Design & Technology
Our aim is to inspire our students to think, problem solve, design and then create products that improve the quality of living for all forms of life on our planet, whilst also working in unison and harmony with the living world that we all share.
All of our learners will explore and combine new materials, advanced technologies and modern manufacturing techniques in order that they may develop their understanding of the direct impact that the design activity has upon the continual evolution of our environment.
Ultimately, we will nurture the future generations of young designers so that they may shed their light, creativity and influence on the dawn of our new world. Their ideas and designs will always demonstrate compassion and respect towards our living planet and all life upon it.
KS3 Design and Technology
Our students rotate in a ‘carousel’ style system, which exposes them to a broad range of design and manufacture skills based courses in:
- Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Basic Electronics
- Graphic Design
- Materials and manufacturing
- Product Design
Please see our KS3 curriculum map for further details
Year 7 - Food Preparation and Nutrition
During the time spent in Food Preparation and Nutrition students will study health, safety and hygiene of the kitchen, healthy eating and Italian cultural foods. They will be taught how to cook a variety of increasingly challenging savory and sweet dishes that include: Fruit Salad, Pizza Toast, Crunchy Oat Biscuits, Pasta Salad, Fruit or Cheese Scones, Mini Carrot Cakes, Tomato Ragu, Pizza, Tiramisu and Bolognese. The students will be instructed on how to use the grill, oven, hob and knives safely and independently. They will learn to use a range of cooking equipment and skills to create the recipes. The students will be encouraged and challenged throughout the course to work autonomously using a recipe to guide them to their final outcome.
Year 7 - Key Torch and Packaging
In this project students are introduced to key areas of the design process; designing and the manufacture of a product. Each student will produce a mini key torch that can be attached to a set of keys or bag.
Students will initially design the surface pattern of the mini key torch and be taught how to draw their mini key torch in a three dimensional form (isometric). The surface pattern will be produced by creating a sticker using a vinyl cutter.
As they make the product students will gain new knowledge of materials theory (in particular plastics), industrial processes and basic electronics in circuit building. Circuits will be modelled on the computer before they are assembled.
Students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their graphic design skills and knowledge of design software on the computer to design and print blister packaging for their final product.
Year 7 – Shadow Maker
In this project pupils will be designing and making a shadow maker. The aim of this project is to introduce pupils to a workshop and give them a solid understanding of health and safety in a practical environment. Pupils will be introduced to some machinery and handcraft tools whilst working with the traditional materials Pine and Aluminium. The shadow maker is a small tea light holder, which gives them scope to experience a range of different practical skills.
Year 8 - Food Preparation and Nutrition:
Students will spend the time in Food Preparation and Nutrition building on what was learnt in year 7 by studying healthy eating and lifestyles, sustainability, nutrition, seasonality, food science and special diets. They will be instructed how to cook a range of challenging and healthy dishes including Breakfast Eggs, Chilli Con Carne, Savory rice, Thai Green Curry, Chicken Stir Fry, Seasonal Fruit Crumble, Jam Tarts, Sausage Rolls, Marble cake, Bread rolls, Macaroni Cheese and Swiss Roll. They will strengthen their knowledge and understanding of using a range of cooking equipment and skills to create the recipes. The students will be encouraged and challenged throughout the course to work increasingly autonomously using a recipe to guide them to their final outcome.
Year 8 – Mood Light
This project is focused upon the design, modelling and manufacture of a small electronic colour-changing lamp. During the project students experience a wide range of skills from graphic design to manufacturing skills.
Practical skills the student’s experience include; electronics soldering, injection moulding, hand drilling and laser cutting.
Computer aided designing skills also play a large part in this project. The students use specific D&T design software to create designs that enable our CNC laser cutter to cut out the lampshade and decorative sticker.
The Mood Light the students eventually take home has become a firm favourite and we hope it helps create a relaxing and calming home study environment.
Year 8 – Wind chime
Students will spend this rotation designing, modelling and manufacturing a garden windchime, this outcome allows them to experience a broad range of practical workshop skills that will combine at least two different materials within there final product. Within this project students will have opportunity to practice and build upon practical skills and health and safety gained in Year 7, allowing them to develop more independence within the workshop environment. They will also secure new knowledge of materials and processes but also be encouraged and challenged to develop their own individual design ideas, which can be developed through model making.
Year 9 - Food Preparation and Nutrition:
During the time spent in Food Preparation and Nutrition students will build upon what has been taught during year 7 and 8 by studying personal hygiene, food safety, bacterial growth and causes of food poisoning. They will learn about handling and the storage of high-risk foods and cook three high-risk recipes: chicken fajitas, chocolate mousse and raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake.
They will go on to research school dinners and find out what the special dietary requirements are for teenagers. They will compare and contrast processed and fresh foods and learn about free range, organic and fair trade foods. They will cook meatballs, salmon fishcakes, chicken goujons and develop their own recipe suitable for a school meal.
Finally, the students will study functions of ingredients and understand the science behind short crust pastry, ruff puff pastry, choux pastry, gelatinization and aeration. They will make mini quiche, filled sausage rolls, chocolate éclairs, canelloni and root vegetable cake.
Year 9 – Mono Amplifier
This project is focused upon the design and manufacture of a portable mono amplifier that can be used with mobile phones, tablets or laptops. The students will design the outer case as a net and use polypropylene sheet and the laser cutter to complete the final case assembly. The circuit will be modelled and tested on the computer before it is soldered together. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance the final product using their graphic design skills whilst considering how the product could be marketed.
Year 9 – Jewellery Design
In this project pupil will build upon skills from previous years to design and make a jewellery piece made from cast Pewter and a small plywood display box using cultural influences. Pupils will use their research to develop a design, which is suitable for casting. To do this pupils will need to understand how to use a laser cutter to create a mould for the casting process and further develop their handcraft skills in order to create their finger joints to create a high quality display box.
We currently offer two GCSE Options which are ‘AQA Design and Technology’ and
‘Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition’.
GCSE Design and Technology
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.
Students will be awarded a GCSE 1 – 9
50% of the course is classified as NEA – ‘None Examined Assessment’. This will take form as a student led major project that will consist of a 20 page A3 portfolio, models and final product prototype.
50% of this course is a final 2-hour exam sat at the end of year 11. The exam is out of 100 marks.
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition will prepare students to be able to confidently make informed decisions about their food choices. Students will gain awareness of healthy eating, nutrition, food science and food provenance. Students will get the opportunity to produce a wide range of dishes, developing their practical cooking skills.
Our GCSE can lead to further education and a variety of career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordable and nutritiously.
Students will be awarded a GCSE 1-9 grade.
50% of the course is classified as NEA - ‘Non-examination assessment’. This will take the form of a Food Investigation and a Food Preparation assessment. The Food Investigation consists of a food based science investigation and is worth 15% of the qualification. The Food Preparation assessment will take the form of a student led project that will consist of 30 pages of A4 and a 3-hour practical assessment. This is worth 35%.
50% of this course is a final 1 hour 45 minute exam sat at the end of year 11. The exam is out of 100 marks.
- Mr R Bramhill - Head of Department
- Mr N Allan
- Miss L Fothergill
- Mrs A Spotswood
- Mrs L Wyld
- Mrs L Mortimer