Design and Technology

Team Leader: Ms K Sankey

Design and Technology is a creative subject where pupils develop their design skills and utilise technology to design and make usable products.

Pupils learn and undertake activities in design and technology that enable young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

In Design and Technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Pupils will have experience of working in all the Technology areas offered, during their progress through KS3. During KS3 pupils complete a series of projects in cooking and nutrition, textiles & graphics. In KS4 they can opt for one full GCSE or technical award course in any of the mentioned material areas.

Curriculum Overview
In Years 7 and 8 pupils study a wide range of projects designed to develop a wide range of both designing and making skills whilst providing a broad and balanced DT curriculum from which pupils can make informed choices for their GCSE Option choices.

Key stage 3:
Year 7 Projects include:

  • Wooden animals
  • Graphics and 3D drawing
  • Structures project
  • Stress chickens (juggling bags)
  • Polyfusion pencil case: Recycling carrier bags
  • Cooking and nutrition; nutrition topics focused on different food groups from the Eatwell plate. Basic cooking and food preparation techniques for mainly savoury items using all parts of the cooker.

Year 8 Projects include:

  • Mirror project using CAD/CAM
  • Structures project, learning the principles of triangulation and how forces affect structures
  • Embellished cushion based on different cultures
  • Cooking and Nutrition: Nutrition topics focused on macro and micro nutrients; dietary goals and current nutrition issues. Simple meals produced from a wider range of cookery techniques.

Key stage 4:
At KS4, pupils may opt to follow a design and technology programme, leading to a full GCSE or technical award qualification, through one of either: technical awards in Hospitality and Catering or Visual Communication and the new GCSE in Design Technology.

Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.

GCSE Design Technology
For the GCSE in Design Technology, assessment is by a long project (Controlled Assessment) and a 2hr written examination. 50% of the marks are for the Project which includes designing and making. The design folder is approximately 20 sides of A3 and documents the development of the final product from an initial brief which is set by the examination board.

During Year 9 and Year 10 pupils will develop their practical skills and knowledge through a series of small projects offering pupils to develop an understanding of different material and manufacturing practices. With this pupils will also learn technology topics though theory lessons based on content covered in the exam for Year 11.

Topics of learning include:
Graphic and technical drawing skills and techniques;
Materials and their properties;
Tools, machinery and industrial practices;
Ergonomics and anthropometrics;
Sustainability and the environment

KS4 projects include:
MP3 speaker
Design movement themed clock project
GCSE Project: pupils are given a design brief from the exam board where they will produce a design folder and manufacture a product using the skills developed during Year 9 and Year 10.

Technical award in Hospitality & Catering:
EDUQAS Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering

The technical award in Hospitality and Catering is assessed through two units:-

Unit 1 – The Hospitality and Catering Industry – externally assessed online exam of 90 minutes worth 40% of the grade. Unit 2 – Hospitality and Catering In Action –  one piece of controlled assessment (60% of final grade), carried out in Year 11 which includes a 3 hour practical exam.

The course is now run over 3 years and there is a very strong emphasis on practical skills and in mastering all aspects of food preparation, cooking and presentation of dishes. Practical skills to include all aspects of pastry, cake and bread making, as well as commodities, including; fruit and vegetables, cereals including pasta making, milk and dairy, meat, fish and meat cookery as well as eggs and cheese.

Topics of learning include:
Nutrition and menu planning, including special diets;
Health, safety and hygiene;
Presentation of dishes and portion control;
The food industry;
Specialist equipment;
Communication and record keeping;
Environmental concerns.

Technical award in Graphic Design:

Graphic Design is a very visually creative subject where you will work with colour, tone, line, typography, imagery and composition to create graphic design. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of technical skills and media:
Digital: use of IT using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, digital photography.
Physical: hand sketching, use of coloured pencil, pen and ink, paint, collage etc.

To be awarded the Technical Award in Graphic design you must successfully complete 4 units of study and achieve a minimum of a pass in the external assessment. The 4 Units of internally assessed work (Introduction to Graphic Design, Graphic Design practice, Responding to a design brief and design portfolio) make up 50% of the final grade. The External assessment (task based exam) makes up 50% of the final grade. The assessment will last 10 hours which is  split over a few days. The work produced by pupils is sent away to be marked by an external examiner.

How to support pupil learning
The DT department offers enrichment opportunities. In Year 7 and 8 pupils have the opportunity to work in the after school DT club once a week, pupils are offered the chance to work on STEM related projects and whole school events to support local projects. At KS4 GCSE pupils have the opportunity to have weekly after school workshops supporting them to do their project work and practical projects.