Technology is not about decoration or ornamentation; nor is it craftwork often associated with the traditional subjects that it evolved from. It includes a far wider range of activities that can reflect the needs and demands of other subject areas. The knowledge and skills encompassed in these activities often underpins work done in other subject areas.
The purpose of Technology is to enable pupils to be inventive in designing practical solutions to problems and so bring about change and improvements in existing situations. In Technology, ideas are conceived, developed, modified and given shape in artifacts, systems and environments.
The subject area of study, Technology, defined within National Curriculum, aims to prepare pupils for living and working in a technological world. It helps them to recognise the need for new or modified artifacts and systems in order to improve the lives of others.
Staff within the department endeavor to develop pupil’s capabilities and confidence to design, make and evaluate solutions to the problems encountered.
This is achieved through involvement in a range of problem solving activities which increase in complexity and the demands made on pupils as they progress through the key stages. All activities culminate in tangible end results and solutions which can be evaluated for effectiveness.
The Technology computing department is equipped with the latest hardware and software to deliver the highest standards and skills. The department has 3 specialist suites containing the latest specification workstations as well as a wide range of up to date software. In addition each suite has broadband Internet provision, colour laser printers access to scanners and video cameras. Students have access to the schools Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) both in school and at home.
Key Stage 3
In year 7, 8 and 9 pupils receive a lesson per week.The Technology Department in this School, offers to all students, courses aimed at developing capability in pupils through activities involving a range of appropriate contexts, materials and processes leading to practical outcomes. Specific areas include Graphic design, materials technology, food technology, systems and control and engineering technologies. Pupils also have the opportunity to do programming within Scratch and Python.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 Technology offers a range of GCSE options, these options include GCSE Graphic Products (AQA), GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA), GCSE Engineering and GCSE Computer Science. From September 2017 we will offer the new GCSE Design and Technology (AQA).
In the Byron 6th form we offer an A level in 3D Product Design and an A level in Computer Science. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Engineering Single and Level 3 BTEC Manufacturing Engineering.
Students regularly attend lunchtime and after school clubs to do a range of activities including participating in a number of competitions such as F1 in schools, NSEC and Greenpower. Participating in these competitions have led to going around the country competing in different stages with various groups of students.