Design and Technology

Staff

Mr M Robertson (Subject Leader)
          Miss L Hansom             Mrs J Prest (Technician)         
Mr P Meadows Mr R Meadows (Technician)

 

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 10 dedicated Computers, 14 Laptops and a range of CADCAM Equipment including a Laser Cutter.

The staff consist of 3 specialist Teachers and 2 Support Technicians

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Key Stage 3

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.

Year 7


In Year 7 students are given an opportunity to work with a wide variety of materials used in the department. These projects are based on the students using different materials and manufacturing processes.

Food

In Food Technology the students work through a ‘Passport to Cook’. This teaches them all the basic skills in order to make 5 dishes.

  • Fruit Salad
  • Pizza Toast
  • Spicy Tomato Soup
  • Healthy Fruity Muffins
  • Cheese Scones

Students finish the unit with a Design and Make activity of their own invention, which will form the basis of their final level in Food.

Y7 Recipie Book

Textiles

In Textiles Technology 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.

Resistant Materials

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

  • Design and Manufacture a ‘Decorative Fridge Magnet’ from Birch Plywood and a Flexible Magnet
  • Design and Manufacture a colour changing ‘Night Light’.
  • Resistant Materials Aluminium to Manufacture a Key ring.
  • To work with Timber to manufacture a Desk Tidy or a Novelty Door Stop.

Year 8

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

Food

In Food Technology the students work through a ‘Carbohydrates. This project teaches them about healthy living and Carbohydrates as a staple food. The manufacture a variety of dishes including:

  • Dinner Rolls
  • Mini Quiche
  • Pasta Bake
  • Savoury Rice
  • Sausage and Potato Casserole
  • Savoury Chelsea Buns

They finish the unit with a Design and Make activity of their own based upon Pizza’s, which will form the basis of their final level in Food.

Y8 Recipie Book

Textiles

In Textiles Technology students are taught Past Designers and using their influence to Design and Manufacture a Clock.

They look at the work of

  • Gaudi
  • Mondrian
  • Lichtenstein

The first aspect of this course is based on ‘Fabric Construction and Colour’. Teaching and Learning activities include:

  • Fabric Disassembly
  • Weaving
  • Fabric Paints
  • Transfers
  • Natural and Manmade Dyes
  • Natural and Manmade Fabrics
  • Applique

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

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is broken into 3 separate Teaching and Learning Experiences.

  • Design and Manufacture a ‘Wind Chime’ using Laser Plywood and Aluminium.
  • Design and Manufacture a small pencil box using Timber and a variety of different joints.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are given an opportunity to extend and build on their skills learnt in Year 7 and 8.

Food

In Food Technology the students work through ‘Around the World’. This project teaches them about Cultural Foods and Food Products that are regional and from around the world. The manufacture a variety of dishes including:

  • Chicken Parmo
  • Curry
  • Spaghetti Bolognese

Y9 Festival Meals Cookbook

Textiles

In Textiles Technology they design and manufacture a ring binder cover, focusing on sustainability and sustainable use of materials including recycling. They are also taught how to manufacture from patterns and pattern making.

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is broken into 2 separate Teaching and Learning Experiences.

  • The’ Keep Sake Box’, which combines the use of Timber to manufacture a box and Pewter Casting as means of personalisation and decoration.
  • Glass Tea Light Ornament, combining the use e.g. Glass and Glass making with Timber to produce a decorative Tea light holder.

KS3 Assessment

Students are assessed at the end of each project as well as at the end of the Year. They are assessed against department attainment levels.

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KS3 Homework

 

At Keystage 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 include:

Food

Year 7

  • ‘Why pupils need to learn basic cookery skills?’
  • ‘Versatile Vegetables’ – Design a Dish

Year 8

  • Healthy Eating Guidelines Leaflet
  • Seasonal Food Calendar

Year 9

  • Saucy World
  • Cultural Festivals

Textiles

Year 7

  • ‘A New Look’ – Garment design
  • Client Research

Year 8

  • Colourful and Cultural Colours
  • Textures and Textured Fabric

Year 9

  • Product Analysis
  • Decade of Fashion

Resistant Materials

Year 7

  • Manufacture Production
  • Product Analysis Night Light

Year 8

  • Product Analysis – Wind Chime
  • Cultural Materials and Influences

Year 9

  • Environmental Issues – 6 ‘ R’s
  • Glass Production and Sustainability

Assessment

Homework tasks are assessed in line with the department marking policy and will be levelled in accordance with the department attainment levels.

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Key Stage 4


At Key Stage 4 students are offered 5 courses these are as follows:

In Year 10, in each of the two options the students will complete a range of minor projects that will help to build the skills needed by the students to design and make their final GCSE project. In each of the subject areas the coursework is worth 50% of the final GCSE mark and consists of a design folder and a practical outcome.

We also offer BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Engineering.

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

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KS4 Homework

 

At Keystage 4 ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ 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. Homework in Technology may also include bringing in Materials and Ingredients to be used as part of the curriculum and their projects. Learning Outside the Classroom in Technology may also 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

Learning Outside the Classroom tasks are assessed in line with the department marking policy and will be levelled A*-G as per their coursework.

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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 students.

Typical activities might include:

  • Master Chef Competition
  • Cook Club
  • We Made It! Competition
  • T-shirt and Bag Design
  • Revamp your Clothes

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • ICE – Institute of Civil Engineers Bridge Building
  • Bridge Building
  • High Speed Monorail Racers

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