design and technology
Design and Technology is a subject that plays an increasingly fundamental role in our everyday lives.
WHY IS DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY EXCITING AT CLSG?
Girls creatively draw on a broad range of inspiration while developing their projects. They are taught to understand and appreciate the design and manufacture of products, making them more discriminating purchasers.
We encourage a creative approach and computers are used to help with the development of design ideas and in creating products. Awareness of important issues such as sustainability, inclusive design and globalisation are covered within the courses. Girls also learn the importance of marketing and produce marketing presentations for the products they design.
Design and Technology is suited to girls who have an interest in the careers of the future such as engineering, architecture, product design and graphic design.
YEARS 7 - 9
During Key Stage 3, there are two main areas of focus, namely Product Design and Food Technology with a distinct emphasis on Product Design. Students analyse the design, materials and manufacturing processes of existing products. In addition to this they conduct research, design, construct and evaluate their own projects. They use 2D Design Tools and Prodesktop to learn technical skills and use hand tools, machinery and CAD CAM in a state of the art workshop to bring their designs to life.
The second stream, Food Technology, develops students' confidence as consumers and provides the opportunity for creative, purposeful and skilled practical work. They are taught about healthy eating, what makes a balanced meal and develop their practical skills in food preparation.
YEARS 10 and 11
Product Design GCSE involves students in activities which develop innovation and flair. The course has no material bias; it anticipates that candidates will develop their skills through working with any appropriate material including, where and when appropriate, the use of ICT.
Students study product specifications, evaluate existing products, generate design proposals and select appropriate materials, tools and equipment. They also develop awareness of consumer requirements, develop their ICT skills, using CAD and CAM design software packages and knowledge of manufacturing processes.
The A Level course builds on the experience of GCSE. While this is a challenging course, it allows students to develop creative and entrepreneurial skills, while applying their knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities. Students study, propose and realise prototype solutions to design opportunties closely linked to the real world of product and manufacture. It is very beneficial to students who are considering a career in the fields of engineering, design or manufacturing. The learning approach employed teaches students to solve problems logically and is similar to that experienced in higher education.
"It makes me think about the impact the products I use everyday have on the world and our environment." Olivia
GCSE - OCR Product Design
A Level - OCR Product Design
RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES
- All Year 8 and our exam groups visited the Ron Arad Restless exhibition at the Barbican. We continuously look for exhibitions and visit the V & A and Design Museum so we can enhance the learning experience of our students.
- Year 12 and 13 Product Design Study Day
Head of Department
Miss S McCarthy