Technology

Head of Department: Mrs L Gowers

Department Introduction

At Herne Bay High School, we aim to inspire students in the creative process of designing and making prototypes. We introduce technical knowledge at the start of key stage 3 and further develop this throughout all the key stages.

Based in a refurbished building dedicated specifically to our subject we have a range of traditional and contemporary tools including a laser cutter and 3D printer. We have 2 fully equipped workshops, 2 computer suites and a textiles studio - equipped with a class set of sewing machines. Projects are designed so that there is fluid movement between rooms for different parts of an area of study.

Workshop based lessons: Students learn to use a wide range of workshop machinery and hand tools whilst working with plastic, metal and wood. A basic knowledge of mechanisms, materials, safety, tools and structures is taught and the development of a technical vocabulary is encouraged. Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) is used throughout the course.

Textiles based lessons: Students experience a variety of hand and machine-based textile techniques in order to apply surface decoration or to construct a textile-based product. A basic knowledge of technical content is taught including how fabric is constructed, the properties specific to individual material and information on the original source. Photoshop is used to develop pattern techniques alongside other CAD packages including 2D Design. CAM is used in most projects and includes sublimation printing to create individually designed fabric and a computerised sewing machine to transfer designs from the computer to fabric.

Graphics & theory based lessons: Students are taught a range of graphic techniques to present initial ideas and develop technical drawing skills.

Courses

At key stage 3 students learn to combine practical skills with creative thinking, to design and make good quality products. Classes rotate every 18 weeks during Years 7 & 8 and every 12 weeks in Year 9 to enable students to experience all aspects of Technology prior to the option programme.

At key stage 4, new specifications are in place for teaching from 2017, students have the option to study:

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Engineering

BTEC Tech Awards are skills-based Key Stage 4 qualifications, designed to be studied alongside GCSEs. With these courses students can:

Explore a sector

  • Develop industry-specific knowledge and skills
  • Apply these to real-world scenarios through skills-based assignments.
  • The transferable skills developed will give students the confidence to prepare them for their future, whether in further education or employment.

Click here for exam board information on BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Engineering

GCSE Design and Technology

With an emphasis on authentic practice, this course develops thinking skills leading towards invention and design innovation. It encourages students to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, preparing learners to become critical and creative designers of the future.

Click here for exam board information on GCSE Design and Technology

Enrichment
  • KS3 Lunch and Afterschool Study Support
  • KS4 Lunch and Afterschool Study Support
  • STEM club
  • Links with STEMNET for ambassador visits
  • Design based enrichment trips for key stage 3
  • Annual exhibitions of key stage 3 work