Within D&T there are two staff, Mr. Bradley and Miss Bocking. Miss Bocking’s specialisms are Textiles and Food technology. She delivers all of the Textiles curriculum and most of the Food lessons. Mr. Bradley’s specialism is Resistant Materials. There are three specialist rooms.
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Plastics project. Pupils are required to work to a given brief. A company has asked them to design and make a toothbrush holder for an average family. They have to produce a moodboard and research the theme. Five different design ideas are to be sketched and annotated. A card model needs to be made to aid testing and act as a template for the strip heater.
Casting in Pewter. Theory and practical work. Pupils are to cast a letter in pewter into MDF. Theory page to be copied from text book into pupil exercise book.
Bird box project. Pupils are to design and make a bird box using a basic design. Their work will include a booklet showing design ideas and working drawings
MP3 Player. This project will include vac forming and graphics cut on the CNC machine. The pupils will also engage in electronics.
Trinket box. This is to be made from Ash and pupils will learn its properties. Designs for the lid will have to be produced. Pupils do theoretical work in exercise books to record the practical
Pupils undertake their Controlled Assessment projects in Year 11.
The department use AQA for their exams. The coursework element engages pupils in a chosen design and make project. The board publish new topics for the tasks bi annually. The pupils are encouraged to opt for a topic that will interest them and which will produce the best results.
Pupils do a variety of site visits to make the topic ͞real͟. These include trips to local shopping centres for the textiles class and garden centres for the resistant materials group. The pupils always get a lot out of the trips and they are a good starting point for their controlled assignment project.
Pupils studying resistant materials enter a range of competitions and evens related to this area of design. Recently they won the Rotary Club Technology Challenge where they had to practically problem solve against teams from many other local secondary schools.
Pupils engage in small projects after school to help them with the skills component of the Duke of
Pupils were involved in making products for a Business Studied project where pupils were given a high street shop for the day. This was a great success and the pupils really enjoyed this experience. Pupils in Year 10 are offered the opportunity to complete a BTEC qualification in food tec. They do the after school and this year saw twelve pupils attain the Jamie Oliver Award.
Pupils from all year groups help with costume design and making for the school play. Year 10 and 12 pupils go to the Clothes Show in Birmingham
Pupils are involved in the school play set design and building.
Mr. Bradley co-ordinates the team of stage hands and this counts towards their voluntary time allocation for their Duke of Edinburgh award.