Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." (Charles Mingus)
The Design and Technology department at The John Fisher School aims for 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. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
Lesson by lesson students are encouraged to learn from the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past design and technology, and its uses and effects. 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.
|Key Stage 3|
|Key Stage 4 - GCSE|
During Key Stage 3 the main concepts that structure the curriculum include:
Students should be able to:
Setting arrangements and Curriculum Time
In both Key Stages students are taught in mixed ability groups in Design and Technology and over the two weeks of the school timetable. Key Stage 3 will have two 100 minute lessons. Key stage four will have two 100 minute lesson and one 50 minute lessons.
Homework is set once a week and collected in during the following lesson. Students are expected to work independently, researching where necessary, using the school library or, where appropriate, the Internet. Homework must always be completed to a high standard with care taken over spelling, punctuation, grammar and presentation of work.
Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to develop personal skills of reflection, creative thinking and speaking and listening. In lessons students will develop their ability to work on their own as well as part of a group and also the own personal learning and thinking skills. They will begin to confidently self manage their work, becoming effective participators and good team workers.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
The department offers students the chance to visit manufacturing industries and exhibitions, in order to assist their understanding. Students are welcome in the department to attend one of the many weekly activities such as food technology club, RMT club and technology support club. For GCSE and A Level students there are after school sessions to assist with preparation for the controlled assessment and also seminars often led by guest speakers.
Queueing for the Historical Food Fayre