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

 

Design Technology  Year 7

Design Technology: Once a week

(Rotate specialism mid-year)

Food Technology: Once a fortnight, all year

Year 8

Design Technology: Once a week

(Rotate specialism twice per year)

Food Technology: Once a fortnight, all year

Year 9

Design Technology: Once a week

(Rotate specialism mid-year)

Options Project in January: Supporting students in experiencing both options

Food Technology: Once a fortnight, all year

Topics
Studied
DT

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.

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.

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.

Food Technology

Students familiarise themselves with key kitchen utensils and the safety of the kitchen whilst making apple crumble, pasta ragu and the pizza project.

3D Design in the Workshop

Students demonstrate their making skills, whilst developing teamwork skills. With a focus on recycling, students work together to batch produce products using a wooden pallet as their starting point.

Textiles

Students design a sustainable soft toy for a target user considering target user needs, pattern drafting, pattern layout, seam allowance, hand sew appliquéd features.

3D CAD

Students are introduced to live briefs to redesign a WHS subject brand. Following a design process and learning CAD, students develop ideas to solve problems. A focus on design only students to improve both sketching/communication skills.

Food Technology

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of key ingredients and dietary requirements before embarking on a bakery project. Baking small baked products that could be “made at home”.

3D Product:

Students develop existing practical skills and are given their first opportunity to design their own product as they design and make a two-part bespoke wooden holder.

Textiles

The projects are designed to reinforce learning from Year 8. Students consider anthropometric measurements to create bespoke pattern templates for a ‘bucket hat’. Students then work through the manufacturing process of lay-planning, pinning, marking and cutting out, machine sewing and finishing to manufacture a completed hat.

Food Technology

Extending the knowledge and understanding of the Eat Well Guide, students make a repertoire of predominantly savoury products that use basic ingredients. Starting with a focus on pastry and the adaptation to create multiple outcomes, students make, sausage rolls (or an alternative filling), cheese triangles, quiche and jam tarts.  Students will move onto cooking dishes such as curry and puddings.

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 features and product shape

-Hand sewing and applique

-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

-Lay-planning

-Measuring and marking out

-Cutting fabric

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