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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

Creative Design

"Using imaginative, creative, practical and technological skills to design and make." 

Our Staff

Mrs E C Belt BSc
Head of Department

Mr D F Boulton BEd
(2nd in Department)

Mrs A M Hall BA

INTRODUCTION

D & T combines practical, technological and creative thinking to design and make products for human needs. Pupils analyse and evaluate existing products, use research techniques to design and make their own products that are aimed at a specific consumer group.

Practical skills are a key element of D & T, as is the ability to use Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) to enhance outcomes.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • Pupils can critically analyse and evaluate existing products.
  • Pupils use imagination and creativity to develop their own ideas both individually and as a team.
  • Use tools and equipment safely and correctly.
  • Pupils can use CAD/CAM effectively to improve product outcomes.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and processes.
  • Generate, develop and model ideas using a range of techniques.
  • Plan and organise activities, shape, mix assemble and finish materials or ingredients.

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils study Food for 2 hours/fortnight and Product Design for 2 hours/fortnight. In both areas pupils work to a design brief where they carry out research, analyse and evaluate existing products, create designs and model and make their ideas. Pupils carry out a range of practical activities to develop individual skills.

They learn to use tools and equipment safely and correctly to produce products made from food, plastics, metals and wood and new ‘smart materials’. CAD/CAM plays an increasingly important part.

In food, pupils will also complete the “Licence to cook” programme, completing a minimum of 16 hours practical work.

KEY STAGE 4

Pupils can opt for Catering, Child Development or Product Design as part of the School Option Process.

In Catering pupils study the Catering Industry Food Production Food and Commodities, Hygiene & Safety, Nutrition & Menu Planning, Technological Developments. Pupils organise and cater for a wide range of school events.

During Product Design lessons pupils design and make products (using a variety of materials) aimed at specific consumer groups. The emphasis is on methods and processes used in business and industry. CAD/CAM plays a significant role in enhancing outcomes and ensuring that the products could be manufactured in Quantity.

In Child Development pupils study the care of a child, families and the development of a child from conception to 5 years old.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Engineering and Science Club.

Catering for Outside Events.

OTHER DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION

1 Fully equipped Food Tech room.

2 DT Workshops offering a growing range of materials and processes including new ‘smart materials’.

1 ICT Suite of Computers giving access to ProDESKTOP and 2D Design CAD software .

CNC Vinyl Cutter.

CNC Engraver/milling machine.