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Design Technology


Design Technology

Mr J Evans Curriculum Leader Design and Technology
Mr K Smith – Technology Teacher – Behaviour and Progress

Mrs A Humpage – Food and Child Development Teacher

Mrs T Dyer – Food Teacher

The department is based in three learning spaces which are well equipped with new specialist equipment. These provide a stimulating environment to inspire pupils to develop ideas and experience a sense of real satisfaction and achievement in directing their own learning when using practical materials. The learning spaces include a dedicated ICT suite where pupils can use the CAD/CAM programs and 2D Design to support their learning across Technology as well as programs to support learning in each specialist area.

Pupils with SEN needs are supported through the use of adapted worksheets, the use of coloured resources and one to one support from the technical support staff. We have adapted work areas in the food areas for pupils with movement difficulties and facilities for those pupils in wheelchairs. Work is monitored frequently and extra support or intervention is planned to allow pupils to make steady progress throughout their time in Design and Technology.

KS3 curriculum

At KS3 pupils experience all aspects of the subject and rotate through the specialist areas completing modules in Food and Nutrition, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Product Design

Pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through a balanced progression of product evaluation, Focused Practical Tasks (FPT) and a range of Design/Make Assignments (DMA) in each specialist area;

Design and make assignments (DMAs) are used to give pupils the chance to put their knowledge, skills and understanding to the test and meet challenges that address real needs and wants. They enable pupils to develop confidence and the ability to apply design ideas and concepts in a concrete, practical way. They provide opportunities to work as individuals and teams.

Product evaluation activities are used to allow pupils to investigate, disassemble and evaluate products to build knowledge, skills and understanding that can be used for other activities, particularly the DMA.

Focused practical tasks (FPTs) are used to enable pupils to develop particular knowledge skills and understanding consolidating these as they are gained. They provide emphasis and opportunities for pupils to achieve success in one or more design and technology process.

Threaded through all of KS3 is the STEM focus where pupils learning in Technology is linked to their learning in Maths and Science to ensure their knowledge is fully embedded and transferrable across the subjects.

the subjects.

Year 7

D&T – Focus is manufacturing skills and evaluation. Pupils are introduced to Health and Safety, basic hand skills, CAD/CAM, food safety and hygene. Projects include wooden storage unit, electronic torch and a range of skills building food dishes.

Year 8

D&T Focus is on designing and development, manufacturing skills and evaluation. Pupils work with metals and heat treatments, mechanical systems and healthy eating and safe handling of meats. Projects include sporting metal figure, mechanical systems and producing a range of healthy meals.

Year 9

D&T focus is on research, designing and development, manufacturing skills and evaluation. Pupils work on understanding form and function, developing their understanding of environmental issues, the use of CAD/CAM, developing their understanding of nutrition and special dietary needs. Projects include; A passive mobile phone amplifier, amplifier and planning and preparing a range of dishes for a balanced and healthy diet.

KS4 curriculum

At KS4 pupils can choose from two Technology options to study;

GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA). (QAN 50046093)

The course encourages pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality. Pupils work with a variety of materials over the two years and work to design and produce high quality practical outcomes. Pupils are encouraged to use new technologies throughout the course including CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping. The course modules also foster awareness amongst pupils of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.

VCERT Food and Cookery (NCFE) (QAN 601/4533/X)

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.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA) (QAN 601/8421/8)

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.