Brighton Hill Community School

Technology

Study & Technology Studies

Our aim is to prepare all individuals for wider society and life through the combined development of practical and intellectual skills. Students gain an invaluable understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues and develop a broad range of lifelong skills such as problem solving, team building, communication, presentation and project management.

Through Design and Technology pupils have the opportunity to:

  • Develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products.
  • Combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking and learn to innovate to design and make products and systems that meet human needs from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.
  • Learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
  • Work in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, identifying needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate.
  • Respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate.

We believe Design and Technology enables students to flourish as individuals. It builds confidence of learning through doing and empathy for the needs of others. Through the enjoyment of designing and making students  develop a knowledge of current materials, technologies and the wider social, economic and environmental issues impacting society today and future product development.

Students are engaged in Design & Technology as they undertake a range of design and make assignments (DMAs) which offer them the opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills. DMA briefs are updated regularly and are only a broad guide giving students the opportunity to apply their own interests or the interests of their target market within the context of the set brief. Students are encouraged to take risks and innovate and challenge themselves to promote confidence and originality. In ICT undertake a range of themed units exploring the world of technology that enables them to develop their skills and achieve a wider understanding of the rapidly evolving changes in ICT.

Students are supported in lessons through a number of focussed practical tasks but encouraged to apply these skills to their own individual design. Through these tasks they build a core bank of skills and techniques specific to a range of material areas. We emphasise the application of new technologies and CAD CAM including smart materials to prepare them for industrial developments and the ever changing world of technology. We explore not only Office skills, but develop creative media, and computer science, this enables students to regard ICT in a broader context.

Students are encouraged to be inquisitive and to investigate and evaluate similar products and how things work. Through these tasks they become independent learners and problem solvers and are able to approach a problem with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Students of all abilities enjoy Design and Technology as the level of challenge and scope within a project is variable. Designs can be catered specifically to suit a student’s capabilities and needs. For us the important thing is that all students achieve an outcome suitable to their potential and they feel this sense of achievement when they take their products home.

Our aim is to prepare all individuals for wider society and life through the combined development of practical and intellectual skills. Students gain an invaluable understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues and develop a broad range of lifelong skills such as problem solving, team building, communication, presentation and project management.

Through Design and Technology pupils have the opportunity to:

  • Develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products.
  • Combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking and learn to innovate to design and make products and systems that meet human needs from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.
  • Learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
  • Work in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, identifying needs and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate.
  • Respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate.

We believe Design and Technology enables students to flourish as individuals. It builds confidence of learning through doing and empathy for the needs of others. Through the enjoyment of designing and making students  develop a knowledge of current materials, technologies and the wider social, economic and environmental issues impacting society today and future product development.

Students are engaged in Design & Technology as they undertake a range of design and make assignments (DMAs) which offer them the opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills. DMA briefs are updated regularly and are only a broad guide giving students the opportunity to apply their own interests or the interests of their target market within the context of the set brief. Students are encouraged to take risks and innovate and challenge themselves to promote confidence and originality. In ICT undertake a range of themed units exploring the world of technology that enables them to develop their skills and achieve a wider understanding of the rapidly evolving changes in ICT.

Students are supported in lessons through a number of focussed practical tasks but encouraged to apply these skills to their own individual design. Through these tasks they build a core bank of skills and techniques specific to a range of material areas. We emphasise the application of new technologies and CAD CAM including smart materials to prepare them for industrial developments and the ever changing world of technology. We explore not only Office skills, but develop creative media, and computer science, this enables students to regard ICT in a broader context.

Students are encouraged to be inquisitive and to investigate and evaluate similar products and how things work. Through these tasks they become independent learners and problem solvers and are able to approach a problem with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Students of all abilities enjoy Design and Technology as the level of challenge and scope within a project is variable. Designs can be catered specifically to suit a student’s capabilities and needs. For us the important thing is that all students achieve an outcome suitable to their potential and they feel this sense of achievement when they take their products home.

Mrs C Sweryt - Head of Faculty
Miss N Doughty - Teacher
Miss H Bennett - Teacher
Ms A Evans - ICT Teaching Assistant
Mr G O‘Shea - Instructor / Technician

Technology Studies

Curriculum

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