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Learning Director
Mrs Ainscow -


Faculty Introduction:

Within Design Technology there is no such thing as a typical lesson as students could be engaged in any number of varied activities dependent on the topic being covered this could be theoretical work, creative designing, practical activity, investigation, analysis or any combination of these plus other activities. As such this is a very active and enjoyable subject for all, students and teachers

Topics / Modules to be covered:

At Key Stage 3 students follow a carousel system which provides the basis for developing knowledge and understanding of Design Technology whilst allowing experience of all of the material areas. At this level all students will experience work within, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles, System & Control.

Assessment:

Pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and the course is delivered through projects which combine both Designing and Making.

During each project a range of skills are assessed. These include: researching the task, developing ideas, making high quality accurate products using a range of tools, equipment and processes. Other areas that are also assessed include: quality of presentation and finish, effort, planning and evaluation.

Homework:

Homework is set using extended tasks, based around a particular theme or topic related to the project being worked on. These are graded together with the complete project.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Year 7 gifted and talented students attend the ‘Design to Go’ day held at Wicksteed Park. Students are able to attend after school sessions to work on their projects and prepare extra outcomes for fashion shows and design challenges.


Faculty Introduction:

Within Design Technology there is no such thing as a typical lesson as students could be engaged in any number of varied activities dependent on the topic being covered this could be theoretical work, creative designing, practical activity, investigation, analysis or any combination of these plus other activities. As such this is a very active and enjoyable subject for all, students and teachers

Topics / Modules to be covered:

At Key Stage 3 students follow a carousel system which provides the basis for developing knowledge and understanding of Design Technology whilst allowing experience of all of the material areas. At this level all students will experience work within, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles, System & Control.

Assessment:

Pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and the course is delivered through projects which combine both Designing and Making.

During each project a range of skills are assessed. These include: researching the task, developing ideas, making high quality accurate products using a range of tools, equipment and processes. Other areas that are also assessed include: quality of presentation and finish, effort, planning and evaluation.

Homework:

Homework is set using extended tasks, based around a particular theme or topic related to the project being worked on. These are graded together with the complete project.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students are able to attend after school sessions to work on their projects and prepare extra outcomes for fashion shows and design challenges.


Faculty Introduction:

Within Design Technology there is no such thing as a typical lesson as students could be engaged in any number of varied activities dependent on the topic being covered this could be theoretical work, creative designing, practical activity, investigation, analysis or any combination of these plus other activities. As such this is a very active and enjoyable subject for all, students and teachers.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

At Key Stage 3 students follow a carousel system which provides the basis for developing knowledge and understanding of Design Technology whilst allowing experience of all of the material areas. At this level all students will experience work within, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles, System & Control.

Assessment:

Pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and the course is delivered through projects which combine both Designing and Making. During each project a range of skills are assessed. These include: researching the task, developing ideas, making high quality accurate products using a range of tools, equipment and processes. Other areas that are also assessed include: quality of presentation and finish, effort, planning and evaluation.

Homework:

Homework is set using extended tasks, based around a particular theme or topic related to the project being worked on. These are graded together with the complete project.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

G&T Students have the opportunity to enter local and national competitions through STEM. Also attend the Rotary Club design challenge in the Spring Term. Students are able to attend after school sessions to work on their projects and prepare extra outcomes for fashion shows and design challenges.


Faculty Introduction:

This course has a clear and simple structure to help students revise for and relate the work done for Controlled Assessment to the exam. There is a practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. During year 10 students will develop the skills and knowledge required for their coursework in year 11 through focused practical and design tasks.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is encouraged in this specification.

Assessment:

Students work is graded against the GCSE specification

Homework:

Homework is set weekly and will support delivery of the individual project that is being studied at that time, or could be theory based that will help develop knowledge in preparation for the written exam.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students are able to attend after school sessions to work on their projects and prepare extra outcomes for fashion shows and design challenges.


Faculty Introduction:

This course has a clear and simple structure to help students revise for and relate the work done for Controlled Assessment to the exam. There is a practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. During year 10 students will develop the skills and knowledge required for their coursework in year 11 through focused practical and design tasks.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

The specification has been developed to enable candidates to demonstrate their creativity, with making of textile products a vital feature of the candidate’s experience of taking this specification. The specification is clear, realistic and straightforward and designed for actual classroom practice, both in terms of assessment and the activities that candidates will undertake. Design and making are encouraged so as to prepare candidates for taking higher level courses or for entering the world of work.

Assessment:

Students work is graded against the GCSE specification

Homework:

Homework is set weekly and will support delivery of the individual project that is being studied at that time, or could be theory based that will help develop knowledge in preparation for the written exam.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Trips to the Clothes Show and local exhibitions help to support delivery of the course. Catch up sessions are held Thursday lunch times and after school to help and support students currently undertaking their GCSE coursework projects.


Faculty Introduction:

In year 11 students complete a single design and make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Assessment:

Students work is graded against the GCSE specification. Controlled assessment (previously coursework) is worth 60% of final grade 40% external written exam

Homework:

Homework tasks support aspects of the controlled assessment.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Students are actively encouraged to attend after school sessions to aid work and progression on their individual projects.


Faculty Introduction:

In year 11 students complete a single design and make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.

Assessment:

Students work is graded against the GCSE specification. Controlled assessment (previously coursework) is worth 60% of final grade 40% external written exam.

Homework:

Homework is set weekly and will support delivery of the individual project that is being studied at that time, or could be theory based that will help develop knowledge in preparation for the written exam.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

After school sessions are held to help and support students currently undertaking their GCSE coursework projects.


Faculty Introduction:

During year 12 students develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes and they will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

In unit 1 (6GR01) students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s). Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and there are no barriers to choices of product investigation, product design or product manufacture.

In unit 2 (6RM02/6GR02) students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

Assessment:

Students work is graded against the A- level specification.

Homework:

Homework is set weekly and will support delivery of the individual project that is being studied at that time, and be theory based that will help develop knowledge in preparation for the written exam.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

Trips, after school clubs, G&T provision, external competitions & awards information etc. These sessions are held to help and support students currently undertaking their A-Level coursework projects.


Faculty Introduction:

In year 13 students develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. Students will also design and make a product of their choice but must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution.

Topics / Modules to be covered:

In unit 3 (6GR03) students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.

In unit 4 (6RM04/6GR04) students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution. The choice of design problem should have a real commercial use, in that it should be useful to a wider range of users beyond an individual, unless it has been specifically commissioned as a ‘one-off’. The design problem should provide opportunities for a client or user-group to have input into decision making at various stages of the design and make process.

Assessment:

Students work is graded against the A- level specification.

Homework:

Homework is set weekly and will support delivery of the individual project that is being studied at that time, and be theory based that will help develop knowledge in preparation for the written exam.

Enhancement & Enrichment Activities:

These sessions are held to help and support students currently undertaking their GCSE or A-Level coursework projects.

Last updated: 12 Jul 2017