DT Food/Textiles

The D&T department offers students the opportunity to design and make their own products in a range of different materials using a variety of tools and equipment. Students study theory and develop their making skills through lots of interesting practical work. It is also an opportunity for them to apply the knowledge and techniques that they have developed in other core subjects into designing and developing practical solutions. Students analyse existing products to enhance their own designing. We are keen that students develop their ability to plan projects and present their work with clarity and impact. Our aim is that students enjoy highly productive lessons where they get to design and make quality products that they are proud to take home.

Year 7
Year 8
GCSE Food Prep & Nutrition
GCSE - Textiles

What will my child learn about in DT Food/Textiles this year?

Discovery


Students will discover how to work safely and hygienically in the food room. They will discover new techniques such as knife skills and how to use a cooker and will cook a range of dishes independently. In textiles students will learn how to thread up a sewing machine and will discover new techniques using fabrics.

Celebration


Students will look at the role of food in different celebrations for different cultures. They will take part in group and individual practical work and will use their sensory analysis skills to evaluate their products. In textiles students will look at how bunting is used in celebrations and will create their own using machine embroidery.

Creativity


Students will have the opportunity to be creative by modifying existing recipes and putting their own stamp on it! In textiles the bunting theme will continue and the students will have the opportunity to show their own creativity when designing and making.

Balance


Students will work in food and textiles together and will look at the balance of ingredients and nutrients in food and the balance of colour in textiles to produce a set of juggling bags.

What type of homework will be set?

  • Students will be cooking once a fortnight and will be expected to organise ingredients for the following lesson.
  • There will be ongoing IMYC homework for each theme which may involve research.
  • Sometimes students will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time.

How will my child be assessed in DT Food/Textiles this year?

  • Students will have four formal assessments throughout the year.  These will take place during lesson time and will be based upon the unit of work studied.
  • Students will regularly take part in peer assessments and self-assessment in lessons.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

  • Ask them about what they have been learning and encourage them to use the recipe book which is in foldr on ipads to practice cooking at home.
  • Read and understand the recipe before coming to practical lessons.
  • Practice weighing and measuring at home and bring ingredients weighed out to save time in the lesson.
  • Students should try to watch food, health and textiles related programmes to boost their knowledge of the subject.

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What will my child learn about in DT Food/Textiles this year?

Risk


Students will be able to identify risks within the food room and will be able to work safely and hygienically.  They will look at risks associated with eating a poor diet.  In textiles students will learn how to use the sewing machine safely and will use a number of techniques to make their own design of cushion.  

Interpretation


For this theme students will gain an understanding of how to interpret and modify recipes, they will also look at logos associated with fair trade, organic, red tractor and free range products and how they are used within the food industry. In textiles students will carry out a number of techniques to add colour and interest to their own design of cushion cover having researched themes and interpreted a suitable idea for a teenager’s bedroom.  

Identity


Students will gain an understanding of how identity can be linked to personal choice when shopping for ingredients and modifying recipes. In textiles students will put their own identity into a design of a cushion suitable for a teenager’s bedroom using a number of decorative techniques.

Structures


Students will work in food and textiles together and will look at how to put fabrics together to make juggling bags and the properties of ingredients used to make structures in cake making.

What type of homework will be set?

  • Students will be cooking once a fortnight and will be expected to organise ingredients for the following lesson.
  • There will be ongoing IMYC homework for each theme which may involve research.
  • Sometimes students will be asked to finish work they have not completed in lesson time.

How will my child be assessed in DT Food/Textiles this year?

  • Students will have four formal assessments throughout the year.  These will take place during lesson time and will be based upon the unit of work studied.
  • Students will regularly take part in peer assessments and self-assessment in lessons.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

  • Ask them about what they have been learning and encourage them to use the recipe book which is in foldr on ipads to practice cooking at home.
  • Read and understand the recipe before coming to practical lessons.
  • Practice weighing and measuring at home and bring ingredients weighed out to save time in the lesson.
  • Students should try to watch food, health and textiles related programmes to boost their knowledge of the subject.

