Design & Technology

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Design is taught across mixed ability classes in a variety of specialist rooms, including a fully equipped Food room, Textiles room and Workshop, good use is also made of our computer suite across all ages.

In Year 7 and 8 students rotate across the three areas of Food, Workshop and Textiles. In year 9 students are taught in Pathways of either the Food, Textiles or one of 2 identical Product Design Pathways. At KS4 and KS5 a variety of exam courses are available.

Learning is enhanced through homework across the timetable. Most staff are available to help across the week and are available to help most lunchtimes in their specialist rooms. Various clubs and extra support time slots are similarly avaiable both at lunchtime and after school

We encourage students to further support their learning by visiting related events both locally and nationally where possible, we run a variety of trips across the year. Similarly we hope students will contunue to enjoy design and all it has to offer by reading magazines and books and watching related TV. We aim to prepare students for the exciting prospect of life after school and a career too where possible. Inspiration and organisation are key areas to our departments successes.

Food

This skills based course is designed for students interested in following a GCSE in Years 10 and 11 in Food and Nutrition.

Students will gain a broad range of the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home; they will also gain an understanding of how to economise when meal planning. The course will encourage the transfer of skills learnt to other recipes and to make changes that have health benefits. All work is underpinned with the understanding about sourcing food, nutrition, hygiene and food safety where relevant. Students will demonstrate their skills by following and adapting recipes.

Communication skills will be developed and tested through folder work. Students will be encouraged to use a wide range of source materials, to respond creatively to briefs. They will have the opportunity to explore the work and style of popular Chefs and Cooks who inspire them, thus forming their own ideas.

Assessment will be based on end of unit entertaining. In the Autumn term students will plan, prepare, cook and serve an afternoon tea; in the Spring Term a three course meal and in the Summer Term a BBQ picnic. At Christmas the students will have the opportunity to explore their creativity in the preparation of seasonal fare. It is an expectation that students will provide ingredients and be prepared to cook every week.

Product Design

This is an exciting course designed for students interested in following a GCSE in Years 10 and 11 in Product Design. Students will initially study the core design skills which will focus on generating and developing ideas, using information sources and computer aided design (CAD). Students will be challenged to think creatively and solve problems with innovation and flair. Students will also have the opportunity to explore and use a number of materials including card, wood, metal and plastic. In the final term students will showcase their skills and carry out a project to design and make a product using any of the processes they have encountered during the year. An exhibition is planned to celebrate their success.

Communication skills will be developed and tested through folder work including ICT and handwork. Students will be encouraged to use a wide range of source materials to respond creatively to briefs and explore and test their design skills. Students will also use others design work to inspire their own ideas. They will work with a range of tools, materials, equipment and processes. Ideas will be modelled, tested and adapted accordingly. Both individual and group work will be explored. Higher levels of independent learning are to be expected, creativity will remain at the core of most thinking and students will be given the opportunity to push the boundaries to reach the highest grades possible. Lunchtime and after school clubs will be available to all students across the DT areas.

Textiles

This exciting pathway will build upon the learning from Year 7 and 8 DT lessons and will prepare students for the prospect of GCSE Textiles and could also lead to A Level study.

Students will start with an introduction to a variety of practical Textile techniques which will include stitchery, designing skills and presentation methods.  An extended homework task will involve students choosing a designer and exploring their impact on the world of design, they will present their findings to the class. The students will be asked to design and make their own textile products, which they will usually be expected to present to the class for assessment, followed by various design and make fashion and an interior project. These will include a themed tree decoration and jumper design, a bunting piece and a bonnet. Students will undertake a group task where they will form a company  and make and market a Textile product themselves. The emphasis will be on making in both group work and individual situations. Exploring the work of  other textile designers will also run across the course. Visits will be used to enhance the students learning. The most successful students fully engage in all areas of study across the year and are prepared to explore and experiment throughout. Creativity is at the core of the course. Lunchtimes will be available for further study across the week.

Food and Nutrition

In this course students will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of nutrition and develop their practical skills through the following topics: nutrition, food provenance and food choice, cooking and food preparation and preparation and cooking techniques. They will learn about the functions and sources of nutrients, and use this knowledge to plan meals for people with differing nutritional needs. Methods of cooking and the effect of preparation and cooking on the nutritional value of food will be investigated. Students will also learn about food hygiene safety in relation to preparation, cooking and storage.

They will learn the basic cookery skills that will be useful to them in their future lives.

Design Technology: Timber, Metal, Polymer

This course will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. Students will select at least one material from timber, metal and polymer

The course will allow students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. There will also be the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Design Technology: Textiles

This course will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

The course will allow students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. There will also be the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Design Technology: Product Design (AS Level)

Careers ideas could include any design related degree including Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Graphics or a career in Carpentry and material related employment.

Curriculum

  1. Core technical principles
  2. Core designing and making principles
  3. Additional specialist knowledge

Students will follow theory with some practical investigations, starting their NEA towards the middle part of the year, theme issued by the exam board in June the previous year

Assessment

Paper 1

  • What’s assessed: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.
  • Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.
  • How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level
  • Coursework is usually hand produced rather than digitally

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

  • What’s assessed:Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge
  • How it’s assessed: Single design and make project. Context set by AQA. 35 hours, 80 marks, 50% of AS
  • Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. Recommended 35 pages.
Product Design: Fashion & Textiles (A Level)

Careers ideas could include any design related degree including fashion, costume, architecture, interior, visual merchandising, marketing and commercial areas of study. Similarly employment in the Textiles field.

Curriculum – Year 12

  1. Core technical principles
  2. Core designing and making principles
  3. Additional specialist knowledge

Students will follow theory with some practical investigations, starting their NEA towards the end of the year, theme for NEA to be discussed and decided individually with staff.

Curriculum – Year 13

  1. Core technical principles
  2. Core designing and making principles
  3. Additional specialist knowledge

Students will follow theory with some practical input where needed, the NEA will be completed by end of Easter term. The summer term will be devoted to revision In preparation for both written exams.

Assessment

Paper 1

  • What’s assessed: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.
  • Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.
  • How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level.

Coursework is usually hand produced rather than digitally.

Paper 2

  • What’s assessed: Additional specialist knowledge, core technical and core designing and making principles.
  • How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 25% of A-level.
  • Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.
    • Section A: Product Analysis: 40 marks. Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).
    • Section B: Commercial manufacture: 60 marks. Mixture of short and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

  • What’s assessed: Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge.
  • How it’s assessed: Substantial design and make task, 45 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A-level.
  • Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Coursework is usually hand produced rather than digitally.

Miss Barnes
Head of DT
Mrs Coles
Food Technician
Mr Cullimore
Head of Music
Miss Kabia
Food
Mr McCarthy
Technician
Miss Vincent
Product Design