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Design Technology provides all students with the understanding, thinking and practical skills to design and make products that will solve a variety of complex problems. The subject asks students to be innovative and poses challenges outside of their core curriculum despite the various and clear cross curricular links. The vocational element of Design Technology allows students to explore and learn skills that can be used post education.

Programs of Study

Year 7 and Year 8 KS3

Design Technology:

Product Design

Subject Areas Covered: Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles

Throughout KS3, students follow a rotational structure. Over time in Year 7 and 8, students will complete two design and make projects within the subject areas per academic year. The design cycle will include opportunities to research new innovative technologies, use different tools and machinery, use Computer Aided Design /Computer Aided Manufacture, develop design ideas, design/ make products and test & evaluate against a set criteria.

Food and Nutrition

Throughout KS3, students follow a rotational structure, overtime in Year 7 and 8, students will experience 12+ food and nutrition lessons per academic year. Within these 12 lessons students will learn:  How to be healthy, safe and hygienic in the kitchen, and learn a variety of cooking skills and techniques whilst cooking healthy meals, how to use different pieces of equipment/ utensils and where food comes from/how much recipes cost. There will also be focus on how to access a healthy diet working from the ‘Eat Well’ guide. Students are required to bring ingredients to lessons as set on Show My Homework.

Year 9, 10, 11 KS4

Technical Award in Fashion and Textiles (AQA)

This subject covers a range of different topics such as fashion drawing, illustrating and presentation techniques, different surface decoration techniques, graphical pattern design, working with many different materials, fastenings and components, Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) and 3D modelling of ideas. In Year 9, students will be skill building by completing six different design and make tasks. In Year 10 and 11 students will be spending most of their time on designing and making for two controlled assessment unit projects and preparing for their final exam.  Students will focus on demonstrating their skills of creatively decorating and embellishing fabrics and the application of functional components. Pupils will have learnt the skills to produce a design-and-make portfolio project based on designing and making an item of clothing suitable for a high street store or a home furnishing product.

Technical Award in Resistant Materials (AQA)

This subject is coursework based subject teaching students a mixture of practical and creative, problem solving design skills. Topics covered include drawing and presentation techniques, working with wood, metal and plastic, Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), modelling of ideas, correct and accurate use of workshop tools. In Year 9 students will be skill building by completing six different design-and-make tasks. In Year 10 and 11 students will be focused on designing and making for two controlled assessment unit projects and preparing for their final exam. Students will demonstrate specialist cutting/shaping skills and forming, bending and laminating skills. Pupils will have learnt the skills to produce a design-and-make portfolio project based on designing and making a piece of furniture for the home or a child’s toy.

Technical Award in Graphic Products (AQA)

This course covers a verity of different creative topics such as drawing and presentation techniques, net design, packaging and model making, logo design, branding, typography and graphic layout. In Year 9 students will be skill building by completing six different design and make tasks. In Year 10 and 11 students will be spending most of their time on designing and making for two controlled assessment unit projects and preparing for their final exam. Projects require students to demonstrate 2D/3D design skills, surface development skills and card engineering skills.

Catering (VCERT)

This course focuses on the key principles of Food and Cookery. A lot of the content is learnt through practical lessons. Students will need to provide their own ingredients and will be cooking regularly. For the controlled assessment tasks, students will be given x3 design briefs by the exam board which requires them to be creative and research and plan dishes thoroughly. Students will work independently to cook, evaluate the sensory attributes and finally conclude the task. This course provides an excellent insight into the catering industry in addition to building pupil’s practical skills in the kitchen.  This is a coursework based subject with a written exam taken in Year 11.

Construction and the Built Environment (WJEC)

This is a practical, skills-based course delivering training in construction and building services to young people. The course covers, carpentry, brickwork, painting and tiling. Students will learn practical skills which will enrich their opportunities for employment in the building, construction and increase their problem solving skills.  Pupils will learn to work in a team, respond to instructions and work to deadlines.  Topics such as the Built Environment, Structures and Health and Safety are covered in Year 9 and 10 to give a wider understanding of Construction industry. Student’s practical skills are assessed in Year 11 alongside written coursework assignments.

