"Using imaginative, creative, practical and technological skills to design and make."
We aim to deliver an inspiring curriculum that develops creative, practical and independent learners. Our curriculum provides Middlewich high school pupils with the opportunities to use their imaginations, to push the boundaries of design and take risks.
Pupils will learn and develop a range of skills delivered through the subjects of Product Design, Textiles and Food technology. These are skills they will apply everyday as an adult living in a modern world.
Product Design & Textiles
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. As students’ progress throughout the key stages they will make informed judgements through exposure to a range of material, develop a critical approach to products that they analyse and understand that aesthetics as well as function are essential for the design process. Pupils will see that the products they research, design and make, lead to a better quality of life.
Our curriculum provides the opportunities to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems whilst taking into consideration their own and others wants and needs. Due to the integral relationship between specialisms within the National curriculum, common planning techniques are used during the foundation years between Textiles and Product design. All projects within the foundation years follow the KS3 National Curriculum.
During the delivery of the GCSE course, students design and make projects that are linked to their own interests, industrial practice and the community. Projects may involve enterprise activity, where students identify an opportunity, design to meet a need, manufacture a product and evaluate the process. Students use ICT to help with their work, including computer aided design and manufacture (CADCAM) software, control programmes and ICT based sources for research. Pupils are encouraged to consider how Technology affects society and their own lives, and learn that new technologies have both advantages and disadvantages.
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.
- 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.
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.