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Design and Technology Department

We, as a Design Technology department aim to develop all pupils designing and making skills to the highest standards.  We want every pupil to walk out of the department with something that they have made and are proud of.

As a department we will aim for pupils to become independent learners.   This will be done through the fostering of a desire to design products and improve themselves.

This is also done through:

Pupils

KS3 Overview – Projects

During year 7, 8 & 9 students take three subjects during the year.  These are approximately 12 weeks long.  The subjects that the students experience are:  Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

 

Food Technology

Resistant Materials

Textiles

Year 7

Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad, Toasties, Fruit Crumble

I am Acrylic

Pillow

Year 8

Ratatouille, Macaroni Cheese, Savoury Rice, Stir Fry, Pizza

Clock

Printing

Year 9

Make a stunning and flavourful dish using Pasta or pastry

Mechanical Toy

Reclaiming and remaking

KS4 Overview

WJEC 4110 – Resistant materials

Unit 1 (4111) – Exam: 2 hour written exam and is worth 40%.

This contains two sections:  Section A - 20% Four compulsory questions related to the world   of Design & Technology and Graphic Products.

  Section B - 20% Four compulsory questions based on the   specification content.

Unit 2 (4112) - Controlled Assessment:  Coursework completed in school worth 60%.

It is in two parts:   Part A - Carry out an analysis of the problem, write a design   specification, generate a range of ideas, develop a solution and   produce the details of the final solution (10 guided hours).

  Part B - Plan the making process, carry out the making and evaluate   project (20 guided hours).

WJEC 4130 – Textiles

During Year 10 you will complete a series of mini projects that will teach you the skills needed to produce a high quality product for your controlled assessment in Year 11. Some of the mini projects that you will complete are:  formal drawing and rendering, Shorts or Skirt learning skills such as:  Cutting, patterns, sewing by hand and machine.  Dress or Top learning skills such as:  Collars, gathering/pleating, hems & seams, interfacing & setting in sleeves.  Decorative techniques including skills such as: Tie Die, screen printing, embroidery & applique.  You will also get the chance to use innovative technologies such as electronics for wearable technology products.  

Year 11 is Controlled Assessment based. From day one in Year 11 you will work on your design and make assignment. The exam board set briefs for you to design too and you will be guided through these by your teacher with the expectation of utilising the skills you learnt during Year 10 as independently as possible. You will also have dedicated theory lessons that will impart the knowledge you need to be successful in the exam. These will be tested regularly as you work through past papers and learn about designers.

Unit 1 (4131) – Exam: 2 hour written exam and is worth 40%.

This contains two sections:  Section A - 20% Four compulsory questions related to the world   of Design & Technology and Textiles.

  Section B - 20% Four compulsory questions based on the   specification content.

Unit 2 (4132) - Controlled Assessment:  Coursework completed in school worth 60%.

It is in two parts:   Part A - Carry out an analysis of the problem, write a design   specification, generate a range of ideas, develop a solution and   produce the details of the final solution (10 guided hours).

  Part B - Plan the making process, carry out the making and evaluate   project (20 guided hours).

WJEC 4300 – Food Preparation and Nutrition

Nutrition, Diet and Health Throughout Life – throughout the Food and Nutrition course there is a big focus on key nutrients required by each dietary category, ranging from toddlers to the elderly to diabetics and those with allergies and intolerances. Students learn to develop a range of dishes linked to individual dietary requirements and containing key nutrients to ensure a healthy

Factors Affecting Consumer Choice – through selecting healthy and nutritious meals students are taught to consider many different factors. Students identify why a range of different choices are made linking to religion, family incomes and ethics.

Nutritional, Physical, Chemical and Sensory Properties of Foods in Storage, Preparation and Cooking – while developing and exploring a range of everyday dishes students learn to use their senses as a key evaluation and development tool. Students are taught to base cooking skills, techniques and outcomes on the taste, smell, texture and appearance of the dish.

Food Hygiene and Safety – an extremely important part of food practices within the home, classroom and industry. Students are expected to follow key rules and work to a high standard in a safe environment and to the highest hygiene controls.

Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition

  90 minute written paper worth 50%. The paper will contain short-answer, structured and   free response questions drawn from all areas of the specification and will assess the quality   of written communication.

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition Practical Tasks Controlled Assessment (50%)

  Task 1:  One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC. Duration: 8   hours to commence in the first half of the course. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria   and externally moderated.

  Task 2:  One in-depth task to be selected from a choice of two tasks set by WJEC.   Duration:   12 hours to commence in the second half of the course. Internally assessed using   WJEC set   criteria and externally moderated.

 

KS5 Overview

WJEC Product Design

Product Design is a very creative subject and allows students who study it to access higher level thinking skills during creative activities.  The Media will lead us to believe that there is not enough production in this country, but we are at the forefront of cutting edge design, from Sir John Ive at Apple to James Dyson.  British designers are sort after the world over, it says a lot that most design offices have English as their first language, where ever they are.

Design at AS level develops knowledge and use of the Design process through a wide variety of approaches to the subject.  These range from short product analysis assignments, to intensive design sessions, and through to the more traditional design and make assignments.

Formal assessment during AS is through two areas:

Formal Exam

Design and Make Assignment:  Redesign and improve a product of the pupil’s choice.  This is a design and make assignment, similar to the GCSE coursework but making the product for a client to act like a real designer.

Formal Assessment during A2 is through two areas:

Formal Exam

Design and Make Assignment: Pupils will design and make a product for a client, acting like true designers they have to design for a market, customers and meet the requirements of the client.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Get Ahead Sessions:

The department is open for any student to ‘Get Ahead’ in their project work, every day of the week.  There is supervision and specialist teachers on hand to support during Break time and Lunch time every day.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday specialist teachers are on hand afterschool between 3:05 – 5:00 to get ahead on projects, but these sessions are more geared to the GCSE students completing Controlled Assessment

STEM

STEM club and STEM events happen regularly during the year.  We run ‘Girls Get Set’ and ‘Flying Start’ on Wednesday afternoons during the year with pupils attending offsite competitions at regular intervals.

Lets Get Cooking

 

Next steps or Where the subject leads

 

Resistant Materials and Graphic Products:

Resistant Materials is a very creative and innovative subject area.  Students who study this are seen as real problem solvers and innovative designers.  Studying an area like this is the first step into a design based career, be it in Engineering or 3D Product Design it is very often seen as the first step towards an Engineering apprenticeship.  It is also a very useful GCSE to have as you can show the work you produce at interviews.

Food Preparation and nutrition:

Food and Nutrition is a practical subject that can be very creative.  It is all about a healthy lifestyle, making food for a healthy life style and learning about the catering industry.  This subject would be very useful to study if you are interested in a career in the catering industry OR just as useful if you are interested in a career where you need to know about a balanced and nutritious diet, such as sports.

Textiles:

Food and Nutrition is a practical subject that can be very creative.  It is all about a healthy lifestyle, making food for a healthy life style and learning about the catering industry.  This subject would be very useful to study if you are interested in a career in the catering industry OR just as useful if you are interested in a career where you need to know about a balanced and nutritious diet, such as sports.

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