In Technology we cover a wide variety of different material areas. It is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to develop their problem solving skills and experience the exciting hands on approach to project work.

Key stage 3

During Year 7 and Year 8 pupils are introduced to working with the tools, equipment and resources available to them in the department, including the well-resourced CADCAM suite and Laser cutter. This is very much a hands on experience building on the philosophy that pupils “learn by doing” and they undertake a number of practical projects across all the different material areas in Technology; Electronics & Control Systems, Food, Graphics, Product design, Textiles and Resistant Materials.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology at Key Stage 4 builds on the skills pupils have experienced during Key Stage 3. In Year 9 pupils will undertake a foundation course in either Product Design or Textiles then during Year 10 and 11 they will hone their skills to develop their Controlled Assessment work and build up the key knowledge and understanding needed for the final examination at the end of Year 11.

We offer many additions to the day to day school curriculum. In Year 7 and 8 pupils will experience “Challenge Days” whereby pupils are taken off timetable and in teams work together to solve a real life problem. In Year 7 pupils organise, designed and run their own Christmas Fayre, using their design skills and resources available to them in the department.

The department also runs many after college workshops and courses, some of these include Christmas Cookery, Summer Baking, Textiles projects and STEM club. We also enter many competitions, one of our most successful being the world wide First Lego League (FLL) Mindstorm competition. In the last three consecutive years, the team have made it through to the National Finals Championship at Loughborough University.

Technology at Swanmore College strives to develop pupils’ creativity and innovation whilst learning practical skills to take forward in their everyday lives.

“’Tell me and I forget – show me and I may remember – let me do it and I learn’ learning through making works!” – Prue Leith, Leith’s School of Food & Wine