Welcome to the Design & Technology Department.
All pupils study each of the four key areas of Design and Technology throughout KS3 following a carrousel system enabling pupils to spend 8-9 weeks working on design, theory knowledge and practical skills in each rotation.
Overview of the topics and projects covered at KS3
Introduction to basic practical skills
Pewter Cast Keyring
Use of Hand Tools
Cubism Inspired Soft Toy
Research into Cubism, Applique, embroidery, machine embroidery, pattern creation
Key Fob Torch and Blister Packaging
Understanding Ingredients and Experimental work
Sweet and savoury dishes
Use of hand tools
Portrait Pencil Case
Focus on Pop Art
Zip and lining attachment
Colour application techniques
Mouse Mat and Header Tab Packaging
Dietary Groups and nutrition
Pastry experimental work
Characteristics of ingredients
Sustainability in food
Mixed Media Bag Project
Sustainability and the environment
Board Game and Packaging
At KS4 pupils have the opportunity to follow Design and Technology courses to examination level, we currently offer GCSE’s in the following subjects:
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: SPECIALISING IN RESISTANT MATERIALS (AQA)
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: SPECIALISING IN GRAPHICS (AQA)
Assessment for the above GCSE’s is the same and made up of Two units of work.
Assessment will be made up of 2 units of work.
Unit 1: Non-exam assessment – 50% of the final mark. This will take the form of a coursework assignment. The theme will be chosen from a list set by the exam board. Students will produce a working prototype and a portfolio of evidence (maximum 20 pages).
Unit 2: Examination – 50% of the final mark. This will be a written exam lasting 2 hours (100 marks) and broken down into 3 sections:
Section A: Core technical principles (20 marks).
Section B: Specialist technical principles (30 marks).
Section C: Designing and making principles (50 marks).
FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION (EDUQAS)
A written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, this contributes to 50% of the qualification
There are two pieces of controlled assessment which contribute to 50% of the course.
Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment A scientific food investigation which will assess the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food.
Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment Prepare, cook and present a menu which assesses the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food.
ART TEXTILES (AQA)
Component 1: Portfolio = 60% of GCSE
A portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. It will include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial starting point to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = 40% of GCSE – Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time
Pupils respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.
How we assess
Assessment at KS3
Pupils will have a practical and theory-based assessment for each of the subject areas in Technology ( Graphics, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Textiles. In addition to these assessments pupils will also sit and end of year examination in June covering topics from each of the four areas of Technology. All assessment grades are recorded and then averaged to provide and end of year grade for Technology
Subject specific websites to support independent learning and revision
Trips & Visits
During the course of the academic year the Technology Department run a number of trips to enrich pupils learning and understanding of the subject.
Our Year 9 and 10 girls have attended the annual Women in Industry Day at Halesowen College. During the day they had the chance to experience a diverse range of practical engineering skills including: Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Plumbing, Carpentry and Joinery and Electrical engineering.
Year 10 pupils studying Graphics and Resistant Materials have been able to visit BOSS Design, designers and manufacturers of high-end chairs and office furniture. Pupils were able to experience all areas of the factory from design, development, manufacturing and distribution. Year 10 pupils were able to get hands on with a range of manufacturing processes to help assemble some of the furniture items within the factory.
Year 10 and 11 Art & Design Textiles pupils have been on a visit to London taking in the Vitoria and Albert Museum where they were able to see how fashion has changed over the last 100 years. Next stop was the Natural History Museum where pupils were able to gather a range of first-hand sources to assist them with their current Textiles project based on Natural Forms. In the afternoon pupils were able to explore the wide range of retail outlets within Covent Garden. Pupils have also been to Oxford Natural History Museum to gather further first-hand sources and attend a lecture on generating a sketchbook
For a number of years the Food Technology Department have hosted the Rotary Young Chef of the Year Competition. The standard of entry is always very high with all pupils designing and cooking a three-course menu to a fixed budget within a very limited time frame.