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What will I learn?

This is an exciting opportunity for students to build upon KS3 and continue to regularly make delicious dishes and food products. The main focus of this GCSE course is to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. Students will be able to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

Students will be able to:

  • frequently demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking using a wide variety of food commodities, cooking techniques and equipment
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and nutritional content of food and drinks
  • understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the effects of poor diet and health
  • develop knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food
  • understand and explore in practice, a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international), to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes

Students must be organised to bring ingredients at least once a week and be prepared to take part in group practical activities and tasting sessions. For their GCSE, students will complete coursework involving practical investigations, demonstration of a wide variety of food preparation skills and research into food and society.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1: a one hour 45-minute written examination paper will be sat in June of Year 11 and equates to 50% of the overall GCSE.
  • Unit 2: Food Preparation and Nutrition in Practice – Two Coursework Tasks worth 50% in total and completed in Year 11. Topics from AQA at the start of Year 11. The Food Investigation (15%) involves experimenting with different ingredients and carrying out sensory analysis. Students also need to write a 2000-word report. The Food Preparation coursework (35%) involves carrying out research and show casing technical practical skills. This also includes a 3-hour practical exam where students will plan cook and serve 3 dishes related to the AQA theme.

What could I move onto?

Students can study Diploma Level 3 in Food Science and Nutrition at KS5 and then go onto degrees and careers in one of a wide range of different Catering, Food Science or Nutrition disciplines.

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Exam Board: AQA

Course title: Design & Technology GCSE (9-1) - Textiles

What will I learn?

Students have the opportunity to build upon the work of KS3 and further develop their knowledge and practical skills through designing and making exciting quality products in a range of materials and disciplines. In Year 9, students will be able to work on a wide variety of design and make projects which will develop their knowledge of working with graphics, textiles, electronics, mechanisms, wood, plastic and metal using a wide range of equipment. This pathway will allow students to follow the GCSE in Design Technology with a specialism in Fashion and Textiles. The core subjects will be included but students will have the opportunity to gain a broader material knowledge of Textiles. In Year 10 they will be able to focus on an area of interest and complete a substantial design and make project as part of their coursework unit in Year 11.

Students will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge and designing and making skills through a range of enjoyable, fast-paced and challenging mini-projects using a wide range of materials and components safely.
  • Develop a creative approach to their design development and take calculated risks whilst using technical and practical expertise to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Develop important skills in investigation, problem solving, decision making, planning, time management, resource organisation.
  • Use new technology - computer aided designing and manufacturing techniques (including laser cutting and 3D printing) to complement traditional hand tools and workshop machinery.
  • Develop skills to clearly communicate their ideas through annotation, sketching and 3D modelling.
  • Develop the ability to take into account design considerations and industrial practices.
  • Develop the skills to critically analyse, evaluate, test and refine their own ideas and final products.

Midway through Year 10 students will start their GCSE coursework project, completing a concise design folder, containing analysed research, development of ideas, planning and on-going evaluations. They will then manufacture the product and carry out tests and a final evaluation. The final examination enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge within a design context set by the examination board.

How will I be assessed?

What's assessed

Paper 1
  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks) A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks) Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks) A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What's assessed Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How it's assessed

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx.
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Task(s)

  • Substantial design and make task
  • Assessment criteria:
  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
  • Producing a design brief and specification
  • Generating design ideas
  • Developing design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating
  • In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner
  • Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA
  • Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence
  • Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

What could I move onto?

Students can study A Level Applied Engineering, A Level Product Design (3D Design), A Level Fashion and Textiles or A Level Product Design (Textiles) at KS5 and then go onto degrees and careers in one of a wide range of different Design, Engineering and Manufacturing disciplines. These include Product Design, Engineering, Electronics, Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphics, Media Design.

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