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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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Subject Overview:

Technology and Design is a subject which aims to give pupils a working appreciation of the technological world in which they live.  It hopes to give pupils the knowledge to understand and the skills to influence and develop that world.

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 3 students will study basic workshop skills, communicate their designs through sketching and learn about energy and control.  In year 8 they will work with wood and plastic to manufacture a practical piece as well as designing and modelling a small Fizzbit robot.  In year 9 pupils will explore electronic control by learning how to make a Night Light circuit.  They will also learn about mechanical control and make a small moving coat hook in the shape of a dog.  In year 10 we expect them to have become much more independent in the workshop and manufacture a MP3 speaker as well as developing their creativity in preparation for GCSE work.

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 4 throughout years 11 and 12 students can choose to study Technology and Design GCSE where they are encouraged to be innovative and take design risks. They explore the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries, as well as the importance of high quality functional design and technology products or systems.

Students also have the opportunity to choose an Occupational Studies which can be completed in one year.  Within our department we offer two separate courses: Carpentry and Joinery and Electrical Wiring.

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 5 students can choose to study Product Design to Alevel where they will explore design in a range of contexts including home, school, recreation, community, business and industry.

Students have opportunities to:

  • make use of tacit knowledge and reflective practices in order to work with tasks that are challenging and often require definition;
  • develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice;
  • recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products;
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective;
  • draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas;
  • draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technological activities;
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices; and
  • use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability.



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