Technology

DEPARTMENT STAFF

Mr S Clarke Head of Technology

Mr S Kelly Technology and ICT Teacher

Mr John Cronwell Technician

 

Key Stage 3

In Years 8, 9 and 10 our pupils have 2 timetabled periods per week of Technology and Design classes. Within these classes pupils learn a variety of relevant skills that will equip them for life in a technological society. Class and homework is based around projects or design tasks. As pupils work through these projects they acquire new skills and knowledge.


GCSE 

Technology and Design provides an opportunity to design and make a real product. It allows you to create something to solve a problem that you have identified. As part of the course you will study the areas of designing, communicating, manufacturing and mechanical systems. You will learn how these technological developments have influenced the way that we live and work. At GCSE we study AQA Resistant Materials and pupils enjoy the challenges this brings. Students get the opportunity to work with various material including the traditional wood and metal as well as new Smart and Composite materials.

The GCSE consists of the following: 

Written Paper

40% of the total marks

120 marks

2 hours

 

One paper with two sections:

Section A

30 marks

A design question based on context supplied before the exam

 

Section B

90 marks

Covers all aspects of the specification content

Controlled Assessment

60% of the total marks

90 marks

 

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years.
The design folder should consist of approximately:

• 15-20 pages of A3 paper

 

It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity.

 

As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

 

Key Stage 3

Currently, the Department teaches Technology & Design at Key Stage 3 to every pupil in our Junior school (approximately 330 pupils).

Key Stages

Key Stage 3

Currently, the Department teaches Technology & Design at Key Stage 3 to every pupil in our Junior school (approximately 330 pupils).

 

At Key Stage 4

the maximum class size is 20 pupils.
We run one GCSE class in Year 11 and another class of 20 in Year 12.
The syllabus followed at KS 4 (GCSE) is “Technology & Design – Resistant Materials”. The Examination board is AQA.

 

Aims of Department

Newbridge Integrated College Technology & Design Department firstly aims to fulfil the rationale for the revised Curriculum, “To empower young people to develop their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives, by promoting methodologies that encourage young people to develop the skills to acquire and manage information, to solve problems and make decisions… to help young people make use of the knowledge, and the associated skills, values, and attitudes developed during the process of learning, to inform their lives.”

The Education Order 2007 continues to legislate for a balanced and broadly based curriculum in all grant aided schools ‘to promote the spiritual, emotional, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of pupils at the school and thereby of society; and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life by equipping them with appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills’.

Technology and Design is a subject which lies within the Science and Technology Learning Area in the Northern Ireland Curriculum. It is primarily a practical subject, where the key activities are problem solving through design, manufacture of solution and evaluation of outcome.

Our Technology and Design department has established a number of aims. These aims focus on Technological Capability:

 

To develop Technology and Design capability commensurate with each pupil’s ability;

• To foster awareness, understanding and expertise in those areas of creative thinking which can be expressed and developed through investigation and research, planning, designing, making and evaluating;
• To encourage the acquisition of a body of knowledge applicable to solving practical/technological problems through the processes of analysis, synthesis and realisation;
• To stimulate the development of a range of communication skills which are central to the technological process;
• To supplement Application of Number skills through the technological process;
• To stimulate the development of a range of making skills;
• To stimulate the development of a range of ICT skills;
• To encourage pupils to relate their work, which should demand active and experimental learning based upon design and making in a practical context, to their personal abilities and interests;
• To foster attitudes of co-operation and social responsibility, understand the impact of technology on the environment, and to develop capabilities that enhance the quality of that environment;
• To promote the development of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness and discrimination;
• To encourage technological awareness;
• To stimulate the exercising of value judgements of an aesthetic, technical, economic and moral nature;

Department Philosophy

The philosophy at New-Bridge Integrated College is based on the belief that every child regardless of intellectual ability or social background should have a rewarding educational experience.

In the Technology Department we believe that; through careful, well informed planning, coupled with a dedicated teaching staff and a genuine passion to see our students achieve their potential, we can meet the needs and aspirations of all the children in our care.

Central to the Philosophy of this Technology Department is the DENI document “Every School a Good School”.

“Our vision is of schools as vibrant, self-improving, well governed and effectively led communities of good practice, focusing not on institutions but on meeting the needs and aspirations of all pupils through high quality learning, recognising the centrality of the teacher.” – Caitriona Ruane

 We believe that our Department has an extremely important place within our pupil’s experiences at school. All children at Key Stage 3 spend at least 2 periods per week with us. For most (we hope), Technology is an exciting subject where pupils learn and utilise new skills centred around designing and making. Whilst the practical element of Technology and Design appeals to most pupils, we find an increasing number becoming ever more interested and experienced in the CAD element of our subject. In a society which has become so technologically and IT orientated, our subject is increasingly becoming one of the most relevant for today’s young people. We try to use examples of modern day technological advances in our teaching and include this in our planning. We find this creates interest, keeps our pupils motivated, informed and gives our subject relevance in today’s world.

“For learning to take place with any kind of efficiency students must be motivated. To be motivated, they must become interested. And they become interested when they are actively working on projects which they can relate to their values and goals in life. – Gus Tuberville, President, William Penn College

Pupils are the best judge of teacher motivation and respond best when they know that teachers have a genuine interest and desire for them to do well. Our philosophy in the Technology Department is to enthuse pupils through providing exciting opportunities for learning, providing projects which motivate them and then evaluating our own teaching and the learning and enjoyment of the pupils.

As a result of the introduction of the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum, teachers have become more aware of the cross-curricular links between subjects and the transferable skills and qualities that students are learning in every subject. We believe that our links with STEM subjects and the CIEAG department are very important in guiding pupils on the correct Career Pathways. We will continue to offer support and guidance to our students in this regard.

As we move forward in this technological era, we believe that our subject is ideally placed in the curriculum to play a major part in equipping all our pupils with the tools needed to succeed at school and in future. We understand that for us to be successful in achieving this aim, we as teachers must also be continuous learners, motivators, and reflective thinkers and aim to fulfil our potential, so our children can fulfil theirs.

“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.” – Jacques Barzun

 

Mr. S Clarke

Head of Department