Department – Technology and Design

 

Staff in Department
Mrs P. Ryan (HOD)

Mr J. Brisbane

Mrs E. Holmes (Technician)

Ms Y. Currid

Miss M. Burgen

 

Aims of Department
At Breda Academy we have a significant role to play in helping all pupils prepare for life and work. The study and practices of Technology and Design help us in making sense of the world, both in terms of the practical issues of design and their close relationship with the values of society and in the consideration of how the products of culture enrich experience.

 

Pupils can experience all aspects of the Technology and Design curriculum through classroom activities as well as occasional visits from outside agencies. We are closely linked to Science and together we provide various trips to W5 and other STEM activities that might be taking place. We are committed to promoting this valuable STEM subject not only because they can lead to exciting, rewarding career options, but also because they enable individuals to be active citizens in an increasingly technological society.

 

We have enjoyed success this year with 81% A* to C grades within our GCSE course and 85% of our Occupational Studies students passed their level 2. We our very proud of our successes and hope it continues.

 

Key Stage 3
 

Technology and Design is part of the statutory requirement for every pupil at Key Stage 3. At Breda Academy we are committed to developing Technology and Design capability by exploring the following topics:

Year 8 – learn about plastic, explore basic electronics and pneumatics;

Year 9 – learn about electronics and mechanical control;

Year 10 – learn about the design process, working with work and electronics.

Each year group will also study a unit to develop their communication skills by progressing through graphical communication.

 

Many pupils at this age have a keen interest in trying to understand major issues that they encounter within their own culture, and through the media.   Coming to a more informed understanding of the personal, social and environmental issues which will have an impact on them during their lives, through these topics pupils will be given the chance to explore:

• their sense of identity and belonging; • their curiosity about the world around them; • their value system and how we interact with our world and with each other.

The study and practices of Technology and Design help us in making sense of the world, both in terms of the practical issues of design and their close relationship with the values of society and in the consideration of how the products of culture enrich experience.

 

The technology staff are committed to providing opportunities for all children to learn. Strategies are put in place to enable the full curriculum to be accessed and ensure that all individuals are enjoying their learning.

 

Key Stage 4 Pathway
 

Pupils have the opportunity to study Technology and Design at GCSE level.   GCSE enables learners to:

•      make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products;

•      explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;

•      analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life;

•      develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working;

•      understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle;

•      develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

 

Assessment for WJEC GCSE Technology and Design is untiered, i.e. all components/units cater for the full range of ability and allow access to grades A*-G for the subject award.

The scheme of assessment will consist of:

UNIT 1: RESISTANT MATERIALS WRITTEN PAPER – Written Paper 2 hours (40 %)

UNIT 2: RESISTANT MATERIALS TASK – Controlled Assessment 30 hours (60%)

 

We also have opportunities for those pupils wanting to explore the vocational route. Currently we offer courses in Carpentry and Joinery as well as Electrical Wiring.   Occupational Studies should enable learners to:

•      develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to undertake work-based tasks;

•      engage actively in work-based learning within coherent occupational contexts;

•      develop an appreciation of the progression/career opportunities that exist through the study of Occupational Studies;

•      develop an appreciation of the environmental impacts of the practical tasks they carry out within occupational contexts; and

•      develop an awareness of general and specific health and safety issues arising from activities within occupational contexts.

Occupational Studies allows progression from Key Stage 3 of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Learners achieving a Level 2 qualification in Occupational Studies will be equipped to progress to courses at post-16 in the relevant subject areas.