Creativity is a fundamental part of design and technology. Many designers believe the quality of the initial idea and thought-provoking, innovative design to be cornerstones of every successful product. The creative ‘design and make’ activities within this course seek to develop creativity and confidence in pupils' ability to think, question, explore, create and communicate. Combining knowledge and understanding with practical skills, these activities are intended to provide breadth in creative learning and depth in the application of practical and transferable skills.
In Year 7 pupils investigate metal casting and make a pewter key ring or pendant, using the traditional process of casting, filling and polishing. Pupils then go on to shape and create an acrylic hand held game.
In Year 8 pupils learn about some simple electronic components and how to use them to produce an LED torch. Some extend their education to produce an Mp3 amplifier and other electronic circuits. In their second project Year 8 pupils take their prior learning about thermoplastics and polymers and go on to produce an acrylic clock, which requires a great understanding and skill to produce a high quality product.
This year pupils in Year 9 will investigate graphic design and model making in a new project titled 'Launching a product range.'
In the first year of their GCSE Resistant Materials course pupils produce a high quality storage container, as well as covering many aspects of material and process theory. This is quickly followed by a free-style metal photo frame, when pupils get to grips with many of the metal tools and associated processes. The final project of the year is to produce a main project and coursework of their own choice.
Pupils create their own coursework design portfolio and final product from a choice given from the exam board.
Students follow the AQA 3D Product Design course which, for the first year, involves creating a comprehensive portfolio covering the sideboard in the 21st century, lighting for a purpose, and eating/cooking utensils in the home.