Students are introduced to Design and Technology and the many varying subjects under the D&T umbrella. The students follow a carousel system, rotating between Product Design, System and Control, Food and Nutrition and Textiles.
In Food Technology students are introduced to the basics of food hygiene. They are taught how to prepare a cooking area and how to avoid cross contamination. Students will be introduced to the healthy diet and the “well Balanced Plate”. They will gain practical experience in using kitchen equipment, weights and measure, to produce healthy dishes.
Students follow a carousel programme to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of the main strands of Design and Technology.
Throughout Year 8 Food Technology students will be following the Licence to Cook programme.
In Product Design the students will gain further understanding of how to successfully design for a chosen client and how to research effectively to enable them to improve their designs. Students will be introduced to quality assurance and how to improve the manufacturing of their products through the use of jigs, formers and templates.
In Systems and Control the students are introduced to basic electronics, input – process – output. They will learn about electronic components, their purpose and how to use them. Students will also develop their understanding of the planning process and the need to plan their making effectively to achieve the desired result.
Students will continue to develop their understanding of the three main strands of Design and Technology. They will further their understanding of materials and processes and improve their understanding of the design process.
In Food and Nutrition students gain a better understanding of British and World foods, giving them the opportunity to produce many classic dishes. Pupils also learn about food preservation and how to store foods correctly.
In Product Design more emphasis is put on the design process and creativity. The pupils follow a re-design scheme of work, where they are to redesign and develop an existing product. Through this scheme of learning students further develop and improve their 3D CAD knowledge and they have the opportunity to 3D print elements of their design. Students will also be introduced to different design movements to provide them with design solutions. They will be given design briefs targeting creativity and their making skills.
In Systems and Control the students continue their learning in electronic components and gain a further understanding of control in a circuit. They are also introduced to designing and making products more akin to Product Design. They develop their understanding or existing product analysis, working with materials and evaluations to design and make quality products.
Years 10 and 11
In Years 10 and 11 we offer:
AQA GCSE Design and Technology
AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition