Technology

 
Overview

Design and Technology will enable students to think creatively and imaginatively to enable them to  design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. It is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which encourages students to consider their own wants and needs, as well as those of others. Design and Technology makes links with many other areas of the curriculum such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing and Art. Pupils learn how to become resourceful in transferring their knowledge and skills across these areas.

 

Staff

L Maddison HOD

S Brooksby DT

M Hubbard DT and Engineering

H Parker Food and Nutrition

J Morris Food and Textiles

K Varnham DT technician

D Marriott Food and Textiles technician

M Reynard TA

N Patterson TA

 
KeyStage3

Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Mini Torch

Basic understanding of health and safety in the workshop alongside an introduction to electronics and electronic components.

Practical assessment.

Identity tags

Introduction to metalwork skills, testing a range of metals and using different techniques to cut, shape and finish them in to an end product.

Practical assessment.

Passive amplifier

Use of hand tools as well as workshop equipment to shape and finish man made boards and natural timbers. Learning more about the working properties of materials.

Practical assessment.

Tie dye cushion

Introduction to the textiles room, learning how to use a sewing machine and also hand sewing techniques such as threading a needle, sewing on a button and tacking. Pupils will learn how to tie dye and applique.

Design based assessment.

Practical assessment.

Food Skills

Through a range of practical and written tasks pupils will learn more about the main food groups and how to eat and plan balanced meals. They will learn a range of practical skills including how to use the grill, how and oven and how to use sharp knives safely.

Practical assessments.

Formal Test

 

Year 8

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Pewter casting

Pupils will learn about the process of casting and develop their design skills to make a bespoke item made out of pewter. In this unit the focus will be on working with materials to produce a high quality finished product that meets the needs of the client.

Practical assessment

Earphone wrap

This unit develops the pupils CAD/ CAM skills. Using a process of modelling and developing pupils will design, test and make an earphone wrap using the laser cutter. They will then use machine techniques to make packaging for this. 

Practical assessment

Pugglie

Building on skills from year 7 pupils will develop their textiles ability to design and make a soft toy. They will make their own bespoke pattern and use this to make their own product.

Practical assessment

Nutrition

Through a range of practical and written tasks pupils will learn more about each of the food groups and how to develop meals using foods from these. They will learn about food provenance and adapting recipes for different target groups. 

Practical assessment

 

 

Year 9

 

In year 9 pupils will study one material area of their choice for the whole year.

 

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Product design

Pupils will begin to develop skills and knowledge that can form a foundation for GSCE DT.

They will carry out two mini projects;

1: Design and make a USB using CAD/CAM skills to develop the casing for this.

2: Design and make a Bluetooth speaker including the casing, this will include electronics and timber based knowledge.

Pupils will also learn theory to support these areas.

 

Practical assessments and formal tests.

Textiles

Pupils will learn a range of different textiles skills and make sample panels. Using these panels they can then go on to make a garment of their choice. Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of material properties and their uses.

Practical assessments and formal tests.

Food and nutrition

Pupils will develop their food science knowledge carrying out a range of experiments to test the difference in ingredients and the functions they perform. Pupils will then use a range a of different ingredients to make meals and products for different target groups.

Practical assessments and formal tests.

 


Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of a range of tasks to support the learning that is done in the lessons. Tests and spelling tests may also be set via show my homework and food ingredients will also be placed on there each week.

 
Keystage 4

GSCE DT – EDEXCEL 9-1

Unit
Content
Assessment

Component 1

Main theory for the course:

  • The impact of new and emerging technologies
  • How energy is generated and used to power systems
  • Developments in modern, smart, technical texiles and composite materials.
  • The function of mechanical devices to produce movement
  • The function of electronic systems such as sensors
  • The use of programmable components
  • The categorisation of metals, timbers, papers and boards, polymers and textiles
  • Investigate past and present companies to inform design
  • Use of different design strategies
  • Record and justify design ideas.

50 %

 

1 hour 45 minute exam

 

100 marks

Component 2

Practical Theory for the course:

  • Investigate
  • Design
  • Make
  • Evaluate

This is a design and make portfolio based on a contextual challenge released by the exam board the year before they begin.

50 %

 

NEA

 

100 Marks

 

 

 

 

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

 

Unit
Content
Assessment

Component 1

Main theory for the course:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance.
  • The range of food and ingredients

 

50 %

 

1 hour 45 minute exam

 

100 marks

Component 2

Task 1 – food investigation 30 marks

 

Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.

 

 

Task 2 – food preparation assessment 70 marks

 

Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking,

presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.

Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than 3 hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

 

50 %

 

NEA

 

 

 

WJEC Designing the built Environment (Construction)

Unit
Content
Assessment

Component 1

Planning potential of construction projects

 

The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop the skills needed to report on the potential

of a proposed construction project. Learning about the planning process, land and project requirements.

 

30 hours – Externally assessed

Assignment

Component 2

Drawing construction plans

 

The purpose of this unit is for learners to develop the skills needed to use computer software

In order to present drawings of construction designs. Students will design buildings and present drawings in 2D design and google sketch up.

 

60 hours Internally assessed

Assignment

Component 3

Building structures and materials

 

The purpose of this unit is for learners to draw on their learning related to planning

potential and design of construction projects and new learning from this unit, to review

options for the structures and materials need to realise construction projects. Learning about a variety of materials used in the construction industry.

 

 

30 hours internally assessed

Assignment

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of tasks related to learning from the lesson, theory revision and online exam questions.

Revision sessions and after school catch up is run every Tuesday for DT and construction in F26 and Food in B16 3.15 until 4.15.

 
Keystage 5

 

Year 12 and 13 students will study Edexcel AS and A levelDesign and Technology - Product Design

 

Unit
Content
Assessment

Component 1

Principles of Design and Technology

 

Topic 1: Materials

Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials

Topic 3: Processes and techniques

Topic 4: Digital technologies

Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products

Topic 6: Effects of technological developments

Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment

Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries

Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment

Topic 10: Current legislation

Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning

Topic 12: Further processes and techniques.

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

120 marks

Component 2

 

NEA – Independent design and Make project

 

Part 1: Identifying and outlining possibilities for design

Identification and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user

needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification

o Part 2: Designing a prototype

Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of

development and final design and communication of design ideas

o Part 3: Making a final prototype

Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and

equipment and quality and accuracy

o Part 4: Evaluating own

 

 

Non-examined assessment

50% of the qualification

120 marks

 

 

 

 

Homework and support

Computing revision is on Tuesday and Thursday 3-4 in F33