Design and Technology
The Design and Technology Department at Bower Park encompasses Construction, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials and Hospitality and Catering.
The aim of the Design and Technology department is to provide life skills and offer students the opportunity to explore subject content through a variety of creative and practical activities which will foster a love of learning and develop an enquiring mind. Students are taught the knowledge and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.
The vision of the department is to support students in achieving and exceeding their potential. The subject focuses on generating and developing design ideas, structures and computer aided design and manufacture. These skills are promoted alongside the more traditional skills of realisation in wood, metal and plastic.
We aim to promote challenge both inside and outside lessons. The provision of after-school sessions offers students the opportunity to extend their learning and promotes progress across the ability range.
Our students learn to use current technologies which provide a clear link to industrial manufacturing processes. This insight into the application of Design Technology in today’s workplace offers students a clear understanding of future career paths relating to the subject, and helps to contextualise their learning.
Students at Bower Park also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and confidence in areas such as practical cookery, nutrition and food safety and hygiene, whilst developing a wide range of culinary skills. Food Preparation and Nutrition in Key Stage 3 and Hospitality and Catering in Key Stage 4 equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. They teach students to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allow them to acquire knowledge and the capability to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. The subject also allows pupils to taste foods that they may not have experienced outside school.
Year 7 students are currently learning:
- how to safely use the hob, grill and oven to prepare, cook and serve a range of sweet and savoury dishes in Food Preparation and Nutrition
- to generate original creative designs for their novelty desk tops and to communicate effectively through detailed annotations in Graphic Products
- how to mark out and cut materials to a specified tolerance, before producing a decorative wooden container in Resistant Materials
Year 8 students are learning
- about the effect that food production has on the environment such as food miles, deforestation and carbon footprint in Food Preparation and Nutrition
- different rendering techniques to show a range of textures which they will use for their point of sale display in Graphic Products
- to consider sustainability and to make choices when selecting materials for making a puzzle frame in Resistant Materials.
Year 9 students are learning
- to select, prepare, cook and serve food for consumers at different life stages in Food Preparation and Nutrition
- about colour schemes and typefaces, which will help them develop and model their ideas for their chocolate box packaging in Graphic Products
- to produce 3D two-point perspective drawings and initial designs for their decorative storage box, which will be made using four different joints in Resistant Materials.
- Graphic Products are producing a customer profile using survey results before developing ideas for their CD Artwork.
- Hospitality are experimenting with eggs to develop an understanding of their versatility
- Year 10 Construction are working on their carpentry units, learning to make basic timber joints to specified tolerances.
- Year 10 Resistant Materials have just completed making novelty key holders and are starting their jewellery box project.
- Graphic Products are producing initial ideas for their GCSE Controlled Assessment product, which is an educational board game
- Year 11 Construction are working on their brickwork unit and are currently making small wall models.
- Year 11 Catering are experimenting with a range of international recipes as part of their GCSE Controlled Assessment.
Miss J. Subhan, Head of Design and Technology
If you wish to contact me, my email address is [email protected]