The Technology Department
Mrs R Finlay - Head of Department
Mr P Webster – Deputy Head of Department
Mr C Benson
Mr P Jarvis
Mr S Stroud
Miss N Thomson
The department is staffed by full time specialist Design Technology teachers and full time technicians. The rooms are all well equipped with specialised rooms for engineering, construction, textiles, food, one computer suite and clean areas for designing and multi-media work benches. There are many other resources available such as interactive white boards, and CAD/CAM machinery including a large laser cutter.
In addition to the workshop areas we have a modern ICT suite of 32 computers running the latest Design and Technology related software such as 2D Design, PCB Wizard and various Multimedia applications.
Why teach Design Technology?
"The quality of design and technology in our schools is a vital requirement for the country`s future in the 21st century" - James Dyson, inventor and designer.
As human beings our capacity for making things is unique. The products and systems that we use and have come to expect are an essential part of the lives we lead. Design and Technology is the core activity that allows pupils to develop and practice skills needed to design and make artefacts relevant to a modern day context.
At KS3 our aim is stimulate and maintain pupils’ interest and curiosity for this subject and to provide them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding for them to become not only competent designers and manufacturers but also discerning and informed users of products. The `problem-solving` approach is the basic foundation of all projects and this leads to the use of a range of up to date technologies for both the design and manufacture of products. As pupils progress, the availability of different materials for their projects increases and the inclusion of more complex electronics, CAD/CAM and mechanisms provides pupils with exciting opportunities to produce quality products.
Key Stage 3
At KS3, all pupils are in mixed ability groups and they have two Design Technology lessons every week.
They design and make a variety of artefacts and some projects are designed to last a few lessons whilst others last several weeks. Projects are designed to allow progression through the key stage. Pupils are taught to gather and present information about the design problem, to sketch and develop their ideas using a variety of graphic techniques, to evaluate their ideas and also how to make a product of quality and to evaluate the final outcome.
- Standard areas of KS3 Technology
- Food Technology
- Resistant Materials
- Graphic / Product Design
- Systems and Control
In Year 7 pupils currently design and make a range of items including Earphone Tidy, board game, healthy dishes and textiles. The projects build on the work undertaken at KS2. Pupils are encouraged to think about the materials, equipment and processes used and to develop the appropriate technical vocabulary. For the majority of the year pupils are taught about healthy eating.
Again at year 8 pupils undertake a variety of projects of different lengths. The projects become more demanding and require more depth of thought and understanding from the pupils. Projects include an Electronics project on MP3 Amplifier and a plane design competition.
Year 9 pupils are encouraged to become more independent in their design thinking by making the project more open-ended allowing for `creativity` in the use of materials and processes. There are a number of smaller design challenges throughout the year to build on skills needed for Years 10 and 11.
At the end of the key stage it is our aim that pupils should have a good knowledge of the design process and a good understanding of the tools, equipment and process needed to realise their ideas. This is underpinned by a philosophy of problem solving and the role that Design Technology plays in their everyday lives.
Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 pupils are regularly assessed against the National Curriculum levels of attainment in Design Technology, at the Skegness Academy we have broken this down into the following seven strands;
- Research and Analysis
- Ideas generation
- Development of a solution
The areas to be assessed are included on the front of each design booklet, with easy to understand pupil self assessment guidance at the end of each section. The National Curriculum has been carefully mapped to allow all the areas to be visited at least twice during KS3. An overall teacher assessment level is given at the end of the key stage when reporting to parents.
Key Stage 4
At KS4, Year 10 and 11 pupils have between 3 - 6 lessons every week depending on their course. The department provides full BTEC and GCSE courses in the following areas;
GCSE Resistant Materials AQA
BTEC Construction Edexcel
GCSE Catering WJEC
GCSE Textiles AQA
During this stage the previous areas of study are built upon and the pupil experience becomes broader and technically more demanding. All groups are mixed ability and teachers are guided by a pupils’ past performance to help them set realistic targets for achievement at the end of year 11.