The D&T Department at Tabor encompasses Design Technology, (taught as Product Design or Graphics, and Food.
Every student is taught the basics of ‘cooking’ skills in KS3. We therefore rotate our students on an annual carousel allowing each student to study one academic year in Food and two years in other Design and Technology subjects.
The aim and objectives of the Design and Technology Department relate directly to those of the school and to the requirements of The National Curriculum. We see Design and Technology as an area of practical and creative activity that aims to prepare young people for life in a changing technological society. We feel that the modern approach to teaching this subject should emphasise areas such as design and communication, mechanisms, structures, electronics and computer applications alongside the more traditional skills of realisation in wood, metal and plastic. We aim and endeavour to excite and challenge pupils at Tabor Academy as a result, both in lessons and extra-curricular time. We live by the motto: explore, create and evaluate!
The practical applications of mathematical, scientific and art concepts are combined with practical skills and an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues together with industrial practices. The wider influence of our environment, social and moral choices are naturally woven into the teaching and learning in the classroom and indeed, through all aspects of designing for others. We encourage students to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. Technology helps all students to become critical and creative designers who will become informed consumers for the future.
Year 7 Students will be invited to join a trip to Jimmy’s Farm in the autumn term of 2017, to see the source of some of their food. Last year’s Year 7 made a very positive impression on the staff, and even Jimmy himself who made time in his day to come and say hello. Nearly a third of the year group came along to meet the farm animals, learnt from the resident Butcher Daryl about how meat is prepared, tried a range of Jimmy’s Farm sausages and had a farm walk to meet the rare breed animals. They also had a chance to roam through the vegetable and herb patches to view the other flavoursome ingredients added to the famous Jimmy’s brand sausage meat mixtures.
Key Stage four Food Prepation and Nutrition students will be treated to a day full of chocolate, with a trip to Cadbury’s World in Bournville. Our students will be amazed by the size of the company and how many brands that are associated with Cadbury’s, before exploring the chocolate factory and seeing chocolate production in action. All in all, this will be an amazing day out.
Part of the Braintree Able, Gifted and Talented consortium, Tabor students are invited to take part in a local Masterchef to create a ‘healthy meal’ with a set of given criteria. The Food Dept at Tabor is proud to continue to host the KS3 Finals and this year the skills shown by our budding Jamies and Nigellas were nothing short of amazing.
Extra-curricular opportunities include after school support for our KS3 and KS4 students, held on a Tuesday and /or Thursday evening after school. Students should check the plasma screens for more details and look at their form notice boards for further information.
How to support your child at home
Parents can help their children to develop an awareness of the role of Design and Technology in development of the modern world through simple yet effective ways.
- To help your child to see the value of designing and making in today’s modern world, and the good job opportunities that this line of study can offer.
To encourage your child’s enjoyment in, and to help her in solving, technological problems.
- To give time and opportunities for your child to discuss their technology projects at home and give feedback on the things they make.
- To encourage your child to complete her homework on time and to the best of their ability.
- To encourage your child to always aim to improve on their previous best performance.
Links to other websites
Possible places to visit to support students learning
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD