Technology

Through problem solving and technological activities, the students will build up their skills and confidence to enable them to approach a man-made world as active participants in future developments whilst showing care and sensitivity for the environment. Key Stage 3 targets will be set at the start of each year.

A teacher assessment of performance will be made at the end of each year, with a final KS3 level provided in the summer term of Year 9.

Design Technology

Aims

Design Technology looks at the process of creating a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. A very broad concept, it is essentially the efficient and effective generation and development of ideas through a process that leads to new products.

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7

  • Introduction of what Design Technology is, through practical based products.
  • Design and make products, such as a mobile phone holder (plastics) and pencil case (textiles) for themselves or family members.
  • Look at Health and Safety in practical environment and use of commercial equipment, such as the laser cutter and sewing machines.

YEAR 8

  • Develop the products we design and make, looking at commercial aspects to the designs, making products for someone else.
  • Design and make products which can be produced in a batch, such as a money box, picture frames and banners (textiles).
  • Look at developing the whole product, looking at how designs alter it, so that the product can be easily manufactured in bulk.

YEAR 9

  • Through designing and making, the focus is on systems which control the manufacture of products, looking at how products are mass produced and developed for the commercial world.
  • Design and make products which can be mass produced, such as a tea light holder and a clock based on a theme. In textiles, we make a letter cushion and fabric bag based on a cultural theme/material.
  • Look at developing the whole product, including the packaging and marketing, so that it could be placed on a shelf in a shop.

Key Stage 4

(This is an optional subject at KS4)

YEAR 10

  • Skills and understanding of metal / wood / plastic / paper / card.
  • Introduction to CAD / CAM.
  • Mini Project based on flight / a child’s toy.
  • Industrial practices in a project.

YEAR 11

  • Planning and construction for major project.
  • Major project – based on pupils’ own work around set tasks by the exam board.
  • Revision work, practical and theory for exam.

Clubs & Activities

Within the area we offer a number of after school activities:

  • STEAM club – in conjunction with the Green car project – Thursdays.
  • Key Stage 3 club – used to complete work – Tuesdays after school.
  • Key Stage 4 club – used by Year 11’s to complete coursework – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school.

Food Technology

Aims

Food Technology aims to empower students to make choices and provide them with a greater range of options as consumers, users and makers. Food presents people with everyday decisions to make and problems to solve; not to be educated about food has consequences for the quality of life.

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7

Students will:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of ingredients and healthy eating;
  • Learn food preparation and cooking techniques;
  • Be encouraged to apply their knowledge to make informed choices;
  • Develop creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday food related tasks confidently;
  • Apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make quality products for a specific target market;
  • Evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.

YEAR 8

Students will continue to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in Y7, with an increasing degree of challenge and independence as appropriate. In addition they will:

  • Develop their understanding and use of safe hygiene practices with increasing use of high risk foods
  • Investigate a range of factors that influence food choice

YEAR 9

Students will continue to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in Y8, with an increasing degree of challenge and independence as appropriate. In addition they will:

  • Consider a range of special diets
  • Investigate some of the environmental and ethical factors that influence food choice
  • Develop their understanding of nutrition
  • Practice an increasing use of quality control checks to achieve a good finish on made products

Key Stage 4

(This is an optional subject at KS4)

YEAR 10

  • Preparing to cook
  • Understanding food

YEAR 11

  • Exploring balanced diets
  • Planning and producing dishes in response to a brief

GCSE

YEAR 11

  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Food and Cookery
  • Further details can be found at: https://www.ncfe.org.uk/media/829488/l2-food-and-cookery-qualification-specification-issue-6.pdf

Clubs & Activities

  • KS3: Opportunities to enter cookery competitions organised by other agencies.
  • KS4: Catch up and extra revision sessions take place on Tuesdays after schoolin M23.

Useful Links

  • www.foodafactoflife.org.uk
  • www.nutrition.org.uk
  • www.food.gov.uk
  • www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood
  • www.gov.uk/food-labelling-and-packaging/overview

Staff

Mr C Glover BEd (Hons) – Leader of Design Technology

Mrs C Hall BEd, MA (Ed) – Assistant Leader of Design Technology and Teacher of Food Technology

Miss K Donovan – Teacher of Art & Design Technology

Mrs S Bell – Teacher of Design Technology

Mrs J Inglis – Design Technology Technician

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