Ms J Richmond – Head of Technology
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
– Steve Jobs
Compelling Learning in Electronic Products
Pupils learn about the properties and characteristics of a range of electronic components including power supplies, resistors, capacitors, Light Emitting Diodes (or LEDs) and buzzers. They learn how to make circuit boards and how to populate and solder them together safely to make a working circuit. They design and make 2 products: a supercapacitor-powered device and USB-powered mood lamp, for which they design and manufacture the casing using CAD/CAM. Pupils also have the opportunity to programme micro-controllers.
We foster pupils’ love of designing and making products by providing real-life design problems for them to solve, relating to a range of familiar situations in school, at home and in the wider world. Pupils are able to work in a wide range of materials; we find that this variety, combined with the hands-on approach and ability to make important design decisions for themselves, really engages pupils, with many opting to attend extra-curricular sessions in order to further their progress. Pupils are given every opportunity to think, work and develop ideas both independently, and in groups, and present their findings using a wide variety of media. They thrive on opportunities to be independent but we also ensure support is there when needed.
Years 9, 10 and 11
Pupils can opt to study a Technology subject as a GCSE in years 9, 10 and 11 by choosing from Electronics, Engineering, Food, Graphics and Packaging, Resistant Materials and Textiles. All of these subjects are assessed through a combination of Non-Exam Assessment (or NEA) which consists of design, written and practical tasks that take place throughout the course, and an examination which is taken at the end of year 11. For pupils currently in Years 10 and 11, the Controlled Assessment counts for 60% of the final GCSE grade, with the final exam accounting for the remaining 40%. For pupils in year 9 and below the weighting of the NEA will vary between 40% and 60% depending on the subject. As you can see, it is therefore vital that pupils apply themselves to the best of their abilities throughout these courses in order to maximise their chances of success.