Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

Design & Technology

Head of Department
Mr N Gifford
Miss A Alim
Mrs L Howe
Mrs S Jenkins
Mr K Pepper
Mrs F Squire
Mr K Watkins

In the 21st Century DT is a subject that equips learners with a wealth of life skills, from simple manufacturing techniques through to complex, creative, abstract thought.

The subject is delivered through a number of focus areas at Key Stage 3, 4 specialist options at GCSE, and Product Design at A-Level. The department consists of six members of staff have a wealth of both industrial and teaching experience between them.

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3 pupils are taught a foundation of skills via a number of exciting projects including, a night light, board game, acrobat toy, cultural foods, and high street fashion. The projects develop skills in manufacturing, creativity, and analytical thought:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Electronics
  • Systems and Control
  • Graphical Communication
  • Textiles
  • Food

Key Stage 4

Key Stage four DT WorkA GCSE course in Design and Technology (WJEC specification) offers a unique opportunity for pupils to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops pupils’ Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The courses offered are based upon the view that design and technology is essentially a manufacturing activity involving the combination of skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. Pupils have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate situations, design and make products, and then appraise their performance via the following specialist areas:

  • Resistant Material Technology
  • Graphic Products
  • Textile Technology
  • Food Technology

Through these courses pupils can develop their skills whilst focusing upon a specific material. They are given the opportunity to:

  • make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products;
  • explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making;
  • analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life;
  • develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working;
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle;
  • develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge;
  • Study designers such as Ross Lovegrove, James Dyson, Neville Brody and John Galliano.

Sixth Form

Some DT pupil workIn years 12 and 13 the department offer AS/AL Product Design (WJEC specification). This is an exciting course designed for those intending to directly follow sixth form with a higher education course or career in Design and Technology related field. It is also a very suitable course for those with other interests and aspirations as they can benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of Design and Technology.

The specification provides pupils with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a design problem of their choosing. Whilst following the design process they can take inspiration from any source, use a range of materials, and manufacture a fully developed outcome.

“Engineers of all disciplines recently voted D&T the most useful subject you can study, and I agree.  It’s a great opportunity; you get to experiment, mess about with ideas, and be really creative.  Essential for any career.”

– James Dyson

Throughout the course the following topics are covered:

  • Designing and innovation
  • Product analysis
  • Human responsibility
  • Public interaction
  • Materials and components
  • Industrial and commercial practice
  • Processes
  • Production systems and control
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