AIMS FOR DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
To develop a critical awareness of the made and natural world of the environment and of different cultures and times, by investigating existing products and famous designers.
To promote an understanding of the potential of and an expertise in those activities which are involved in designing and making, by ensuring students have a full understanding of the stages of the design process, including the realisation of products using a range of materials such as food, electronic components, wood, metal, plastic, fabric and graphic materials.
To foster curiosity, ingenuity and imagination through personal involvement with ideas and materials, by developing strategies for creativity and the development of innovative designs.
To encourage the spacial aptitudes and interests of the individual, by developing an awareness of the communication systems used in design, including both hand drawn and computer assisted methods
To strengthen students’ perception of the social, moral, economic, historical, functional and aesthetic constraints which influence designers in the creation of products, by exposing students to a range of real world problems, which progressively
increase in complexity and take account of student’s individual interests.
By the end of Key Stage 5 students should be able to:
- Identify real needs which may be solved through creative technology based activities.
- Analyse needs which students have identified or which have been posed by others and produce appropriate design specifications.
- Identify the resources needed for the solutions of problems.
- Identify constraints which may influence proposed solutions.
- Demonstrate communication skills necessary to give in a clear and appropriate form, information about a product or system.
- Gather, order, edit and evaluate relevant primary and secondary information.
- Generate and record innovative ideas relevant to potential solutions.
- Evaluate solutions to identified problems.
- Select and develop a solution considering constraints such as time, cost, skills and resources considering appropriate risk assessment.
- Plan a selected course of action to produce a product or system.
- Propose or make modifications to a product or system both during production and after completion and subsequent evaluation.
- Satisfy and show consideration of all mandatory and other necessary safety requirements during the planning and production of a product, including risk assessment.
- Show an awareness of the effects of technology development on human activity and the environment.
- Gain an understanding and experience of how advanced manufacturing processes can be used to produce products in quantity.