It is the aim of the Technology Department to foster interest and excitement in the subject and to develop innovative and independent thinking. Thorough coverage of technological principles, across all areas of technology, are used to encourage and stimulate pupils. This will equip them with a breadth of knowledge to keep abreast of an ever changing world.
On leaving the department, the pupils will have an accurate understanding of how technology influences society and will be able to design and make high quality products.
Key Stage 3
Food Preparation & Nutrition
Pupils will learn the basics about health, safety and hygiene. Using the eat well guide they will plan, prepare and cook a range of predominantly savoury dishes. Lessons will encourage pupils to think about food choice, cost and nutrition. Pupils will be encouraged to develop their practical skills and understanding of equipment and ingredients.
Drawing techniques (formal and sketching), modelling (hand and CAD work) laser cutter work (CAM), product analysis and designing and making (paper engineering)
Safety, selecting appropriate tools and processes to make innovative/new products, materials knowledge, designing and making artefacts.
Key Stage 4
Design Technology: Specialising in Product Design and Resistant Material
GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps pupils develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.
This specification requires pupils to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.
This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
Design Technology: Specialising in Graphics and Digital Photography
Pupils will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
Food Preparation & Nutrition
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure pupils develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing pupils’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.
Food Preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
- Food, Nutrition and Health
- Food Science
- Food Safety
- Food Choice
- Food Provenance
Food Preparation and Nutrition - written paper worth 50% of the final GCSE
Two tasks which will be completed in class worth 25% each of the final GCSE:
- Food Investigation - written report
- Food Preparation - practical assessment
Replacing the Design Technology qualifications in Resistant Materials, Graphic Products & Electronic Products are the following;
• Design Technology: Specialising in Graphics and Digital Photography
• Design Technology: Specialising in Product Design and Resistant Material
• Design Technology: Specialising in Electronic Products
The two brand new courses for September 2019 are;
• Three Dimensional Design
• Textile Design
Information on the above courses can be found in the booklet below.
Technology Option information booklet
Key Websites - Technology General
You can contact the Curriclulum Leader for Design and Technology by e-mail here.