Design Technology at Kirkburton Middle School allows pupils to use their creativity, imagination and problem solving skills to design and make products within a variety of contexts for a range of intended users.
The curriculum covers Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles.
Pupils learn about the work of past and present designers, classic British designs and designing from cultures across the world.
They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and have links to Maths, Science, Computing and Art.
Pupils learn how to take risks, and become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens enabling them to make an essential future contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
In resistant materials and textiles pupils are taught a wide range of skills using hand tools, machines and computer aided designing and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). They have use of a Laser cutter, dye sublimation printer and 3D printer enabling them to design and produce industry standard products.
In Food Technology pupils learn where their food comes from and they understand and apply the principles of nutrition and how to cook. They cook a variety of dishes from different cultures and learn how to adapt recipes for different situations and improved nutritional content.
The Design and Technology department offers an open door policy at lunchtimes where pupils can catch up on work or simply develop their own skills and knowledge.
We also run a specific CAD Laser club for those interested in developing their CAD/CAM skills.
The department enjoys participating in DT challenges both locally and nationally and has enjoyed great successes.