Subjects

Technology

Mr Clarke

During Key Stage 3 all students experience the full range of specialisms in modular courses. These include Food, Textiles and workshop design and make tasks. Following this broad and challenging experience they are then in a position to make an informed choice as to which area to develop in Years 9, 10 and 11. We offer a variety of courses to suit all students for examination at KS4, GCSE, BTEC and Technical Awards, all equivalent to GCSE’s but will appeal to students with different learning styles and interests.

Design & Technology KS3
Aims:
  • To promote an interest and enthusiasm in learning Design and Technology subjects.
  • To enable students to investigate work of others and compare existing similar products that clearly informs ideas.
  • To enable students to develop a specification, taking into account materials/processes/ time / user, with justification.
  • To enable students to generate relevant and detailed ideas demonstrating depth and breadth of knowledge.
  • To enable students to produce an accurate step by step guide before/during practical, taking into account time, processes and resources needed.
  • Students to be able to demonstrate knowledge/confidence/competence in the use of tools and equipment to produce a quality outcome.
  • To enable students to propose feasible solutions to problems that arise.
  • To enable students to analyse and evaluate throughout their work with justification and understanding.

 

Content:
Year 7
Year 8
  • Key Skills – Safe working practices measuring out, marking out, cutting out, assembling, clamping, gluing, finishing, sanding, varnishing, product analysis, designing, planning, evaluating, 2D design, soldering, preparing ingredients, using utensils and electrical equipment, safe use of hob and oven, knife skills, enrobing.
  • Key Skills – Safe working practices, marking out, laser cutting, pewter casting, cutting and finishing aluminium, marquetry, finger joints, assembling, clamping, gluing, finishing, sanding, varnishing, product analysis, designing, planning, evaluating, 2D design, preparing ingredients, using utensils and electrical equipment, filleting, pastry work, team working.
  • Key knowledge – Safe working theory, function and names of basic hand tools, basic electronic components and equipment, safe use of machines, pillar drill, belt sanding, cooking utensils, sewing machines functions, applique, soft wood, types of knives, healthy eating, French culinary terms.
  • Key knowledge – Safe working theory, function and names of tools, safe use of heat treatment area, drilling, sanding, cooking utensils, sewing machines functions, applique, hardwood, acrylic, pewter, different sources, spices, cuts of meat, nutritional value of foods, balanced diet.
  • Projects used for vehicles for teaching – Design and make of themed speaker, sweet dispenser, textiles iPad cover, international food.
  • Projects used for vehicles for teaching – Design and make of decorated box, Maori jewellery and presentation box, textiles wall hanging, international food.

 

Key assessment details:

Coursework – 50% of total marks, a single design and make task chosen from a variety of set themes.

Written exam – one paper, 2 hours long.

Design & Technology KS4
Aims:
  • To 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.
  • To provide students with opportunities to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
  • To enable to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.

 

Content
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Carry out series of small practical tasks to develop and demonstrate competence in core practical skills
  • Develop knowledge of materials and design principles that will support course work and theory task
  • A major coursework task, when a wide range of tools, techniques and machinery will be used to produce a product to meet a real design problem.
  • Develop a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding that consists of, new and emerging technologies, energy generation and storage, developments in new materials, systems approach to designing, mechanical devices, materials and their working properties.

 

Key assessment details:

Coursework – 50% of total marks, a single design and make task chosen from a variety of set themes.

Written exam – one paper, 2 hours long.

KS4 Food Technical Award
Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning about food preparation in a commercial environment with a focus on creativity.
  • To provide students with opportunities to link education and the world of work, in engaging, relevant and practical ways
  • To enable students to develop transferable skills, including working with others, problem solving and independent study

 

Content:
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Skill demonstration – Learners will create a number of small practical outcomes to demonstrate their competence in core skills. These will include the transferable skill of teamwork. Learners will provide evidence of their work in a portfolio.
  • Extended making project – Learners will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge they have developed in year 1. This will include planning, testing, and evaluating.
  • Food and catering fundamentals – Learners will study commodities, menu planning and key aspects of commercial catering practice including food hygiene and food presentation. They will also learn about possible careers within industry.

 

Key assessment details:
  • Two coursework assignments
  • An examination, including multiple choice questions, short answer and extended response questions.
Construction BTEC/Materials Technical Award KS4
Aims:
  • To promote an interest in and encourage active engagement in learning about construction, material knowledge and skills.
  • To provide students with opportunities to link education and the world of work, in engaging, relevant and practical ways
  • To enable students to develop transferable skills, including working with others, problem solving and independent study

 

Content:
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Carry out series of small practical tasks to develop and demonstrate competence in core practical skills, recorded in a portfolio.
  • A larger single make project showcasing the skills developed in year 1. This will include planning, testing, and evaluating.
  • The application of science and mathematics in construction
  • Evaluate the work of the construction industry.
  • A practical construction unit – currently brickwork and blockwork. Understand the materials and equipment used and develop practical skills using safe techniques.
  • A materials examination, including multiple choice questions, short answer and extended response questions.
  • Consider a client’s needs and develop a design brief for a low rise building
  • A construction examination, including performance requirements, construction methods and techniques of sub-structure and super-structures of low rise buildings
  • Produce a range of sketch ideas to meet the requirement of a client’s brief.

 

Key assessment details:

Coursework assignment x5

Examinations x2