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Design and Technology

Staff

Mr M Robertson (Subject Leader)
          Mrs L Marley            Mrs R Carter (Technician)         
Miss K Brown  

 

Department Overview

Welcome to the Design & Technology Department.

In Design and Technology students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems which meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team. We want students to learn new skills, build confidence, and respect each other, themselves and their surroundings. We believe that for students to reach their full potential they must take responsibility for themselves; be organised and focussed. We encourage students to work in stimulating contexts which provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify need and opportunities. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. Students have the opportunity to combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past Design and Technology and its uses and effects. Through Design and Technology, students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. STEM features high in Design and Technology and we positively and actively support all aspects around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

Resources

The department consists of 5 dedicated rooms consisting of two Food rooms, one with a Catering Area, Textiles room, one Workshop and a Graphics/ICT room with a range of CADCAM equipment including a Laser Cutter and a 3D printer.

The staff consist of 3 specialist Teachers and 2 Support Technicians

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Key Stage 3

Year 7

At Key Stage 3 we are organised into mixed ability groups of approximately 20 pupils per class. Across the Year students will experience each of the Technology areas, rotating approximately every 13 weeks or Termly.

Food

Y7 Food is divided in to 3 Units of study. These consist of:

  • Practical Skills Building – looking at health and safety, and use of cooking equipment and processes
  • Designing for Health – looking at nutrition and healthy eating
  • Catering for Different needs – looking at health, nutrition and cooking for others

Through these units students will produce a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes. They will also have the opportunity to Design and Make Dishes of their own creation as well as modifying and adapting dishes and recipes to meet needs.

Textiles

Y7 Textiles is divided in to 3 Units of study. These consist of:

  • Learning to Look
  • Fabric Disassembly
  • Weaving
  • Felt Making
  • Fabric Paints and Dying
  • Applique
  • Understanding Fabrics
  • Students are taught basic sewing and sewing machine skills including the use of CADCAM. Their Design and Make Task is a ‘Decorative Book Cover’ using all the skills learnt, including Applique, Embellishment, Hand Sewing and Machine Sewing.
  • The Wider use of Textiles in society.

Resistant Materials

Y7 Resistant Materials is divided in to 3 Units of study. These consist of:

  • Core Skills – communication and conveying of ideas, sketching, drawing and annotation
  • Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture including the use of the Laser Cutter and 3D printer
  • Pewter casting to manufacture Jewellery or Keyrings
  • Eco Design and sustainability including the use of electricity

Year 8

In Year 8 students are given an opportunity to extend and build on their skills learnt in Year 7.

Food

Y8 Food is divided in to 3 Units of study. These consist of:

  • Proteins and their function
  • School Dinners including Multicultural Meals
  • The Appliance of Science

Through these units students will produce a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes. They will also have the opportunity to Design and Make Dishes of their own creation as well as modifying and adapting dishes to meet needs. In year 8 we also take a look at science and how to apply this to food including specification and modern food.

Textiles

In Textiles Technology students are taught three distinct areas. These consist of:

  • Dual purpose textiles
  • Textile Entrepreneurs
  • The True cost of textiles technology

Teaching and Learning activities include:

  • Product Analysis
  • Use of Dye Sublimation and the Laser Cutter in Textiles situations
  • Planning and sequencing
  • Modelling Ideas

Their Design and Make Task is a ‘Canvas Clock’ using all the skills learnt from both Y7 and Y8.

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is broken into 4 separate Teaching and Learning Experiences.

These consist of:

  • Work on Others, looking at Past designers and their influence
  • Educational toy, designing for clients
  • Lanterns, design and manufacturing production including mass production and team work

KS3 Assessment

Students are assessed at the end of each unit as well as at the end of the Year. They are assessed against KS3 Attainment Targets as laid out by the Department of Education.

These are split into assessment objectives which are largely skills based written by DATA (Design and Technology Association)

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KS3 Homework

At Key stage 3 Homework is used to reinforce the Teaching and Learning inside the classroom as well as to make sure all aspects of the curriculum are covered. Homework in Technology may also include bringing in Materials and Ingredients to be used as part of the curriculum and their projects.

Topics covered may include:

Food

Year 7

  • ‘Why pupils need to learn basic cookery skills?’
  • ‘Versatile Vegetables’
  • Health and Safety – 4 C’s
  • Equipment and Safety
  • Food Costing
  • Recipe Cards

Year 8

  • Healthy Eating Guidelines Leaflet
  • Seasonal Food Calendar
  • Proteins
  • Ethical and Moral issues
  • Scientific Principles
  • Investigation and Recipes
  • School Meals from around the World

Textiles

Year 7

  • ‘A New Look’ – Garment design
  • Client Research
  • CAD/CAM
  • Biomimicry
  • Fabric Printing and Design

Year 8

  • Colourful and Cultural Colours
  • Textures and Textured Fabric
  • Past Designers
  • Re using and Upcycling
  • British designers

Resistant Materials

Year 7

  • Manufacture Production
  • Product Analysis
  • Materials
  • Laser Cutting
  • Jewellery Design
  • Pewter Safety
  • Modern Materials

Year 8

  • Product Analysis
  • Cultural Materials and Influences
  • Production Techniques
  • Jigs and Templates
  • Client Profile

Assessment

Homework tasks are assessed in line with the department marking policy receiving an effort grade and also a teacher comment.

