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Studying At The Spires College

Design and Technology

  • Hours taught per fortnight (KS3): 2
  • Hours taught per fortnight (KS4): 5

The Technology curriculum aims to engage, enthuse and inform students about the varying specialisms and real-world applications for design technology. We provide students with academic, practical and creative skills that will be invaluable throughout their lives. Rotations at KS3 develop an appreciation of essential life skills that are intrinsic to our Technology curriculum, including manual dexterity, manipulation of materials, design and health and safety. Opportunities to work in a range of professional contexts using industry-based design briefs are integral to learning throughout the curriculum, including leisure and culture, hospitality and catering, engineering, manufacturing, construction and fashion. Using a learning wheel to unite ways of working, students move through a cycle of learning from the introduction of initial skills and knowledge to the development of practical strategies, creation and evaluation. This allows students to master practical skills and knowledge in each specialism whilst confidently working within the creative cycle. A continual focus on the practical setting and accessible vocational opportunities allows students to use praxis to flow between theory, action, and reflection. Extracurricular opportunities and competitions are an intrinsic part of the curriculum including Future Chef, MADE, fashion shows and in-house bake-off and masterchef competitions.