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.
Miss J. Subhan, Head of Design and Technology
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