May 24, 2018

Design and Technology

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Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday
  • tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They work in a range of domestic and local contexts (for example, the home, health, leisure and culture and industrial contexts) for example, engineering, manufacturing, construction, food, energy, and fashion.

In Year 7 students study the areas of Textiles, Food and Product Design.

In Textiles they will learn to:

  • Work with a range of textiles materials/components tools and equipment.
  • Hand sewing techniques, including embroidery and machining skills to decorate and construct a product.
  • Mark and cut out material accurately.

In Food they will learn:

  • A basic range of cooking skills
  • Hazard awareness and safety
  • Preparation and weighing of ingredients

In Product Design they will learn:

  • Basic 3D sketching techniques and how to colour and render drawings to represent materials
  • Workshop safety and hazard awareness
  • Correct use of a range of hand and basic power tools when constructing products.

In Year 8 students continue to develop their skills in the areas of Textiles, Food and Product Design.
In Textiles they will learn to:

  • Work with a range of textiles materials/components tools and equipment.
  • Hand sewing techniques, including embroidery, machining skills and creating button holes to decorate and construct a product.
  • Use the technique of tie dye to colour fabric.

In Food they will learn:

  • To cook a range of staple foods
  • A wider range of cooking and food preparation techniques

In Product Design they will learn:

  • To develop their sketching and drawing techniques for more advanced 3D shapes
  • Understand the difference between materials and their properties and use this knowledge when constructing products.
  • Basic Computer Aided Design skills.

In Year 9 students develop advanced skills in the areas of Textiles, Food and Product Design.

In Textiles they will learn to:

  • Use a computerised embroidery machine to apply a logo design to their product.
  • Use the CAM sewing machine for embroidery.
  • • Develop the use of appliqué as a method of textiles decoration.
    In Food :

  • Students are challenged to carefully manage their time.
  • Prepare multi- cultural dishes
  • Explore a wider range of cooking techniques
    In Product Design they will learn:

  • To plan and organise and prioritise their own work to develop independence
  • Explore a wider range of construction techniques while creating their own products.
  • Advanced tool and machine use for working and constructing products.
  • Further Computer Aided Design skills plus basic Computer Aided Manufacturing principles.

Aims and Ethos:
At KS4 Design and Technology encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. They should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The Department offers three GCSE courses in Design and Technology each with a unique flavour.

GCSE specifications in Design and Technology enable candidates to:

  • actively engage in the processes of design and technology to develop as effective and independent learners.
  • make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products
  • explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making
  • analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life
  • develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working
  • understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle
  • develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

Courses offered
AQA GCSE Textiles
AT Ks4 candidates demonstrate their creativity, with making of textile products. This course builds on the previous knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3 through developing candidate work in line with the ethos of creativity, new ideas and new materials.

AQA GCSE Product Design
This course encourages students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

All AQA courses have a 60% COURSEWORK ELEMENT AND 40% Written exam at the end of Year 11.

WJEC Hospitality and Catering
Our present Year 11 are completing the WJEC Catering course which offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within hospitality and catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work. The course encourages the investigation and study of hospitality and catering in a variety of contexts to which the students respond through practical and investigative work.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition
This is a brand new course which our new 10’s are now undertaking. The course covers 5 mains areas which are:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food safety
  • Food science
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

There are now two NEAS (non-exam assessment) in Year 11 worth a combined 50% with a final exam also worth 50%.