The aims of the Design and Technology Department at Cornfield School are to design and manufacture original, well made, quality products, promote Health and Safety, and to use technology, tools and equipment safely and confidently. Reduce, re-use, recycle is a strong theme throughout, where pre-used materials are sourced, gathered and re-made into a range of products across the curriculum and incorporated into most activities.
Students research commercial products to stimulate design ideas then use imagination and creativity to personalise designs. Recycled materials are used alongside modern electronics to promote carpentry skills and contemporary technology. Low energy electronics products are very much the focus with the thought to the environment. Students are strongly encouraged to solve design and production issues independently. All students are trained to use workshop equipment, power tools and hand tools. This is a great confidence builder as this can be quite challenging. Materials and processes are learnt about and then this knowledge is used to underpin design and manufacture processes. All students who use the workshop should leave Cornfield School with the confidence to solve problems and use appropriate machinery and tools and practical skills in life after school.
If students follow a Design Technology curriculum in Key stage 4 they will use prior learning to design and manufacture products which gain them a range of AQA Unit Awards focussing on Health and Safety, workshop practices and designing, making and evaluating products.