Design technology is an opportunity for students to be creative problem-solvers. They develop their ability to respond to situations and learn to overcome problems with innovative solutions. Students look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and by making and evaluating products. They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social issues, environmental issues, function and industrial practices.
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum, which allows students to achieve their maximum potential, offering both BTEC and GCSE opportunities. We deliver high standards of academic achievement through designing, making and evaluating results. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where all students develop personal responsibility and self-motivation.
Ms Morgan, Director Creativity and Enterprise
What is design technology at Ridgeway?
Design Technology covers:
- Product design
- Catering and hospitality
- Health and social care
Design technology in Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 students experience ‘taster’ modules in each area of design technology. They rotate around the following subjects in roughly eight-week blocks:
- product design
The main focus of each module is the manufacture of a product. Students learn a range of knowledge and practical skills from the evaluation and analysis of existing products to new developments in technology and the use of smart and modern materials.
Click to see examples of students’ finished work.
During Key Stage 3 homework is set every week and is contained within each student’s work booklet. Homework ranges from written and learning tasks to revision for end-ofunit tests.
Design technology in Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer a wide range of successful courses including product design, catering and hospitality, textiles, Materials Technology Technical Award and health and social care. All of the subjects have an element of coursework, allowing students to develop a series of skills from portfolio design and practical manufacture to essential life skills and child care.
Courses are broken down into two lessons per week where students learn to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through project work relating to the unit of work being completed. The courses also develop literacy and mathematical skills, language and communication.
Head of Food and Product Design – Miss Grady
Head of Health and Social Care and Child Development – Mrs Hargreaves
Head of Art & Textiles – Miss Rapple
Teacher of Product Design – Miss Thorpe
Product Design Tutor & Technician – Mr Tysoe