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In Design and Technology students study in a wide range of material areas, starting in Years 7 and 8 where we operate a carousel system through Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), Electronics, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials and Textiles.  

In year 9 we offer our students a choice of two areas to study. They are asked to choose to work in 2 material areas from the following: Food, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles.  

We offer GCSE subjects to Key Stage 4 students in Design and Technology (encompassing Graphics, Product Design and Textiles) as well as Food Preparation and Nutrition.  We also offer the City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Award in Constructing & Maintaining the Built Environment.

Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing CAD/CAM

20150210 100043 copyCAD/CAM is part of the D&T carousel - six weeks with two hour-long lessons per week.

Year 7 & Year 8

Students will learn how to use the Techsoft 2D Design program in order to create accurate drawings that can be used to make items using CAM machines.  In Year 8 they will develop further knowledge of the tools used in the Techsoft 2D Design package, and how to create accurate 3 dimensional drawings. They will learn how to use Google Sketchup to achieve similar outcomes which can be created on the 3D printerCadcam yr8 1 1030x773

Students will make a light diffuser from clear 6mm acrylic sheet, using the laser cutter to realise their design idea. This will be used with the LED lamp created in Electronic Products.  The following year students will learn how to construct orthographic and isometric drawings, carefully measuring blocks in order to create accurate drawings in the two design packages. They will then create an accurate presentation drawing of a product of their choice.  Students will also create a ruler using laser engraving laminate.

How is the course assessed?

The Course will be assessed using the National Curriculum specification to give a grade and fine level. Tasks are set that will ensure stretch and challenge for the most able students but that are also suited for those with less aptitude or experience in D&T.

There is an exam taken at the end of the year. This will enable students to demonstrate through writing and drawing, their knowledge and understanding of D&T.

Construction

Img 0076 building tools 2 copy 1030x971The Construction course is a vocational course which teaches students a range of skills used in the construction industry.

KS4

City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Award in Constructing and Maintaining the Built Environment is aimed at girls and boys considering a career in the construction industry. The construction industry is an expanding industry in the UK and many companies within it are looking to recruit qualified workers who are eager to continue their learning. This means that the demand for well qualified people to work within the industry is high.

We study a range of topics such as roles within the construction industry, construction methods and materials, building maintenance, substructures and superstructures. You are expected to demonstrate practical skills in bricklaying, carpentry and painting and decorating through a variety of larger scale projects.

Where can the course lead?

The construction industry employs women and men with a diverse range of skills. Careers in construction include: building surveyor, land surveyor, estimator, buyer, engineer, plumber, bricklayer, carpenter, painter, decorator, health & safety manager, contracts manager…………

Electronics

Electronic Products is part of the carousel - six weeks with two hour-long lessons per week.

Year 7

Students will learn how to use a soldering iron safely to create a simple electric circuit and learn how to make a small lamp using a colour change LED which will involve making an electronic circuit, vacuum forming and assembling the base of the light.

Year 8

Students will build upon the learning and skills in year 7, developing their knowledge through creating a more complex circuit. They will also develop skills in designing and annotating their ideas and increase their understanding of electronics.

Students will make a steady hand game that will be designed for a specific target market. This will include making a complete game including a latching thyristor circuit fixed within a base and joined to a loop/handle with a formed wire to test skills.

Year 9 and beyond

We offer Electronics as part of our Product Design courses, in line with the latest GCSE Design & Technology curriculum.

Food Technology

KS3

Year 7

Year 8 Year 9
Food Safety & Hygiene Independent Research & Analysis Diet & Health
Using specialist equipment Team work Preparation & techniques
Preparing practical dishes Sensory analysis techniques Develop creative, technical and practical expertise
Food tasting - sensory analysis Plan, cook & evaluate for healthy diet Evaluate & test their ideas and the work of their class
Evaluate dishes at home Evaluate dishes at home  

 

Below is an idea of the types of tasty dishes students will be bringing home:

Year 7: Fruit Salad, Fruit Crumble, Scones, Pizza, Pasta Salad.

