Our Technology Team
An Introduction to Technology
Design technology at Ribblesdale provides pupils with an opportunity to enjoy a practical experience throughout a wide range of material areas including fabrics, plastics, woods and smart materials. At Key Stage 3 pupils will complete six design and make projects, inherently linked to the GCSE framework. Pupils are assessed against their knowledge, understanding and application of skills in the iterative design process, manufacture and theory. Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils will develop through the key curriculum foci of design technology in our world, mechanical components, smart materials, electronics and materials.
Pupils complete the fabric doorstop, chocolate moulds with vacuum forming, smart materials investigation, steady hand game with electronics, mobile phone holder and hand-held maze with CAD-CAM!
Pupils complete the mechanical components brief to make a moving toy, clock, scale furniture and the USB stick.
Pupils explore moulding and forming processes such as vacuum forming and pewter casting. They enter the StarPacks packaging competition where they complete a real design brief and compete on a national forum.
Key Stage 4 – WJEC / EDUCAS GCSE Design Technology
Design technology allows pupils to develop designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and use of equipment. Pupils will select their own design problem and develop a viable solution from product growth to a realised functioning prototype. In order to make effective design choices pupils will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding of design limitations, considering any environmental considerations.
We are excited to now offer the NCFE Technical Award in Graphic Design to our KS4 pupils. This course is much more technical in terms of design and manufacture application and challenges pupils through their understanding of graphic design techniques, software like Photoshop and Illustrator and existing graphic designers. Whilst pupils do not complete a theory examination, they do complete a design portfolio which is externally assessed.
Pupils who study design technology at GCSE successfully move onto post 16 courses in engineering, construction, architecture, graphic design, product design and are suitably prepared for further initiatives such as the Arkwright Scholarship programme.
Controlled Assessment – 50% of GCSE
Design Technology GCSE allows pupils to develop designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and use of equipment. In order to make effective design choices pupils will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding of design limitations and consider any environmental considerations. Where possible projects link with real companies and matching materials and components to produce a high quality product which satisfies the design brief. An analysis and evaluation of the product will then be undertaken by the pupils.
Examination 2 hours – 50% of GCSE
The exam is a mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of technical principles, designing and making principles, along with their ability to analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.