Art, Design & Technology

In Year 7 through to Year 9 students in Art and Design explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. We cover a wide varierty of media and materials, providing a sound basis for future work at examination level. All students have two periods per fortnight in this subject and we cover the following areas of work; drawing and painting, 3D sculpture including ceramics, graphic design and printmaking.

Every student will study the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from all over the world, past and present and relate this to their own.  Students gain an appreciation of the work of artists, craftpeople and designers and the role of the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

We advise every student to buy a range of pencils such as HB, 2B and 4B, coloured pencils and a good eraser.  Students are provided with a sketchbook which is kept in school until the end of each year.  Students complete homework on paper which can be provided.

This subject is studied by all students during Key Stage 3. Students will use a wide range of materials to design and make quality products. They will be set challenging assignments in Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles with some Control Technology.

They will use computers, including computer-aided design (CAD) to explore, develop, model and communicate their ideas. The department is resourced with excellent facilities to ensure learning is exciting and stimulating.  Activities include looking at existing manufactured products and evaluating them to gain an insight into past and present design and technology.  As well as looking at the work of contemporary designers, consideration is given to social and environmental issues as well as industrial practices.

All projects are differentiated to ensure students are challenged at appropriate levels for them to achieve their potential.  Assignments are supported by an Assessment for Learning booklet which tracks their progress across Key Stage 3.

We take health and safety seriously to ensure potential hazards are eliminated.  Students are taught how to use equipment and this is recorded in their booklet .  We insist that every student behaves in a sensible and responsible manner for both their own safety and also the safety of other students.

In all food lessons students must  wear an apron and tie back their hair.  They must also provide their own apron (Yorkshire Trading and Boyes usually stock white cotton/calico aprons).  Pupil premium students on the Ever 6 register will be provided with an apron for Food Technology.  Aprons are available in Product Design and Textile lessons to protect their clothing and students are advised to wear these as some of the materials used will not wash out.  No responsibility can be accepted for damage to clothing.  

Coloured pencils, black fine liner pens and rulers are also desirable too.  It is important that every student is properly equipped for Design and Technology lessons.

Students are usually very proud of their achievements and will want to share their success with the family. Our policy is to ask for a contribution at the start of term towards the cost of consumable materials in Product Design and Textiles. When designing and making in Food Technology students will be expected to provide ingredients on a regular basis.  Pupil Premium students on the Ever 6 register can request ingredients be provided for the term, a letter will be sent home and the reply slip must be returned for this to commence.


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