Year 8: Flapjack, Savoury Puff Pastry Tart, Risotto, Carrot/Banana Cake, Pasta with Cheese and Tomato Sauces.

Year 9: Bread and bread products, Pastry products using a variety of types of pastry, Cakes using all the four methods of cake making, a variety of foreign main meal dishes, a range of dishes showing the properties of eggs in cooking.

KS4 - GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition

This course will give the opportunity to practise a wide range of skills and have a greater understanding of nutrition, hygiene and safety, healthy eating, packaging, industrial techniques, smart foods and social, moral and environmental factors affecting foods. The course is taught in a “hands on” practical way.

60% of total marks is Controlled Assessment which takes approximately 45 hours and is worth 90 marks . This consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.
40% of total marks is the Final Exam worth 120 marks. Candidates answer all questions in two sections, the first is based on the Pre-release material issued in March.

This consists of a 45 hour controlled assessment project. The scope of the task is set by the examination board. Students have more autonomy and are expected to design and manufacture with minimum intervention by the teacher. Controlled Assessment is the major part of the overall GCSE course and accounts for 60% of the total marks.

Graphic Products

Graphic Products is part of the D&T carousel - six weeks with two hour-long lessons per week.

KS3

Year 7 will learn

• To analyse existing products.
• To generate ideas – Sketching.
• To know how to create designs using Google Slides.
• Develop a 2D net into a 3D high quality model.

and create a gift package for a mug, including the necessary labelling and graphics that would make a product appealing to a consumer.  A mug will also be designed and decorated using the sublimation printer, to be placed in the packaging.

Year 8 will learn

• To learn how to communicate and model a range of ideas using orthographic and isometric drawing systems.
• To learn how to render shapes to make them appear textured, coloured and/or 3 dimensional.

and have the opportunity to design a tail fin for an aeroplane!

Year 9 will learn:

• All students should know how to produce one point perspective drawings
• All students should know how to produce 2 point perspective drawings.
• All students should understand how to use Techsoft 2D Design to create a scale plan
• How 2d designs can be made into 3d models
• How to approach design work with a range of media including CAD.
• That the method of production changes from single to multiple production.
• Build on and experience a range of modelling skills including working with MDF and card.
• What an exploded drawing is and how to produce one using Techsoft 2D Design.
• How to create isometric and orthographic drawings.
• The need for packaging and how to produce it using Microsoft Publisher.
• The importance of quality control.
• How to evaluate designs and products in detail.

and create a simple board game using the skills learned in this area.

KS4 - GCSE

The first year of the two year course deals with the students acquiring the underpinning skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment. The course is carefully planned to ensure that they are taught the core theory for the exam paper as well as the practical skills needed to succeed in the Non Exam Assessment. Students design and make a graphic product using a range of different graphic materials and techniques; these will be developed in order to prepare them for the controlled assessment which is started towards the end of year 10.

The second year of the two year course is dominated by the Non Exam Assessment. Students are given a choice of up to 3 contextual challenges; form this they will identify a need, research their chosen area and then design, develop and make a prototype product. The majority of their time will be spent completing the non exam assessment under supervision. Exam preparation will occur twice, once in year 10 and once again as a year 11 mock examination before the summer examination.

Resistant Materials

Resistant Materials is part of the D&T carousel - six weeks with two hour-long lessons per week.

KS3

Year 7

Students will learn how to shape and join mild steel to create a strong and attractive product - a hanging bracket. This will involve cutting, shaping, finishing and joining mild steel.

Year 8

Students will build upon the learning and skills in year 7, developing knowledge of further resistant materials. They will be learning about mechanisms, basic anthropometrics and orthographic projection and also the working properties of different timber and will make an automata using soft wood and other wood products as well as a range of equipment including the pillar drill and scroll saw.

