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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry



St Joseph's Technology/Engineering Department has recently been given a £1.2million upgrade, equiping us with upto date CAD, CAM and Engineering resources. The study of Technology contributes to the social, intellectual, physical and moral development of pupils. Therefore the aims of Technology are closely aligned to the general school aims and mission statement of being a centre of knowledge and goodness and to generally develop pupils within the Catholic ethos of respect for the environment and ones fellow man. More specifically we aspire to achieve the general school aim of providing a curriculum that is suited to the needs and abilities of all pupils. We recognise that it is principally a practical subject that should challenge all pupils regardless of ability but at a level appropriate to their talent. As a department we believe that the curriculum should enable young people to develop their potential as individuals, as members of society and as contributors to the economy and the environment. It should develop capability within pupils, providing them with the opportunity to become more aware of how and why things are made and how they work. The subject will provide activities in which pupils can think, reason, plan, execute and evaluate. Against a practical background pupils will utilise knowledge, skills and understanding in investigating and problem solving. We intend to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that will develop the practical, intellectual and emotional skills necessary for life in an ever changing environment and to develop whole school issues such as numeracy, literacy, ICT and where appropriate and natural, scientific principles thus preparing the children for adult life and employment. We strive to,

Develop an ability to manufacture products
Develop capability in the four main areas of designing, communicating, manufacturing and the use of energy and control
Stimulate curiosity, imagination and the ability to operate effectively in society
Develop through active learning pupil’s understanding of technology
Develop pupil’s ability to identify and respond to needs and opportunities
Involve pupils in purposeful design activity
Develop communication through a variety of media
Develop an understanding of the nature and application of technological products
Develop an appreciation of the importance of quality
Develop an awareness of how societies generate wealth
Develop an awareness of the importance of Technological development in society both in the present and in the past
Develop an awareness of the implications of Technological development
Develop an awareness of health and safety issues relating to Technology

Department Resources

  • 2 Design Rooms with CAD resources (newly furnished)
  • 2 Manufacturing Rooms with a range of up to date hand tools and machines (newly furnished)

Key Stage 3

Design and manufacture a variety of projects using a variety of traditional and computer aided design and manufacturing strategies. Our approach is to respond to a design brief or need, research, plan, conceptualise and prototype solutions, evaluate and modify prototypes culminating in the production of quality products.

Projects =

Year 8: Door Bell (electronics), Cam Toy, Lever Toy (mechanisms), Time Capsule, Solid Works (CAD), Introduction to Design and Engineering, Graphics, Sustainability (Environmental)

Year 9: Jewellery Box/Money Box, Light Sensitive Circuit, Cam Toy, Development of CAD and CAM, Design Engineering

Year 10: Clock, Coat Hanger (metal fabrication), Hanging Basket Bracket, Engineering Processes, Graphics


Extra Curricular

The Technology department offer STEM Club after school which allows pupils the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and interest in the STEM subjects.

Other extra curricular activities include:

Revision classes
Off timetable manufacturing classes
STEM day.
STEM visits to South West College, Dungannon.
Links with local industry – Edge Innovate etc
Links with Dungannon Council.
Links with Dyson Foundation