Technology

The Department
The Technology Department is a dynamic department offering Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Food Nutrition, Graphics and Product Design to our students. It has a Technology   workshop which contains a range of machines, equipment, CAD/CAM, interactive whiteboard and seven computers.  A  Graphics room which has: ten computers, CAD/CAM and interactive whiteboards and speakers.  A Food room with eight well equipped cooking stations and ten computers.
Students complete a variety of projects throughout the academic year. Homework is usually set weekly. At the end of each unit, students complete an extended project to consolidate and develop skills and to allow an opportunity for creative design.   They are assessed using National Curriculum levels.  As a result of classwork and homework and always at the end of projects students are set targets in order to achieve their next level/sub-level.  These are recorded on individual target sheets.  Pupils are fully involved in target setting and are encouraged to set their own targets.  In addition to this, students assess their own work and regularly peer assess.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Our aim in the Technology department is to develop much design and make skills.  Across all specialist areas there is an emphasis on developing practical and problem solving skills; research; planning; design and layout; ICT and evaluation skills.
In Resistant Materials pupils will develop design skills through sketching and drawing, using CAD/CAM and working with a range of processes and variety of materials.
In Food Technology pupils will develop an understanding of nutrition, healthy eating and the link between food and health, properties of ingredients and recipe adaptation.

Y7
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY        
Resistant Materials:
Pupils work through a series of “design and make” projects to develop skills in working with timber and plastics.  Skills in drawing and problem solving are developed along with knowledge of health and safety, materials, production methods and CAD/CAM.
Food : A range of topics will be covered: health and safety; basic nutrition; healthy eating; dietary guidelines; introduction to practical cookery skills; developing  an awareness of food from other cultures; use of a range of kitchen equipment

Y8
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY:
Resistant Materials: Pupils work with card, timber and plastic to produce a series of design and make projects.  Through the projects, skills in drawing and problem solving are developed along with knowledge of materials, production methods and CAD/CAM. 
Food: Topics include: healthy eating; the dietary goals; the nutritional requirements of different groups of people; the “Eating Out” project. The emphasis is on extending practical and presentation skills.

Y9
DESIGN &TECHNOLOGY:
 
Resistant Materials: This course is a preparation for GCSE Resistant Materials to allow students a taste of what the course will include. The girls have been involved in a design and make project for a storage system. This has involved learning skills in design and development; annotated sketching; orthographic drawing; properties of materials and their uses. They will develop problem solving and practical skills; use CAD/CAM; and learn the importance of accurate marking out, cutting and assembly.
Graphics: This course is a preparation for GCSE Graphics to allow students a taste of what the course will include. The girls have been involved in design and make projects, including logo design, business cards, pop-up cards and book cover design. This will involve skills of design and development, annotated sketching, orthographic drawing and card engineering. Problem solving; practical skills; CAD/CAM; graphic design; cutting and assembly are all taught through practical work.
Food: This course is a preparation for GCSE Food and Nutrition to allow students a taste of what the course will include. It begins with traditional cooking skills including bread, pies and cakes. The girls then focus on modern healthy Italian cuisine. This module is primarily practical but also includes research, demonstrations, group tasks, product evaluation, nutritional analysis and an assessed task.

Y10
DESIGN &TECHNOLOGY

What the students say:
“I love cooking, the practical lessons are the highlight of the week”
“I want to work as a journalist, the Food and Nutrition course covers lots of interesting topics.  My food photos look so good I might even consider food photography”
“I love choosing recipes and being creative.”
“ There are lots of links with other subjects, we have loads of interesting discussions.”
“ I’ve always thought there was a nice atmosphere in the Food room and I look forward to my lessons.”

Resistant Materials: The girls have been preparing for and taking OCR A561: Introduction to Designing and Making (which is a practical project) and Unit A562: Sustainable Design.  Unit A561 is a 20 hour controlled assessment worth 30% of the final GCSE mark.  Unit A562 is a written paper worth 20% of the final mark.  Units A563 and A564 will be taken in Year 11 to complete the GCSE.  Students choose from themes that are supplied by the exam board and complete a design and make coursework prototype and folder.
Graphics: The girls have been preparing for and taking OCR A531: Introduction to Designing and Making (which is a practical project) and Unit A532: Sustainable Design.  Unit A531 is a 20 hour controlled assessment worth 30% of the final GCSE mark.  Unit A532 is a written paper worth 20% of the final mark.  Units A533 and A534 will be taken in Year 11 to complete the GCSE. Students choose from themes that are supplied by the exam board and complete a design and make coursework prototype and folder.
Food and Nutrition: The students follow the OCR syllabus.  A wide range of practical skills are taught and existing skills extended.  The emphasis is on organization and presentation.  Students study nutrition; dietary related illness; key foods: meat, fish, eggs, milk, flour etc.  Controlled assessment takes the form of three short tasks each worth 20 marks.   Overall, controlled assessment in Years 10 and 11 amounts to 60% of the marks for GCSE.

