Millais School

In Pursuit of Excellence

Technologies

The Technologies Curriculum Area includes Product Design, Food and Nutrition, Textiles Technology, Computer Science and ICT.

In Technology students combine practical skills with creative thinking and guided research and discovery to analyse, design and make products and systems that meet human needs.  They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.  In the process students acquire a broad subject knowledge and draw on principals such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art in support of their work. Students learn to take risks, become resourceful, innovative and enterprising.

In Year 7 we focus on the development of key skills and knowledge

  • The Design process - research, design, make and evaluate
  • Working with materials, components, food ingredients and computer code
  • Using Computer Aided Design and Manufacture
  • Communicating ideas in words and pictures and through the use of ICT

 

In Year 8 the curriculum is designed to build on these skills, introducing students to more complex products and more challenging design tasks.  Projects will cover ...

  • Working with a wider variety of materials, components and processes
  • Systems & Control
  • Designing for Target Markets
  • The work of other designers
  • How computers work and how we can use code to control them

 

In Year 9 the emphasis is on developing a greater degree of independence and on consolidating the skills and knowledge required to support further study at GCSE level.  New topics introduced include ...

  • Costing products and processes
  • Sustainable design
  • Ergonomics

Students are taught in mixed ability groups throughout Key Stage 3.  Design and Technology lessons are taught as double lessons, 1 double session per week.  Computer Science and ICT are taught in single lessons, 1 per week.  Technology subjects are taught in rotation so students will cover all topics listed though not necessarily in the order shown.

At Key Stage 4 students can choose to complete GCSEs in ...

  • Product Design (AQA exam board)
  • Textiles Technology (AQA)
  • Graphic Products (AQA)
  • Catering and Hospitality (WJEC)
  • Business & Communication Systems (AQA)
  • Computer Science (AQA)

Our curriculum is supported by a variety of extra-curricular opportunities including competitions and local industry and museum visits.

Useful, but not essential, support materials, resources and activities