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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Phoenix

Design and Technology at Phoenix School aims to provide students with an awareness of the world around them and how the products they encounter on a daily basis are made – including food. The subject should encourage students to become problem solvers and creative thinkers.

Through the study of design and technology pupils combine practical skills with aesthetics.

They reflect on their own work and look at ways in which their work could be improved through evaluation and assessment.

Our Aims

  • To ensure Design and Technology is relevant and accessible to all pupils.
  • To ensure all pupils achieve to the best of their ability.
  • To encourage pupils to develop an awareness of hygiene and health and safety.
  • To encourage pupils to become more aware of how the product they use day to day work and how they are made. In food technology pupils will develop an awareness of how their food gets to their table through links with Horticulture.
  • To incorporate literacy, ICT and numeracy skills into design and technology activities
  • To relate design and technology to everyday life
  • To engage the pupils in relevant, interactive first hand experiences.
  • To encourage pupils to work co-operatively and collaboratively, developing their confidence when communicating ideas.

Our Objectives

  • To provide a wide range of interactive, practical activities for individual and group work that encourage pupils to explore, find out and develop their understanding of key concepts in design  and technology.
  • To develop the pupils’ investigative skills and understanding of Design and Technology through the use of questioning and giving them opportunities to communicate and express their findings and ideas verbally, written, signing or through PECS.
  • To develop skills in evaluation and problem solving.
  • To develop communication and interaction skills of every pupil through the teaching of Design and technology
  • To incorporate and develop I.C.T. / CAD and CAM skills in Design and Technology
  • To ensure that parents have the necessary resources to support their childs learning at home.
  • To encourage pupils to become more tolerant of textures when handling materials.

Key Stage 3

At Key stage 3 pupils follow an adapted programme taken from the 2014 National Curriculum. Pupils experience 1 lesson of design technology and 1 lesson of food technology a week.

In Food technology pupils are working towards active kids get cooking certificates . Higher ability classes work in a way that will prepare them for the expectations of the Welsh board entry pathways assessment criteria.

In Design and Technology pupils study textiles, graphics, basic resistant materials and CAD/CAM

Key Stage 4

At Key stage 4 pupils follow accredited courses. Pupils experience 1 lesson of design technology and 1 lesson of food technology. Higher ability pupils are allocated 2 lessons of food technology and Design/ Technology so that they can be allowed to work more independently.

In Food technology pupils are working towards AQA units of achievement. Higher ability classes complete units that form part of  the Welsh board entry pathways qualification.

In Design and Technology pupils study textiles, graphics, basic resistant materials and CAD/CAM .

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