Design & Technology Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Year 7

Food - "Me, the Chef"

Students carry out a range of activities which provide opportunities to develop an understanding of efficient kitchen routines, hygiene and safety, basic skills (e.g. knife skills and cooker management), and diet (nutrition and healthy eating). They will regularly engage in practical lessons making dishes such as fruit salad, rock cakes, and fajitas. These experiences sit within full projects in which they will design, plan and evaluate these dishes.

Textiles – cuddly monster project.

In Year 7, students are introduced to textiles through two projects, making a small pouch bag, and then a “cuddly monster” for which they consider the shape, styling, and choice of fabrics in their designing.
They learn workroom routines, with reference to health and safety, and basic machine skills - which will provide a solid foundation for all future work in this area.

Product Design – Pen Project

Students design and make a plastic pen. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Students will look at existing products and analyse them. They will use this information to produce a specification then several design ideas. The students make the pen out of layers of plastic then design and make retail packaging for the product.

Product Design - Electronics – Alarm Project

Using specialist computer software the students design and make an alarm. Students will learn the basic principles of electronics and learn about some of the components used in electronic products.

Year 8

Food - looking outwards

Students develop their food skills by exploring culture and traditions, seasonality/availability, customer needs (dietary requirements and personal preference), and staple products. Practical opportunities include making dishes such as scone spirals, pizza, and sausage rolls.

Textiles– utility bag project

Students further develop their design and manufacturing skills by designing to meet functional needs, whilst considering a variety of features, such as fastenings and fabric decoration.
Students design and manufacture a utility bag, such as a pencil case, and evaluate it against the original design specification, particularly in regard to aesthetics and function.

Product Design – Jewellery Project

Students design and make a piece of jewellery. They will learn about industrial processes used in jewellery manufacture particularly casting. Students use our specialist design software and Laser cutter (CADCAM) to create part their casting moulds. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Once the jewellery piece is complete the students will design and make a suitable retail package for the item.

Product Design – Sweet dispenser

Students design and make a dispenser for sweets. They will be researching existing products and designing a solution that meets their design brief. They are encouraged to use the Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills they have learnt in previous projects to produce a high quality outcome. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation.

Year 9

Food - cooking for pleasure, and as a career

Students begin to focus on cooking for pleasure and are also able to consider a role in the food industry as a future career. There is a greater emphasis on seasoning and garnish, and on the presentation of food. Practical opportunities include making dishes such as swiss roll, lasagne, and curry.

Textiles– mad hats project

Students carry out a full design and make project, leading to the manufacture of an innovative and exciting “mad hat”, identifying the needs of a target market group, and designing to meet that need. More complex techniques are introduced such as 3D construction and developing individual pattern templates to meet the requirements of designing for manufacture.

Product Design – Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Students will start the year learning new CAD/CAM skills. They will be given the opportunity to develop a simple product to refresh their skills using the laser cutter.

Product Design – Coaster project

Students will design and make a composite coaster using modern materials. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. They are encouraged to use the CADCAM skill learnt in the previous project.

Product Design – Lighting Project

Students will be designing and making a product with the theme “lighting”. The project will be similar to the expectations of GCSE Design & technology. They are encouraged to present their idea as a complete design portfolio. We are expecting a high-quality final outcome.

Years 10/11

Food Preparation and Nutrition

During the course, students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating, through regular practical activities. They will have opportunities to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, both now and later in life.

Textiles

Students undertake a number of design and make projects in which they develop design criteria in response to a variety of design briefs; generate and develop creative textile designs to meet user needs; and plan and manufacture the products they have designed using both craft and industrial techniques.

Textiles theory includes materials and components, fibres and fabrics, and processes and
manufacture. Students will have opportunities to work with both woven and knitted fabrics, and to use a variety of textiles machinery and techniques including a lockstitch machine, overlocker, eyelet machine, Batik dyeing and CADCAM transfer printing.

Construction

The course is concerned with the properties and application of a range of materials. Students undertake a progression of structured tasks that develop practical skills in a variety of construction areas as well as theoretical understanding of working practices. This includes use of computer aided design to enhance project work and an appreciation of industrial contexts. Students are led toward completing an extended project that demonstrates their understanding and skills in designing, planning and fabricating a construction project.
Assessment is by completion of assessed PowerPoints. They start assessment at the beginning of year 10. They will also complete a 60 minute online exam.

GCSE Design and Technology

A course that builds on the student’s past experience across the Design & Technology material areas. The specification focusses on commercial Product Design, most products are constructed or assembled from a variety of materials and require some form of labelling, packaging or instructions and consequently an element of graphic design may be needed for the product to be complete. Products will be designed to enable production in quantity, therefore manufacturing aids such as jigs, templates, moulds and formers will need to be made and CAD/CAM used.

Students will experience a series of short practical design and make projects to build theoretical and practical knowledge of materials, processes and packaging.

Assessment is by completion of an extended design project (NEA) and by sitting a terminal examination. Students will be required to contribute towards materials used for their practical work.

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