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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Design and Technology

Dream Jobs

  • Graphic Designer 
  • Copywriter 
  • Teacher 
  • Illustrator 
  • Marketer  
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Product designer 
  • Structural designer 
  • Fashion designer or buyer 
  • Brand researcher/strategist 
  • Web designer 

What do our students say?

"I’d recommend DT as its a very rewarding subject to take, the fun of designing and creating your own products being the cherry on top.” 
Someyah year 10 

 

What do our parents say?

“Learning DT at school gives my child practical skills that helps them in later life’’ Year 10 Parent

“I think kids enjoy DT because they get to take ownership over their work and come out with a real product they’ve made themselves” - Year 9 Parent

"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have" - Maya Angelou 

Design and Technology at OASB

At Oasis Academy South Bank, the fundamental purpose of Design & Technology is children bringing their own ideas to life; in our Design & Technology classrooms we want to see our children to develop concepts from an idea through to sketching and modelling and then into high quality prototypes they are proud of. To achieve this, students need to be able to see the value of their work, with an authentic end-goal or ‘real-life’ problem in mind. Our curriculum centres around 3 core pillars, which are embedded into our curricula at Key Stage 3 and 4:

Designing: Design is never a finished work of art but rather an iterative process where mistakes are a welcome part of learning. Children will take pride in refining, developing, and redrafting their experiences and communicating ideas in their own portfolio. In each project, students are encouraged to explore and express their own identity as designers, continually pushing themselves to create their best work.

Making: In our fully equipped studio, children will explore a range of both commercial and hand-made processes. We explicitly teach simple making skills using a range of materials and media so that children can all make beautiful products with purpose.

Curiosity: We want to transform the lives of our students, and their local community, by encouraging them to question the world around us to identify real world problems, find out how things are made and what the impact is of products on our environment.

In Key Stage 3 our curriculum begins with a project that challenges pupils to come up with an alternative design for our own school tie. During this unit, pupils will practice ideas generation and sketching as well as simple hand stitching techniques to make a prototype. The project culminates in writing a design pitch in which they explain their design concept to persuade the Principle to invest in their new design concept. This also develops students’ confidence and character.

In year 8, students develop their making skills by learning techniques including bookbinding, papermaking and printmaking. This project culminates in students producing a hand-bound journal, using handmade recycled paper, in response to the real-world problem of how we can waste less paper as a school. This project also builds students’ cultural awareness by taking inspiration from traditional techniques from around the world.

In Year 9, pupils develop further their skills in sketching and ideas generation in response to a real-life brief to create a South Bank themed tote bag to be sold in our onsite Hub Coffee Shop. As part of this project, pupils have the opportunity to learn to use a sewing machine, a skill they can use for life, as well as printing techniques such as lino-printing and stencilling. Alongside this, pupils learn marketing skills through working as a team to create promotional material and write their own captions for social media for the sale of the bag.

In Key Stage 4, pupils can study for a GCSE qualification in Design and Technology. In our GCSE D&T classroom, we want to see students taking a more individual approach to their design work, using their knowledge and skills from Key Stage 3 to self-initiate their own solutions to real-world problems as well as social and economic issues. Alongside this, students are taught how to critically evaluate their own ideas, and the design work of others, using technical vocabulary to express the strengths and weaknesses of different designs. Inspired by a range of carefully selected contemporary and historical designers, pupils will also research new materials and the work of other designers to influence their own work. Knowledge of different materials and design processes is explicitly taught and carefully sequenced to enhance the practical work students carry out in lessons and is revisited regularly throughout the course so that students have the chance to apply their knowledge and understanding to more challenging evaluative and design questions.

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For further information on the Design and Technology curriculum at OASB please email holly.madden@oasissouthbank.org