Design & Technology

D&T
D&T

Meet The Curriculum Area

  • Mrs E Wilkinson – Faculty Director and teacher of Textiles Technology
  • Mrs H Mutch – Deputy Faculty Director and teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Mr N Barnett – KS3 Co-ordinator and Teacher Graphic Communication and Product Design
  • Mr L Mroczko – Teacher of Resistant Materials and Curriculum Leader for Careers and Work Experience
  • Mr A Edwards – Technician

About Us

The Design and Technology (D&T) Faculty Area is a hotbed of creativity and craftsmanship where students thrive.

Students at Key Stage Three enjoy working in:

  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Communication and Product Design
  • Textiles
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition

The Faculty Area is made up of four specialist teachers and a dedicated technician. All are committed to supporting student progress across all abilities and age ranges. The students also benefit from having access to the latest technology including a 3D printer, dye sublimation system, vinyl and laser cutter and computerised sewing machines.

Design and Technology students regularly enjoy off-site visits and participate in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities which include jewellery making and radio controlled model cars. There is an opportunity for students to display their talents to a wider audience because we organise an annual exhibition to showcase their work. We are also looking to encourage greater industrial links through project work at both Key Stages.

What Will We Learn?

Key Stage 3

Year 7

During Year 7 students in Design & Technology will be studying: Product Design making an acrylic night light: Textiles Technology producing a monster inspired earphone wallet: Food Preparation and Nutrition learning about Healthy eating and Resistant Materials where they will design and make a mechanical toy.

Skills

The skills students will be using and practising include:

  • exploring ideas and researching existing products
  • generating ideas using a range of information sources
  • developing and modelling ideas in order to meet specific design criteria
  • planning time needed to complete a task
  • making high quality products
  • evaluating their own ideas and products to make judgements about the originality of design ideas and quality of solutions
Assessment

Students will have an initial baseline assessment as well as being assessed at the end of each of the four modules undertaken throughout. Each Design and Technology teacher will assess the quality of making along with one other skill area relevant to the task.

Year 8

During Year 8 students in Design & Technology in will be studying the following four areas: Food Preperation and Nutrition, learning about Staple Foods; Textiles Technology producing a prototype hat based on an animal theme; Graphic communication, Logo and branding and Resistant Materials where the students produce a handmade gumball machine.

Skills

The skills students will be using and practising include:

  • Exploring ideas in the context of designing for clients;
  • Generating ideas by sharing design thinking with others and using constructive feedback to develop a detailed design solution;
  • Developing and modelling ideas using different strategies to elaborate and expand their design thinking;
  • Planning time needed for a series of subtasks and reflecting on how time is used in an activity;
  • Making high quality products;
  • Evaluating their own ideas and products and discussing with potential users the extent to which it meets the original design criteria.
Assessment

Students will be assessed at during each module undertaken in Year 8. Each Design and Technology teacher will assess the quality of marking along with one other skill area relevant to the task.

Year 9

During Year 9 students in Design & Technology will be studying in four areas: Food Preparation and Nutrition- British and International Cuisine; Textiles Technology – Tie-Dye drawstring bags; Graphic Communication- Merchandising and Resistant Materials- birdhouses.

Skills

The skills students will be using and practising include:

  • exploring ideas in the context of designing for a range of users/markets
  • generating ideas by analysing how existing products are designed and made
  • developing and modelling ideas by drawing on mathematical, scientific and technical knowledge
  • planning time needed in order to prioritise tasks and decisions about materials, time and production
  • making high quality products
  • evaluating their own ideas and products and reviewing ongoing progress to meet criteria whilst inviting feedback in order to refine their work
Design Awards
Assessment

After Easter, Year 9 Students will choose to specialise in one area in preparation for KS4 and GCSE. Students will be assessed during each module undertaken in Year 9. Each Design and Technology teacher will assess the quality of making along with two other skill areas relevant to the task. At the end of Year 9 the average of each students recorded levels will be calculated to give their end of Key Stage 3 level for Design and Technology.

Key Stage 4

Textiles

KS4 Textiles Technology is an exciting and creative option choice. Throughout Year 10 and 11 you will learn a variety of decorative techniques such as: free machine and hand embroidery, appliqué, beading and fabric manipulation. You will also learn how to draft your own patterns and modify existing garments. As well as lots of practical work, you will also learn about natural, man-made and synthetic materials, fabric construction, environmental and ethical issues as well as computer aided manufacture.

During the course you will be encouraged to think about the textiles industry and we offer a range of trips and visits that allow you to see how textiles products are produced. There are many opportunities and careers available in the textile Industry. Here are just a few : Colleges and Higher Education, Fashion Design, Millinery, Photography, Teaching, Shoe Designer, Personal Shopper, Journalism, Interior Designer.

