Design Technology

Head of Department

Mrs A Loader

Key Stage 3

 

All students study Design and Technology at KS3. Each year group is taught following a carousel. Every lesson is taught in a double (2 hours) and each module in the carousel lasts between 7 – 9 weeks in length.

 

Year 7
In Year 7 the students participate in 4 modules: Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials and CAD/CAM. A design brief is followed and students develop their design and make skills. The modules last for approximately 9 weeks.

 

Food Technology: the students make products that are healthy, nutritious and could be served as part of a packed lunch.

Textiles Technology: the students design and make a soft toy using basic skills and learning to use the sewing machine.

Resistant Materials: the students design and make a mobile phone holder using wood and developing their skills using machines such as the jig saw.

CAD/CAM: the students design and make a maze puzzle using 2D Design and producing their design on a milling machine.

 

Year 8
In Year 8 the students participate in 4 modules: Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials and a Jewellery project. A design brief is followed and students develop their design and make skills. The modules last for approximately 9 weeks.

 

Food Technology: the students make multi-cultural healthy products that would appeal to teenagers.

Textiles Technology: the students design and make a hat for a chosen target group, including the use of applique.

Resistant Materials: the students design and make a mechanical toy developing their understanding of systems and control.

Jewellery:  the students design and make a piece of jewellery using the process of computer casting.

 

Year 9
In Year 9 the students participate in 5 modules: Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Resistant Materials, CAD/CAM and a Graphics project. A design brief is followed and students develop their design and make skills. The modules last for about 7 weeks.

 

Food Technology: the students make healthy, nutritious products suitable for family meals.

Textiles Technology: the students design and make a bag for a chosen target group for a specific function.

Resistant Materials: the students design and make a storage container/box made from wood. They develop skills such as joining techniques.

CAD/CAM: the students design and make a clock developing their 2D design skills.

Graphics project: the students design and make a mini torch and develop their sketching techniques.

Key Stage 4

 

The Department offers the following GCSE courses:

GCSE Food Technology – AQA exam board

GCSE Resistant Materials – AQA exam board

GCSE Catering – WJEC exam board

GCSE Child Development – WJEC exam board

Key Stage 5

 

The Department offers AS & A Level Food Technology – AQA exam board.

Department Resources Available:

The Department has 6 teaching rooms – E8 & E9 are workshops. E7TS is a computer room with 23 computers, a printer/photocopier and also houses the VR milling machine. E11 & E12 are Food Technology rooms. E13 is the Textiles room. The full-time D & T technician has a preparation room which accommodates the circular saw and band saw. There is an additional room which houses a variety of lathes. The part-time Food Technology/Textiles technician is based in the Food/Textiles area.

Extra-Curricular Activities Offered:

Textiles club at lunchtimes in E13 ( Textiles room )
MADE Engineering club on a Tuesday 3.20 – 4.30pm