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Design & Technology (incorporating ICT & Economics)

Congleton High School is a specialist school of Engineering and as such our Design & Technology department is second to none.  The school has outstanding facilities for the teaching of Food Technology, Textiles, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Engineering.  We also have a state-of-the-art CAD/CAM suite. 

Design & Technology is an important part of the core curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and 4 and is very popular with students, who produce an impressively high quality of work.  As a Specialist School of Engineering, we are committed to raising achievement and improving provision and participation in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which are becoming increasingly relevant and necessary in today’s workplace. 

The D&T department also now incorporates ICT and Economics, both of which are well-resourced, with students having good access to well-equipped ICT suites.  ICT courses are popular choices at Key Stage 4 and 5 and the department has a good track record of success.  The department organises a wealth of enrichment and extra-curricular activities, ranging from a Google Sketch-up club and ‘How to make your own computer game’ club to Economics and Law visits to London.

Through our Specialist School status and links with local businesses, colleges and other organisations, we are able to offer an incredibly diverse selection of extra-curricular and enrichment activities in Engineering and Design & Technology.  For full details, please see our ‘School Life’ section.

Key Stage 3 overview

Design & Technology

Year 7

The Year 7 course involves a variety of projects in different areas of Design Technology. These projects include: the designing and making of an electronic pop-up card in Graphic Products; an acrylic note holder in Resistant Materials; an apron in Textiles, a trophy project using CAD/CAM ( computer aided design and manufacture) in Engineering and several healthy eating products in Catering.

Year 8

The Year 8 course seeks to build on and further develop the skills learnt in Year 7. It involves a variety of projects in different areas of Design and Technology. These projects include: designing and making a picture frame in Resistant Materials, a tea light holder using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture) in Graphic Products, a stylish cap in Textiles, cooking skills and special diets in Catering and a robot based computer controlled project in Engineering.

Year 9

The Year 9 course further develops learning and confidence within the Technology and Engineering fields.  It involves  projects in in areas of Design and Technology that promote individuality and independent learning.  These projects include designing and making a maze game using CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture) in Graphic Products, a decorative glass with a presentation box in Resistant Materials, a decorated  iPad cover in Textiles, a jeweller's clamp in Engineering and a study of skills and local produce incorporated into a family pie project in Catering.

ICT

Year 7

In Year 7 students will complete several tasks. They will learn how to log on to our network, send email, use graphics software to design an ID card and look at e-safety. In addition, students will use a database to solve crimes, develop spreadsheets and learn basic coding.

Year 8

In Year 8 in ICT students will focus on developing their creative skills. They will learn how to generate graphics using professional software that could be used to advertise a product. They will experiment with iPads and mobile phones, using them to film and edit a movie. They will also learn how to use these and other resources to make a website to promote a product.

Year 9

In Year 9 students continue developing their creative skills. They will design and create a house using 3D modelling software, Google Sketchup. They will design and code computer games using the open source software, Scratch. They will also develop their graphics skills using Photoshop.

 

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  • “In the vast majority of curriculum areas teachers are subject specialists and this benefits teaching and learning.” Ofsted Dec 2014