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Design & Technology

In the 21st Century, DT is one of the only subjects that equip learners with a wide variety of life skills, ranging from an understanding of different manufacturing techniques through to developing creative and abstract artistry. Pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that are tailored to meet specific design needs. They learn to think creatively and solve problems as individuals and as team members. The department places emphasis on “quality” products as there is great benefit in students experiencing success and seeing and handling products that are well made. In addition we see the preparation of young people for citizenship in a technological society as a central activity within the subject.

Mr D Newton

Mrs J Taylor

Mrs L Jones

Mrs R Clemson

Key Stage 3

Promoting excellence through challenge and initiative is embodied in our subject curriculum. Our students become successful, independent learners who enjoy learning and making progress. We aim to produce confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. In Years 7 students study all areas of Design and Technology, these being Food, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Product Design. In Year 8 focus is placed on Food Technology and Product Design.

Textiles Students will learn a range of skills from understanding the need of thorough research, to being able to gather ideas to assist with their design work and then be able to make informed choices for their final design. They will learn basic pattern cutting and assembly, as well as basic decorative skills including embroidery, applique and sequins. They will also then learn how to test and improve their product through peer and self-evaluation.

Year 7 - Introduction to Textiles and Making a Puggly -(10 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) Design Brief – ‘To design and make a Puggly using a range of different Textiles techniques in a safe manner’. The Puggly is a textile product that is designed to help Year 7 students develop their own textile skills or learn from the beginning if they have no skills (developed at KS2). It is a well differentiated task that will allow all students to take part and learn all about the basics of Textiles Technology. The skills that are learnt in this module will set the foundations for their KS3 learning experience. This scheme includes modular tasks – such as fabric decoration and embroidery.

Resistant Materials Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This curriculum allows students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

Year 7 - Wood focus - (10 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) Design Brief – Ercall Wood Technology College have a poly tunnel and the student eco-council are developing the area constantly. They are working towards the area being biodiverse and want to encourage many species of organisms to grow there. Your task is to design and make a butterfly / bird / bug house suitable for little creatures to live in. In Year 7, students will experience a workshop environment for the first time and there is a big focus on Health and Safety.

Year 8 - Plastics and recycling focus - (10 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) Design Brief – The manufacturer and development of a range of plastic products – experimenting with sizes/ prototyping. Packaging and advertising for your products will be included. There must have an element of recycling and use up to 4 different methods of plastic manipulation to decorate and manufacture it including Vacuum former, Acrylic pots, Line Bender and Heat Press.

Product Design The task of developing outstanding new products is difficult, time-consuming, and costly. People who have never been involved in a development effort are astounded by the amount of time and money that goes into a new product. Great products are not simply designed, but instead they evolve over time through countless hours of research, analysis, design studies, engineering and prototyping efforts, and finally, testing, modifying, and re-testing until the design has been perfected.

Product Design and Development is a project-based course that covers modern tools and methods for product design and development. The cornerstone is a project in which students conceive, design and prototype a physical product. Class sessions are conducted in workshop mode and employ cases and hands-on exercises to reinforce the key ideas. Topics include identifying customer needs, concept generation, product architecture, industrial design, and design-for-manufacturing.

Year 7 – Product Design - Clock - (10 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) Design Brief – A well-known Swiss clock manufactures have contacted the school and would like pupils to design and make a clock that is attractive to a specific target markets. Students will carry out design work both hand drawn and computer generated using Techsoft 2D design. Students will produce a drawing for the laser cutter to cut out their plywood clock base. Students will consider how to tell the time and position of the clock face. Students will select other materials to add to their chosen clock base.

Year 8 – Product Design Table Top Light   - (10 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) Design Brief – A large Swedish furniture store are developing their range of table top lights suitable for a teenager. Design and Make a Table top light which must be of high quality; be battery operated and have a fun feature. Students will carry out design work both hand drawn and computer generated using Techsoft 2D design and also 3D designing using Isometric drawing. Students will produce a drawing for the laser cutter to cut out their plywood light. Students will use the skill of soldering to join components in order to make their light work.

Food Technology: The Food Technology Department is a busy, vibrant and popular department. The focus is to promote a love of cooking whilst acquiring the knowledge and skills through practical work to become a competent cook and to gain success at GCSE level and beyond. The aim is to embrace and celebrate success for all in a creative “can do” environment where a positive attitude is seen as the only option. Teamwork and peer group support is valued and pupils are individually supported and guided at all levels in order to achieve their potential grade.

Year 7 – Food Technology (10 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) In Year 7, the students will be introduced to the principles of designing food products which are based around the Eatwell Plate and in particular fruit and vegetables. The aim is to widen the students understanding of preparing different food products in a safe and hygienic manner. Students will be developing a range of different practical skills through the production of pizzas, Dutch Apple Cake, apple crumble, plus lots more. All students will also be involved in the taste testing of a range of different food products both sweet and savoury from a variety of different countries, especially fruit and vegetables.

Year 8 – Food Technology (19 lessons x 100 minutes approximately) Year 8 Students will be introduced to the principles of designing food products which are based around carbohydrates. The aim is to widen the students understanding of preparing different food products in a safe and hygienic manner. Students will be developing a range of different practical skills through the production of rock cakes, breads, pastry products, cakes and scones. Students will also be involved in taste testing of a range of different products to enable them to develop and adapt existing food products. The aim is to widen the students understanding of preparing different food products in a safe and hygienic manner. Students will be developing a range of different practical skills through the production of Bread Based Pizza, Vegetable Pasta Bake, Curry, Cheese cake and Lemon Meringue Pie.

In addition, across all the years, the students will be considering safety and hygiene in a Food Technology room, safe food storage and healthy eating with particular reference to fruit and vegetables and the importance of them in our diet, as well as nutrition and food packaging and labelling.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology is an optional subject at GCSE, where two of the four areas studies at Key Stage 3 are offered, namely Product Design and Food with Textiles being offered under the title of Art Textiles.

Product Design

This specification is one of a suite of eight in Design and Technology offered by AQA. There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G. 

Unit 1: Written Paper (45551)

  • 40% of total marks
  • 2 hours
  • 120 marks

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45552)

  •  60% of total marks
  • Approximately 45 hours
  • 90 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

The new Year 10 students for 2017/18 will be completing, over the two year, the Level 1/2 VCERT in Food and Cookery. This qualification is designed for learners who have an interest in food and cookery. It will provide learners with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food. The qualification consists of four mandatory units that test the knowledge of student’s abilities to understand and prepare food safely and hygienically. Recognise the importance of a balanced diet and be able to prepare dishes to a given design brief.

All the subject areas are delivered in well-equipped rooms, which allow pupils to use a range of practical skills in their work.

Child Development - This course is an optional subject offered in Key Stage 4, which is a GCSE subject, using the Cambridge Nationals examination board. Pupils cover a range of information, producing 2 set short tasks and one in-depth Child Study. The pupils also sit an examination at the end of Year 11. It is important to note that all pupils taking the subject must have access to a young child, to use as their subject for the Child Study.

Enrichment - All areas offer lunchtime and after school sessions whenever required. The department works closely with our feeder primary schools, offering primary students the opportunity to visit the Design and Technology department, working alongside our pupils. The department is continually revising and developing to provide the students with an enriching experience in Design and Technology.

Website Links

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

NCFE - https://www.ncfe.org.uk/qualification-search/ncfe-level-2-certificate-in-food-and-cookery-4434.aspx

OCR - http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-nationals-child-development-level-1-2-j818/