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Design Technology

KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They follow a rotational learning programme following Cooking and Nutrition, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Students follow the Design and Technology National Curriculum 2014. Our curriculum supports their transition from Key Stage 2 and develops the knowledge and skills required for the GCSE courses offered at KS4 in all areas of Design Technology.

Year 7 

Food

Key Questions: Why are there so many rules in the Food room?

Why does it matter what I eat? Why is food cooked? How do I use electrical equipment? · Development of knowledge and skills through focussed learning and practical activities. · Selection of practical food products made include: Cereal bar, Fruit Salad, Pizza Toast, Cheese and potato pie, Pasta salad, Muffins, Fruit Smoothie, Vegetable soup, Banana Cake.

Resistance Materials Key Questions: Why are there rules in the workshop? What skills will I learn? How will I design and make a desk tidy? How will I design and make a wooden jewellery box? Students will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate: · Desk Tidy · Wooden jewellery box with lid · Extension Task: Acrylic key rings
Textiles Key Questions: Why are there rules in the Textiles room? Can I develop my hand and machine sewing skills? How can I add decorative embellishment to my design idea? Students will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate: Printed and embellished cultural cushions

 

Year 8 

Food

Key Questions: Why is temperature control important? Sauces – What are they? Why are they used? How are they made? Raising Agents- What are they? Why are they used? Why do I need to eat food?

Development of knowledge and skills through focussed learning and practical activities.

Selection of practical food products made include: Chicken / Vegetable skewers, Chilled Cheesecake, Pasta Bake – Roux or reduction sauce, Sweet and Sour, Vegetable Mornay, Chemical raising agents: Scones, Mechanical raising agent: Swiss Roll, Biological raising agent: Yeast product – Savoury/Sweet Pinwheels, an independently chosen product demonstrating Dairy/Meat and alternatives/ High fibre.

Resistance Materials

Key Questions: What is CAD/CAM? How will Tech Soft 2D aid the development of design ideas?

Development of knowledge and skills through focussed learning and practical activities.

Students will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate:

· Designer lamp and base (LED)

· Coated Steel key ring

Textiles

Key Questions: What different methods exist in creating embroidery stitches and where can they be used effectively in a design? How can I develop my machine sewing skills safely? How can I add decorative embellishment to my design idea? Students will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate: Printed and embellished cultural cushions Experimenting with a range of embroidery stitch types and finishing's including double hem and bindings.

Year 9

Food Module 1

Key Questions: Is food a science? Can I make my own pasta? Where do bacteria come from?

Development of knowledge and skills through focussed learning and practical activities. Selection of practical food products made include: Investigation –Popcorn, Shortcrust pastry Tartlets, Flaky Pastry filled and shaped product, Cake product, Cookies/Viennese fingers, Investigation – making pasta.

Food Module 2

Key Questions: Why must my diet be balanced? Why can I eat seasonal fruit all year? Why do I eat what I eat?

Development of knowledge and skills through focussed learning and practical activities. Selection of practical food products made include: Savoury product for teenager, Sweet product for teenager, Jam/jellies, Independently selected traditional and cultural food choices.

Textiles

Key Questions: What different methods exist in creating embroidery stitches and where can they be used effectively in a design? How can I develop my machine sewing skills safely? How can I add decorative embellishment to my design idea? Students will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate: Printed and embellished cultural cushions Experimenting with a range of embroidery stitch types and finishing's including double hem and bindings.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

AQA GCSE FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION

OPTION SUBJECT

COURSE CONTACT: MRS A KIRSZ– LEARNING MANAGER

Exam Board Website:: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

Course Content 

This is a creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a clear understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

Students will make a wide selection of food products and also participate in Investigational activities.

Assessment Details 

  • Written Examination – 50%
  • Non –exam assessment- 50%
  • Task 1 Food Investigation
  • Task 2 Food preparation assessment 

Why Study This Course? 

A career in the food industry due to the students’ extensive knowledge and skill in food development and production.

A career in the Health services due to the students’ ability to plan and prepare healthy food products for specific target groups. Leading on to AS/A2/ BTEC National courses and apprenticeships at Key Stage 5.

 WJEC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CREATIVE AND MEDIA-TEXTILES    

OPTION SUBJECT

COURSE CONTACT: MRS A KIRSZ– LEARNING MANAGER

Course Content 

This qualification prepares pupils by developing an in-depth knowledge of textile-based materials and their practical use within the fashion and Textiles industries. They will have the opportunity to develop skills in producing samples, prototypes, and finished products as well as the skills required to present work in sketchbooks and portfolios.

They will learn to apply technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. There will be the opportunity to use traditional skills as well as modern technologies. Pupils will also gain an understanding of commercial practice and potential career opportunities in the fashion and textiles industries.

The skills and knowledge gained will allow pupils to progress to a wide range of courses in both general and vocational qualifications. It is a particularly good preparation for A-level Art and Design Textiles and all related Level 3 vocational Art and Fashion and Textile qualifications. Pupils will also develop valuable transferable skills in teamwork and communication that will be of value to them no matter what career they choose to follow. 

Assessment Details 

This course is assessed through three units, all following a contemporary textiles pathway.

  • Unit 1: Students create a proposal in response to a brief. External assessment with a 2-hour exam in March of Yr11.  Worth 25%
  • Unit 2: Students complete an outcome in response to a brief. This is worth 25%. Internal assessment.
  • Unit 3: Students are assessed on the production of a skills development project and portfolio. This is worth 50%.

Why Study This Course? 

Studying textile design enables you to develop a range of subject-specific skills, in areas such as:

  • mixed media;

  • printed textiles;

  • embroidery;

  • surface design;

  • Textile retail management.

You will also gain a number of transferable skills that are sought after by many employers, including work independently, set goals, manage your own workload and meet deadlines. 

KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

OCR GCSE ART AND DESIGN: TEXTILE DESIGN (J174)                                                 

OPTION SUBJECT

COURSE CONTACT: MRS ALMA KIRSZ– LEARNING MANAGER

Exam Board Website: http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gcse-art-and-design-j170-j176-from-2016/

Course Content 

The Art and Design course is aimed at students who enjoy Art and want to explore ideas to improve their skills within the subject.  The course is made up of a variety of skills, techniques, and processes.  Students’ skills will be developed through the start of the course, building up a bank of skills during year 9. This will then lead to portfolio projects in year 10, where students will be able to demonstrate their skills in Art and Design.  In year 11 students will prepare for the art examination, which will be taken near the end of the spring term.

Skills and techniques that students will explore include printmaking, ceramics, drawing, painting, mixed media work and 3D work.  Embedded in all of these skills are the links to contextual references and different cultures; work can also be influenced by students’ own interests.  A key skill that is developed is learning to look at the world differently and finding alternative ways to reach conclusions about a piece of work.

Assessment Details

Students will be assessed in two ways for the final GCSE grade.  The first is via a portfolio project.  Students will build a body of work based on a theme of their choice. This will then result in a full portfolio of work that is assessed by the teacher and then externally moderated.

The second form of assessment is via an externally set examination task.  Students will be given an examination paper by the examination board and have to prepare for it during the spring term of year 11.  They will then complete their final piece under examination conditions.

Why Study This Course? 

Students should consider Art and Design if they are considering any career in the creative industry.  These include, but are not limited to illustration, graphic design, theatre design, film production, architecture, magazine publishing, book publishing, journalism, product design, animation, interior design and fine art.

Art is also a course that encourages students to think in different ways – often making them more able to deal with different situations in a more creative way and is, therefore a highly suitable course for most career paths.