Skip to navigation

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Meadows benefits from a very well-resourced department building. The two teaching rooms comprise a fully equipped workshop and an adjacent design studio.

Key Stage 2 and 3 focus on developing the broad range of skills knowledge and understanding students need to achieve well in D&T and gain a greater knowledge of how and where D&T fits into the world in which they live. Students in years 6, 7 and 8 undertake a series of projects building towards AQA Entry Level Certificates in: Resistant Materials; Textiles Technology; Electronics, Systems and Control; and Graphic Products across the three years. Year 9 students work on design and make projects aimed at developing their skills, knowledge and understanding in Resistant Materials to prepare for transition to Key Stage 4. These projects include: a CAD/CAM Acrylic Clock; a Metal Man; a Speaker; and a Mechanical Toy.

Key Stage 4 D&T is one of the option choices available for students at Meadows. Students will spend Year 10 developing the in-depth knowledge required for completion of a GCSE in Resistant Materials. This includes studying materials and technologies through discussion and worksheets, building a portfolio of information useful to their later studies and exam revision. This theory work is supported by hands on practical tasks making a variety of small items including rings, key tags and candle sticks. Year 10 culminates with a later project in the framework of their final project. Year 11 is dedicated to completing the Controlled Assessment Task. This is a 30 hour project answering a brief set by the exam board in which pupils design, plan and manufacture a product. Past projects have included items of furniture, toys and storage devises. Grading for the GCSE is weighted with 60% of the marks coming from this Controlled Assessment Task and 40% from the final 2 hour exam.

All staff are keen to make sure that the school keeps on providing the best possible experience for all pupils' (Ofsted Education 2016)