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The Warriner School

Design and Technology

The Team

Miss A Blythe, Deputy Subject Leader - Textiles: Fashion and Fabrics 

Mr R Lewis - Resistant materials: Wood, Metal, Plastics; Graphics: Paper and Card

Mr M Smith - Graphics: Paper and Card; Head of Sixth Form

Mr M Hughes - DT Technician

Mrs H Westbury - DT Technician

Miss J Cavalla - DT Technician

In the Design and Technology Department we aim to inspire our students through promoting an environment of creativity, active learning and practical application providing the opportunity to develop both subject specific and transferable skills. 

Our curriculum aims to provide, rigorous academic and practical projects taught through a wide range of discreet disciplines providing different contexts for Designing and Making. Increasingly students are encouraged to develop ideas, skills and techniques to design and manufacture products that solve problems using the range of equipment and materials available within the comprehensively equipped department where we have kept up with the fast paced changing world of technology, and benefit from a range of CAD/CAM machines including a Laser Cutter, 3D printer, HASS CNC Milling Machine, CNC Router, Versa Camm wide format digital printer as well as two suites of PCs that run Photoshop, 2D Design V2 and Solidworks 3D.

Projects challenge students to consider their own and other’s needs, wants and values and enable them to gain an understanding of political, social and environmental factors to work towards informed and enterprising young people. We aim to broaden our student’s minds by promoting understanding of the impact of these on daily life and the wider world. Design & Technology has a major role to play in the rapidly changing world where it makes an essential contribution to culture, wealth and well-being of all.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Design and Technology at The Warriner School is taught through combined Year 7 and 8 rotations, where all students will experience each of the subject areas once during a 12 week module, students then also experience each subject area again during Year 9 for a shorter 6 week module before making choices for KS4 study.

Years 7, 8 and 9 undertake the National Curriculum through a series of joint and separate projects between the different focus areas within Design and Technology comprising: Wood, Metal and plastics, Engineering, Paper and Card, Fibres and Fabrics, Food Preparation and Nutrition and finally Product Design.

Over the three years students undertake projects such as Acrylic clocks, wooden photo frames, LMP Casting, board games, CD/music covers, travel activity packs, screen printed packaging, movie standees, gift cards, event branding and advertising, metal padlocks, incense burners, screwdrivers and food science and preparation projects.

In each of these specialisms, students will be involved in developing ideas, planning, manufacturing products and evaluating them alongside learning subject specific technical knowledge.

Key Stage 4

At KS4, students have the opportunity to choose to study a Design and Technology course.

At KS4 we offer a suite of qualifications: GCSE Resistant Materials, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, GCSE Graphic Products, GCSE Engineering, GCSE Textiles and NCFE Creative Crafts, L1 BTEC Construction, L1/2 BTEC Fashion and Clothing. At KS4, students have the opportunity to study a Design and Technology course to GCSE. We currently offer Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles Technology.

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Students are able to participate in a wide variety of clubs, trips and activities within Design and Technology.