Design and Technology

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Board Website: Pearson qualifications externallink

Design and Technology Curriculum Summary
Year 7

Pupils are able to explore a wide range of materials within this area of technology. Core basic skills of recognising materials and their properties, marking out accurately and using the correct tools to cut and shape materials are taught. Machines are introduced as appropriate with H&S a key priority. Current projects are as follows:

Year 7/8 – 6 week module Board game introducing graphics and manufacture using card and other similar materials

Year 7 – Robot

Year 8 – Mechanical moving toy

Year 8
GCSE Overview GCSE Product Design is a course for pupils who want to work with a variety of different materials and tools. The course combines wood work, metal work, plastics and electronics. A pupil following this course will undertake practical projects covering each of these areas, whilst gaining the knowledge and understanding of the different materials and how they are used in industry to solve design problems. This is a creative course where each project includes a design element, where pupils will be solving a design brief with their own design ideas.
Year 9

GCSE Product Design is a course for pupils who want to work with a variety of different materials and tools. The course combines wood work, metal work, plastics and electronics.

The pupils follow a skills based practical course. They will complete a variety of different design and make challenges, which require them to work with different hand tools, power tools and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) machines. These projects include a wooden skills box, metal work project, electronic Christmas tree and creative lightning project.

Year 10 The course continues to explore other core themes whilst completing a practice Non-examined Assessment (NEA) that the pupils will have to complete for their GCSE qualification.
Year 11 Year 11 is for the NEA and preparation for the GCSE written paper. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and each unit is assessed in an end of module written test alongside the assessment of the practical work completed.

Electronics

Exam Board: OCR

Exam Board Website: OCR – Oxford, Cambridge and RSA externallink

Electronics Curriculum Summary
Year 7

Pupils will get a hands-on introduction to the world of Electronics. They will learn how to solder and join components together, to make a variety of functioning products. They will also learn how to identify the different electronic components used in industry, as well as getting the opportunity to use programming in the development and manufacture of their products. Each of the projects will then have a casing manufactured, using the practical skills learnt during the Product Design material area.

Year 7 – Audio Amplifier

Year 8 – Cyber Pet (programmable desktop novelty toy)

Year 8
Year 9 No longer available as a stand-alone GCSE
Year 10 No longer available as a stand-alone GCSE
Year 11 Year 11 are working on their second Controlled Assessment, before focussing on revision for the examination paper.

Engineering

Exam Board: AQA

Exam Board Website: AQA – Assessment and Qualifications Alliance externallink

Engineering Curriculum Summary
Year 7 Not studied at Key Stage 3
Year 8
GCSE Overview

This is a course for pupils who aspire to be our next Design Engineers of the future. It is a practical course that is heavily linked to the Maths and Physics curriculum with lessons taught through theoretical theory and practical experiments.

This course is particularly suitable for pupils who may progress to one of the L3 Engineering courses offered at our local colleges that can be studied alongside A level Maths and Physics.

Year 9 The course covers a wide range of core information building upon knowledge learnt at KS3 including Materials and their working properties, structural engineering through a bridge project, CAD/CAM design through the manufacture of a ruler, precision manufacture of a try-square and mechanisms through the manufacture of a litter-picker.
Year 10 The course continues to explore other core themes whilst completing a practice Non-assessment Assessment (NEA) that the pupils will have to complete for their GCSE qualification.
Year 11 Year 11 is for the NEA and preparation for the GCSE written paper. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and each unit is assessed in an end of module written test alongside the assessment of the practical work completed.

KS3 Food and KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition

Exam Board: WJEC

Exam Board Website: WJEC / CBAC externallink

KS3 Food and KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition Curriculum Summary
Year 7

All pupils develop a range of practical and organisational skills, leading to the making of a selection of healthy food products. The pupils will get to make a variety of dishes in one of the two well equipped kitchens, whilst also learning about the Health and Safety involved in food preparation. Current projects are:

Year 7 – Healthy eating and nutrition

Year 8 – Edible Casing and Multicultural food products

Year 8
GCSE Overview This is a course for pupils who aspire to work in the food or hospitality industry. The food course will equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and creativity they need to cook. It will give them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The pupils will learn a wide variety of practical cooking techniques to prepare and cook food healthily, whilst gaining a proper understanding of the scientific principles behind food and nutrition. There will be a wide range of cookery skills learnt, and a clear understanding of food safety and hygiene. The course embraces and emphasises understanding and enjoyment of British and international ingredients and cuisines.
Year 9 The pupils follow a skills based practical course, with a mock Non-examined assessment (NEA).
Year 10
Year 11 Year 11 is for the NEA and preparation for the GCSE written paper. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and each unit is assessed in an end of module written test alongside the assessment of the practical work completed.

Textiles

Exam Board: WJEC

Exam Board Website: WJEC / CBAC externallink

Textiles Curriculum Summary
Year 7

The pupils are introduced to a range of projects enabling them to explore a range of Textile materials and processes. They are taught to recognise materials and their properties as well as using a range of tools and machinery. Creativity is encouraged through a range of briefs including dyed, printed, stitched and constructed.

Year 7 – 3 week project, Emoji keyring

6 week project, fabric board games

Year 8 – 3 week project, electronic ugly creature

6 week project, fabric clocks using inspiration from Jon Burgerman

Year 8
GCSE Overview This course enables students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination to design and make textile items. When designing, students should be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of textiles, components and manufacturing processes considering the use of other material to enhance textile products. A working knowledge of fashion and home furnishings will be covered.
Year 9 A wide range of decorative techniques including dyed, printed, stitched and constructed processes will be worked as well as technical processes. These will be collated and mounted in a sketchbook. The use of the sewing maching and overlocker will be covered as well as the use of CAD/CAM including the CAM embroidery machine and laser cutter. Short practical tasks will be completed to showcase the skills. Year 9 will be mainly ‘Hands on’ practical work.
Year 10 The major practical design brief will be started and this will continue into Year 11.
Year 11 Year 11 will focus on the theory required for the written examination.

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