Introduction

Design and Technology is a practical and valuable subject. It enables children and young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students develop a critical understanding of the impact of design and technology on daily life and the wider world. Additionally, it provides excellent opportunities for students to develop and apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature both in their own designing and when evaluating the work of others.

The faculty has dedicated workshops for each of the 5 areas of D & T and, in addition, a 20 station ICT suite and access to 20 lap top computers. There are four fulltime and one part time member of staff and a part time technician.

At Key Stage Three, pupils study in five areas of Technology: Electronics, Food and Nutrition, Graphics, Engineering/Resistant Materials and Textiles. They spend around 7 weeks in each area in years 7, 8 and 9 enabling pupils to participate in all aspects of technology extending their knowledge and developing new skills in preparation for Key Stage 4 courses.

 Pupils will:

  • Develop an understanding and the need for health and safety in the workshop.
  • Learn to listen to and follow instructions as they develop and manufacture artefacts.
  • Learn the need to mark and measure accurately and the need to work to a high standard of accuracy.
  • Gain an appreciation and the develop skills in the use of CAD/CAM in designing and manufacture.
  • Learn about different materials, their properties and how to cut shape and join them.
  • Develop and improve practical skills using a variety of tools and equipment.

Key Stage 4 pupils can opt to study the new GCSE Design & Technology. The subject content covers three key areas:

  1. Core technical principles - to extend the pupils knowledge and understanding of the subject and gain a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding. This will help to make informed decisions when designing.
  2. Specialist technical principles – pupils should develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of specialist technical principles including: selecting materials and components – forces and stresses – ecological and social footprint – sources and origins - selection of materials or components - using and working with materials - stock forms, types and sizes - scales of production - specialist techniques and processes - surface treatments and finishes.
  3. Designing and Making Principles - Students should know and understand that all design and technology activities take place within a wide range of contexts. They should also understand how the prototypes they develop must satisfy wants or needs and be fit for their intended use. For example, the home, school, work or leisure. They will need to demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of designing and making principles in the completion of a design and make piece of coursework.

In year 11 the pupils complete a None Examined Assessment 50% of the final grade.

Pupils also sit an end of year examination 50% of the final grade,

Pupils can also opt for GCSE Food and Nutrition. The course equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.


Construction in the Built Environment. (Key Stage 4 only)

The new course for Construction is set up to prepare pupils for the world of further study at college and university in areas of design, architecture and construction management along with giving those who wish to follow an apprenticeship route into engineering or construction the opportunity to study different areas of the industry before deciding on their specialism.

Pupils will gain experience in the following throughout the course:

  • Problem solving, for example, when planning and working to complete different construction scenarios.
  • Overcoming issues of quality and being able to rectify construction and engineering problems that are already in situ.
  • Carrying out engineering and construction practical tasks.
  • Understanding the many different areas and careers within construction and construction engineering.
  • Revising and studying course and unit content to successfully pass the two externally set examinations.
  • Carrying out mathematical calculations and scientific experiments to solve construction problems.
  • Working with different materials to help design and model in 3D your ideas for the new housing.

Child Development (Key Stage 4 only)

Child development traditionally falls within the Technology Faculty. All pupils will learn the essential knowledge and understanding for child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks and care, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Pupils sit an end of year examination worth 50% of the final grade.  Across year 10 and 11 the pupils also complete a variety of none examined assessment pieces. Pupils will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment for a nursery. They will also gain knowledge of nutrition and hygiene practices and will be given the opportunity to undertake practical work and evaluate dietary choices. Pupils also undertake a child study where they gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five.


Design and Technology

The new specification for Design Technology will prepare pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world in a way that that the future workplace demands. This exciting course allows pupils to study core technical, designing and manufacturing principles. Pupils will follow a design process, developing their own creative ideas for manufacture into every day products.

The course allows pupils to gain experience in all areas of Design and Technology whilst specialising in their chosen field.

The course will be delivered through a chosen specialism allowing pupils to focus on one element of the subject area; Engineering, Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics or Textiles. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of materials and components through a series of practical projects intended to introduce the skills of research, analysis and the design process.

The pupils will undertake a project in Year 11 of the course. This includes the development of a design portfolio along with the manufacture of a design solution to a given brief.



KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM MAPS

CURRICULUM AREA

YEAR 7

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 8

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 9

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

ELECTRONICS

Electronic Fan

Astable Project

YES/NO/MAYBE Game

Microprocessor Project

Shaky Hand Game

ENGINEERING/RESISTANT MATERIALS

Introduction to tools, equipment and machinery. Manufacturing a small storage solution.

Traditional woodworking project manufacturing for the RSPB

Independent desk top lighting design and make assignment.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health whilst becoming more competent in a range of cooking techniques.

Develop cooking skills using a variety of equipment and cooking methods to make more complex dishes. Pupils will gain an awareness of macro and micro nutrients and their importance to the body.

Continue to develop cooking skills using less standard components. Pupils will learn to produce dishes at an affordable cost and read packaging labels to make informed choices to develop a healthy diet.

GRAPHICS

Introduction to technical drawing techniques and Graphic Design software.

Designing and manufacturing a bespoke product and packaging using Photoshop and 2D Design

Independent designing of pewter cast moulds and pewter casting individual key rings.

TEXTILES

Introduction to tools, equipment and machinery. Manufacturing an apron to wear throughout the pupil’s time in Technology whilst at St Peter’s High School.

Designing and manufacturing a patchwork cushion using a range of different textiles techniques.

Project based on sustainability in textiles. Pupils design and manufacture a wearable product from a range of recycled materials.

