Curriculum Intent and Implementation
Key Stage 3
Design & Technology
In Design and Technology, students develop a wide range of technical skills and subject-specific knowledge. We cover numerous topics including Food & Nutrition, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials, and Systems and Control. The intention is for our students is to reach Year 9 with high-quality experiences, from which they can draw in later life.
Computing at KGGS in KS3 is made up of a challenging and interesting curriculum, which is a mixture of digital literacy skills, online and E Safety, and computer science. It is aimed at increasing students' knowledge of how computer systems work and developing their ability to be creators by exploring the basics of programming. The topics taught are continually reviewed and evolved.
Key Stage 4
Design & Technology
DT at GCSE engages students in designing and making a range of worthwhile products that are helpful in the twenty-first century. Students develop their decision-making skills and creativity through investigating, designing, making, and evaluating. High-level evaluative skills are honed in lessons continually via this iterative process.
GCSE Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. Students analyse problems and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs. The course also explores how computer systems and network functions, uncovering how they work to manipulate data and the impact that technology has on our everyday lives.
The Business Studies team at KGGS aim to give you an appreciation of what businesses do, how they do it, why they do it and whether they do it successfully. The course strives to give you an understanding of business concepts such as enterprise, marketing, finance, human resources, recruitment, and share ownership, illustrated through real businesses and business issues.
In Economics at KGGS we aim to give you an appreciation of how the economy affects every one of us, whether we like it or not. The course will give you an understanding of the basic economic problem: how to make the best of what we have.
For more information about the KS4 Enterprise Courses, please see the KGGS KS4 Options Booklet (PDF)
Key Stage 5
Design & Technology
Design & Technology Product Design at Advanced Level enables you to delve deeper into the world of design and manufacturing. The content covered includes: identifying, investigating and outlining design possibilities to address needs and wants; and designing and making prototypes that are fit for purpose.
You will also develop your analytical and evaluative skills: making design decisions and outcomes; exploring wider issues in design and technology; and demonstrating and applying knowledge and understanding of technical principles and designing and making principles.
You will undertake a series of design and make tasks, develop CAD and CAM skills, learn to present designs using a range of techniques, and study the theory that underpins these concepts.
'Computing' and 'Computer Science' are terms used interchangeably, but what are they? Studying these aspects of computing will enable you to be not just educated users of technology, but innovators capable of designing new computers and programs to improve the quality of life for everyone. It is not an exaggeration to say that our lives now depend upon computer systems and the people who maintain them to keep us safe on the road and in air.
It's all about the money, right? Well, that's a part of it of course, but what about:
- The ethics of business?
- The human relations side of business?
- The creative marketing side of business?
The course involves studying in detail how today's businesses carry out their various functions, including marketing, finance, operations management (production) and human resources (people). The course also looks at how outside activities affect business and, in turn, how businesses react to these.
Economics studies everything from the plight of the polar bear to the fear of a "bear market". The first is about climate change, the second is about the stock market! Economics is therefore the study of everything that improves or worsens our quality of life. If you are interested in income, wealth and distribution, and you think you would enjoy analysing and evaluating economic problems, you will enjoy this course.
For information on Enterprise and all A Level courses beginning in September please see the Sixth Form Admissions page.