design & Technology
Design and Technology at Tomlinscote is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world
The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7-9, students work within a carrousel system, whereby they undertake a range of D&T activities relating to the different areas of D&T. These include projects using resistant materials, electronics and systems & control; textiles, graphics and food and nutrition. There is a strong emphasis on designing and students are introduced to computer aided design and manufacture from the outset in Year 7.
Students are assessed on a number of technology specific areas during KS3. The areas include; research and analysis, designing and developing, making, technical knowledge and understanding, and evaluating and testing. Each project is assessed on one of these areas.
Key Stage 4
Recent changes to the KS4 curriculum mean that the department offers a wide range of qualifications that aim to meet the needs of all of our students. These include both traditional GCSE qualifications and a number the newly developed Level 2 Technical Awards which are for students wishing to study in more specialist areas. All qualifications require students to undertake practical activity whilst demonstrating their theoretical under-pinning knowledge. All qualifications provide a solid platform for students who wish to go on and study the subject areas at a higher level or enter in to apprenticeships and the world of work.
The department prides itself on the variety of extra-curricular activities that the department offers to its students. These include STEM and SATRO, engineering problem solving competitions and events; trips to subject relevant places of interest such as the Farnborough air show, and currently, students within the department are manufacturing a vehicle which they aim to race in the Green Car national competition.