Technology

We have a fantastic state of the art technology department with a purpose built food technology room, three design technology workshops, a prep room, and a large computer suite. The department boosts a 3D printer, two laser cutters, a CNC Lathe, two CNC Routers and a CNC Miller, all of which the students have the opportunity to use from year 7.

Technology is part of the curriculum at key stage 3. During years 7 and 8 students will work on a rotation system allowing them to experience the key subjects within Design and Technology including; Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Systems and Control. Our aim is for students to research, design, develop and make a final product of the finest quality which would not look out of place for sale in a shop.

Students may opt to take Design and Technology further with the courses we offer at Key Stage 4 and 5, which include Graphic Products, Resistant Materials and Catering. At this level technology is concerned with the application and development of a wide range of knowledge and practical skills acquired during the process of designing and making.

Key Stage 3

Students in year 7 and 8 have one technology lesson per week. 

Click on the following link which will take you to our Food Technology website: Food Technology Website

Our Design Technology projects are:

Year 7
  • Creating an electronic moisture tester (introduction to electronic circuits, PCB's, graphics packaging) 
  • Creating a piece of semi-precious metal jewellery (CAD/CAM, designing, materials knowledge, finishing skills) 
  • Creating a maze-game (research, Graphics, hand skills, material knowledge) 

Year 8
  • Creating an electronic steady hand game (electronic latching circuits, designing, vacuum forming) 
  • Creating a storage box (research, designing, CAD/CAM, material knowledge, hand skills) 
  • Creating a clock (research, CAD/CAM design, manufacture, material knowledge, evaluation) 
Key Stage 4

We currently offer three different GCSE courses in technology:
  • AQA GCSE Graphic Products 
  • AQA GCSE Resistant Materials 
  • WJEC GCSE Catering 
Key Stage 5

We offer the AQA Product Design A Level.

The aim of this course is to enable students to develop their own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability; to be able to produce high quality products. Students will develop a critical understanding of the processes involved with design process. ICT and CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills are taught to enhance presentation and design communication.

Extra Curricular

Throughout the year we run a variety of different activities, clubs and trips in the technology department for Maltings Academy students. These are just some of them: 
  • GCSE and A level coursework club – every night 3-4pm Monday-Thursday 
  • Extension sessions and coursework sessions throughout the year 
  • Maltings Missile (see below) 
  • Tech Club – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3-4pm. Here students can take part in additional designing and making activities. Currently our club are building a fully functioning steam engine. 
  • Gardening Club – Friday 3-4pm during the summer term. 
Maltings Missile
The Maltings Missile is a Greenpower Formula 24 volt electric motor-racing car, allowing students to compete in a number of Greenpower endurance races throughout the country on well known motor racing circuits. The Greenpower Formula 24 cars are designed and built within the schools with the help of teachers, co-opted external engineers, parents and sponsoring companies. Greenpower has had an extremely successful year in 2013 recruiting new members from all year groups and winning the bronze award in the amount of distance covered.