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Design & Technology


FACULTY LEADER: Mrs A Blakeley

The Design, Technology and Innovation Faculty is very successful and has an enthusiastic team of teachers accommodated in a dedicated suite of rooms. Our main aim is to foster design awareness and encourage manufacturing ability via quality solutions to problems within a full range of material areas. These are:

  • Food Science and Nutrition with Hospitality and Catering
  • Design and Technology
  • Fashion and Textiles

An integral part of many projects is the use of ICT including Computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM).

KS3 Curriculum

The KS3 curriculum is specifically designed to embed the skills which are needed for later life and to enable students to progress to GCSE.  We deliver a range of projects which enthuse and inspire students, with a strong focus on practical skills. Each project has unique challenges and is designed to build confidence and resilience through experience. During each subsequent year, students revisit material areas and engage in more detailed projects, building on existing skills and knowledge to create a variety of individual outcomes. Students are taught in mixed-ability classes in all year groups. Students have the opportunity to experience all areas of Technology during KS3 on a carousel basis.

 

Food

Textiles

Design & Technology

Year 7

Healthy Eating - The Eatwell Guide

How to make healthy dishes for myself

Project focusing on Memphis art movement

Machine skills

Fibres and fabrics

Maze game (focus on polymers and plastics)

Year 8

Healthy eating focusing on energy balance and
healthy hydration

How to make multicultural foods

Sustainability project

Upcycling materials and responsible design
Project on sustainability and recycling, making a passive amplifier

Year 9

Healthy eating for others

Make a range of street food snacks

Design a snack for a music festival

Textiles ​

Manufacturing Gender Neutral Products

Manufacturing project, producing a multifunctional holder

KS4 and KS5 Curriculum

Please see the Key Stage 4 Options and Sixth Form pages for details of the KS4 and KS5 courses offered by the Design and Technology faculty.

Assessment

Key Stage 3

Students are assessed on a “little and often basis” to enable teachers to make an informed judgement about progress.  The students stay with their same teacher for the duration of the year enabling us to be flexible in the teaching of the schemes of work, giving the opportunity to focus on areas of crucial learning which has not been fully grasped.  In addition to this all students sit a summative assessment at the end of each module / subject.

Key Stage 4/5

Students follow the AQA Syllabus for DT, Textiles and Food Preparation and Nutrition. WJEC is also followed by the level 1 and 2 Hospitality and Catering and Level 3 Food Science and nutrition Course.  Assessments take place on a regular basis to establish understanding.  All subject areas are assessed through a combination of controlled assessment and exam (50% awarded to each other than in Level 1 and 2 WJEC Hospitality and Catering which has a heavier weighting towards coursework of 60%).

Enrichment

Current / recent enrichment activities include:

  • Cookery Club  
  • STEM Club
  • Sewing Bee
  • Rotary Club competitions (Technology Challenge Tournament, Young Chef competition)
  • Future Chef
  • Clothes Show competition
  • Various trips and visits including the Clothes Show and Harewood House and the design trip to London