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    Design & Technology

    In the Design and Technology Department we realise the opportunities and intellectual challenge the study of DT offers.

    In years 7, 8 and 9, students study one double period (1 hour and 20 minutes) a week of DT focussing one term each on the 3 main areas of:

    • Product Design
    • Textiles
    • Food

    Pupils learn to develop skills and creativity through a range of design and make assignments, learning through an iterative design process, the principles which affect the products we use and how they can influence their social and environmental impacts.

    At KS4, students have the option of studying Product Design or Textile Products specialisms for GCSE. This 2 year programme of study aims to develop their skills in a focussed materials area culminating in a major project conducted in Year 11, in which students respond to an exam board set contextual challenge. This major project comprises 50% of the overall GCSE, with the remaining 50% completed as a written examination. See photo gallery for examples of work.

    Select the links below for further information on GCSE Course Description:

    Y10 Product Design
    Y11 Product Design

    At Camden we strongly believe that DT can:

    • Develop creativity and innovation
    • Promote understanding of the technological development of society and sensitivity for its continuation in a responsible and sustainable way
    • Provide a framework for reasoning when making choices as consumers of the 21st Century.
    • Encourage individuality, originality and creative enterprise, as well as many of the skills valued  by employers such as team work, planning and project management

    We are committed to providing enjoyable, stimulating and challenging activities for all year groups in an environment in which everyone can feel valued and encouraged. There is a strong ethos of collaborative learning within the subject. We love our subject and know it can be exciting and engrossing.

    Lessons will be varied and include a range of styles and activities including learning through looking, learning through writing, group tasks, individual work and practical activities. Regular and diagnostic assessment will give students the opportunity to assess their own progress and identify how they can improve their Design and Technology skills and understanding.


    Curriculum Information:

    Engaging with DT outside of the classroom

    As a department we value opportunities to increase their cultural capital and insight into how Design & Technology impacts on the world around us and future career opportunities.  We regularly take the students on trips and host workshops delivered by practising designers and industry.

    The department ha also successfully entered and won various prestigious design competitions and utilises links with industry and a partnership with science to promote innovation through engineering and STEM.  

    Design & Technology supports KS3 students in popular extracurricular clubs that take place during lunch break.