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Design Technology

Course description 

Design Technology is a fantastic learning vehicle that supports the application of many other curriculum areas within its project based format. We aim to provide engaging learning opportunities, in a range of DT subject specialisms, that enable students develop a variety of transferable skills. Through relevant design and practical problem solving tasks, students are inspired to take ownership of their progress and develop the confidence to demonstrate creative and innovative ideas. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of various processes, equipment and skills to aspire them to be technologists of the future.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7 and 8

Lessons take the form of rotated projects where, in the first instance, learning is carried out through focused practical tasks aiming to introduce, 'skill-up' and build confidence in the material areas. Students then revisit the areas, harnessing an iterative design process, thus allowing them to design and make a solution to a given task.

Year 7

The design tasks centre around 'designing for me' and students will experience at least three of the following material areas:

Food
Resistant materials
Textiles
CAD CAM
Electronics

Year 8

The design tasks centre around 'designing for clients' and students will experience at least three of the following material areas:

Food
Resistant materials
Textiles
CAD CAM
Electronics

Assessing Progress

Students are assessed on five assessment strands that cover the DT cycle: Research the design task; Developing the design solution; Plan and make a product; Test and evaluate; Literacy and communication. The strand(s) covered are relevant to the material areas' project requirements but all are covered over the year and reinforced over the key stage.  Students will receive assessment at the end of each project to summarize the ongoing assessment that will have occurred lesson by lesson. 

Key Stage 4 

Years 9 and 10

Students will study and prepare for the GCSE examinations to be sat at the end of year 10.

GCSE Course Titles:

GCSE Resistant materials or Textiles
Examination Board:  AQA
Assessment: unit 1 40% unit 2 60%
Unit 1 is a 2 hour paper exam.
Unit 2 is a class based design and practical coursework task.

Course Title:

Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering
Examination Board: WJEC​

Content:
Year 9 students are introduced to the skills, techniques and processes to equip them to be independent, knowledgeable learners through projects with supported theory and exam question practice.
Year 10 students choose their controlled assessment task and work through the mark scheme requirements under teacher guidance.

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 9 following half termly reporting of progress and monitoring of required interventions.  In year 10 there will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 in year 10 and students are tracked lesson by lesson on their coursework progress.

Homework

There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip.

Safeguarding

Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.

Equipment

All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.  In addition for Design Technology it would be useful to have colouring pencils.

Career Opportunities supported by Design and Technology

There are a wide variety of careers related to Design and Technology.  Examples are carpentry, illustration, graphic design, fashion design, chefs and food production, food service, product development, event co-ordinators, hospitality and leisure management.