Design & Technology
The intent behind design and technology at BHA, is to develop the creative and practical capability needed for pupils to perform everyday tasks confidently and successfully. For students to be able to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to engage in an iterative process of designing and making high-quality prototypes and products for different situations and users.
The teaching of design and technology across the academy is delivered through a variety of creative and practical activities that cover designing, making, evaluating and technical knowledge following the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Children are encouraged to develop their creativity and produce design products with a purpose in mind and for an intended user. Design and technology is implemented across the academy with pupils developing an understanding of a variety of materials and incorporating elements of maths, art, science, engineering and computing. We also offer the opportunity for pupils to attend lunchtime clubs and make use of the outdoor learning classroom environment during lessons.
It is the intent of Bredon Hill Academy for pupils to partake in one lesson a fortnight. They are taught in mixed ability form groups. Within Key Stage 3 pupils currently have the opportunity to develop and reinforce their product design and making skills on their ‘Jewellery’ and ‘Clock’ projects. Pupils learn to use a range of tools, machines and materials to develop their skills safely. The use of computer programmes and applications are also utilised by pupils in the design of their products.
Throughout the delivery of design and technology the ethos of promoting British values is fostered. Pupils are encouraged to be tolerant, show mutual respect and be supportive of each other during discussions or evaluations. They must listen to and take on board differing opinions but still make their own choices. Through their research, pupils gain a better understanding and respect for artwork and ideas from other cultures. Pupils also understand the importance of health and safety rules in the workshop. Sustainability issues and the impact of plastics and developments in design and technology on our society and environment are also addressed within the creating and design stages.
By the end of Year 8, pupils will be able to safely use, with some accuracy, common hand tools and machine tools. They will be able to identify common materials such as timbers, polymers, metals and fabrics and demonstrate an understanding of material properties. Pupils will become familiar with the design process through a number of design and make activities. They will be able to apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users and evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.