Y11
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY:

What the students say:
“I find DT enjoyable as I got to determine the area for my project….and used lots
Of new equipment”
“We all did real projects that our clients liked, and have actually kept and used!”
“I was able to be creative and loved the variety of different challenges”

The pupils have been involved in producing a multi-skill coursework project for GCSE using a variety of processes and through the medium of different materials .  They develop knowledge and understanding of subject content, with an emphasis on the technical aspects of design.

Resistant Materials: Specialising in designing and making products to suit the needs of a target group: using wood, metal and plastic.
Graphics: Specialising  in designing and making products to suit the needs of a target group: using compliant materials, paper, card and styrene, through the media of typography, branding, card engineering and advertising.
In both Resistant Materials and Graphics: problem solving skills, CAD/CAM, communication of ideas, ICT, structure and movement, sustainability, research and evaluation will be learnt.
Food and Nutrition:  The majority of autumn term lessons and homework are dedicated to the 30% Controlled Assessment piece in which the girls complete a task they select for themselves.  The focus is on preparing for the written exam (which is 40% of the GCSE); completing the syllabus; revising and developing exam technique.  The exam will test the pupils on the following units; Nutrition and Health, Food Commodities, Meal Planning, Food Preparation and Cooking, Food Safety and Preservation, Consumer Education.

KS5 AS Product Design Board: OCR
Students from Resistant Materials and Graphics are suitable candidates for the Product Design AS/A2 qualification.
Product Design offers the opportunity for students to be creative, innovative and practical. The theory part of the subject includes: materials, processes, CAD/CAM, environmental, social and economic issues.

Y12 AS
The course structure at AS consists of two units.
Advanced Innovation Challenge Unit code F521 40% externally marked
The above challenge requires the candidate to research a set theme and then respond to a range of challenges under timed examination conditions. The challenge will provide opportunities for research but will also motivate candidates to demonstrate their creativity and innovation when reacting to a design situation.
Sessions 1 and 2 are two three-hour sessions in one day and take place at a date and time set by the board.
Session 3 is the one examination paper. Candidates have the opportunity to reflect on the challenge by answering questions that require them to consider their product. These will be derived from a design, manufacturing or marketing perspective including
Sustainability and the environment, Product life, Social, moral and cultural issues
Product Study Unit code F522
A3 format 30% Centre marked and externally moderated.
This unit involves an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvement. It does not involve the complete redesign of an existing product, but rather the identification of opportunities for its further development and enhancement.
KS5 AS Product Design Board: OCR
Students from Resistant Materials and Graphics are suitable candidates for the Product Design AS/A2 qualification.
Product Design offers the opportunity for students to be creative, innovative and practical. The theory part of the subject includes: materials, processes, CAD/CAM, environmental, social and economic issues.

Y13 A2
The course structure at A Level consists of two units.
Design make and Evaluate Unit code F523 30% externally marked
Candidates are allowed to select a project of their own choosing to develop to a working prototype that can be tested and evaluated. This can be in any material or combination of materials. The key feature in this unit is the integration of development of ideas, modelling and making.

Product Design 2 Unit code F524 20% exam
Component 1
One question is set on the focused areas and candidates choose one from either Graphic Products or Resistant Materials.
Component 2
Eight questions are set and candidates select one question where they are required to respond to a given situation. Answers are on pre-printed A3 sheets. This paper is aimed at identifying those candidates who can use their experiences and knowledge in designing and making

Trips and Enrichment Opportunities
Key Stage 3
Some lunchtime’s and after school we provide ‘open door’ sessions for pupils to come for help and additional support.
An origami club has been introduced for the autumn term.
Key Stage 4
Food
Year 10 students visit Borough Market
Year 11 students visit Leon’s
Key Stage 5
Y12 &13 Visit to ‘Inspired by Design’

Staff
Mrs K Hutchinson Teacher in Charge of Resistant Materials, Graphics and Product Design Miss J Turville Teacher of Resistant Materials and Product Design
Mrs J Caistor Teacher in Charge of Food Technology, Mrs A Shiach Teacher of Food Technology
Mr B Rawlinson Technology Technician, Mrs M Togher Food Technician

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