Design and Technology

The Design and Technology department at Rashid School for Boys consists of four full-time members of staff. Schemes of work follow closely the U.K. National Curriculum and are based firmly on a problem solving approach to learning, through designing and making. As the foundation to this approach, the design process is followed in all areas of the subject, and is used as the common structure for all student schemes of work.

In KS3 (Years 7-9) the students are taught in tutor groups. Current projects include Year 7 students designing an acrylic photograph frame, Year 8 using the properties of acrylic to design and make an acrylic-memory key ring and Year 9 designing and making a silver piece of jewellery.

In KS4 and above (Years 10 and beyond) students are in combined groups as option classes. At GCSE level students follow the WJEC Resistant Materials course where they use Year 10 as a foundation course of small design and make tasks, before choosing which material to specialise in for the major project completed in year 11. Both A level and A/S level students follow the WJEC Product Design course, while HSD students follow a Design and Technology discipline as part of their High School Diploma.

The department boasts industrial standard equipment in all teaching areas and emphasises the ability to access and incorporate ICT, CAD and CAM in all aspects of design work.