All Key Stage 3 students study a variety of modules – rotating around various specialist areas. Students participate in themed projects and learn about research strategies, design generation, planning, equipment, manufacturing processes, testing and evaluative techniques. In addition, there are specific DT clubs – see the extra curricular and activity pages of the website from the student tab.
Year 7, 8 and 9
Modules being delivered throughout these years include designing and making a printed t-shirt, a mini torch, flashing signs and blister pack, soup and luxury biscuits.
In Textiles students design and make a fabric wall hanging based on their visit to Bristol Museum. Students have to investigate a variety of printing methods and develop a variety of design ideas whilst working in groups. This project is teaching Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. Students are encouraged to work with care and accuracy, to produce a creative high quality wall hanging which will be used in an exhibition at the end of the year.
In Food students complete a project based on the Government’s idea of promoting healthy eating, especially the eating of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Students have to research and carefully plan and make a soup that will help promote the healthy eating to the teenage market. They also have to ensure the soup not only tastes great but looks attractive to the purchaser.
In Resistant Materials students design and make a hand held game or puzzle, based on the idea of a maze. The students will develop a variety of ideas and produce an accurate design drawing. Careful step by step planning will ensure students select the right materials and use the right processes to manufacture their game.
In Product Design students design and make a simple torch from a kit of components and a point of sale blister pack. They must develop a variety of well presented imaginative designs for the torch and packaging that show an understanding of materials and decorative methods. They are encouraged to use ICT to achieve precise and creatively presented graphics and information on their blister packaging.
GCSE Catering and Hospitality NVQ1 – Key Stage 4 Design Technology
This course is taught in the school’s purpose built catering kitchen and Bistro.
Areas covered are Food Preparation and Cooking and Food Service and will include :
- Health and Safety
- Working with the public
- Serving menus in our purpose built bistro
- Small functions – formal meals etc.
- Hygiene and storage
- Knife skills
- Team work and responsibility
Candidates will be taught a range of cooking techniques such as baking, frying, poaching and assembling.
Assessment is continuous with students building their own unique portfolio to show that they are competent in each of the activities. The qualification is candidate led can be gained as quickly as needed. Candidates will attend a work placement to learn new skills in a realistic environment. Candidates will also gain the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate.
This course is particularly suitable to anyone who really enjoys cooking and sees their future within the catering industry.
A text book is available from the catering department which covers both GCSE courses for £12.00.
- Level 1 or 2 Course
- Equivalent to 1 GCSE A* – G Grade
- QCA Score A* = 58, C = 40, G = 16
GCSE Graphic Products – Design Technology Key Stage 4
Reasons for studying Graphic Products
Graphics is so much more than posters or lettering. It is all around us and has a major impact on all of our lives. The course will discover the whole process of designing and making products from packaging and advertising through to product models.
The course will develop your skills in drawing, design, presentation and 3D modelling, including Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD and CAM). You will undertake a number of ‘design and make’ projects, including the major coursework project in Year 11.
This will involve the production of a substantial design folder and a 3d practical outcome, such as a board game, packaging or point of sale display.
GCSE Resistant Materials – Design Technology Key Stage 4 reasons for studying Resistant Materials Technology
This course builds on work encountered in Key Stage 3 and students work in wood and metal although most tend to work in wood for their final project. A major part of the course is the acquisition of drawing and presentation skills.
The course looks at both hand and machine tools and processes in school, at home and in industry. It can lead to further training at college or a modern apprenticeship in an aspect of the construction industry such as carpenter, joiner or furniture fitter.
The course involves drawing techniques and practical activities to improve knowledge of materials, tools and equipment and the acquisition of skills, both drawing and practical.
The GCSE major project will involve the production of a design folder and a manufactured task which will be worth 60% of your GCSE marks.
How you will be assessed
Resistant Materials Technology GCSE is assessed via:
An external written examination worth 40%
A substantial design folio and practical project worth 60%
- Level 1 or 2 Course
- Equivalent to 1 GCSE A* – G Grade
- QCA Score A*= 58, C = 40, G = 16
Reasons for studying Textile Technology
The course is about designing and making innovative products which reflect modern developments in Textiles.
It will involve the investigation of industrial practices; Printmaking, embellishment techniques and research into how textile objects are designed and made.
Students will find out that textiles and fabrics can be used in lots of unusual ways, from hot air balloons and tents, to stunt kites, bullet proof vests, cars, interior design and fashion.
The course will be structured around a variety of design and make activities and will give you the opportunity to explore the use of Computer Assisted Design. Your artistic skills will also be developed so that design and practical work can be produced in exciting and creative ways.
In Year 11 students work will focus on a major design and make project. This will involve the production of a substantial design folio and practical outcome such as a wall hanging, hats, bags, soft furnishings, toys, play mats, pet accessories and clothing.