“Design & Technology is a truly cross curricular subject. It allows students to be creative, to work with different materials, to solve real problems, and to draw on knowledge from mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art – and to put that knowledge to use.” – Moreton’s Technology Department.
Currently, students in years 7 and 8 follow a rotation of modules to cover the subject areas of Food Technology and Product Design. There are clear links between these areas, but also important and interesting differences.
In Year 9, students enter a national competition called Design Ventura, a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event run by The Design Museum in London.
Key Stage 4 starts in Year 10 and offers two Option choices: The GCSE in Design & Technology is a challenge, but students will be encouraged to be creative and resourceful.
The OCR National in Design Engineering is a vocational course which emphasises the industrial links of the subject.
By delivering modern, stimulating projects the department is able to raise standards of achievement whilst also helping to prepare students for the modern world. All Design & Technology projects involve problem solving, creativity, logical thinking, meeting people’s needs, and healthy living – as well as traditional skills such as numeracy through measurement.
The projects of both subjects teach skills that students can readily transfer to their lives outside the classroom. There is currently a shortage of people for jobs in the creative, manufacturing and engineering industries in this country: qualifications in Design & Technology are an excellent first step towards those opportunities.
Head of Technology
Mr Kells is Head of Technology at Moreton School
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