Head of Faculty (inc. Technology)

Mrs A Casey - acasey@ndonline.org

Aims

The teaching of Technology prepares students for participation in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world by learning to think creatively and practically.

Our key aims are:

  • To give students real life skills and information that they can apply to all subjects areas, as well as their every day life both now and in the future
  • To provide safe access to the environment of industry by learning to use tools, machines and techniques that are widely used in the real world
  • To develop problem solving skills, as both individuals and groups, by applying creative and logical approaches to tasks
  • To give students confidence in both their own ability to design and create, whilst also equipping them with the skills to work by utilizing the designs of others

In a world where much of today’s technology is already out of date and future technologies are not yet known, Technology is an essential subject for the preparation of tomorrow’s designers, engineers, creators and innovators.

 

Curriculum

Technology operates on a ‘carousel’ system where students move around the different areas of the subject six times each year, giving a wide foundation and understanding of the world of technology.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 project topics:

  • Key Skills
  • Licence to Cook Part 1
  • Textile Hat Design
  • Electronic Steady Hand Game
  • Licence to Cook Part 2
  • Introduction to Graphics

 

Year 8 project topics:

  • CADCAM Torch
  • Jewellery Design
  • Batik Design
  • Product Design
  • Licence to Cook Part 3
  • Screen Printing

 

Year 9 project topics:

  • Licence to Cook Part 4
  • Jewellery Design
  • Felt Making
  • T Shirt Design
  • Student Specialism Selection

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Options:

  • GCSE Product Design
  • GCSE Catering

 

Key Stage 5

A-Level Options:

  • GCE Product Design
  • GCE Food Technology (TBC)

 

Assessment

Students from all key stages are expected to use their planner for the recording of target grades, target setting, feedback and progress.

For KS3 this information is updated at the start and end of each topic area.

For KS4 and 5 this information is updated at key points during the year and referred to regularly.

 

Key Stage 3

At KS3 there are seven National Curriculum assessment strands that each student is assessed upon. These are as follows:

  • Generate, develop, communicate & model ideas
  • Respond creatively to briefs
  • Apply knowledge & understanding of materials & techniques
  • Use understanding of others’ designing
  • Plan, organize & make
  • Solving technical problems
  • Reflecting on your own designing

Each topic focuses on two specific NC areas each time covering all areas over the course of the year.

The expectation is then that students will have achieved their target level in all areas by the end of Year 9 having had the chance to experience all areas across Years 7 and 8 as well as being able to choose which area they would like to specialize in for the majority of Year 9.

 

Key Stage 4

All coursework is carried out under ‘controlled’ conditions as required by the exam boards. Marking and feedback is done on an ongoing rotation so that all students have their work marked and general feedback given a minimum of once per fortnight.

Live student progress trackers are used and saved in to a shared online directory that students can view to check their current progress and feedback.

 

Key Stage 5

Assessment at KS5 is very similar to that of KS4, however a lot more of the work must take place in independent study time. There is an expectation that for every hour of contact time per week the student receives, they will need to complete an hour of independent study.

Live student progress trackers are used and saved in to a shared online directory that students can view to check their current progress and feedback.