Design & Technology Key Stage 3
In year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to experience all Design and Technology subject areas through projects designed to develop their understanding, experience and practical skills. Students undertake separate projects in each year and in each of the subject specific areas of Food, Textiles, Electronics and Resistant Materials.
In year 9 students can opt for either: Food, Textiles or Resistant Materials.
- Food: Food Batch Production. Students will learn the basic skills of cooking and nutrition and will understand the importance of making quality products in small batches
- Textiles: Students design and make a felt mask to include fabric painting and decorative techniques.
- Product Design Students will design and manufacture a Pull Along Toy and will find out about basic electronics and manufacture a Steady Hand Game
- Food: Festival Food. Students will investigate the needs of different festival goers and how to make food that is attractive, tasty and nutritious with a fun edge
- Textiles: Students create a naughty or nice monster cushion using advancing machine skills.based on the theme day of the dead.
- Product Design: Students will be developing their practical skills by designing and making a sweet dispenser and learning about mechanisms through designing and making a pop up card
- Food: Entertaining Teenagers and Create & Cook. These are the themes that students will be working on; how to make delicious dishes for different occasions showing their application of different needs and topical food issues
- Textiles: Students design and make a range of products from cushions and bags to Pajama’s and clothing products. They look into range planning, eco design and fashion illustrations
- Product Design: Students will work on developing skills by manufacturing a range of products from design and making a Job Box, pewter casting, USB light and using CAD/CAM to enhance their products
Design and Technology Key Stage 4
GCSE subjects are offered in Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials. All subjects follow the AQA examination board. Assessment is 60% Controlled Assessment and 40% examination.
You will begin by doing mini coursework projects in terms 1& 2. You will be expected to complete A3 sheets to include research, design idea, development and packaging for your product. You will then plan and product these dishes and adapting a basic recipe to make it your own. The Controlled Assessment task will be based on a choice of different themes students will be required to work on showing the following:
- An increasing level of practical skill
- Focussed research relating to the theme
- Thorough analysis of ideas and research
- Testing of relevant products
- Modification activities
- Development of design ideas
You will be working through your controlled assessment and will create a portfolio to promote your chosen product. You will manufacture your product using a variety of ingredients and techniques, including CAD/CAM.
Part of the work will include focussed revision and investigation of the theme for the exam.
You will begin by doing a mini capsule coursework project in term one. You will be expected to complete 5 a3 pages to include research and illustration and you will also complete a practical piece of your choice by using the technique moulage Making the pattern free hand)
You will come up with your own design brief and will complete some ‘pre coursework’ that will be styled and marked to GCSE standard. You will re-visit fashion illustration, complete fabric testing, re visit in more detail seam and decorative sampling and make up a garment of your choice
You will be working through your controlled assessment and will make up your chosen garment or childrenswear toy/ clothing. There will also be the opportunity to run the fashion show at Easter.
You will begin by doing mini coursework projects in terms 1& 2. You will be expected to complete A3 sheets to include research, design idea, development. You will then plan and manufacture these items developing your skills with hand tools, machine tools and CAD/CAM
You will be working through your controlled assessment and will create a portfolio to promote your chosen product. You will manufacture your product using a variety of materials and processes, including CAD/CAM.
We are celebrating the hard work of D&T students over on our Twitter page! Visit @CBECinfo to see which images have been uploaded to the account and take a look at the gallery below to view even more fantastic photos of the pieces our students have produced.