The Design and Technology Department
Design and Technology at Gosden House is about inspiring and encouraging children to design and make artifacts of which they are proud. Through research and evaluation of their own and other’s work children and given the skills to become thinking consumers in a fast changing technological world. Children are encouraged to think outside the box and be creative in their designing. They are taught the necessary skills and techniques, employing appropriate tools, machines and technology to make high quality products. Design and Technology is also used to enhance and reinforce learning in other areas of the curriculum such as Science, Maths and History.
We are fortunate to have excellent specialist facilities to enable us to deliver a full and varied Design and Technology experience.
There is a large, light workshop for teaching Resistant Materials equipped with a full range of tools, machines and technology to enable pupils to design and make artifacts ranging from hobby-horses to clocks and bedroom furniture. Many adaptations have been made to ensure that our special pupils can work safely to produce products to an extremely high standard. Pupils can use Computer Aided Design and Manufacture as well as traditional hand finishing techniques to enhance their designs.
Cooking and Nutrition
We have a bright and cheerful fully-equipped Food Studies Room with two complete kitchens enabling small groups of children to work collaboratively. We also have a smaller kitchen upstairs. Children are taught the principles of nutrition, healthy eating and safety in the kitchen. They learn how to cook and make a range of appetizing, healthy and affordable dishes as well as special occasion treats.
Our Textiles Room is situated upstairs in the original part of the school. It has all the equipment and machines needed to enable pupils to learn the principles of sewing. Children are taught to apply these principles to a wide variety of creative textile projects such as door stops, cushions and wall hangings.
Design and Technology in the Curriculum
Key Stages 1 and 2
At Key Stages 1 and 2 Design and Technology is taught in the classroom by their class teacher. This is often linked to topic work such as transport or shelter. There is a Design and Technology trolley which can be taken to each class as needed and by Year 6 each child will also have access to the Design and Technology room with specialist staff helping them to realize their designs in 3D. Class teachers can also accompany their class to work in the Food Studies or Textiles rooms as appropriate.
Key Stage 3
Each student will have at least a double lesson for half a term in each of the three areas. Lessons are delivered by specialist staff. By the end of the Key Stage each student will have learnt and applied skills and technologies in a wide variety of materials. Projects vary from enamelled copper jewellery to Christmas stockings and entertaining a chosen member of staff to lunch.
Key Stage 4
Each student embarks upon a major project of their own choosing. They follow the Welsh Examining board syllabus to gain an entry level 2 or 3 qualification. Students have to identify a problem or need and conduct independent research to help them to design a unique solution. They then make it to a high standard using appropriate materials, tools and machines. Projects range from butterfly-shaped jewellery boxes to children’s toy boxes with seats or bedside tables and computer desks.
Having completed their own individual project, Year 11 work as a group to enhance the school grounds with a sculpture or a redesign of an area within the school. Past projects have included themed outside seating areas for Reception and Year 11 and a giant sized dream catcher.