Subject Outline / Aim
Creative Technologies is a range of subjects that offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop, progress and deepen their creative flare.
An ultimate aim is one to instil an awareness of people’s needs and the role design and technology can play in helping to meet those needs. The subject must therefore ensure the purposeful acquisition of material handling skills and a thorough understanding of making processes. Students must be encouraged to:
- focus their imagination
- initiate ideas
- develop ideas
- make value judgments
- make good quality products and outcomes
- test and evaluate their products and own work
Why is it important?
Creative Technologies gives students the opportunity to intervene with the made world. To use materials and tools in a workshop, art room or food room. Through practical activities students will begin to understand the pressures that operate in industry with products, people, systems and environments. Through its very nature, the subject gives students an outlet to try out their own ideas and develop their own style. All those qualities implicit to creative technologies like perception, imagination, innovation, value judgment, planning and thoughtfulness are also those which are vital in the creative world.
All the topics taught throughout Key Stage 3 gives the students that skills and understanding required to progress on to the chosen Key stage 4 course.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Design & technology
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
Art- Nature & Architecture/Dreams & Imagination/Portraiture
Design & Technology- Wood Skills/Structures/Mechanisms/Electronics/Upcycling
Food Technology- Food Safety & Healthy Eating/ Nutrition/ Multicultural Foods
Assessment Information / Exams:
Eduqas GCSE Art & Design/ OCR Art & Design
Eduqas Hospitality & Catering
The Eduqas Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support students who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them. It is most suitable as a foundation for further study, providing students with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.
This Hospitality and Catering course has been designed to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they successful link to hospitality and catering operations. In this qualification, students will also have the opportunity to develop practical based learning including food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.
Cambridge Nationals Engineering Design
The Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Design is a discipline of engineering dealing with different manufacturing & design practices as well as processes using machines, tools and equipment that turn raw materials to new products. A practical approach to teaching and learning will provide you with knowledge in engineering technology and develop critical thinking, creativity and right skills through engaging practical experiences.
The engineering design course is aimed at students who wish to study the processes involved in manufacturing new engineered products. It provides you with the knowledge and skills required to operate manufacturing tools and equipment used to make products from the requirements of a design specification and develops your understanding of the processes and systems required to transfer a design concept into a product.
Cambridge Nationals Health & Social Care
The Cambridge National in Health & Social Care has been designed to support students who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them. It is most suitable as a foundation for further study, providing students with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment with the associate industries.
This course has been designed to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding related to and about the rights of individuals and the values of care required when working in a health, social care or early years environment; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful.
Subject Support Materials / Equipment
Hospitality & Catering
The following textbook is available which covers topics required for the exam;
KS4 GCSE Revision Sessions
KS3 Craft Club / Photography Club
Visits to industry
Talks from people in the design and construction sector, these are online and in person.