KS3 Design Technology
All students in Y7 and Y8 will study all 4 areas of Design and Technology each year, working on a carousel around Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles. Students will learn research and design techniques, practical skills and methods of evaluating their work. In Y9 students will focus on Food and Resistant Materials, studying a mini GCSE style project for half a year in each subject as an introduction to the courses we offer at KS4.
Resistant Materials & Graphics - Students will design and make a note pad holder using CAD CAM and students will learn what CAD CAM is, the advantages and disadvantages of using it and will learn about modelling products before manufacture. Students will practise creative design and presentation techniques and will learn how to write a production plan. Students will also learn how to use a range of hand tools and machinery in the workshop to make a pencil holder and decorative parts. Students will learn how to draw using isometric, how to identify materials and their properties, will learn and use a range of research techniques and be able to write a detailed product specification.
Food - Students will participate in the "Ready Steady Cook" project and will learn about basic skills, safety and equipment in the food room. Students will learn how to weigh out and bake with a range of basic ingredients and will look at their functions. Students will study the Eatwell plate and healthy eating and will design, plan and cook their own healthy dishes.
Textiles - Students will design and make their very own fabric fashion monster where they will learn basic textile skills - how to set up and use a sewing machine, tacking and pinning and pattern making. Students will design their own fashion monster and will use tie dye and fabric pens to create their own fabric for their product. Students will learn how to fill their product and finish it using embellishment and appliqué to decorate the fashion monster.
Resistant Materials -Students will design and make their own trinket box where they will learn how to make a lap joint and the advantages of using this to create the frame for their box. Students will write a GCSE style specification and learn how to produce a detailed isometric drawing which is a GCSE technique. Students will use CAD CAM to add a design and theme to their product.
Graphics - Students will participate in the Apprentice Chocolate Challenge project where they have to come up with a new company and brand a new type of boxed chocolates. Students will look into and create their own Corporate Identity, will learn about and produce their own Typography and will trial different chocolate recipes. Students will learn GCSE Graphics skills like drawing in one-point perspective and manufacturing processes in industry.
Food - Students will participate in the "Junior Masterchef" project and will learn higher level Food skills like making a roux sauce and making complex bread dough to create a lasagne and calzone. Students will learn about the nutritional values of foods and will learn how to plan out a range of dishes using a time plan, ingredients and cost list.
Textiles - Students will learn about Pop Art and how to design in this style to create their own Pop Art Cushion. Students will design and manufacture a cushion with their own original Pop Art decoration. Students will learn surface decoration techniques like, appliqué, batik, screen printing and repeat patterns. Students will learn how to construct their products, use wadding and finish them off.
Resistant Materials & Graphics - Students will complete the "What's it Holding?" project where they will spend 19 weeks completing a mini-GCSE style task which covers GCSE Graphics and Resistant Materials skills and knowledge. Students will create their own design brief and design, model and manufacture their own holding device which could be anything from a jewellery or phone stand, DVD rack or a storage box. Students will follow the GCSE format and will complete design work in isometric, one and two point perspective, building on skills learnt in Y7 and Y8 including a more extensive and detailed use of CAD CAM.
Food - Students will participate in the "Great Grangefield Bake off" project and will learn higher level Food skills like making a range of types of pastry products, meringue, dealing with raw meat and presentation techniques. Students will complete a food investigation looking into different raising agents used in cake making and testing out their hypothesis which is a GCSE coursework task, preparing them for GCSE. Students will learn how to plan, develop and test their own dishes to work independently. Students will also look at environmental considerations when working in the Food industry and the science behind cooking.
GCSE Design Technology
GCSE Resistant Materials
Coursework = 60%, Final 2 hour exam in Y11 = 40%.
Coursework - Students who opt to study GCSE Resistant Materials will predominantly be designing and making a product using woods, metals and plastics. Students will be given a range of design briefs to choose from and will work independently to research into and plan out the task they have chosen including writing a detailed product specification. Students will design by hand in isometric and also using CAD, a wide range of design ideas for their project and will model their chosen idea. Students will manufacture their product and use CAD CAM to enhance the design and decorate it. Students will fully evaluate their work and suggest future improvements.
Exam - Students will cover theory work and exam practice as homework and through mock exams every half term to build up their knowledge and understanding of the final exam. 2 months before the final exam in Y11, students will be given a design theme to research into and practice, and this will be the topic they will work on the real exam paper so they have chance to practise ideas beforehand.
GCSE Catering (Current Y11 only, last exam in Summer 2017)
Coursework = 60%, Final 1 hour 15mins exam in Y11 = 40%.
Coursework - Students will complete 2 tasks as part of the GCSE Catering course and for this they will produce an A4 folder of work and also complete a practical exam for each task.
Task 1 - Task 1 is worth 20% of the overall GCSE and can be up to 8 sides of A4. Students will research into a range of dairy products and trial dishes which are cooked using lots of dairy. Students will then select 4 dishes to make for their first practical exam and they will create a time plan, ingredients and equipment list to help prepare them. Students will have 2 hours 30 minutes to prepare, cook and serve their 4 dishes to be marked. Students will then evaluate their task and identify areas for improvement.
Task 2 - Task 2 is worth 40% of the overall GCSE and can be up to 20 sides of A4. Students will research into multicultural foods and will select a country and type of cuisine to work with. Students will then plan into and cook a 2 course meal from this country. Students will research into the chosen country and types of foods cooked and eaten and will taste test and analyse existing dishes. Students will then select 2 courses and accompaniments to make for their second practical exam and they will create a more detailed time plan, ingredients and equipment list to help prepare them and will also analyse the nutritional value of their dishes. Students will have 3 hours to prepare, cook and serve their meal to be marked. Students will then evaluate their task and identify areas for improvement.
Exam - Students will cover theory work
and exam practice as homework and through mock exams every half term to build
up their knowledge and understanding of the final exam.
GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition (NEW course) First exam in Summer 2018
Coursework = 50%, Final 1 hour 45mins exam in Y11 = 50%.
Coursework - Students will complete 2 tasks as part of the GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition course and for this they will produce an A4 folder of work and also complete a practical exam for each task.
Food investigation task 1 - Task 1 is worth 15% of the overall GCSE and can be up to 8 sides of A4 and no more than 2000 words. Students will research a task set by the exam board, for example "Research the ingredients used to make breads". Students will then be expected to complete a range of experiments and cook a range of products to come up with results and a conclusion for the investigation.
Food preparation task 2 - Task 2 is worth 35% of the overall GCSE and can be up to 20 sides of A4. Students will research into a set task by the exam board, for example "Research, plan and prepare a range of dishes which are high in fibre and appeal to teenagers". Students will need to research into the dishes and ingredients and practise and trial dishes they may want to make. Students will then complete a 3 hour exam where they must make their chosen dishes and have them marked in formal exam conditions. Students will then critically evaluate their task, including the nutritional value of each dish and suggest possible improvements.
Exam - Students will cover theory work and exam practice as homework and through mock exams every half term to build up their knowledge and understanding of the final exam. Students will learn about the different food groups and the nutrients provided from each and consequences of not following a healthy diet. They will learn about the scientific process behind working with food and learn the function of ingredients. Students will also consider food sustainability and learn about health, safety and hygiene.