Our aim in the Design and Technology Department is to create an environment in which all learners feel confident and happy to explore all the opportunities around them. Design and Technology is about identifying needs, generating ideas, planning, making and testing to find the best solutions. We encourage all learners to be creative and believe in their own ability.
We aim to develop our young people by:
- Promoting high expectations for both staff and learners
- Creating a culture that is technological, enterprising and challenging for every learner so they are able to reach their full potential
- Developing innovative teaching, and encouraging creativity
- Working as a team, promoting trust and encouragement for both staff and learners
The National Curriculum states that:
Design and technology 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. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. 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. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
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.
By the end of key stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.
Key Stage 4
As a department we aim to provide all learners with the opportunity to experience the different areas within Technology. During Year 9 learners choose their options and decide which Technology subject they wish to continue with, we offer Automotive Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, Product Design, and Catering.
Key Stage 5
Learners have the opportunity to continue their studies here at Barrowhall College, we offer A Levels or BTEC courses in Automotive Engineering, Engineering, Electronics, Food Technology, Graphics and Product Design.
After School Clubs and Trips
There are also many different after school clubs to get involved with for example;
The Bake Off Competition.
Green Power Challenge
GO for SET Competition
Also we have trips to London, The Big Bang Fair, The Jaguar Landrover Factory and Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant to name but a few.