Design and Technology
Design Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly-changing technologies, learning to think and intervene creatively to improve the quality of life.
D&T calls for students to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, as individuals and as members of a team – inherently embodying the personal learning and thinking skills emphasised in the new national curriculum.
Students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, economic, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects.
Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.
Through the media of food students also learn about the importance of healthy eating as a part of a balanced lifestyle.
National Curriculum Design & Technology – the KS3 D&T curriculum includes the product areas of resistant materials and food. The D&T Department is moving towards a 21st century D&T experience utilizing the facilities which include computer aided design and manufacture and will be available to all years.
During years 7 and 8 students work through a planned sequence of Design & Make Assignments where they develop their capabilities focussing on the different sub-skills of designing; Exploring ideas and the task, Generating ideas, Developing & modelling ideas, Planning, Making and Evaluating.
At Key Stage 4 – the D&T department aims to offer a wide range of D&T courses to meet the needs and entitlement of students at Icknield high School, currently the following D&T courses are offered;
GCSE Catering & Hospitality
GCSE Resistant Materials Technology
Technical Award Health & Social Care