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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 

Specialism Topics

Food

  • Cooking and Nutrition

  • Development of practical skills through the making of a variety of food product

  • Design and Make Task: Healthy Pizza

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Resistance Material 

  • Design and Make Task :Jewellery Box

  • CAD CAM Laser lid

  • Steel coated key ring

Textiles 

  • Hand sewing machine skills

  • Design and make task : Cushions/Mobile Phone Holder

Year 8 

Specialism  Topics 

Food

  • Cooking and Nutrition

  • Development of practical skills through the making of a variety of food products

  • Design and Make Task :Healthy School Meal / Cultural / Life stages

 

Resistant Materials

  • Design and Make Task –Acrylic lamp with soldered LED light.Design created using SAD/CAM

  • Dip coated street keyring

 

Textiles 

  • Functional properties of fibres and fabrics

  • Design and Make Task :Wall Hanging Professional Study –  Fashion Textiles /Designers

 

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.