Design and Technology

Head of Department: Pardeep Singh

Deputy Head of Department: Wendy Sargeant

Members of Department:

  • Emily White
  • Florence Obiji
  • Adrian Mills

Technicians:

  • Adrian Fielder
  • Rosa Schack

Design and Technology department at Morpeth is a multi-disciplinary department. There are five specialist teachers who are supported by two competent technicians.

Our faculty is fully resourced to teach new curriculum and all of the subjects in DT are taught in specialist rooms. There are two wood work/ metal work workshops, an ICT suite / CAD/CAM facilities, a food room and a textiles room.

KS3 Curriculum and Enrichment Opportunities (Years 7 and 8)

Key stage 3 at Morpeth refers to years 7 and 8. 

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups (20 pupils per group). Small group size makes teaching practical subjects manageable and enjoyable. This has a significant positive impact on pupils’ progress.

We run a carousel system in which pupils spend one term on each of the following subjects: Food Preparation & Nutrition, Product Design and Textiles Design. Pupils have one session (1hour 50 minutes) per week in DT.

Textiles

In year 7, pupils design and make a felt ‘Urban Toy’ and are introduced to textiles techniques including hand and machine sewing and applique.

In year 8 we build on these skills, gaining more confidence with the sewing machine and textiles processes. Pupils research a ‘Day of the Dead’ theme and design and make a cushion inspired by their research. Pupils are also introduced to new decorative techniques including block printing and fabric painting.

Product design

In year 7, pupils design and make a “Wall Clock” using a range of materials and manufacturing techniques. They also learn about designers of the past/ present and are introduced to various drawing techniques such as Isometric and perspective drawings.

In year 8, pupils manufacture three different products:

  • Photo Frame using wood
  • Mobile Phone Holder using polymers
  • Medallion using aluminium

Pupils work from teacher-produced “Working Drawings” to manufacture these products.

During this carousel, pupils are introduced to advanced manufacturing techniques such as forming, shaping and embossing. 

KS4 Curriculum and Opportunities (Years 9, 10 and 11)

We currently offer GCSEs in DT (reformed GCSE) and Textile Design.

At Morpeth all of our GCSE courses are one year in length with the equivalent of one day a week for each option subject. Pupils are also taught in mixed-age groups (Years 9 – 11). 

Pupils studying GCSE have the opportunity to visit universities and design-related exhibitions which enhance their learning and understanding of the subject.

Textile Design

The textile design GCSE course comprises of 60% portfolio and 40% exam.

For the portfolio - pupils explore the theme of ‘Face to Face’ and produce a folder of work that includes artist research, practical textiles experiments, photographs, fashion designs and developmental drawings. They then produce a fashion garment inspired by their research.

For the exam element of the course, pupils are given a set theme by the exam board and must produce a folder of research connected to that given theme. The exam period culminates in a 10 hour practical exam in which pupils have to make a quality textiles product inspired by their research.

DT – GCSE

DT-GCSE course comprises of two unit:

  • Unit 1: A two hour long exam paper worth 50% where pupils will be tested on technical principles, materials and industrial processes.
  • Unit 2: Non-examination assessment which is worth 50% of the course. Pupils will be given a contextual challenge which they will focus on to produce a design portfolio and make a prototype.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

Our Key Stage 5 offer is very popular and increasing numbers of pupils choose to study A-level Product Design (3D) and Textile Design. A number of our pupils go on to study design-related courses at degree level.

Textile Design

The textile design A-level is very similar in structure to the GCSE course and comprises of 60% portfolio and 40% exam.

Year 12 is very much a foundation year, where pupils are encouraged to be experimental and creative within textiles and produce a sketch book of textile techniques.

In year 13, pupils focus on their portfolio. They select their own theme, usually an interest personal to them, and produce a folder of work that includes artist research, practical textiles experiments, photographs, fashion designs and developmental drawings. They then produce a textiles product or fashion garment inspired by their research.

For the exam element of the course, pupils are given a set theme by the exam board and must produce a folder of research connected to that given theme. The exam period culminates in a 15 hour practical exam in which pupils have to make a quality textiles product inspired by their research.

Product Design

A level Product Design course comprises of two units;

Unit 1: This unit is about testing their theoretical knowledge through examination.

Paper 1 is based on technical knowledge and is worth 30% of the course.

Paper 2 is based on design principles and is worth 20% of the course.

Unit 2: Non-examination assessment which is worth 50% of the course. Pupils are encourage to solve real life design problems using design strategies such as User- centred Design and Iterative Design.

This unit will be assessed by the classroom teacher and the course moderator for this unit.