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Design & Technology

Head of Department

Ms Place

Pupils teaching and learning experience throughout the department is practical based design & make projects, which allow our pupils to be hands on with traditional, craft and latest technology equipment to enhance independent creativity and innovation that’s built upon throughout KS3 and preparation for those who decide to choose either GCSE Food or Product Design options at KS4.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

At Key Stage 3 pupils are placed into three separate bands and taught most subjects within those bands.

We teach Resistant Materials, Textiles & Food on a three term carousel within our newly built and well-equipped technology workshops. Pupils are encouraged to explore and experiment with a variety of materials. They research existing products and develop sketch ideas through 3d modelling techniques to enhance final making of quality products. Health & safety, hand tools & machinery skills, including Laser CADCAM are introduced and taught from Year 7, to gain confidence and independent learning throughout KS3.

In Food Technology, pupils learn basic cooking skills, hygiene, nutrition and healthy eating of a balanced diet and encouraged to design and create their own dishes and recipes to cook.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

At Key Stage 4 all pupils follow a core curriculum which consists of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science, Religious Education, and Physical Education.

During Year 10 & 11, we teach two subjects at GCSE level – Product Design & Home Economics – Food & Nutrition.

In Food Technology, the specification is designed to give pupils an opportunity to extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of food & nutrition within a variety of contexts.

Pupils will cover the following areas of study:

1 Nutrition, Diet and Health Throughout Life  

2 Factors Affecting Consumer Choice

3 Nutritional, Physical, Chemical and Sensory Properties of Foods in Storage, Preparation & Cooking

4 Food Hygiene and Safety

In Product Design, the first year Yr 10 of the two year course deals mainly with the pupils acquiring the underpinning knowledge and skills that are essential to their success in both the written exam and the Controlled Assessment.  These skills are taught through mini practical design and make projects throughout the first year using a variety of resistant materials to design and make with.

In the last year of the course Yr 11, pupils will focus on their Controlled Assessment which comprises of Design & Making a Commercially Viable quality product from a choice of materials and provide a portfolio of their research, design development, making and evaluation.

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form, Years 12-13)

Not applicable

Extra curricular activities

KS3 Food Tech Club

KS3 Resistant Materials Tech Club