North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

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, 8 and 9. Design and Technology is part of the Design and Pattern Faculty along with Art and ICT.

The work in Year 7 is organised around Designing for self with the student at the heart of designing and making activities.

The work in Year 8 is organised around designing for clients introducing the notion of designing for a third person.

In Year 9 the base expands to include designing for markets.

Assessment at key stage 3 is organised around 2 levels of progress over the 3 years from level at entry. In Year 7 teaching is focused on National Curriculum level 4, in Year 8 level 5 and level 6 in Year 9. Assessment decisions are reported in sub levels a-c; A is recognised as work produced at the appropriate level of difficulty with little guidance and the student working independently confidently justifying their outcomes, at sub-level B the student is producing work with some guidance and can confidently describe outcomes and at sub-level C students can identify and list key features associated with their work and can complete design and make tasks set with help.

Key Stage 4 Organisation

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

The base is now wider and makes for sound preparation for GCSE assessments in which students are able to choose for more concentrated study in years 10 and 11.

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

Student feedback received in May 2013

42% of students say they enjoy working in Design & Technology.

58% are happy with the support received from their teacher.

67% regularly do homework.

79% find the work challenging.

Over 50% say they value teacher feedback which helps them improve.

Only 17% miss DT lessons.

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