Catering, Electronics, Graphics and Product Design

In a fast paced and demanding worldwide industry spanning many diverse applications, we at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy, within the design and Technology department, aim to develop our students to apply a range of relevant knowledge and skills to their chosen career.

What we expect from our students:

  • Motivated self-led learning
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Ability to produce their best effort in all work undertaken
  • Enthusiasm and positive responses to work set and activities undertaken
  • Understanding of progress made
  • Questioning of progress and how to improve
  • Positive drive in their own attainment and the foresight to improve
  • High standards of work
  • Confidence in their subject knowledge and how to apply this

In return we as a department will:

  • Produce exciting and demanding schemes of work
  • Deliver diverse lesson opportunities which challenge all students
  • Motivate and enthuse students
  • Produce informed assessment and feedback on a regular basis
  • Set challenging and relevant homework
  • Support and monitor pupils attainment
  • Develop students confidence in the application of a relevant skills base
  • Believe in students capabilities regardless of ability
  • Work as a highly skilled and professional team
  • Help develop ell rounded individuals for a demanding job market
  • Continue to develop positive relationships with students and their parents

During this initial stage within a child’s learning we focus on the knowledge and application of a range of relevant skills. Students have come to expect exciting and demanding lesson activities which challenge every individual and are supported by the production of homework in their own time.

We offer four subject strands at Key Stage 3: Food studies, Product Design, Graphic products and Electronic products. We aim to give our students a wide and varied experience of each subject strand in a rotation throughout an academic year. We focus mainly on practical activity in order that students can show their initial ideas and thinking through high standards of making. This practical activity is underpinned by knowledge of relevant theory throughout each course.

By the end of the Key Stage we aim to produce students who can think of design ideas independently and apply these to high quality practical outcomes. They will have experienced team work and independent study in order that they can utilise their positive experiences in the next Key Stage. All our students are challenged to improve on their capabilities and we will support and direct them where necessary in order that they can always improve.

At this important stage in a child’s learning we offer four subject strands at Level 2: Food & Cookery, Graphical communication, Product design and Electronic products.

Subject specialists teach these strands in order that the best knowledge and skills can be imparted to develop students’ learning capabilities.

Our results at Level 2 continue to improve year on year. Success with our pupils continues to drive teaching and learning and standards of behaviour with improvements to schemes of work occurring each term in response to necessary demand. We continue to be a popular subject area and find ourselves over-subscribed for courses each year. This serves to ensure we expect the very best of our students and will respond to all their needs as required.

At this Key stage we offer Product Design at A Level. We aim to offer courses which are relevant to student needs and give them relevant training for their next step into the world of work or further education.

Our results at A-Level compare favourably to national standards and continue to improve year on year. Further information is available in the Trinity Sixth Form section of the website.

Additional Information

Homework
We believe homework to be a valuable and necessary part of a child’s learning. It not only enhances students’ learning capabilities and skills but also prepares them for the demands of their future career through self-led learning and the meeting of deadlines. Homework at Key Stage 3 is set as a unit for each subject strand and will mean students spend approximately 1 hour per week on two subject areas; although this may sometimes be more dependent on its relevancy to current class work. At Key Stages 4 and 5 students can expect to receive at least 1 to 2 hours of homework per week, the majority of which will rely on independent research and study.
Homework is due in to subject teachers by the deadlines set in order that work can be marked and feedback given to aid student progress.

Equipment
Students must be prepared for their Design and Technology lessons in the production of a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber as a bare minimum. Students would also benefit from having coloured pens/pencils and a fine line marker pen. Students can purchase the equipment from the department but minimum expectations for equipment must be observed.
At Key Stage 3 pupils are provided with pre-weighed ingredients for £1.00 per practical Food studies lesson and of course are free to take food home with them at the end of the day. Students are also charged a nominal fee of £5.00 per academic year to cover the cost of resources used in Product Design, Graphic Products and Electronic Products. This fee is due at the beginning of an academic year and ensures students can take their innovative final products home at the end of a unit.