Year 9 - Product Design

Students will further develop their knowledge of a range of resistant materials, as well as incorporating electronics into their projects, including the use of CAD CAM and more complex processes then design and make an MP3 Docking station, a small storage solution and a CAD/CAM maze game. These will all be made from a range of different materials.

KS4 - GCSE Design & Technology (Product Design)

The first year of the two year course deals with the students acquiring the underpinning skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment. The course is carefully planned to ensure that they are taught the core theory for the exam paper as well as the practical skills needed to succeed in the Non Exam Assessment. Students design and make a graphic product using a range of different graphic materials and techniques; these will be developed in order to prepare them for the controlled assessment which is started towards the end of year 10.

The second year of the two year course is dominated by the Non Exam Assessment. Students are given a choice of up to 3 contextual challenges; form this they will identify a need, research their chosen area and then design, develop and make a prototype product. The majority of their time will be spent completing the non exam assessment under supervision. Exam preparation will occur twice, once in year 10 and once again as a year 11 mock examination before the summer examination.

Textile Technology

Textile Technology is part of the D&T carousel - six weeks with two hour-long lessons per week.

KS3

Year 7

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine safely. They will work with basic small equipment and fabric paints and pens.

Students will make a drawstring bag from plain cotton gabardine. The bag may have the addition of a patch pocket decorated using fabric pens and/or paints.

Year 8

Students will build upon the learning and skills in year 7, developing knowledge of a range of decorative techniques with which to enhance textile fabrics. They will also develop skills in designing and annotating their ideas and increase their understanding of anthropometrics and ergonomic design.

Students will make a cushion cover created from four panels which are decorated using the different techniques of appliqué, fabric paints and pens, hand embroidery and tie dye. The cushion cover has an envelope back to enable a cushion pad to be inserted easily.

Year 9

Students may opt for Textiles in Year 9.  There is the equivalent of 1 lesson per week throughout the year and leads to the GCSE in Textiles.

Students will further develop their knowledge of decorative techniques, learning a wide range of skills in embellishment and construction. They will explore a range of sort furnishings, designing for a specific client. In addition, students will learn how to use a commercial paper pattern to create a garment.

Students will design and make an item of soft furnishing, using a range of different decorative skills including batik, beading, CAM, free machine embroidery, molà work, quilting and transfer printing. They will also make a pair of shorts of their own choice, using a commercial paper pattern and high quality construction techniques.

KS4

The first year of the two year course deals with the students acquiring the underpinning skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment. The course is carefully planned to ensure that they are taught the core theory for the exam paper as well as the practical skills needed to succeed in the Non Exam Assessment. Students design and make a graphic product using a range of different graphic materials and techniques; these will be developed in order to prepare them for the controlled assessment which is started towards the end of year 10.

The second year of the two year course is dominated by the Non Exam Assessment. Students are given a choice of up to 3 contextual challenges; form this they will identify a need, research their chosen area and then design, develop and make a prototype product. The majority of their time will be spent completing the non exam assessment under supervision. Exam preparation will occur twice, once in year 10 and once again as a year 11 mock examination before the summer examination.

Enrichment & Extra-Curricular

Engineering Masterclass 2019Engineering Masterclass 2019

Engineering Masterclass held in Apsley Mills for schools in the district.

Design & Technology Department

Subject Leader Mrs K Baker              CAD/CAM, Graphics & Textiles
Assistant Subject Leader              Mrs H Knight                              Construction & Product Design
  Miss D Corney Product Design
  Mr A Dobberson Graphic Products
  Mrs N Gosling Food Preparation & Nutrition
  Miss S Jones Textiles
  Mr D Lane Construction & Product Design
  Mr J Robb Food Preparation & Nutrition
Technician Mr C Workman Design & Technology
Technician Ms J Fussell Food / Textiles
Technician Mrs S Waterhouse Food / Textiles
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