Head of Department
Miss S Mitchell / Mr A Wise
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, computing and art. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Design and technology at key stage 3 is taught on a rotation basis and consists of 3 areas; Product Design, Food Technology and Graphics. Students are given the opportunity to explore and experiment with different ideas, materials, technologies and techniques as they progress through the exciting and innovative units of work in each subject.
Key Stage 3
- Year 7 - Introduction to DT covering the basics of the design process, materials and drawing skills. Students will focus on generating a Brief and Specification. Then use the iterative design process to design and develop a product.
- Year 8 - Understand the developments in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), and how it impacts design. Also the impact of globalization on the design industry.
- Year 9 - Improve creative thinking and looking at the constant evolution of a product and its impact on sustainability and the environment.
Cooking and Nutrition
- Year 7 - Students are introduced to the skills of preparing, cooking and the underlying health and safety aspects of working within a kitchen environment. Students embark on aspects of Healthy Eating incorporating the ‘Eatwell Guide’
- Year 8 - Students will progress further in the skills of preparing, cooking and the underlying health and safety aspects of working within a kitchen environment. Students embark on aspects of Healthy Eating and the importance of HACCP.
- Students will analyse and record market research results.
- Year 9 - Students will progress further in the skills learnt in years 7,8 and use new equipment when preparing and cooking their own designed product. Comply with all health and safety aspects of working within a kitchen environment. Students will analyse and record market research results, making a final evaluation of their own product. The project run in year 9 will lead on to KS4.
Key Stage 4
- Delivered via focused practical tasks and theory lessons students cover the core content of the specification. This covers Timbers, Metals, Polymers, Paper and Boards, Fibres and Textiles, Electronic components and Mechanical devices.
- There is further study of emerging technologies, sustainability and modern and smart materials.
- Year 11 will focus on the completion of Controlled assessment which is set by the exam board. Then focus on one of the specialist material areas i.e. paper and board
Food Preparation and Nutrition
- Year 10 students cover the 5 areas of, Health and Safety, Special Diets, Importance of Gluten, International Cuisine, and GM Foods.
- Students will undertake practical cooking tasks as well as taste testing.
- Preparation of Food, including Meat, is also covered.
- Year 11 will undertake 2 folders of work. Task 1 is an investigation of chemical reactions on ingredients. Task 2 is a research and make a task for a 3-course meal.
50% Controlled Assessment, 50% Exam at Key Stage 4.
Hospitality and Catering, Apprenticeship, Employment