Design and Technology Department - an introduction
Design & Technology gives you an understanding of the way in which people design and make products that are useful and easy to use. To do this it is necessary to understand the qualities that each material possesses and the ways in which it can be shaped. To design products that are good to look at it makes sense to research what other designers have done and what lessons might be learned from the successes and mistakes of others. Only with an awareness of things around us can we be really good designers. We must be able to communicate our ideas to others easily and clearly.
In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.
Year 8 Design Technology Trips Tues 10 Dec
The Design and Technology department is very pleased to announce two very exciting day trips for all Year 8 pupils. Both trips will be on the same day, but each will offer different perspectives on the world of contemporary design.
1. The Clothes Show Live (led by Mr Purcell)
This is an exciting annual event at the NEC and caters for those with a particular interest in the world of contemporary fashion. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition, attend a catwalk fashion show, be inspired by the latest designs in fashion, textiles and accessories and perhaps make a few purchases in time for Christmas. More information can be found at www.clothesshowlive.com
2. Morgan Motor Company (led by Mr Holdaway)
Enjoy a fully guided tour of the factory witnessing the traditional skills of the craftsmen and women hand-making Morgan Sports Cars. Discover the rich history of the Morgan Motor Company and follow the incredible stories from Victorian times until the present day. See the exciting new developments and cutting edge technology that goes into today's Morgan Sports Cars. More information at www.morgan-motor.co.uk
Pupils have a free choice as to their preferred destination. Pupils are asked to meet at the lower entrance to the School on Tuesday 10th December from 7.15am in time for a 7.40am departure. Return to KES will be at approx 6pm.
We are very much looking forward to an enjoyable and educational day out.
Head of Design Technology Department
Key processes in the design of products
These are the essential skills and processes in design and technology that pupils need to learn to make progress.
Pupils should be able to:
- Generate, develop, model and communicate ideas in a range of ways, using appropriate strategies
- Respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products
- Apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials, ingredients and technologies to design and make their products
- Use their understanding of others’ designing to inform their own
- Plan and organise activities and then shape, form, mix, assemble and finish materials, components or ingredients
- Evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and computer-aided design/manufacture (CAD/CAM) facilities are the most appropriate to use
- Solve technical problems
- Reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their ideas and proposals to improve products throughout their development and manufacture
Design and Technology Curriculum at King Edward’s School
Initially Year 7 and 8 pupils are introduced to a wide range of design and make activities that cover the four main compliant materials, wood, metal, plastic and textiles. Students apply the design process to problem solve each task. The projects allow for individual design and decision making whilst constraining other areas such as material choice, tools and equipment.
Year 9 will build on and develop the pupils understanding of the way in which people design and make products and will further challenge them to create innovative solutions to the problems posed. This will be mainly done through practical assignments, although the increased amount of time will allow the pupils to look at what other designers have done and, perhaps, use this to further enhance their own designing.
The design and technology suite is fitted with industry standard equipment including CAD/CAM, interactive white boards, design software and a dedicated IT suite in addition to spacious work rooms for the delivery of woodwork, metalwork, electronics and textiles (compliant materials).