Curriculum

Design Tech

It is envisaged that all students will have the ability to work through the design process with ease, developing both the aesthetic awareness and manual dexterity and Information Technology skills that are required for technological activity by the end of a five year course at Goldwyn.

Aims

1)         To develop an interest in producing good quality artifacts.

2)         To show creativity and good quality design work.

3)         To recognize the need for design and technological activity.

4)         To produce practical work that is of the highest possible standard.

5)         To be able to research projects using books, multi-media, and the internet to communicate their ideas.

6)         To be able to plan activities within a set timetable.

7)         To be able to evaluate their finished article.

8)         To develop skills and self motivation in all technological areas.

9)         To develop an understanding of the skills outlined in the programme of study in the National Curriculum.

10)       To work with safety in mind in all areas of technological activity.

11)       To be able to work on their own or in groups when undertaking technological activity.

12)       To use I.C.T. skills to enhance the Design and Making process to include desk top publishing word processing and control technology.

Provision

Technology is provided in two thirty five minute lessons in year 7 and three thirty five minute lessons in Year 8, 9, 10 and Year 11.  In Years 7, 8 & 9 each pupil will be involved in developing skills in drawing, electronics, mechanics and making. Links with other areas of the curriculum take place with Science both in the use of mechanisms and electronics.  Mathematics is used in measuring, isometric projection, numeracy and area. The need for good Literacy skills in spelling, writing, listening and reading are encouraged.  I.C.T. skills are encouraged in all areas of technology.

Formal teaching of skills with all students making similar projects with a limited design element takes place in Years 7, 8 and 9.

K.S.3

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow the National Curriculum and projects are designed to allow each student to progress through the levels of attainment.

Year 7 Projects 

Photo Frame  

CD/ DVD Rack 

Steady Hand Game  

Year 8 Projects

Coffee Table 

Tool Box

Structures Project 

Year 9 Projects

Hanging Basket Bracket

Stepstool 

Health and Safety

K.S.4

Students in Years 10 and 11 undertake a City and Guilds Multi Skills Course in Construction. Whilst studying on this course students will develop knowledge and skills in Health & Safety practices within this industry as well as an introduction to the different trades within the construction industry including brick and block work, carpentry and joinery, plumbing, tiling, electrical, and painting and decorating working towards industrial standards. 

This course has a split of about 50% practical and 50% theory.  The course has a wide variety of assessment methods that include practical assessments carried out in our workshop, end of unit testing and course work (portfolio) all of which must be completed for success.

Successful completion of this course will give you the opportunity to progress to our higher level 1 course or our level 2 course and with further studies become fully qualified at level NVQ at level 2 for the trades or go further and go into the design or management of the construction industry.

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