Engineering (WJEC)

This is a vocational course which focuses on solving problems with Engineering. Students will learn by completing case studies, projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. The course challenges students to think creatively, teaching the skill of problem solving and independent learning. It introduces pupils to a variety of engineering sectors from the Aerospace industry to Civil Engineering opening their mind to future careers. This provides a good to more advanced, work-related qualifications. A coursework based subject with knowledge developed through three units.

Year 12 and Year 13 KS5

Product Design (AQA)

Product Design at A-level is a challenging subject which will stretch students to think creatively and refine their practical skills. The course ask pupils to create innovative soloutions to design problems, covering skills such as 3D Modelling, CAD/ CAM, drawing, in depth research and using work shop tools to a high level. Product Design is spilt into four Units, two of which are to produce a design-and-make portfolio and the other two written exams. Students will develop knowledge of materials and their properties and understand how they can be used when manufacturing products. This subject is an excellent choice for students wishing to go into industry or onto university as it is versatile covering a verity of different topics.

Enrichment:

Lunchtime Design Technology Club for KS3 girls with small design and make projects with the aim to fuel an interest in STEM and DT for girls opting in Year 8.

STEM activities and projects for KS4 which build on the skills learnt in Technical Awards and Vocational subjects.

How to Support your child:

KS4 and KS5:

The design technology department provide the students with clear deadlines as it is a coursework based subject. If you feel your child is struggling to meet a deadline on time please contact your child’s classroom teacher or Head of Department so as a department we can put necessary interventions in place to support your child. All deadlines should be met before or on the given date. Details of coursework deadlines are on Show My Homework. Revision materials for exams are distributed by the teacher. It may be required that you provide your child with materials/ ingredients to succeed in KS4 and 5. There is funding for pupil premium students available on request.

 

KS3:

At KS3 it is essential that students complete all Homework tasks set on Show My Homework on time to prepare for the learning of the next lesson. Additionally parents need to be supportive with the providing of materials/ ingredients if needed. It is encouraged that parents support their children by allowing them to practice practical skills gained at home to build their confidence in the subject.

 

Learning area 

Structure

Subject Teachers

Learning Area Co-ordinator KS3

Learning Area Co-ordinator Vocational

Head of Technology

Examination courses for KS4

GCSE AQA Textiles

GSCE AQA Graphics

GCSE AQA Resistant Materials

GCSE Product Design

VCERT Food and Cookery Level 1 and Level 2

BTEC Engineering Level 1 and Level 2

WJEC Construction Level 1 and Level 2

Examination  courses for KS5

AQA Product Design AS and A2

GCSE examination results

Technology – All subjects

               A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      60%     64%      43%

2016      55%     55%      25%

2017      63%     98%      25%

Overall the results for our learners are good. 98% of students met their target grade or above, with 7% achieving A*-A in 2017.

 

AQA GCSE Textiles

               A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      90%     89%      72%

2016      64%     90%      70%

2017      100%   93%     58%

In textiles, the results are always very good for our learners, with 9% achieving A* and A in 2016. The results have improved this year by 36% including 29% achieving A*-A in 2017.

 

AQA GCSE Resistant Materials

               A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      65%      88%       50%

2016      60%      64%       36%

2017     82%       70%       20%

In resistant materials, the results are always very good for our learners, with 13% achieving A* and A in 2016.

 

AQA GCSE Graphics

               A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      67%      60%      30%

2016      53%      63%      37%

2017      25%      44%      16%

In graphics, most students achieve their target grades or above, with 6% achieving A*-A in 2017.

 

VCERT Food

               A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      55%      60%       24%

2016      52%      55%       26%

2017      65%      64%       18%

In food, the results are steady within the subject and students achieve their target grades or above, with 7% achieving A*-A in 2016.

 

Vocational Subjects

WJEC Construction

                A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      20%       55%       20%

2016      86%       85%       67%

2017      89%       93%       50%

In construction, the results have improved from 20% A*-C in 2015 to 89% in 2017, with 18% achieving A* and A.

