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 Food/Textiles
Year 7 Materials
Year 8 Food/Textiles
Year 8 Materials
GCSE Design & Technology
GCSE Cooking & Nutrition
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 Materials this year? Discovery Students will design and make a Ball Bearing Game, discovering the properties of materials and learning about processes they use to make it. Celebration Students will complete a course on basic hand graphic skills and CAD. They will design a fridge magnet using CAD and the laser cutter. They will research products associated with different Celebrations. Creativity Students will plan and make a holder for a mobile phone in acrylic. They will design its top profile with creativity. Balance Students will further develop their ability to communicate ideas through sketching and modelling. They will consider how to achieve the correct balance of product proportions. What type of homework will be set? Research tasks into: existing similar products; relevant useful data; user needs. To be compiled on iPads. The learning of: relevant materials; equipment; processes; and keyword spellings. To be tested prior to the Progress Tracking Point. Writing of an iPad diary of the technology and making tasks completed during the course of an assignment. How will my child be assessed in DT Food/Textiles this year? Students will be assessed during and at the end of each of the four assignments. They will be given levels, feedback and targets for improvement to act upon to ensure good progress each time. They will also be given a quick knowledge test for each unit of work prior to the Progress Tracking Point. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Encourage your child to research existing similar products at home as a point of inspiration for their own designing. The product analysis and design tool, ACCESS FM, is a very important part of all areas of Design and Technology. It is an acronym for Aesthetics, Client, Cost, Environment, Safety, Size, Function, Materials, Manufacture and Maintenance. It guides students through analysis of existing products, the design process and evaluation of their work. As in the real world of designers, we are constantly looking at a target market group to inspire and guide project outcomes. This can be supported further at home by acting as the client and answering questions and helping them to review and modify their ideas throughout the development stage.
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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 my child learn about in DT Materials this year? Risk Students will take design risks when they make an electronically controlled ornament. They will consider the risks associated with work in design and technology and the precautions necessary. Interpretation Students will explore electronic systems with computer simulation, and mechanisms with a short design and make activity. They will learn how to interpret system diagrams to create working models. Identity Students will design and make a desk tidy in natural timber and manmade board. They will design for a client and try to meet their needs and reflect their identity. Structures Students will learn about physical structures. In teams of three, they will design and test straw towers under increasing loads. They will also design and make a ping pong ball firing devices from a set amount of materials to compete in a competition. What type of homework will be set? Research tasks into: existing similar products; relevant useful data; user needs. To be compiled on iPads. The learning of: relevant materials; equipment; processes; and keyword spellings. To be tested prior to the Progress Tracking Point. Writing of an iPad diary of the technology and making tasks completed during the course of an assignment. How will my child be assessed in DT Food/Textiles this year? Students will be assessed during and at the end of each of the four assignments. They will be given levels, feedback and targets for improvement to act upon to ensure good progress each time. They will also be given a quick knowledge test for each unit of work prior to the Progress Tracking Point. How can I support my child’s learning at home? Encourage your child to research existing similar products at home as a point of inspiration for their own designing. The product analysis and design tool, ACCESS FM, is a very important part of all areas of Design and Technology. It is an acronym for Aesthetics, Client, Cost, Environment, Safety, Size, Function, Materials, Manufacture and Maintenance. It guides students through analysis of existing products, the design process and evaluation of their work. As in the real world of designers, we are constantly looking at a target market group to inspire and guide project outcomes. This can be supported further at home by acting as the client and answering questions and helping them to review and modify their ideas throughout the development stage.
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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. In Year 10 they will be able to focus on an area of interest from the above list 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? Unit 1: a two hour written examination paper will be sat in June of Year 11 and equates to 50% of the overall GCSE. Unit 2: a Design and Making Practice Coursework Project will be started towards the end of Year 10 and completed during the spring term of Year 11. It is worth 50% of the overall GCSE. What could I move onto? Students can study A Level Applied Engineering, A Level Product Design (3D Design) 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.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Design & Technology Links & Resources
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 two hour written examination paper will be sat in June of Year 11 and equates to50% of the overall GCSE. Unit 2: Cooking and Nutrition in Practice - Coursework Tasks worth 50% and completed in Year 11. What could I move onto? Students can study A Level Home Economics: Food, Nutrition and Health at KS5 and then go onto degrees and careers in one of a wide range of different Catering, Food Science or Nutrition disciplines.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Cooking & Nutrition Links & Resources
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