Technology

Technology

WELCOME!

The Technology Curriculum Area is well organised, forward-thinking and practically based.

Students are able to further develop their understanding of the design industry from hands-on interaction with modern processes (i.e. 3D printing, laser cutting, thermo printing, and computer aided embroidery) and materials (i.e. neoprene, polymorph).

We are firmly committed to improving all that we do and invite you to take a further look at what we have to offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To enhance students quality of learning through the effective delivery of the Resistant Materials, Textiles and extra-curricular, food-based technologies.
  • To raise attainment by improving confidence, self belief and encouraging pride in students own work.
  • To consistently set high standards of expectations and match these with high quality teaching, resources and learning experiences.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students relating to industrial processes and practices.
  • To manage resources and monitor the development of new trends to ensure maximum benefit to our learners and learning environment.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of all subjects within the Curriculum Area.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Design and technology prepares students for participation in tomorrow's rapidly developing world of technologies.
  • Students are provided with the necessary individual and team skills to gain confidence in their own abilities and become creative problem solvers.
  • Students will recognise needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems that successfully meet these demands.
  • Students will practise skills in research, communication and management in design and production.
  • Students will improve all areas of practical, spoken, and written communication skills through experiencing a wide range of learning styles from specialist teachers.
  • Students will develop an understanding of aesthetics, social, moral and environmental issues.
  • Students will experience working with CAD/CAM and other industrial based processes.

All students are encouraged to express personal and informed opinions through design, research, analysis and evaluation tasks. The main focus is upon the improvement of practical problem solving skills for a variety of purposes and consumer groups. Creativity is actively encouraged, as is the importance of accuracy and presentation within all forms of work. All Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students have access to the ICT suite using programs such as SolidWorks, Corel Draw and Sketch Up and to the CAD/CAM centre.

Through design and technology, all students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

Resources & Facilities

There are currently four workshops equipped for multi-media design and/or construction work with resistant materials. One of the workshops has been equipped with resources to support Engineering activities; another has an annexe that holds specialist metal working equipment. All workshops have either an interactive whiteboard and associated ICT facilities or state of the art projectors.

Across the workshops there is the capability to apply all traditional, and many of the modern, processes. Resources are always being reviewed and updated; with purchases such as 3D printers, Heat press and sublimation printing being added more recently to the facilities.

We have a dedicated CAD/CAM centre, which gives access to Laser cutting and specialist CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines used for processes as turning, milling and routing. Further to this within the Curriculum Area we have a dedicated computer suite which house a total of 25 multi-media PCs and other audio-visual equipment including a number of 3D printers.

Our three modernised textile rooms each contain a full suite of sewing machines, computer controlled sewing machines and other supporting resources. All of the Textiles rooms have interactive whiteboards or projection facilities and computer access to support creativity and research. Again equipment is kept up to date providing pupils with access to modern manufacturing processes such as Dye sublimation and heat pressing.

To support student learning and engage in the theoretical side of the curriculum we have a dedicated theory classroom which provides a comfortable and focussed learning environment. This room also plays host to a second laser cutter and a bank of computers.


Courses & Qualifications

Across years 7 & 8 students follow a customised curriculum in technology giving them an experience of the many areas within design.

Year 7 have two timetabled lessons throughout the year, spending half of their time in resistant materials and the other in textiles.

Year 8 have a single lesson but again split their time for half a year in resistant materials and the other in textiles.

We aim to teach D&T through a range of activities such as:

  • Product Analysis; in which pupils examine the designing and making of others.
  • Focused Practical Tasks (FPTs); short tasks with a specific teaching point to develop, for example, a technique, a skill, understanding of a processes or knowledge.
  • Design and Make Assignments (DMAs); longer tasks in which pupils demonstrate their capability to design and make in the specialist area.

Key Stage 4: Dependant on their band students can select the following courses for further study in years 9, 10 and 11.

Band 5&6: GCSE Design & Technology – This course enables students to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design & Technology in a rapidly changing society. Candidates will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and construction techniques of textiles & resistant materials within an overall 'design and make' approach. The content of the specification aims to provide a coherent, satisfying and challenging course of study for candidates where they can expect to experience the latest CAD/CAM facilities along with other modern manufacturing techniques.

Band 3&4: Technical Award: Materials Technology - This course provides opportunities for candidates to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design & Technology (D&T) in a rapidly changing society. It enables candidates to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of materials, processes and construction techniques within an overall 'design and make' approach. Students will work with woods, metals and plastics and experience the latest CAD/CAM facilities (laser cutting/3D printing) along with other modern manufacturing techniques.

Band 3&4: Technical Award: Fashion & Textiles - This course provides opportunities This course provides opportunities for candidates to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design & Technology (D&T) in a rapidly changing society. It enables candidates to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of fabrics, use of production processes and construction techniques within an overall 'design and make' approach. The content of the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and challenging course of study for candidates. Students will work with natural, SMART & man made fabrics as well as experience the latest CAD/CAM facilities (3D printing & Laser cutting).

Technical Awards are the equivalent to a single GCSE and are intended to offer students an alternative way to access their learning by being more practical in nature.


Learning Outside The Classroom

Clubs and activities: Teachers offer their skills and supervision either during the lunch break or after school allowing students to further their skills with a range of fun activities from 3D Printing and metal turning to textiles and design clubs.

Additional Support: All Y11 students have access to coursework support clinics and additional exam revision throughout the academic year and frequently during half term holiday periods.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

Technology:

  • Provides technical and employability skills, knowledge and understanding which are transferable and will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether these arise from a shift in their own status or in employment.
  • Provides a good progression route to more advanced qualifications at 6th Form, college and through to Degree level.
  • Provides opportunities for students who may wish to be employed in apprenticeships or work based learning environment.
  • Helps students to think and function independently and to become financially capable.
  • Provides a solid foundation of design appreciation which can be developed into industrial, fashion, interior and product design or any of the engineering fields.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

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David J Hampson
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