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Technology

Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Key Stage 3 – Design and Technology

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students participate in a carousel of Technology subjects; Textiles, Food Technology and Product Design.

Year 7

Textiles

Design and Make Task – A drawstring bag influenced by another culture

The project covers:

  • introduction to the new working environment
  • Health & Safety instruction on basic equipment
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through 3D project work
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in 3D project work, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Product Design

Design And Make Task – A bookmark and reading light inspired by creatures

The project covers:

  • introduction to the new working environment
  • the use of wood, metal, plastic and basic electronic components to design and manufacture products
  • Health & Safety instruction on basic equipment
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through 3D project work
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in 3D project work, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Food Technology

Topics and Recipes – ‘The Basics’ – Roasted Vegetables/Fruit Crumbles/Soups /Pasta and Sauce

The course covers:

  • introduction to the new working environment
  • Health, Safety & Hygiene instruction
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through practical cookery
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in practical cookery, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Year 8

Textiles

Design and Make Task – ‘Monsters!’ soft toy

The project covers:

  • Health & Safety instruction on equipment
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through 3D project work
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in 3D project work, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Product Design

Design and Make Task – A clock inspired by graphic designs

The project covers:

  • Health & Safety instruction on basic equipment
  • the use of wood, metal, plastic and basic electronic components to design and manufacture products
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through 3D project work
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in 3D project work, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Food Technology

Topics and Recipes – ‘The good, the fast and the fresh’

The project covers:

  • Health, Safety & Hygiene instruction
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through practical cookery
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in practical cookery, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Year 9

Textiles

Projects include products that protect and graffiti inspired design

The projects cover:

  • Health & Safety instruction on equipment
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through 3D project work
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in 3D project work, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Product Design

Projects include products inspired by different design eras and cultures

The projects cover:

  • Health & Safety instruction on basic equipment
  • the use of wood, metal, plastic and basic electronic components to design and manufacture products
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through 3D project work
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in 3D project work, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Food Technology

Topics and Recipes – Coating/Binding/Aerating

The projects cover:

  • Health, Safety & Hygiene instruction
  • development of skills (Researching, Designing, Making and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding outlined in the National Curriculum 2014
  • an introductory ‘taster’ to GCSE project/working methods

Assessments made of:

  • practical skills through practical cookery
  • research, design and evaluation skills through folder work
  • understanding of topics and technical knowledge through application in practical cookery, folder work and by short, class quizzes

Key Stage 4

Students can opt to continue to study a Technology subject at Key Stage 4.  Our courses focus on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes.  They learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

GCSE Textiles – AQA (Specification 4570)

Year 10

Purpose of course: To prepare students to become creative problem solvers, as individuals and team members. They look at needs, wants and opportunities, responding to them by developing a range of ideas and making quality solutions to their identified problems.

It will help students to become discriminating and informed innovators of products produced through a creative combination of design and practical skills which reflects an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues.

  • The ‘Design Cycle’ from initial brief to final evaluation
  • Developing design and practical skills through a range of projects
  • Focused Practical Tasks to develop skills on the sewing machine and other textile equipment
  • A variety of decorative techniques such as Appliqué, Block, Transfer and Screen Printing, Tie-dye, Batik
  • A range of design techniques including the use of ICT/CAD
  • The influence of design on society such as recycling, and the life cycle of a product
  • Development of modern and smart materials
  • The production of ‘Quality’ products with reference to Health and Safety, Industrial Applications and Quality Control

Projects include – Recycled, Upcycled  – Childrenswear – Introduction to Controlled Assessment

  • Developing a range of design skills, students build up a portfolio
  • Theory work introduces the properties of fibres and fabrics.
  • Students identify the effects of textile production on the environment
  • Two teacher assessed practical projects take place with students developing their construction skills

Year 11

Skills, knowledge and understanding from Year 10 are developed and applied through the Controlled Assessment project and the written exam.

GCSE Controlled Assessment Project

The subject content will be the student’s choice from a list of alternatives supplied by the Exam Board.

Students produce both a practical outcome and a supporting portfolio.

Coverage of theory within the Specification content.

Assessment methods

  • Class quizzes
  • Assessment of portfolio and practical outcomes against exam board criteria
  • Written Paper: 2 hours

GCSE Product Design – AQA (Specification 4555)

Year 10

Purpose of course: To prepare students to become creative problem solvers, as individuals and team members. They look at needs, wants and opportunities, responding to them by developing a range of ideas and making skills through a variety of materials and processes. It will help students to become discriminating and informed innovators of products produced through a creative combination of design and practical skills which reflects an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues.

  • Modelling and communicating ideas and solutions with the emphasis on creativity and quality
  • The course also develops an understanding of factors that influence designing, sustainability, ergonomics, user needs and aesthetics
  • Use of wood, metal, plastic, graphic and basic electronic materials and components

Projects Include – Don’t get your earbuds in a twist – CAD/CAM Stand – Secure Journal – Introduction to Controlled Assessment

  • Developing a range of design skills, students build up a portfolio
  • Students identify the effects of manufacturing production on the environment
  • Teacher assessed practical projects take place with students developing their designing and making skills

Year 11 – GCSE –  AQA (Specification 4555)

Skills, knowledge and understanding from Year 10 are developed and applied through the Controlled Assessment project and the written exam.

GCSE Controlled Assessment project

The subject content is based on low voltage lighting products and is supplied by the Exam Board.

Students produce both a practical outcome and a supporting portfolio.

Coverage of theory within the Specification content.

Assessment methods

  • Class quizzes
  • Assessment of portfolio and practical outcomes against exam board criteria
  • Written Paper: 2 hours

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition – Exam Board : AQA (Draft 8585)

Year 10

Purpose of course:

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Five core topics:

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

Topics And Recipes – Exploring Macronutrients  –  Menu Planning – Food Investigations

Year 11 – GCSE – Catering – WJEC (4740)

Skills, knowledge and understanding from Year 10 are developed and applied through the Controlled Assessment project and the written exam.

Projects include – Practical Assessment  2 – set by the exam board – ‘International Menu’ – 2 course for 2 people in 3 hours

Coverage of theory within the Specification content.

Assessment methods

  • Class quizzes
  • Assessment of portfolio and practical outcomes against exam board criteria
  • Written Paper: 1¼ hours

Key Stage 5

A Level Design and Technology: Product Design – Graphic Products Edexcel (8GR01/9GR01)

The course aims to develop students’:    

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Ability to produce high quality products
  • Critical understanding of the influences of product design
  • Ability to apply their knowledge
  • Understanding of industrial practices
  • Use of ICT to enhance your designing and making capability
  • Awareness of social, moral, spiritual and cultural values
  • Skills in critical evaluation
  • Sense of co-operation, citizenship and collaborative working.

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills (internally assessed) – 60%

Students will be involved in 3 projects:

  1. product design (packaging)
  2. product manufacture (architecture)
  3. product investigation (commercial product)

Unit 2: Design & Technology in Practice (externally assessed) – 40%

  • materials and components
  • industrial and commercial practice
  • quality
  • health and safety
  • design in practice

Unit 3: Designing for the Future (externally assessed) – 40%

  • industrial and commercial practice
  • systems and control
  • design in context
  • sustainability

Unit 4: Commercial Design (internally assessed) – 60%

This unit is a ‘design and make’ activity.  Students identify a client/user group from which they must design and make a graphic product that meets the original need.  They should liaise with their client/user group to develop a commercial product.