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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Design Technology

Design and Technology

The Design and Technology team offer a range of practical subjects and learning experiences to develop students’ creativity and problem-solving skills, working with a range of materials. Sir Jonathan North has three purpose-built workshops.

Key stage 3

Year 7, 8 and 9 courses studied include: textiles, food and nutrition and resistant materials. Students have a one-hour lesson each week arranged in rotations of approximately twelve weeks in each subject area.  Year 9 students will complete their final design and make assessed projects at key stage 3. In year 9, students will also have the opportunity to work in teams to complete design and make challenges. Students will experience a different way of working with objectives and skills taught to both prepare students for the world of work, and to introduce them to the Key Stage 4 curriculum so they are prepared if they choose to continue study in Design and Technology at GCSE level.

Design and Technology Qualifications offered

The following courses are offered as option subjects in Year 9 and 10:

·         GCSE Design and Technology  - Fashion and Textiles

·         GCSE Design and Technology – Product Design

We offer 2 separate groups so students can select either textiles or resistant materials for their coursework project.  Both groups will sit a 2 hour written exam which covers a broad curriculum content.

·         GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

·         BTEC Level 2 Hospitality and Catering

The design and technology team offer educational trips, competitions and enrichment experiences for all year groups. In recent years these have included: Cadbury’s World, tours of final year undergraduate Design shows at De Montfort university, including practical workshops led by lecturers, cross curricular STEM days working with engineers, a trip to Clothes Show Live, local college fashion show trips, Key Stage 3 Rotary technology challenge competition, Key Stage 4 Rotary young designer of the year competition, ‘Student Chef of the Year’ competition and the RSA Design competition.

“I loved working on our team project for the Royal Society of Arts Design competition.  We chose our own Design teams and worked like a real design company to solve a design problem.  It was really useful to have feedback from a professional designer, as well as our teachers.”  Hajra Khan 10.5

“Design and Technology teaches you a new skill set.  You learn how to problem solve and use different materials and techniques.  But you also learn about design in the real world and I can now really see that I could be a professional designer.”  Naomi Lindsey 10.6

The Design and Technology team:

·         Miss E Stanton- Curriculum team leader, fashion and textiles teacher

·         Miss E Eldredge- Deputy curriculum team leader, resistant materials teacher

·         Miss S Allen- Food and Nutrition teacher, Hospitality and catering teacher

·         Mrs B Hall - Food and Textiles technician

·         Miss Annie Southin  - Resistant materials technician