The Science & Technology Teaching and Learning Area is led by Mr Mike McDougall (Director). In addition he is supported by a full team of specialist subject teachers.
There are four Technology lessons per fortnight for Years 7 and 8. In Year 9 students study two technology subjects, each subject is studied for three hours per fortnight rotation.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups and challenged to their ability and progress.
In Years 7 and 8 students will study Catering, Textiles and Design Technology throughout the year.
In each subject area students have the opportunity to become effective and independent learners through the development of specific skills.
For example, in Catering, Year 7 will produce a range of good quality food products, safely and hygienically. There is a strong focus on healthy eating and making students aware of the importance of planning healthy meals.
In Year 9, students have the opportunity to opt for 2 subjects from Catering, Textiles and Design Technology. This gives greater flexibility to acquire specific subject skills in preparation for their choices at GCSE.
In subject areas, students will be introduced to the design process through a series of ‘design and make’ activities. Students carry out research, first and final designs, planning, making, testing and evaluating.
Assessment sheets are used at each stage to record current level of achievement and to monitor progress for each student. Improvement targets can then be set to ensure progression throughout the year.
Extended Learning tasks are set in each subject area. Catering will require parents/carers to provide ingredients for practical lessons.
Homework / Extended Learning
A range of homework is set that support and supplements the project work pupils complete in class. For example in textiles pupils are asked to investigate about their target market by interviewing a typical customer they are aiming their products at. This work is vital to be carried out and contributes to pupil’s progress grades.