local community.
SCHEME OF WORK
Our students learn 4 subjects in Year 7 & 8 and rotate through projects with specialist teachers. Each project involves designing and making with students creating a finished piece of work in each subject area.
In year 9 the students can choose 2 design subjects that they would like to explore further, these will be for the full year and offer our students an in depth pathway to the skills and techniques at KS4.
- In year 7 students will make a USB stick looking at how to form plastics and how to use professional tools and processes
- In Year 8 students will learn about wood working techniques and build their own gumball machine. They will learn about hardwoods and softwoods, 3-D drawing and how cams work.
- In year 9, students will undertake 6 projects looking at the world of designing and making – each project will focus on a specific skill needed for GCSE and offer new ways of working from initial ideas to finished products.
The work is assessed on the common skills in all design subjects, knowledge, developing, making and evaluating. Students are formatively assessed whilst on task, written feedback is given on work and homework’s to highlight the next stage of learning and how to improve these skills are then placed on DODDLE so that we can track how your child is progressing in their Design subjects.
- USB project
- Gumball machine project
Knowledge organisers: Pupils are encouraged to use their knowledge organisers regularly in class. These will be used as a theory test for our students and include keywords and processes for each area. A new knowledge organiser section will be given for each project.