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Contact: Mrs. Rutherford
Key Stage 3


Course Aims:
In Design and Technology students are given the opportunity to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. Students learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. Students learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
Students are provided with stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, so that students can identify needs and develop opportunities. Students respond with ideas, products and systems and challenging expectations where appropriate. Students combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. Students evaluate design and technology's uses and effects and through Design and Technology students develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. Students will learn to apply their creative thinking and learn to be innovative.
Students will study Design and Technology for 2 hours per week. This encompasses students rotating through a range of soft and hard technologies including Food Nutrition, Graphics Products, Resistant Materials and Textiles. Throughout each specialism students will build upon knowledge and understanding and their progress is tracked and monitored accordingly in each area.


Subject summary: Year 7 Design and Technology Programme of Study


Food and Nutrition:
Students are taught to develop their individual capabilities, knowledge and understanding through focused practical tasks, product analysis activities and design and make assignments. The students will have the opportunity to make several dishes, these will focus on healthy eating and using basic food equipment.

Graphic products:
Students are introduced to designing products for a specific consumer. Modelling using a variety of mediums is a key area to develop creative and innovative ideas that promotes problem solving and independent research skills. Combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of mechanisms. The learner will design and make a mechanical book, researching themes appropriate for a child as a user.

Resistant materials:
Students will build skills in the core technology knowledge bases of creativity and problem solving through the medium of studying woods and plastics and technological advances. This unit teaches student to design, develop, make and evaluate a product to solve a specific problem. The learners are taught technical and practical skills in working with different materials and they also learn about design generation, industrial processes, materials, environmental issues making a toy.

Textiles:
Students will follow a basic skills unit where they will extend their understanding of Textiles, whilst developing independence. The learners will consider the origins of natural and manmade fibres the methods of construction and use them effectively. The skills introduced in this unit are the safe working practice of the sewing machine and use of Textile equipment and processes. Students will develop these skills independently to design and make a soft toy inspired by their independent research and imaginative design ideas.

Subject summary: Year 8 Design and Technology Programme of Study


Food and Nutrition:
This unit of work encompasses knowledge and skills gained previously and build upon students understanding of healthy eating. Modifying recipes and making dishes that are nutritious and understanding the impact of nutrients on life style and the human body.


Graphic Products:
Students will build upon knowledge and skills gained in yr7 continuing to develop Design and Technology capability. Combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding of Photoshop. The learner will design and make calendar, researching themes appropriate for their consumer.


Resistant Materials:
Students will build upon knowledge and skills gained in yr7. Students are introduced to CAD/CAM techniques and processes to design and make a toy which is aimed at a specific consumer.


Textiles:
Students will build upon knowledge and skills gained in yr7. Students are taught techniques to decorate and embellish fabrics through a variety of mediums such as dyeing methods, appliqué and CAD/CAM. These are combined with a range of sewing styles to produce quality and original container.

Subject summary: Year 9 Design and Technology Programme of Study
Students have the opportunity to focus in one of Design and technology specialist areas.

Food and Catering:
Within this unit students will develop independent skills whilst making dishes that explore a range of foods whilst designing and making their own products that meet a variety of client and customer needs. This unit it is heavily sills based and focuses on embedding skills require to complete the GCSE course.


Graphic Products:
This unit introduces Photoshop and the use of ICT to aid designing to develop a commercially viable product. Students will design and make a board game using industrial processes.


Resistant materials:
Students continue to develop skills using hand tools and will learn how to construct materials using a variety of joining techniques that are currently used in industry. Manufacturing and finishing techniques are explored to create a multifunctional box. Students will carry out a team work project where they will batch produce products to a high quality.


Textiles:
Students explore the wider issues relating to Textiles and understand the need to be sustainable. Students will gain knowledge and skills needed to design and make a useable container of their choice using a wide variety of components. Students have the opportunity to use electronics and smart materials which will enhance and advance their designs. Students will carry out a team work project where they will batch produce products to a high quality.

We recognise the importance of transferable skills from other subjects and their role in a student's success in Design and Technology, and aim to incorporate cross-curricular learning opportunities that support progress in other curriculum areas; for example, providing activities that encourage the use of extended writing and applying Mathematical skills to calculate the dimensions of a designed product. In all areas of Design and Technology students reflect critically when evaluating their designs and are encouraged to modify their work throughout the design process, taking into account how it would be manufactured in industry for a commercial market. The yr9 curriculum gives students a solid foundation to commence to GCSE course.

Key Stage 4

Students have the opportunity to develop one of the Design and Technology specialism further at Key Stage 4.

We offer a wide range of courses at GCSE including:

  Food Technology Graphic Products Health & Social Care Resistant Materials Textiles