The Design and Technology department is staffed by 4 enthusiastic, dedicated teachers who are specialists in one or more areas of the technology curriculum. All teachers are passionate about their subject and the benefits and opportunities that studying a technology subject can bring.
In addition to teaching staff we also have one full time and one part time Technician, who work alongside staff to prepare, resource and support the learning of our students.
We regularly work with local universities to train future generations of technology teachers.
Technology lessons are all taught within specialist teaching classrooms which include:
One newly refurbished high specification Food Technology room containing individual working spaces to enable all pupils to have access to a food preparation area, sink, hob and oven.
Three specialist multi media workshops, fully equipped with access to a Laser Cutter, 3-D Printer, Heat Treatment area, Sublimation Printers and Heat Presses.
One newly refurbished Textiles Technology room with access to a range of Sewing Machines, a Sublimation Printer and Heat Press.
One dedicated ICT suite containing 27 networked computers and a range of specialist software including Corel Draw, Pro-desktop and Space Claim to enable students to cover all Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing aspects of the courses.
Each teaching room is also equipped with interactive whiteboards to enable teachers to plan and deliver lessons which are creative and challenging with the latest resources available.
Safety/Hygiene Healthy Eating
Introduction to basic practical skills
Pewter Cast Keyring
CAD/CAM, laser cutting, casting process, use of hand tools, die-cutting
Research into Cubism, Applique, hand embriodary, machine embriodary, pattern creation
Key Fob Torch and Blister Packaging
Safety, hand tools, Vacuum Forming, circuits
Understanding ingredients and experimental work
Food spoilage, nutrition, vegetarians, sweet and savoury dishes
CAD/CAM , laser cutting, use of hand tools, mechanisms
Portrait Pencil Case
Focus on Pop Art, dye techniques, zip and lining attachment, machine applique, colour application techniques
Mouse Mat and Header Tab Packaging
Drawing techniques, CAD/CAM, sublimation printing
Dietary groups and nutrition
Healthy eating messages, pastry experimental work, characteristics of ingredients, sustainability in food
Laser cutting,electronics and soldering
Mixed Media Bag Project
Sustainability and the environment, colour application, print techniques, construction skills, bag assembly
Board Game and Packaging
CAD/CAM, sublimation printing, 3-d printing, nets
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 (WJEC)