Emerging Technologies

What we teach:

Emerging Technology at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Throughout year 7, 8 and 9, pupils experience by carousel a range of specialist areas within Emerging Technology. In Design & Technology they all study Product Design focusing on the following material areas; Resistant Materials, Electronics and Graphics. In Computing they all study Computer Science, Creative Technology and ICT based Workplace Skills..



Graphic Products

Pupils are introduced to the skills related to drawing and presenting designs in a concise and formal manner. They undertake analysis and construction of graphs, create prototypes and make models of their designs.




Pupils are introduced to a systems approach of understanding the skills and knowledge required to create increasingly complex circuits. Using a variety of materials to package their circuits forms an integral aspect of each task.



Resistant Materials

Pupils are introduced to a range of materials (woods, metals and plastics) and the associated tools and machinery to shape and form them. Design and make tasks are fairly restricted in Year 7 as the emphasis is on safe working practices and building the confidence of each pupil to enable them to work comfortably within the environment.



Computer Science

Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. They are taught programming languages, including MIT Scratch to use Pico sensor boards and Python to operate a Raspberry Pi.



Creative Technology

Pupils create digital artefacts for a given audience with attention to design by developing stop motion animation with Stop Motion Pro, Adobe Flash and web design using Adobe Dreamweaver. Pupils later develop the skills and knowledge to create their own App for a mobile device.




Workplace Skills

Pupils are taught to be digitally literate by being able to use ICT at a level suitable for the future workplace. They learn to use word processing software, desktop publishing, modelling spreadsheets and databases.






We take e-safety very seriously at St Joan of Arc. Our internet is protected and each child will receive lessons on how to use the internet and their mobile devices safely and responsibly. We expect pupils to follow a code of conduct with regard to their use of the computers and the internet.

Emerging Technology Information