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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.

KS3

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 TEXTILES

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

PRODUCT DESIGN

Design And Make Task – A clock inspired by a design era or style

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

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

Year 8 TEXTILES

Design and Make Task – ‘Monsters!’ soft toy

PRODUCT DESIGN

Design and Make Task – A device for attracting insects to an urban garden

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

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

Year 9 TEXTILES

Projects include products that protect and graffiti inspired design

PRODUCT DESIGN

Projects include responding to a context and solving a student led problem.  

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

Topics and Recipes – Coating/Binding/Aerating/Raising agents

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.

  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn GCSE exam content and theory taught alongside practical lessons and individual lessons.

●     Wall Hanging Project

Students learn about the expectation of the NEA (commences June of Year 10)

●      Children’s wear Project

 

●      NEA

Students are to continue with Section A, identifying & investigating design possibilities, and complete  Section B, producing a design brief & specification.

Students design and develop ideas by completing Section C, generating design ideas, and Section D, developing design ideas.

Students begin making their prototypes, Section E realising design ideas.

●      Mock Exam

Students study towards the mock exam in November.

Spring GCSE exam content and theory taught alongside practical lessons and individual lessons.

●      Children’s wear Project

 

●      NEA

Students complete the making of their prototypes.

Students complete Section F, analysing and evaluating the success of their prototype product.

Students complete further designs and models to demonstrate the iterative design process.

Summer Children’s Wear Project/ 

NEA Section A

 

GCSE exam content and theory taught alongside practical lessons and with individual lessons.

●      Exam Preparation

GCSE Product Design – AQA (Specification 4555)

  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Theory components

  • Materials and their working properties 1
  • Materials and their working properties 2
  • People, Culture and Society
  • Paper and Board
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Levers and linkages
  • Rotary systems
  • New and emerging technologies

NEA project

  • Analysis of a context
  • research relating to the student’s chosen problem
  • Writing a design brief and specification
  • Generating ideas
  • Developing ideas

 

Development of skills (Researching, Designing [including CAD], Making [including CAM] and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding

 

Theory components

  • Developing prototypes
  • Using materials efficiently
  • Working safely
  • Technology in manufacturing
  • Production systems
  • Product sustainability
  • Social issues
  • Products in society
  • Powering systems
  • Properties of materials
  • Paper, board and timber
  • Metals, alloys and polymers
  • Textiles
  • Manufactured boards
  • Electronic systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Developments in new materials
  • Selecting materials
  • Forces and stresses
  • Scales of production
  • Quality control
  • Production aids
  • Production of materials
  • Properties of paper and board
  • standard components
  • working with paper and board

 

NEA

  • Analysis of a context
  • research relating to the student’s chosen problem
  • Writing a design brief and specification
  • Generating ideas

Development of skills (Researching, Designing [including CAD], Making [including CAM] and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding

Spring Theory components

  • Systems approach to designing
  • Polymers
  • Natural and manufactured timber
  • Composites
  • Production techniques
  • Modern materials
  • Smart materials
  • Metals and alloys
  • Industry and enterprise
  • Textiles 
  • Technical Textiles
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Nuclear Power

NEA project

  • Further research
  • Manufacturing techniques
  • Evaluations and testing
  • modifications
  • Industrial manufacturing techniques

Mini projects

  • Textiles based product
  • Extended modelling techniques focused on energy project

Development of skills (Researching, Designing [including CAD], Making [including CAM] and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding

 

Theory components

  • Printing techniques
  • Paper and board finishes
  • Uses of woods, metals and polymers
  • Stock forms and standard components
  • Shaping materials – hand tools
  • Shaping materials – power and machine tools
  • Shaping techniques
  • Moulding and joining
  • Treatments and finishes
  • Fabrics and their properties
  • Standard components and tools
  • Cutting, drilling and soldering
  • PCB production and surface treatments

 

NEA

  • Manufacture of final prototype 
  • Evaluation of prototype
  • Suggestions of modifications and use of industrial manufacturing techniques

Development of skills (Researching, Designing [including CAD], Making [including CAM] and Evaluating), technical knowledge and understanding

 

Summer Theory components

  • Renewable energy
  • Energy storage systems

Mini projects

  • Extended modelling techniques focused on energy project

NEA (Start of final GCSE NEA project contexts are available from May half term)