 

BTEC Engineering

               A*-C     3+LP      4+LP

2015      50%      48%       5%

2016      48%      47%       34%

2017      48%      38%      14%

In engineering, the results are steady within the subject and students achieve their target grades or above, with 4% achieving A*-A in 2017.

Timetable structure

Year 7 2 lessons per fortnight

Year 8 2 lessons per fortnight

Year 9 9 lessons per fortnight

Year 10 5 lessons per fortnight

Year 11 5 lessons per fortnight

KS5 6 lessons per fortnight

Intervention

We have intervention programmes for vulnerable cohorts of Year 10, 11, 12 and 13. Also utilise a range of in class intervention strategies daily

Additional resources

We have the following facilities:

-X2 fully equipped cooking rooms

-X2 resistant materials workshops

-A construction workshop with adjacent computer room

-A construction tiling and paint area

-A construction bricklaying and scaffold building yard

-An engineering workshop with CAD/CAM and metal work engineering facilities with adjacent computer room

-A specialist graphics CAD ICT suite

-A specialist Textiles classroom with CAD/CAM equipment, sinks, new sewing machines


CURRICULUM PLAN for KS3

KEY STAGE

YEAR

Product Design Graphics

Product Design Textiles

Product Design Resistant Materials

Food and Nutrition

KEY STAGE 3

7

 1 lesson per week

Approximately 16 Lessons of Food Technology and 32 Lessons of Product Design (Textiles / Resistant Materials /Graphics / Computer Graphics) Run on a x2 Term Rotation

Every student will complete the design cycle whilst taking part in the following practical activities:

Working with different materials and learning different methods of printing.

Designing on the computer CAD using the 2D design package.

Each student makes a pop up book which they have designed.

Every student will complete the design cycle whilst taking part in the following practical activities:

Health and Safety in the workshop

Using Different Tools, Machinery and Equipment. E.g. sewing machine, CAD/CAM fabric printer

Working with cotton fabrics and pre-made components e.g. elastic

Each student makes a pair of shorts which they have designed.

Every student will complete the design cycle whilst taking part in the following practical activities:

Health and Safety in the workshop

Using Different Tools, Machinery and Equipment. E.g Saw, CAD/CAM laser cutter.

Working with acrylic, woods and pre-made components.

Each student makes a set of Book Ends which they have designed.

Each student makes a keyring which they have designed.

Hygiene & Safety when working with food.

Using Equipment.

How the hob, cooker and grill works.

Where fruit comes from.

-Fruit Salad

-Apple Crumble

-Pasta Salad

-Cous Cous

-Scones

-Pizza Toast

-Bread Rolls

-Vegetarian Curry

8

1 lesson per week

Approximately 16 Lessons of Food Technology and 32 Lessons of Product Design (Textiles / Resistant Materials /Graphics / Computer Graphics) Run on a x2 Term Rotation

Every student will complete the design cycle whilst taking part in the following practical activities:

Working with different materials and learning different methods of printing.

Designing on the computer CAD using the 2D design package.

Each student makes a T-shirt, Badge and CD Cover which they have designed for their favourite music band.

Every student will complete the design cycle whilst taking part in the following practical activities:

Health and Safety in the workshop

Using Different Tools, Machinery and Equipment. E.g. sewing machine, CAD/CAM fabric printer

Working with cotton fabrics and pre-made components e.g. elastic

Each student makes a cover for an electronic devise which they have designed.

Every student will complete the design cycle whilst taking part in the following practical activities:

Health and Safety in the workshop

Using Different Tools, Machinery and Equipment.

Working with acrylic, woods and pre-made components.

Each student makes a ball bearing game which they have designed.

Each student makes a clock which they designed.

Hygiene & Safety when working with food.

Multi-Tasking. Seasonal Foods.

Food Poisoning.

Healthy Meals.

Costing of a Recipe

Fair Trade

-Savoury Rice

-Seasonal Muffins

-Spaghetti Bolognese

-Chilli Con Carne

-Biscuits

-Cheesy Pasta

-Sweet Potato Curry

-Bread Rolls

-Pizza