Design & Technology

Introduction

The Technology department at Heathfield is made up of five subject areas including; electronics, food, graphics, resistant materials and systems and control. The department is staffed with seven specialist teachers and two support technicians who work effectively together to harness talents and support student progress.

Curriculum Intent

In design and technology, we aim to create opportunities for students to: Work independently and in teams to produce creative and innovative design solutions to real world problems. Apply knowledge and theory from DT and other related subjects (STEM) linking to the design and development of ideas. Develop practical skills working with a range of tools, equipment and machines and with a variety of materials. Use evaluation skills to critically assess their own work and that of others whilst considering the impact of these designs in the current world and the future.

In food and nutrition, we provide opportunities for students to: Work independently and in teams to develop an understanding of how ingredients work and why. Apply knowledge and theory from Food and other related subjects (STEM) linking to; nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choice, food provenance and food preparation skills. Work independently to plan and demonstrate a wide range of sweet and savoury recipes, selecting and using a variety of suitable equipment safely and hygienically. Use evaluation skills to critically assess their own work and that of others, considering; nutritional value, technical skills, sensory analysis and environmental impact.

DT

Facilities

The department is made up of 5 workshops, 2 food technology rooms and a computer suite. The rooms are equipped with the specialist equipment required to teach all elements of the subject. We are fortunate to have a laser cutter and a range of Computer Aided Design software to present work to a high standard.

Enrichment

Extra activities are offered outside the normal day and include competitions such as a ‘bake off’, visits and extra holiday and workshop time for examination classes. The department also offers small project based enrichment tasks for all year groups during the academic year.

Pathway

Learning outcomes for Technology on pathways 2-8 – click here

Revision

All information and resources needed for revision are available on the subject pages of Firefly: Click Here: http://heathfieldcc.fireflycloud.net/browse-resources/subjects