  • Analysis of a context
  • research relating to the student’s chosen problem
  • Writing a design brief and specification
  • Generating ideas

 

Theory components

Revision of theory topics covered throughout Y10 and Y11

 

 

  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Food, nutrition and health

Macronutrients – the functions, main sources, effects of deficiency and excess, related dietary reference values

 

Food Science

Changing the properties of food

Proteins

Carbohydrates

Raising Agents

 

Food safety

Storing food safely

Times and temperatures

Preparing food safely

Hygiene procedures and reducing cross-contamination

 

Food provenance

Reared food – factory farmed and free-range

Caught food – types of fishing, sustainable fishing, 

 

PLUS FOOD PREPARATION SKILLS

 

for – egg cooking, chilled lemon flan, cheese and vegetable pasties, caramelised onion tart, dough balls, swiss roll, soda bread, gougeres, meringues

 

NEA1 Food Investigation

 

Application of specification content across the five core topics:

  • FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH
  • FOOD SCIENCE
  • FOOD SAFETY
  • FOOD CHOICE
  • FOOD PROVENANCE

 

plus FOOD PREPARATION SKILLS

 

Used to produce a report that includes:

  • Research and Prediction writing
  • Investigations including practical experimentation
  • Recording and analysing results 
  • Evaluations and conclusions 

Content/topic revision

 

Spring Food, nutrition and health

Micronutrients – the functions, main sources, effects of deficiency and excess, related dietary reference values

 

Food science

Why food is cooked

How heat is transferred

Cooking methods

Changing the properties of food

 

Food safety

Food spoilage – micro-organisms (bacteria, moulds and yeasts) and enzymes

Food poisoning

Uses of micro-organisms in cheese, bread and yoghurt

 

Food choice

Sensory testing

 

PLUS FOOD PREPARATION SKILLS

 

for – flavoured mayonnaise, all-in-one chocolate orange cake, shortbread, lasagne, english breakfast, fish pie, chicken and vegetable stir fry

NEA2 Food Preparation Assessment

 

Application of specification content across the five core topics:

  • FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH
  • FOOD SCIENCE
  • FOOD SAFETY
  • FOOD CHOICE
  • FOOD PROVENANCE

 

plus FOOD PREPARATION SKILLS

Used to produce a report that includes:

  • Researching
  • Choice, demonstration and evaluation of Technical skill
  • Choice of, and time planning, for 3 final dishes
  • Making the 3 final dishes
  • Sensory, nutritional and cost analysis, evaluation and suggesting improvements

 

Revision and preparation for the final written exam – including exam technique

 

Content/topic revision

Summer  

Food choice

Influences on food choice – PAL, healthy eating, cost, income, culinary skill, lifestyle, seasonality, availability, special occasions, enjoyment

 

Food provenance

Grown food (including GM advantages and disadvantages) – intensive and organic

Waste food and packaging – including causes and environmental impact

Food miles and carbon footprint – ‘eat local’ campaigns (advantages and disadvantages)

Global food production – climate change issues – food security – population growth – Fairtrade

Primary food production –  fruit, vegetables, meat – flour – milk 

Secondary food production – pasta – jam – cheese

Food fortification and modification – adding nutrients – changing properties (preservatives, colourings, flavourings, emulsifiers and stabilisers)

PLUS FOOD PREPARATION SKILLS

 

for – filleting chicken and tough vegetables, fresh pasta making, reduction sauces, pastry cream, batters and egg custards

 

Revision and preparation for the final written exam – including exam technique

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.

  Year 12 Year 13
 

Autumn

Evening wear project Students  continue with Section A, identifying and investigating design possibilities, and complete Section B, producing a design brief and specification.

Students design and develop ideas by completing Section C, development of design proposal(s).

Students begin making their prototypes, Section D Development of design prototype(s)

A Level exam content and theory taught alongside practical lessons and individual lessons.

Design for manufacture and project management

National and international standards in product design

 

Spring

 

Changing bag project

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Students complete the making of their prototypes.

Students complete Section E, analysing and evaluating the success of their prototype product.

Students complete further designs and models to demonstrate the iterative design process. 

A Level exam content and theory taught alongside practical lessons and individual lessons.

Students have a mock exam in January

Summer History of Design Timeline

 

Exam preparation