“To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be”
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and hands on subject. Using creativity and imagination, our pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering others’ needs and wants; all outcomes in our projects have an intended user or target market. Our girls learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable problem solvers. To help with this our subject knowledge draws from disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing, geography and art.
The D&T Department at KEVIHS aims to provide stimulating learning experiences in each academic year with a range of design centred projects. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. Each project has a stimulating context which requires thinking around aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.
As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
We offer a broad extra-curricular offer within the department with increased links to maths, science and real world problem solving.
The D&T Department offers Key Stage 4 students GCSE Design and Technology and GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition with the AQA Examination Board.
Aims and Values
The D&T Department at KEVIHS has developed a forward thinking curriculum, designed to be challenging but relevant to a modern world. We want to prepare students to be informed consumers and users of products. We require our girls to work independently but also to design and think with empathy, considering the impact of their designs on others.
In Design and Technology your daughter will learn to:
- see mistakes as a learning opportunity
- take risks in projects to push her own boundaries and confidence
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently
- participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, including awareness of CAD/CAM
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test existing products as well as their own ideas
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
- pursue practical skills beyond the classroom and to develop pride in her creativity
- make links with other subjects by experiencing a comprehensive extra-curricular programme
Curriculum and Assessment Maps
There are currently three experienced specialist teachers, who are easy to approach and have excellent subject knowledge. The department is supported by a full time technician
- Mr M McCarthy (Head of Department)
- Mrs V Adams
- Miss S Badchkam (Technology and Computing)
- Mr J Coleman (Technology Technician)
The department is also receives input from art teachers.
What your daughter may do in lessons
Lessons are fast paced and packed with lots of practical activities. Students work independently or in small groups to complete the tasks with an emphasis on developing the skills needed to produce high quality products. Your daughter will regularly self assess her own work and others in the class to keep track of her own progress in the subject.
How your daughter’s progress will be assessed.
In Design and Technology we are assessing the 4 key constructs of Design, Make, Evaluate and Knowledge. Constructive feedback is an essential way to help students improve and this is given regularly as verbal feedback during class tasks and homework assignments. Throughout the Key Stage, your daughter will be assessed by her teachers; her practical skills will be observed and outcomes monitored. Practical outcomes, completed project booklets and knowledge assessments will form the basis of formal assessments.
Girls have three Technology lessons per fortnight with homework set once a week. Pupils will be taught in groups of 22 and will rotate around different material areas during the course of each year.
Girls may choose to study either Food Preparation and Nutrition or Design and Technology taught by one specialist teacher. In Years 10 and 11 students have five lessons a fortnight. The focus is on practical work, making links and applying knowledge. Constructive feedback is given regularly as verbal feedback during class tasks and homework assignments. Throughout the course your daughter will be assessed by her teachers; her practical skills will be observed and outcomes monitored. Assessment is through NEA assessment projects (50%) and End of Year 11 examination (50%).
How can parents help?
How can parents help?
- Encourage her participation in extra-curriular sessions and competitions
- Be interested and encourage your daughter to talk about her work.
- Help her to be well prepared for lessons, by agreeing time to shop for ingredients and by checking that she has the correct materials and equipment.
- Reflect on assessments to enable her to identify how to improve.
- Review her work frequently.
- Encourage her to explain her learning.
- Discuss her designs and plans and help her to evaluate her work.
- Encourage her to ask her teacher for help if required or if lessons have been missed.
- Involve her in practical activities at home.
- Discuss your choices as a consumer.
- Watch related programmes – technology, design, fashion, inventions and food are all popular television topics.
- Read labels and relevant magazines and websites.
- Critically evaluate products in use and discuss how they are made.
- Visit museums, exhibitions and displays.
- Encourage her to try creative and problem solving activities.
- Read through recipes with her and discuss ways in which you could modify these to suit your family.
- Grow and pick herbs, vegetables or fruit.
Careers linked to technology include architecture, product design, graphic design, fashion or costume design, food technology, dietetics, retail, engineering and food or material sciences.
Skills such as logical thinking, creativity, perseverance, communication, problem solving, planning and evaluation, all developed through technology, are highly desirable to employers in all sorts of sectors. The development of fine motor skills is essential for anyone wanting to study subjects such as medicine or dentistry.
The skills developed while studying technology can be the foundation for a lifetime of enjoyment from creativity. Girls learn a range of life skills, which will stand them in good stead whichever career they decide to pursue.