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Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 pupils are offered 4 courses these are as follows:

The courses at GCSE Level are from AQA:

Food Preparation and Nutrition - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

Design and Technology - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

Students will have the opportunity to follow specialist units within Design and Technology and can chose to specialise in

  • Textiles (Textiles-Based Materials)
  • Resistant Materials (Timber, Metal-Based Materials and Polymers)
  • Graphics (Card, Board and Paper Based Materials).

Design and Technology

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

Year 9 – Core Principles and Designing and Making Principles

In Design and Technology in all discipline including Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Textiles, pupils will complete a range of minor projects that will help to build the skills needed by the pupils to design and make their final GCSE project.

Topic/projects might include:

Perfume/Aftershave bottle

Portable stool

Children’s clothes

Year 10 – Specialist Technical Principles

Y10 focuses on the specifically the specialist principles the students have opted for whether it is Textiles (Textiles-Based Materials), Resistant Materials (Timber, Metal-Based Materials and Polymers), Graphics (Card, Board and Paper Based Materials).

This will be largely theory based learning with making to support the teaching and learning.

Y11 - NEA

This year will be largely focussed on the NEA or Non Examined Assessment (Coursework)

In each of the subject area the NEA is worth 50% of the final GCSE mark and consists of a design folder and a practical outcome.

The topics for the NEA are called ‘Contextual Challenges’ and are set by the exam board and completed during lesson time.

Previous topics have included:

  • Addressing the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Supporting developing countries.
  • Encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

Year 9 and Year 10

In Food students will complete a range and make a range of dishes that will help to build the skills needed to be successful both in their examination and the NEA.

Topic/projects might include:

  • Pastry
  • Breads
  • Cakes
  • Proteins
  • Micro Nutrients
  • Food Provenence

Y11

This year will be largely focussed on the NEA or Non Examined Assessment (Coursework)

The NEA is worth 50% of the final GCSE mark and consists of a design folder and a practical outcomes.

The topics for the NEA are called ‘Contextual Challenges’ and are set by the exam board and completed during lesson time.

Food has 2 tasks for the NEA

  1. Investigation
  2. Preparation

Previous topics for the investigation have included:

  • Eggs are a key ingredient used to make a foam. Investigate the functional and chemical properties of eggs and other ingredients when making meringue.
  • Gluten formation is essential when making different types of dough. Investigate the functional and chemical properties of a flour based dough. Choose bread or pasta.
  • Fat and oils are used to create emulsions. Investigate the functional and chemical properties of fats and oils in salad dressings or sauces.

Previous topics for the preparation task have included:

  • Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes that include fruit and vegetables that would be suitable for children. Present three dishes.
  • Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes which are based on a European cuisine. Present three dishes.
  • Plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes which would be suitable for a coeliac individual. Present three dishes.

BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Engineering

We also offer:

BTEC First Award in Engineering consisting of 3 components.

  • Component 1: Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications
  • Component 2: Investigating an Engineering Project
  • Component 3: Responding to an Engineering Brief

These are completed in sequence and devised so each component supports each other.

Component 1 and 2 consist of a range of learning and assignments which are internally set and marked with external moderation.

Component 3 – is an externally set and assessed challenge set by the exam board.

Please use the links to access more information about each of the areas.

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KS4 Homework

At Keystage 4 homework is used to reinforce the Teaching and Learning inside the classroom as well as to make sure all aspects of the syllabus are covered.

These tasks vary in length depending on the topic /task set. On average homework is given every week and should take around 1-1/2 hours to complete. This may also include bringing in Materials and Ingredients to be used as part of the curriculum and their projects and from time to time include finishing off and improvement to coursework.

Typical Topics might include:

Food:

  • Food Labels and Packaging
  • Packaging Materials

Resistant Materials

  • Industrial Practice
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control Procedures

Textiles

  • Fair Trade Design
  • Smart Materials and Electronics in Fabric Design

Engineering

  • Metal Forming Processes
  • Fabrication and Welding

Assessment

Homework tasks are assessed in line with the department marking or exam board policy.

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Extra-Curricular Activities and Opportunities

In Technology we aim to provide a variety of clubs and experiences to support the learning in the classroom and provide enjoyment for pupil.

Typical activities might include:

  • KS3 Cooking Club
  • KS3 Technology Club
  • Glass Making
  • Master Chef Competition
  • Cooking Club
  • We Made It! Competition
  • T-shirt and Bag Design
  • Revamp your Cloths

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • High Speed Monorail Racers

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