Design & Technology

Design and Technology at Kilgarth

 

‘Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well.  Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity’

(James Dyson)

DSC_6844Subject leader: Ms C Sissons

Through the varied curriculum that is delivered, we provide opportunities for all pupils to be successful in a variety of design-and-make activities.


Product Design

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught how to realise their ideas through a range of projects that build upon the skills they have learned.  They are taught how to learn in an organised and safe way and are encouraged to reflect on their progress and achievements. Projects are designed to provide experience of creative problem solving, understanding of materials and skills development, and range from small scale graphics computer aided manufacturing work to the designing and making of free-standing sculptural structures.

At Key Stage 4, pupils are encouraged to extend their learning further through the development of more detailed design projects that improve their decision making and practical skills through individual work.  Accreditation is awarded through a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in 3D Design.

Food Technology

During Key Stage 3 the core aims for Design Technology are also delivered through the Food Technology curriculum.

The elements of the course emphasise the importance of acquiring experience and confidence in practical making activities, the understanding of healthy eating and nutrition and essentially the development of important life skills.

Pupils benefit from being able to work in a modern, well equipped room that allows for flexibility in teaching styles and activities, the department is often involved in themed and cross curricular events, cooking socials, supper clubs and programmes that offer help and support for parents to find healthy alternatives to the family diet.

Pupils at Kilgarth enjoy inventing, exploring and making food to taste and to take home.

 

Assessment and Qualification

Pupil progress is assessed each half term through their performance in both areas of Design Technology following the National Curriculum framework.

 

Food Technology Overview

Half

term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

Knowing your kitchen & equipment

 

Balanced meals

 

 

 

Health & nutrition

2

Food safety

 

 

Staple foods

 

 

Food labelling

 

 

3

Weights & measures

 

Food preservation & storage

 

Special

diets

 

4

Healthy eating

 

 

Breakfasts

 

Market research

 

5

Licence to Cook (part 1)

 

Licence to Cook (part 2)

 

Super Soups

 

6

Disassembly – food analysis

 

Foods from around the world

 

Design and

create

 

Product Design Overview

Half

term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

1

 

 

 

Health & Safety

Tools/Materials/

Workshop Experience

African Masks

Materials

Bugs

Materials/Electronics

 

Bugs exhibition promotion

Graphics

2

 

 

 

3

Puzzles/mazes

Materials

Children’s toys

Materials/Health & safety

 

Automata

Modelling

Mechanisms

Control

Graphics

 

4

Stir fry menu/utensils

Food/Graphics

 

 

Problem Solving

Materials

 

5

Chocolate promotion

Food/Graphics/

Materials

 

Personalised door hangers

 

Electronics/Materials

Amplifier

Electronics

Materials

Graphics

6

Mini torch

Electronics

 

Small storage

Materials

 

 

Key Stage 4

At KS4 pupils currently study the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Certificate in 3D Design which is awarded on the pupil performance over three detailed design and make assignments.

Number of Assignment

Assignment Topics

Assignment Focus

1

Clocks

Research/ analysis/ design/ development/ materials/ making/ evaluation

2

Personalised Storage

3

Product Design

All assignments are completed in the classroom. Pupils will have appropriate guidance and will have the opportunity to improve their work to gain a higher grade if they wish to do so. The following grades are available:

Pass              (P)                   with equivalence to GCSE grade C

Merit             (M)                  with equivalence to GCSE grade B

Distinction     (D)                  with equivalence to GCSE grade A

Ethos and Teaching

The aims of the Design Technology Department are to support pupils to become effective problem solvers and to enable them to make high quality products.  We encourage pupils to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team and to think creatively about their ideas and designs. It is important that pupils gain the knowledge and understanding to evaluate their work and progress and to organise their time to complete set tasks.  We would like each pupil to feel confident about their work and essentially, feel proud of their achievement.

Some Extra Curricular Activities

Each year, the Design Technology Department work with the neighbouring community and design and create birdfeeders, bird houses and bug boxes for around school and the local park.  They are very popular with the wildlife and the pupils seem to enjoy taking part.