Design Technology

The Design Technology department has a team of enthusiastic subject specialists, which lead by example demonstrating skills in independent projects to inspire learners. The building has 2 traditional workshops, a graphics room, kitchen and workroom for textiles. Each room is kitted with a range of hand tools and machines for learners to explore and build skills. The innovative team are constantly updating projects to incorporate new techniques. The department boasts a CNC machine, Laser cutter, 3D Printer and the latest design software amongst a range of other machines. The Design Technology department adapt/update schemes of work to follow the National Curriculum.

www.data.org.uk/for-education/curriculum/dt-national-curriculum-for-england-2014

 

Key Stage 3

At KS3 all learners will take part in Design Technology lessons, each year group will rotate between Product Design, Textiles and Food. During the rotation learners will experience both practical and theory lessons to gain knowledge and build skills within all disciplines of Design Technology. Learners will work through the design phase building a portfolio through research and analysis to assist in developing their prototype. Throughout KS3 learners will build a range of cross curricular skills that can be applied at GCSE.

Year 7

Product Design – Learners will design and make a Headphone Wrap. The key focus of the project is basic hand tool skills.
Textiles – Learners will design and make a ‘Bag For School Life’. The key focus of the project is to develop hand/machine sewing skill and pattern making.
Food – Learners will learn a range of basic cooking skills and investigate textures and flavours.
The focus of year 7 Design Technology is to perfect basic practical skills in each discipline to develop further in year 8 & 9. Theory lessons are focused on subject specific language, research and design to communicate ideas.

Year 8

Product Design – Learners will design and make a portable amp. The focus of the project is electronics and further making skills.
Textiles – Learners will design and make a ‘My Space’ product. The key focus of the project is sustainability and precise making skills.
Food – Learners will learn functions of ingredients. The key focus being international cuisine and recipe adaption.
The focus of year 8 Design Technology is independent research to make informed decisions to complete custom products. Theory lessons are focused on analysis and extended writing skills to communicate intentions, design & outcomes.

Year 9

Product Design – Learners will design and make a clock. The focus of the project is CAD/CAM.
Textiles – Learners will design and make a Safety Apron. The key focus of the project is to complete a shop quality product.
Food – Learners will complete a range of Design and Make task working to a brief. The key focus being special diets, moral & ethical considerations.
The focus of year 9 Design Technology is deeper knowledge, learners will research and apply new techniques to their investigation towards a final product.

Clubs

The Design Technology department offer a range of clubs throughout the year with a specific focus for learners to explore the workshops and specialist machines. See parent/student bulletin for up to date clubs on offer.

Food Technology Summary Curriculum Plan

Product Design Summary Curriculum Plan

Textiles Summary Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

At KS4 learners are able to choose from AQA Graphic Products, AOA Resistant Materials, AQA Food Technology.

AQA Graphic Products

Learners are introduced to further, more advanced presentation and drawing techniques using Computer Aided Design (CAD). Practical making skills are challenged by a variety of 3D modelling tasks. Learners quickly develop ICT skills enabling virtual modelling, and new technologies are embraced alongside more traditional processes. Following the AQA examinations board specification, learners are guided to select from a number of contextual choices pertinent to their interests. These contexts serve as starting points in the development of chosen projects. The final project in Year 11 is the GCSE ‘Controlled Assessment’. The folio draws upon all design skills learnt in previous years whilst the manufacturing of the model is required to be of industry standard quality, assisted to this level by use of laser cutting, 3D printing and computer aided design.

AQA

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-graphic-products-4550

Year 11 Graphic Products Summary Curriculum Plan

AQA Resistant Materials

Learners are introduced to further, more advanced skills in theory, design and making. Practical making skills are challenged by learners working on 6 different processes early on in the course to perfect use of the specialist machines in the workshop. Learners quickly develop ICT skills through the projects to complete CAD/CAM products, which are encouraged to be incorporated in products with traditional build techniques. Following the AQA examinations board specification, learners are guided to select from a number of contextual choices pertinent to their interests. These contexts serve as the starting points in the development of chosen projects. The final project in Year 11 is the GCSE ‘Controlled Assessment’. The folio draws upon all design skills learnt in previous years whilst the manufacturing of the prototype is required to be of industry standard quality, assisted to this level by the use of laser cutting, 3D printing and computer aided design.

AQA

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560

Resistant Materials Summary Curriculum Plan

AQA Food Technology

Learners are introduced to further, more advanced skills in theory and food preparation. Practical skills are challenged by learners working to a range of design and make tasks to develop their adaption skills. Learners quickly identify functions of ingredients to adapt recipes to suit a brief relating to specialist requirements. Following AQA examinations board specification, learners are guided to select from a number of contextual choices pertinent to their interests. Those context serve as the starting points in the development of chosen projects. The final project in Year 11 is the GCSE ‘Controlled Assessment’. The folio draws upon all development skills learnt in previous years whilst the manufacturing of the product is required to be of high quality and creativity.

Food Technology Summary Curriculum Plan

AQA

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-food-technology-4545

New Specifications to come September 2016/17

Food Technology course will be replaced with Food Preparation and Nutrition for learners starting GCSE in September 2016. Details of the new specification can be found at

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food-preparation-and-nutrition

Design Technology subjects (Product Design, Resistant Materials & Textile Technology) will change to a single Design Technology GCSE in 2017. We will upload a link once the new specification is released by the exam boards.


AQA 

www.aqa.org.uk/about-us/supporting-education/policy/gcse-and-a-level-changes/structure-of-new-gcses

Recommended text books, revision guides and reference books

AQA GCSE (9-1) Design & Technology

ISBN-13: 978-1910523100

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