DT

It is our intention in Design and Technology to provide pupils with the opportunity to discover the pleasure and importance of designing and making using a wide variety of resources and materials. We hope that learning will be both a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

We provide opportunities for students to develop their capability, through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create products.  Through Design and Technology, we teach students to develop their confidence to identify, examine and solve problems using tools and materials. While we teach this knowledge and understanding specifically within Design and Technology lessons, it crosses over and applies the learning from a wide variety of other curriculum areas such as Maths, Science, and ICT.

Our aims are to provide opportunities for pupils to:

Supporting your child
All students in both key stages are expected to do their very best no matter what their ability. In order to achieve this staff offer individual after school, lunchtime or break ‘finish’ off sessions. In year 11 there are opportunities for students to attend regular coursework support sessions. Regular contact and support with home is also an aim of the department as we feel a strong working relationship between school and home is necessary to ensure students can achieve all that they can with the support of home as well as the class teachers.

 

 

KS3


KS3 Design technology
In Design and Technology we aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to discover the enjoyment and fun of making products using a wide variety of resources and materials. We hope that all learning will be interesting and students enjoy their experiences either in the food room, workshop or the CAD/CAM room.
We provide opportunities for students to develop their designing and making skills through a variety of activities these also develop their knowledge and understanding of both materials and manufacturing techniques appropriate to the module of work they are currently be studying. 

During their time in KS3 DT we aim to provide students:

  • The confidence to overcome problems independently from staff.
  • The skills to follow their creative designs and turn these into reality.
  • The ability to work independently and develop self-esteem and self-reliance.
  • To experience a range of different material areas.
  • To develop the relevant skills to achieve good grades at GCSE level.
     

Curriculum at KS3
All students study design technology in year 7. Students are placed in mixed ability classes and follow a rotational system. Year 7 students complete a baseline test so that the department can assess their general understanding of DT and then develop the course to strengthen their understanding of the different subjects.
During year 8 students will again follow a rotational system. Projects have been developed to allow for more independence and more complex tasks being undertaken thus developing skills from year 7 and improving on skills required for year 9 and KS4. Pupil voice activities will have helped developed specific elements of all courses.
All modules of work set home learning tasks at the beginning of the module and the work is assessed and fed back before the students rotate to the next member of staff.

Topic Overview
Module 1- Resistant materials
Module 2 – Food
Module 3 – CAD/CAM

All students will study all 3 areas of DT with the possibility of specialising in either Catering, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials at KS4.

Useful Resources
Technology Student

Catering Year 10 and 11


All students follow a three-year GCSE hospitality and catering course.

Course Details
The aim of the course is to allow students to extend and apply their skills and knowledge of food to the specific requirements of the catering industry.  As well as developing lifelong skills, this course offers an ideal basis for further study.  There are many career opportunities in the catering industry and a GCSE in catering offers students an excellent insight into these careers.

The specific content of the course can be divided into nine areas of study:  the food industry; job roles and opportunities; health, safety, and hygiene; food preparation, cooking and presentation; nutrition and menu planning; costing and portion control; specialist equipment; communication and record keeping; and environmental considerations.  These areas are covered through both practical and theory tasks.

Exam Details
The coursework consists of two controlled practical assessments, worth a total of 60%. The first one is during the summer term of year 10 and is based on catering skills related to food preparation and service. The remaining assessment occurs during the spring term of year 11 and is focused on meal preparation.

The remaining 40% is assessed by a written examination which takes place during the summer term of the final year.

Home Learning
Weekly planning task for practical sessions are set for home learning.  This will sometimes involve searching for appropriate recipes for a given assignment.  Fortnightly independent tasks including worksheets and research aimed at reinforcing subject specific knowledge.

When completing the two controlled practical assessments the students will be expected to gather a lot of information for their projects at home or out of school. They will need to prepare their work at home before completing it at school – this is in light of changes brought in by examination bodies for the completion of coursework under specific working conditions

Useful Resources
Technology Student
GCSE Bitesize
U 2 Learn
British Nutrition Foundation
Food a fact of life
SAM Learning
What 2 Learn

Graphic Products GCSE


All students follow a three year GCSE Graphic Products course that has a final assessment combining both coursework and an exam.

Course Overview

The course looks at a variety of different modelling materials and ways in which to design and manufacture using these materials. Students also look at modern issues within the world of technology. Students will spend year 10 developing the basic skills required to work independently on their main coursework folder throughout year 11.  At the same time the theory required for the written exam will be taught.

Exam Details

The course is assessed by a coursework piece that is worth 50% of the final mark. This is a design and make task and will be submitted by the February half-term of year 11.  The final 50% of the assessment is an exam paper that is sat in the summer term of year 11 and is 2 hours long.

Home Learning
Half termly independent projects are set as home learning to develop skills learnt in class as well offering the opportunity to improve class work and theory understanding

 

Resistant Materials GCSE


All students follow a three year GCSE Resistant Materials course, which is accredited by Eduqas.

Course Overview
The course looks at a variety of different materials and ways in which to design and manufacture using these materials. Students also look at modern issues within the world of technology.  Students will spend year 9 and 10 developing the basic skills required to work independently on their main coursework folder throughout year 11. At the same time the theory required for the written exam will be taught.

Exam Details
The course is assessed by a coursework piece that is worth 50% of the final mark. This is a design and make task and will be submitted by the February half-term of year 11.  Students also have to sit a 2 hour exam paper in the summer term of year 11, which makes up the remaining 50% of the course.

Home Learning
Half termly independent projects will be set as home learning to develop skills learnt in class as well as offering the opportunity to improve classwork and understanding of the essential theory.

Useful Resources
Technology Student
BBC GCSE Bitesize
GCSE Specification

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