In Design and Technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs.
During design lessons the core competences of problem solving skills, communication skills, collaborative skills and technical skills are developed. The subject also draws on skills and knowledge from many other curriculum areas and provides students with opportunities to use these in practical "real life" ways.
Key Stage 2
At Key Stage 2 emphasis is placed on the acquiring and refining of skills in designing and making. These are complemented by a relevant knowledge base and technical vocabulary. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and complete four six week projects per year covering food, textiles, graphics and resistant materials.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 Robert Bloomfield is moving forward and the type of provision in Design and Technology has dramatically changed.
The school children at Robert Bloomfield are to be introduced to 2D & 3D CAD packages, 3D printing, laser cutting and industry standard graphical software in technology lessons. By exposing your children to a variety of new manufacturing concepts we hope to inspire the next generation to consider a career in industry and give them the essential skills to participate in an increasingly technological world. Should students wish to learn and combine workshop skills with Computer Aided Design/Manufacture there is a year 8 option running two hours a week which will aid those wishing to take the new GCSE Design Technology course. In this option students will be introduced to and experience many of the traditional tools and joining techniques as well as the modern design and manufacturing methods.