Design & Technology
Within the Design and Technology Faculty at The Mosslands School we strongly believe in educating and preparing pupils for life in a world that is technologically advancing at an ever growing speed. To this end, we have developed a Key Stage 3 curriculum that allows pupils to become discerning and discriminating designers. Pupils will engage in a number of activities during each year that aim to develop and enhance their design skills and practical capability, as well as teaching them the knowledge required about materials, sustainability, technology and consumer needs that underpins everything that we do.
The National Strategy Framework and more recently the updated National Curriculum, have allowed us to design the activities within each year with a clear aim and focus. For example, in Year 7 pupils may engage within the ‘Weather Station’ project for 6 weeks where they design and manufacture a weather station to inform local government of rainwater levels, temperature, air pressure and air pollution. The next activity they engage with could be the manufacture of a simple device to help the elderly and disabled turn a tap on and off. Each project has a clear consumer focus and has been designed for pupils to work and act as ‘real life’ designers working to client briefs, rather than 11-14 year olds making objects to take home.
To this end, each learning pathway within Years 7, 8 and 9 will focus on a different client group each year. The four ‘client led’ yearly project titles are:
- Designing for ‘Me’
- Designing for ‘Family’
- Designing for ‘Society’
- Designing for ‘Planet’
Within Key Stage 3 Design and Technology we operate a rotation system that allows groups of pupils to move within the different areas of the faculty on a termly basis. Pupils will complete work that covers all strands of Design and Technology including: Product Design, Electronics, Systems and Control and Food Technology. The pupils move between staff in the faculty who have different skills and areas of expertise. This allows pupils to have the best possible teaching and learning experience in each distinct area of the faculty. Each pupil will leave Key Stage 3 Design and Technology with a broad range of knowledge and expertise e.g. Drawing, Sketching, Workshop practice, Use of tools and machinery, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacture, ICT, Teamwork, etc.