Design and Technology
The Design and Technology Faculty at Sandringham School is committed to providing an exciting, creative and challenging curriculum to all students.
Design Technology covers a wide variety of curriculum areas, these include; Cooking and Nutrition, Electronics, Graphics, Computer-Aided Design, Robotics and Product Design. Our facilities include 3d printers, two laser cutters, designated food technology rooms, 2 computer suites and 2 comprehensive workshops.
The Design Technology Faculty aims to allow students to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking, enabling them to design, make and evaluate products. We aim to equip students with the skills to think creatively, be socially, morally and environmentally aware and solve problems as individuals, in pairs and as team members. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their confidence in using a wide range of tools and equipment.
As a Faculty, we contribute to the whole school policy of providing students with a broad and balanced curriculum which will equip them with skills that they can use in the future and prepare them for today’s world of rapidly changing technology.
Key Stage 3
All students at Key Stage 3 spend two lessons per week (2 x 60 minutes) within Design Technology. Approximately half of the year is spent in Cooking and Nutrition, half the year in Design & Technology. Years 7 & 8 are taught as mixed ability groups, and Year 9 groups are set, based on performance in Year 8.
Design & Technology
Students design and make a variety of products in Year 7, 8 and 9. They learn about the stages of the design process and about a variety of materials such as polymers, timbers, metals, smart materials and electronic components. Students work with a range of tools, equipment and machinery, including; computer-aided design and manufacture through use of laser cutters and 3d printers. Students are strongly encouraged to use their devices creatively to design, research and photograph their progress.
Year 7: The Desk Tidy, Electronic badge Project, Chocolate bar design, Bio-mimicry in design, Ugly Dolls – Textiles.
Year 8: CAD modelling, Smart structures, Pop-up cards, Steady Hand Game, 3D Printing.
Year 9: Light them Up (electronics and design), Save the factory (Cad design, laser cutting and 3D Printing), Bring on the noise. (Design for a target audience, electronics and CAD design), Marketing Project (Photoshop skills, working to a brief and producing effective packaging design.).
Cooking and Nutrition
Students learn a variety of practical culinary skills in Years 7, 8 and 9. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of ingredients, equipment, processes, nutrition and current health issues.
Year 7: Food skills, Active kids, Intro to food.
Year 8: Foods around the world, Fruit & Veg theory, Fruit & Veg in the kitchen, Healthy alternatives.
Year 9: Take the rise, Skills 4 all.
Key Stage 3 Clubs
Race to the line (Year 7)
Christmas Cooking (Year 7)
Cooking Masterclass (Year 7)
Craft Club (Years 7,8 and 9)
3D printing fun (Year 8 and above)
The Design and Technology faculty also offer a variety of interesting modules in Year 9 ranging from Formula 1 Engineering to Mediterranean Cooking.