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Design & Technology

Design and Technology is a generic term covering a range of action-based studies within the curriculum. The subject is concerned with giving all pupils the opportunity to gain experience in identifying, considering and solving problems through the manipulation of a range of materials and technologies, thus helping to prepare them for their future life within a changing technological society. Pupils will be expected to harness their creativity and innovation by designing unique projects from common materials such as wood, plastic and metal through the use of Computer Aided Design software and simple sketching techniques.

They will also get the opportunity to thrive in a real life workshop with cutting-edge equipment.

A successful D.T. student will possess the following qualities:

  • Creative thinking and innovation.
  • Ability to convey ideas through sketching and Computer Aided Design.
  • Competence in using hand and power tools safely and efficiently.
  • Confidence to create an idea and bring it to life in a step by step design process.
  • Work independently to produce unique and individual artefacts.

Key Stage 3

Pupils will spend most of their time in the workshop learning about and working with wood, plastic and metal. Each pupil will become competent in the use of all hand tools and basic power tools in designing and manufacturing individual work projects. As well as the practical work, pupils can expect to build knowledge of the origin, properties and capabilities of each material they work with. Pupils will be assessed on their knowledge, techniques and creativity.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

More emphasis will be placed on the design and creative skills of the pupils and the ability to work independently. Pupils will be expected to follow a step-by-step design process to create projects from scratch within specific design briefs. In KS4 we will also be introducing pupils to computer aided design which will bring them closer to real life furniture and product design. At GCSE stage, practical coursework must be completed based on the design briefs of the exam board. This involves the design and manufacturing of an artefact backed up by a design portfolio recording how the final product was achieved.

Head Of Design and Technology: John Broderick
John Broderick taught for 8 years in the Irish education system in the area of Construction Studies, Technology, Materials Technology Wood, Technical Graphics and Design Graphics. He qualified from the University of Limerick in 2008 and started his first teaching job in the same year. Passionate about his subject area, John enjoys woodturning and furniture making in his spare time as well as being a keen sportsman.


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