Design Technology

Within our Design Technology curriculum, we aim to spark the creativity and imagination of our students, building their confidence and exposure to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within the world we live. Our curriculum aims to develop risk takers who become resources and innovative, developing their critical and evaluative skills to take into wider challenges beyond the classroom. We have designed our curriculum to:

  • Demonstrate how Design Technology links to other subjects and the wider world
  • Enable all students to accEss a curriculum which is creative, engaging, inspiring and appropriate
  • Become independent Skilful creative design technology students
  • AchIeve whilst enjoying
  • Use their imaGination
  • Develop an eNthusiasm for learning

 

Carousel: Technology  Year 7 Year 8 (repeated Year 7 curriculum due to Covid-impact on practical Technology in 2020-21) Year 9
Topics
Studied
3D Design ‘Blockhead’ in the Workshop Students experience the skills of ‘making’ through the manipulation of materials, using traditional woodwork skills to make a small wooden toy

Practical: Food Students familiarise themselves with key kitchen utensils and the safety of the kitchen whilst making fresh fruit salad, coleslaw, apple crumble, pasta ragu and the pizza project

Practical: Textiles Students use the sewing machines in conjunction with existing maths/measuring skills. Students design fonts, apply colour, measure seam equipment spaces, measure seam allowance, hand sew a button and learn to apply the pencil wrap

3D Drawing Students develop their technical drawing skills through a range of 2D and 3D, hand-skilled and CAD techniques designed to show the real-world links between Technology and Maths

3D Design ‘Blockhead’ in the Workshop Students experience the skills of ‘making’ through the manipulation of materials, using traditional woodwork skills to make a small wooden toy

Practical: Food Students familiarise themselves with key kitchen utensils and the safety of the kitchen whilst making fresh fruit salad, coleslaw, apple crumble, pasta ragu and the pizza project

Practical: Textiles Students use the sewing machines in conjunction with existing maths/measuring skills. Students design fonts, apply colour, measure seam equipment spaces, measure seam allowance, hand sew a button and learn to apply the pencil wrap

3D Drawing Students develop their technical drawing skills through a range of 2D and 3D, hand-skilled and CAD techniques designed to show the real-world links between Technology and Maths

Due to a fractious Year 7/8 Technology experience, we have reviewed the skills needed to support our Year 9 students to ensure our projects develop the key skills required without losing the necessary core skills.

3D Product: CAD and Workshop Students develop skills this project introduces new tools (coping saw and saw drills). Students are given their first opportunity to design their own product as they design and make a two-part product consisting of a family set of coasters and a bespoke wooden holder

Practical: Food Students make small baked products that could be a part of an afternoon tea, demonstrating their weighing, measuring, mixing, rubbing-in, rolling, grating, dividing, baking blast chilling/ cooling and presenting skills

Practical: Textiles The projects are designed to reinforce learning from Year 7 with students developing their fabric dyeing techniques, zip insertion and the introduction of Computer Aided Design to construct a functioning soft furnishing product

Skills and
Key
Knowledge
Taught
-Measuring and marking out

-Cutting and wasting Pine

-Shaping and finishing Pine

-Weighing and measuring different ingredients

-Peeling, slicing, top/tail, grate, boil, simmer, stew, drain, weigh, measure, mix, knead, prove, bake, blast chill/cool

-Designing font and colour application

-Hand sewing

-Machine sewing and assembly

-Measuring and marking out

-Cutting and wasting Pine

-Shaping and finishing Pine

-Weighing and measuring different ingredients

-Peeling, slicing, top/tail, grate, boil, simmer, stew, drain, weigh, measure, mix, knead, prove, bake, blast chill/cool

-Designing font and colour application

-Hand sewing

-Machine sewing and assembly

-Designing, measuring and marking out

-Cutting, shaping and finishing Ply

-CAD/CAM

-Use of vectors

-Prepare: weigh/measure/mix/combing

-Make: assemble/egg wash/seal/bake -Cool/blast chill

-Presentation of a finished product

-Use of tools and equipment

-Surface decoration technique

-Measuring and marking out

-Cutting fabric

-Fastening construction

-Assemble components

Links for
Support/
Help at
Home
Use of student resources located within WHS SharePoint for students

Building upon interests that form throughout the topics studied by practising more at home

Gallery Visits/Attend artist workshops

Cooking and baking at home, especially practising the skills developed in school

Practising the skills developed in 2D and 3D design

Use of YouTube tutorials for further practice on skills covered

Participation within national competitions promoted by the Technology Department alongside School-based competitions via social media/Posters

Participating in enrichment opportunities and clubs (in school and out of school)

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE Art and Design – 3D Design
  • BTEC Tech Hospitality and Catering