Overview of KS3: Design & Technology
Subjects covered in this area are: Resistant Materials, Engineering, Construction, Food Studies and Graphics. Students will visit each of the three areas listed below on a rotation based system. This enables them to experience the different sides of technology before choosing their options.
KS3 Resistant Materials
Students produce a money box, phone holder and a child’s wooden toy to develop their workshop skills in preparation for GCSE if they opt to take the subject further.
Students study a program of artist studies and then attempt to emulate the artist’s work in a series of graphics based tasks to develop their drawing and rendering skills.
KS3 Food Studies
Students develop basic cooking skills such as preparation of ingredients, development of recipes and look at the different areas of the eat well plate.
Overview of KS4: Design & Technology
Students have the option to choose Design & Technology. Students receive 2 lessons per week, over the two years to complete the course which entails the completion of a written exam and controlled assessments. The qualifications offered are:
Students complete 3 units of study across the two years and sit a final on screen exam at the end of the course. Students produce a workshop vice, G-Clamp, Camping stool and Lamp. Skills are developed on the centre lathe and milling machines and students explore joining techniques such as brazing and welding.
Construction Students complete 3 units of study across the two years and sit a final on screen exam at the end of the course. Skills include carpentry and joinery, bricklaying, plumbing work and general hand based workshop skills.
GCSE Resistant Materials
Resistant Materials Students develop skills in Y10 ready for completing their projects in Y11. Work in Y11 consists of a folder, practical piece of work worth 60% and a written exam which makes up the remaining 40%.
GCSE Art Graphics
Art Graphics Students complete two design portfolios across the exam which makes up the remaining 40% two years and sit a final 10 hour design exam in Y11. The portfolios cover various art styles and graphic designers and students use this information to develop new products themed around these artists.
GCSE Hospitality Students
Hospitality Students complete unit work throughout the two years including visits to local catering establishments such as The Marquis to see how hospitality works in the real world.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)
Students are encouraged to be creative and unique in DT. In all DT subjects students often work together to design and produce products. Often the influence of other cultures is considered.
For example in Food Studies, students learn about a variety of foods from other countries, and how this has influenced British culture over time. Students also learn about the importance of local sustainable food, and they use the school allotment to source vegetables.
Students learn about the environmental impact of importing food, and they consider the ethical and moral importance of Fair Trade schemes around the world. In Graphics, students design a ‘bag for life’ and learn about the importance of recycling and how this benefits the local community.
Year 7 & 8
In Technology throughout year 7 & 8 students will carry out 8 homework tasks. These will coincide with each rotation as students rotate twice around each of the four subject areas across the two years.
The homework tasks will all be assessed pieces which will take the format of research. Each piece is vital to student success within the classroom as within technology research informs design. These pieces will comprise of image boards, product analysis, disassembly tasks and research of materials and components which will vary dependent on what subject your child is studying at the time; Resistant materials, Food Technology, Textiles or Graphic Products.
Within year 9 students will be given a menu style homework. This means that they can select the homework they are most able to produce. Within this students will select a variety of tasks to fulfil the amount of homework they are to complete as the easier the homework the less points it is worth towards their total. The tasks will range from simple questions, mini research tasks right through to large presentation and making tasks.
Students will be provided with a menu style homework card for each of their two projects in year 9. If a student is studying more than one Technology subject then they will be given more than one menu card as these are relevant to each subject area.
Year 10 & 11
In technology throughout both year 10 & 11 students are carrying out their controlled assessment. To support with the understanding of this students will be given an exam style question relevant to the area of study once a fortnight. This will be done using a variety of techniques such as Google classroom, Google sheets, paper based design tasks and research tasks.
Students may also be required to complete unfinished controlled assessment work at home if they have left it incomplete.