Design and Technology

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Design and Technology at Maplewell Hall School is a hands-on subject, encouraging creativity and involvement from students from the start. Stimulation of enthusiasm and understanding health and safety are key teaching outcomes and projects have outcomes that can be taken home and used.

From their very first lesson students will be taught how to work safely to enable them to access the workshop, steadily building up their skills to promote students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of a wide range of materials, tools, equipment and processes and becoming more independent throughout KS3.

The Start of all lessons are formatted with the use of an A5 sketch book. With this students will increase their capacity to learn all new sketching and drawing techniques.

Each form group will spend half a term in one of the two subjects, changing over at the end of the half term.

Year 7

Students start their Design and Technology careers with a practical project Students start their Design and Technology careers with a practical project creating a Soma puzzle cubes while discovering links with industry. Students gain knowledge of a range of hand and power tools and how to cut and shape both plastic and wood. By the end of the year, they should know how to use a Tenon saw, pillar drill, vacuum former and how to cut and shape materials and workshop safety.

Key Stage 3

Students working through the later third of Key stage 3 are subject to a multiple of projects including Graphic, CAD/CAM and Resistant materials projects.

Health and Safety continue to play key learning roles in lessons, as students explore more making processes, more tool use and create a wider range of products. They will explore the properties of different woods using our vast grounds to help and support this topic. Students then complete an assessment on this topic. All the learning is centred on the creation of a small hand held maze.

The use of the CAD/CAM is applied at this stage to assist the learning further.

STEM also becomes a factor in lessons, Taking part in a number of locally based yearly competitions.

Design and Technology

Having progressed through KS3 students have a good grounding to begin more independent work in KS4. We follow an Art and Design GCSE that every student will be given the opportunity to enter. During 2 separate coursework projects students explore artists and craftspeople and create in their style to create portfolios to showcase their skills. GCSE students regularly support Performing Arts by providing the props for their productions. Students will also create an ‘exam piece’ following research into a question set by the exam board. The GCSE exam is a 10-hour practical session in the workshop usually spread over 2 days. Students work is regularly displayed in the display cabinets in reception, please have a look and congratulate them on their very high standards. Trips have included a visit to Loughborough Degree Show, sign making at Artistic Creations and behind the scenes at Loughborough Drama.



Students that have selected engineering will now use the practical and knowledge skills that they have develop during the past three years in Design and Technology, to support the three units of work focused on the engineering sector and two units or work looking at progression opportunities.