North Shore Academy

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred

Design & Technology

The Vision

Curriculum aims

Learning and undertaking activities in design and technology contribute to

achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of Design and Technology

In design and technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Key Stage 3 Organisation

Key stage 3 at North Shore Academy comprises of Years 7 and 8. Design and Technology is part of the Design and Pattern Faculty along with Art and ICT.

Key Stage 4 Organisation

Key stage 4 at North Shore Academy comprises of Years 9, 10 and 11. Design and Technology is part of the Design and Pattern Faculty along with Art and ICT.

Assessment throughout KS4 follows the grading criteria set out in the appropriate subject specification for the material area (Food, or Resistant Materials)

Students currently on a BTec Construction course taking part in a bridge building exercise under the guidance of ICE (Institute of Civil Engineering)