Design & Technology
“Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.” – Paul Rand. It sounds so easy, which is the precise reason why we at Verulam look to teach pupils the principles of good design, foster their own design language and to help pupils find their own approach to design.
Our ethos as a department is to foster pupils to be inspired by Design, whilst being analytical and employing problem-solving skills to find a solution. We aim to provide our pupils with the necessary skills to help them develop and define their understanding of design. Pupils are taught the rudiments of designing and making through a variety of materials including; Food, Graphics, Systems and Resistant Materials. Each material area helps refine and define pupils knowledge and understanding of materials and processes but importantly helps them to build upon their problem solving abilities.
Risks are encouraged and embraced with more complex and open-ended problems being addressed by pupils as they progress up the school. At KS4 and 5 genuine problems must be solved with ‘real-life client’ to replicate this problem solving subject in the real world. Our teaching team aims to provide a blend of support and challenge to become independent and robust designers. We have a proven track record of excellent results at both GCSE and A Level and our subject continues to be hugely popular taking pupils from all abilities and turning them into the problem-solvers of the future.
Key Stage 3
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject using creativity and imagination. At Verulam pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems using a range of context with regard to specific user needs. As a school we have an awareness of the importance of nurturing pupils to enable them to develop the necessary schools prior to KS4. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and learn how to take risks becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising.
In year 7
- Material Technology: Introduction to D & T – Phone holder
- Cooking and Nutrition: Masterchef foundation course
In year 8
- Graphics Design: Head phone wrap and promotion
- Material Technology: Principles of ergonomics through design and manufacture
- Systems and control: Light sensitive alarm
In year 9
- Cooking and Nutrition: International Food
- Material Technology: Bio-mimicry lighting