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Technology

Head of Faculty: Ms S. Woods

Aims of the Design and Technology Department

• In Design and Technology 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.

• Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on 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.

Facilities

Mulberry school completed a major new build and refurbishment programme several years ago.

The new and refurbished Technology areas consist of:

Two Resistant Materials workshops.
One ICT room, DT14.  
Three Textiles Technology rooms.  
Three Food Technology rooms. 
One Graphics room, DT06.

Subject bases currently have some ICT facilities, with access to DT14 and DT06. Both of these rooms can accommodate whole teaching groups. 

All rooms have interactive whiteboards.

In the Sixth Form block there is a purpose built catering kitchen with a separate room that doubles as a dining room and classroom.

Key Stage 3

Technology is delivered in Key Stages 3 and 4 through the following specialist subject areas:

Food
Textiles
Resistant Materials
Graphics
Information Communication Technology (Years 7 and 8 only)

Years 7 to 9 are organised in the following way:   
Three forms (MUL) into four groups, (X1 - 4) and five forms (ERRaY) into six groups (Z1 - 6).  Technology is timetabled for three periods each week, one double and one single lesson. 
In addition, Years 7 and 9 have a single discrete period of core Information and Communication Technology each week.

In years 7 and 8, each group spends nine weeks in each specialist area. 
In year 9, each group spends twelve weeks in each specialist area. 
Teachers are required to assess students at the end of each unit.

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 pupils opt to specialise in one of the following areas for two years.

GCSE Graphics
GCSE Textiles
GCSE Food Technology
NVQ Food Preparation and Cookery Double Option


These subjects are timetabled for three periods a week, one double and one single lesson.  The NVQ is timetabled for six periods a week, two extended double lessons in the afternoons and two single lessons.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 four courses are offered:

AQA GCSE Art and Design Textiles
This is timetabled for 4 periods a week.

AQA.  AS and A2 Level.  Art and Design Textiles
These are timetabled for 6 periods a week each.

AQA AS and A2 Art and Design Graphics
This is timetabled for 6 periods a week.

N.V.Q  Hospitality and Catering
This is timetabled for 12 periods a week.
CIEH Level 2 Food Safety

Level 2 Diploma in Hospitality

Special Features

  • Visiting exhibitions and galleries of interest are frequent.
  • Visiting artists/designers - Textiles is presently working with Art in Action, Graphics has worked alongside female Graffiti artist Claire Rye, on The Graffiti Project. Food Technology participated in Lift’s Eat London.
  • Competitions are regularly entered with the most recent success with a runner up in the Rotary Young Chef competition.
  • Lunchtime & afterschool clubs. The faculty runs a variety of extra curricular clubs
    which include a cooking club, an enamelling jewellery class, a bag making club, study support and intervention classes for exams.