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Creative Design

The aim and objectives of The Design and Technology Department relate directly to those of the School and to the requirements of The National Curriculum. We also implement the requirements of the ‘Licence to Cook’ initiative. We see Design and Technology as an area of practical and creative activity that aims to prepare young people for life in a changing technological society. We feel that the modern approach to teaching this subject should emphasise areas such as design and communication, mechanisims, structures, electronics and computer applications alongside the more traditional skills of realisation in wood, metal and plastic. We aim and endeavour to excite and challenge pupils at HWGA as a result, both in lessons and extra-curricular time.

Aims

  1. To stimulate and maintain student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about technological aspects of the environment, both local and otherwise in Design and Technology.
  2. To enable students to become familiar with the knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary of Design and Technology.
  3. To become confident and competent in designing and making a quality product.
  4. To enable students to evaluate and improve upon a design or product.
  5. To ensure that all students regardless of ability, race or culture have full access to the curriculum.
  6. To develop an awareness of the role of Design and Technology in development of the modern world.
  7. To develop an enjoyment in solving technological problems.
  8. To develop the skills which enable students to make reasoned decisions about the implications of technological advances.

Objectives

  1. To provide a range of teaching styles that enable full access to the curriculum.
  2. To encourage students through a supportive assessment programme to recall and apply knowledge and skills outlined in the scheme of work.
  3. To provide a safe and secure working environment for all students and staff.
  4. To enable students to achieve through project work.
  5. To develop skills essential for product evaluation.
  6. To provide an appropriate range of homework activities.
  7. To provide activities that enable students to model in 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional forms.
  8. To provide opportunities for students to discuss technological issues in a ‘real life’ setting.
  9. To promote the use of ICT in both developing and communicating ideas.
  10. To develop a range of high quality practical skills to facilitate the making of high quality products in all areas.

Staffing

There are three members of staff who deliver all the discrete subject areas: Resistant Materials (wood, metal and plastic), Systems and Control and Food and Nutrition. They are:
  • Mr E Rowberry – Head of Creative Design Faculty
  • Mrs C Burgess – Second in Department and Subject Leader of Food and Nutrition
  • Mr A Siviter – Teacher of Resistant Materials, Systems and Control and Product Design
We also have a highly qualified and competent Technology Technician – Mr J Bhambra

How Parents Can Help

  • To help your daughter to develop an awareness of the role of Design and Technology in development of the modern world.
·         To help your daughter to see the value of designing and making in today’s modern world, and the good job opportunities that this line of study can offer.
  • To encourage your daughter’s enjoyment in, and to help her in solving, technological problems.
·         To give time and opportunities for your daughter to discuss her technology projects at home and give her feedback on the things she makes.
·         To encourage your daughter to complete her homework on time and to the best of her ability.
·         To encourage your daughter to always aim to improve on her previous best performance.