Textiles Technology is not just for girls! We offer a wide range of projects that cater for all students. Design & Technology is very much a traditional and modern subject where students learn lifelong skills such as problem solving. Students are encouraged to work independently and creatively to produce original outcomes for a specific target market.

The course contains a controlled assessment project which is worth 60% of your overall grade and an examination which makes up the final 40%. We have received positive comments and feedback from the Examination Board that our students produce creative and original folders which show flair and independence. We also work with local post 16 providers who agree that the standard of work produced by our students is of the very highest quality.

Food Preperation and Nutrition

Food Preperation and Nutrition is about using food as a material. Designing and making a variety of food products for specific needs, developing skills and knowledge in food production and presentation, developing an awareness of healthy eating and becoming an informed consumer.

Opportunity will be provided for both group and individual work for both boys and girls – are you the next Jamie Oliver or Delia Smith? An interest in healthy eating , cooking and a willingness to provide a variety of food materials throughout the course are essential. (Though support can be given if needed.)

Assessment
  • 15% Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment
  • A scientific food investigation which will assess the learner’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food.

  • 35% Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment
  • Prepare, Cook and present a menu which assesses the learner’ knowledge, skill and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food.

  • 50% Examination: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition.
  • This component with consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions and will assess the six areas of content listed here: Food Commodities, Principles of Nutrition, Diet and Good Health, The Science of food, Where food comes from, Cooking and Food Preparation.


    Future Careers

    Studying Food Technology can lead to opportunities for a profession and/or career in: Food technologist, Chef, Food Retailer, Hospitality & Catering, Dietician, Nursing, Teaching, Farmer, Food Stylist eg. TV presenter on cookery shows, writing magazine articles. This course can lead to further study at AS/A level and/or GNVQ/VGE in a variety of related subjects.

    Resistant Materials

    KS4 Resistant Materials Technology is an exciting and creative option choice.

    Throughout Year 10 and 11 you will learn how to work with a variety of different materials such as woods, metals and plastics. You will work with these materials in mini projects to build on skills and techniques you will use later in the course. You will also learn how to develop your sketching skils to allow creative ideas to be manufactured in the workshop. As well as lots of practical work, you will also learn about different materials and processes, environmental and ethical issues as well as computer aided Design and manufacture.

    During the course you will be encouraged to think about industrial practices. We offer a range of trips and visits that allow you to see how different products are produced. There are many opportunities and careers available in this Industry. Here are just a few : Colleges and Higher Education, Builder, Engineer, Designer, Plumber, Electrician, Architect, Journalism, Interior Designer.

    Resistant Materials is not just for boys! We have projects that will interest and all students. Design and Technology is very much a modern and traditional subject where students learn lifelong skills such as problem solving. Students are encouraged to work independently and creatively to produce original outcomes for a specific target market.

    The course contains a controlled assessment project which is worth 60% of your overall grade and an examination which makes up the final 40%. We have received positive comments and feedback from the examination board that our students produce creative and original folders which show flair and independence. We also work with local post 16 providers who agree that the standard of work produced by our students is of the very highest quality.

    Product Design

    KS4 Product Design is an exciting and creative option choice. Throughout the Product Design course students are involved in activities which develop innovation and flair. You will work with a wide variety of materials such as plastics, styrofoam, paper/card, timber, metal, textiles, ceramics and a range of smart materials. Towards the end of Year Ten you will start your major coursework where emphasis is placed on developing and applying design skills, making and testing prototype models, marketing products and the knowledge and understanding of design influences.

    Throughout the duration of the course you will focus on key areas such as;

    • Product analysis
    • Environmental, social and safety issues
    • 3D and technical drawing skills
    • Presentation techniques
    • Computer aided design/manufacture
    • Manufacturing of quality products

    During the course you will be encouraged to think about the design industry. We offer a range of trips and visits that allow you to see how products are produced in the market place. There are many opportunities and careers available in the design Industry. Here are just a few : Colleges and Higher Education, CAD designer, Product designer, Engineer, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Architect, Interior Designer, Illustration, Packaging Designer, Teacher.

    Product Design can open up many doors for you! We offer a wide range of projects that cater for all students. Design and Technology is very much a traditional and modern subject where students learn lifelong skills such as problem solving. Students are encouraged to work independently and creatively to produce original outcomes for a specific target market.

    The course contains a controlled assessment project which is worth 60% of your overall grade and an examination which makes up the final 40%. We have received positive comments and feedback from the Examination Board that our students produce creative and original folders which show flair and independence. We also work with local post 16 providers who agree that the standard of work produced by our students is of the very highest quality.

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    Dudley
    West Midlands
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    Tel: 01384 296596