Business Technology

The Business Technology Faculty

 

Mrs L Barratt – Teaching KS3 IT, KS4 Business Studies

Mrs R ChestersCurriculum Leader, teaching Textiles, KS3 Graphics

Ms G Hughes – Teaching KS3 IT, KS4 CIDA

Ms M Craig – Teaching KS3 Textiles & Graphics Products

Mrs C Marsden – Food Technology Technician

Mr G Neild – Design Technology Technician

Ms C O’Boyle – Teaching Food Technology

Mr M Robinson – Teaching Product Design

 

We believe that a high-quality Business Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

 

Key Stage 3

In Business Technology we cover two curriculum areas; Design and Technology and Computer Science. In Design and Technology in year 7 and 8, pupils learn on a rotation bases, each group spending approximately 20 lessons within each specialist area. In Computer Science pupils stay with the teacher throughout the year studying different units of work. We follow a nationally led curriculum ensuring all our learners acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising, good problem solvers and capable citizens. In design and technology we provide opportunities for pupils to develop their capability, combining their design and making skills in order to product high quality products. The Scheme of Works for KS3 have been written “in-house” and focus on building knowledge, skills and understanding needed in both curriculum areas.

Once every rotation or unit of learning, students will complete a Key Stage 3 exam that is based on skills, knowledge and understanding developed within their project of work. Pupil’s project work is regularly assessed and mapped against a pupil’s individual flight path. This is recorded so pupils can see the progress they are making throughout year 7 and 8. Teachers record results from exams and projects on the Tracking Database and refer to them to gain an indication of the overall level a student is working at. This enables us to identify any underachievement and put measures in place to help all pupils achieve.

In year 9 pupils can opt to take a range of subjects within the department, these include, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Textiles Technology, Business Studies, Product Design and CIDA. Here we concentrate on building the key skills and specialist subject knowledge in order to gain the best possible outcomes for our pupils. Students are assessed using GCSE grading criteria for project work and are tested for each module of work completed. Pupils also have the opportunity to take part in departmental enterprise activities selling and marketing goods made within school.

 

Click the images below for overviews of the schemes of work at Key Stage 3:

Years 7 & 8, Design & Technology

2017 7,8 DT

Years 7 & 8, ICT

2017 7,8 IT

Year 9 Options

2017 9 BICT

Key Stage 4

A range of trips take place to enrich learning and to help pupils bring class-based learning to life, including visits to Leyland Trucks to see computerised machinery and designing in action, production lines, safety and industrial based learning; and to The Clothes Show Live to watch a real fashion show and to gain information on further education.

Click below for an overview of the schemes of work at Key Stage 4:

2017 10,11 BICT

How you can help your child

The Witton Park Moodle has homework tasks and tips to help students with the learning.

Encourage the use of revision websites and apps such as BBC Bitesize, designandtechnology student, Design Museum, Core 77, Pinterest, dezeen and Teach-ICT.

Encourage your child to see their Business Technology teacher for extra help and support if they need it and attend the designated after-school and lunchtime booster sessions.

Encourage the creation of a revision timetable well before the exam date.

Help students create individual revision materials (i.e. mind maps, flash cards, revision notes etc).

Ensure that all classwork and homework is completed to the set deadlines.

 

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With attendance at 95% we’ve had our best results at KS3 and GCSE.