 

 

KEY STAGE 3 SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

CURRICULUM AREA

YEAR 7

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 8

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

YEAR 9

Each class covers each element of Design and Technology over a 7/8 week module.

ELECTRONICS

 

Soldering assessment of practical skills and basic electronic components

 

Practical skills graded for quality and accuracy.

Key electronic concepts are assessed

Practical skills graded for quality and accuracy.

Understanding of microprocessor circuit/programme.

ENGINEERING/RESISTANT MATERIALS

Assessment of marking and measuring techniques demonstrated.

Accuracy when cutting and shaping materials along with assessment of final completed structure.

Assessment of design ideas, development into a model and final prototype solution.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Design and manufacture cake challenge.

Test on macronutrients.

Outcomes of practical dishes made.

Test on micronutrients.

Design and manufacture pasta dish assessment.

Evaluation covering sensory and nutritional analysis.

GRAPHICS

Technical drawing assessment.

Outcome of use and independence when using 2D Design.

Design portfolio development.

Packaging accuracy and creativity shown when using Photoshop to develop final two products.

Isometric and 2 Point Perspective assessments.

Independence when developing pewter cast mould using 2D Design.

TEXTILES

Completed product, safety and independence when using machinery.

 

Design portfolio and final finished product.

Design portfolio and final finished product, skill and independence shown when using sewing machine.

 


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps

Design and Technology: Materials

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Project 1 – Revisiting 2D Design and Google Sketch Up to improve and extend skills from KS3.

Manufacture of Project 1.

Casting

Laser cutting

Engineering

Constructing.

Design portfolio building and Design and technology theory content.

Isometric drawing and model making

Mock exam preparation.

Continuation of skills building in preparation for NEA.

Introduction to this year’s Design and Make assignment for NEA.

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 11

Research element of NEA

Mock exam preparation.

 

Development section NEA

Manufacturing element of NEA

Completion of NEA and evaluation.

GCSE Revision.

 

 

Design and Technology: Electronics

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 10

Project 1 –recap of microcontroller circuits introducing the basic programming Theory covered in exam practice work book

Continuation of microcontroller project.

Skills test and research project.

Continuation of GCSE theory

Design portfolio key elements of preparation for the NEA content. Terms and terminology of in building a comprehensive design folder.

The use and selection of materials.

Material properties and reasons for material choice – practical project to help develop the work covered.

Mock exam preparation.

Continuation of skills building in preparation for NEA.

Introduction to this year’s Design and Make assignment for NEA.

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 11

Research element of NEA

Mock exam preparation.

 

Development section NEA

Manufacturing element of NEA

Completion of NEA and evaluation.

GCSE Revision.

 

 

BTEC Construction

 

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Unit 3

Construction and Design

Unit 1 Construction Technology

Revision for external exam. Undertake External Exam

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Unit 2

Scientific and Mathematical Principles in Construction.

Unit 9 Exploring Plumbing Principles.

 

Construction - Summative Assessments

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Unit 3

Construction and Design: Assignment Marking

Unit 1 Construction Technology

Revision for external exam. Undertake External Exam

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Unit 2 Scientific and Mathematical Principles in Construction: Assignment Marking

Unit 9 Exploring Plumbing Principles: Assignment Marking

 

 

BTEC Engineering

 

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Component 1

Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype

Component 3

Responding to an Engineering Brief

 

Engineering - Summative Assessments

 

Autumn 1 & 2

Spring 1

Year 10

Component 1

Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications: Assignment Marking

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype: Assignment Marking

 

 

Spring 2 & Summer 1

Summer 1 & 2

Year 11

Component 2

Investigating and Developing an Engineering Prototype: Assignment Marking

Component 3

Responding to an Engineering Brief:

External Examination

 


Links to specifications

 

Pupils follow: the AQA Design and Technology Syllabus (8552)

The course covers:

 

Unit 1 (External Exam)

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles

 

Unit 2 (Non Exam NEA)

Practical application of:

• Core technical principles

• Specialist technical principles

• Designing and making principles

 

More information can be found here - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

 

A number of Design and Technology revision websites have content that is relevant to the current specification along with information from the old specification. It is therefore essential that pupils check the specification or ask a member of staff before revising from sections of these sites.

Some useful sites are:

New GCSE Specification

http://www.technologystudent.com/despro_flsh/NEW_GCSE3.html

 

Design and Technology (Lots of useful topics, not all new GCSE)

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.mr-dt.com/


Revision Study Guides

 

CPG Design and Technology (Complete Revision and Practice)

CPG AQA Design and Technology (The Revision Guide)

CPG GCSE Design and Technology Exam Practice Workbook


Where does this lead?

Design and Technology:

Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing to name but a few.



BTEC Construction - Links to specifications

 

Pupils follow: Pearson BTEC First Award in Construction

The course covers:

 

Unit 1 (External Exam)

Construction Technology

 

Unit 2 (Non Exam NEA)

Scientific and Mathematical Principles in Construction

 

Unit 3

Construction and Design

 

Unit 9

Exploring Plumbing Principles

 

More information can be found here - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Construction-and-the-Built-Environment/2013/Specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446936108_BTEC_AWD_L12_CBE_Iss2.pdf

 

Some useful sites are:

New BTEC Specification

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Firsts/Construction-and-the-Built-Environment/2013/Specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446936108_BTEC_AWD_L12_CBE_Iss2.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/construction-and-the-built-environment-2013-nqf.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments


Revision Study Guides

BTEC First Construction and the Built Environment Student Book

Publisher: Pearson

Author: Simon Topliss

ISBN: 9781446906460


Where does this lead?

You can progress onto a Design, Engineering, Technical or Construction course at Sixth Form College, and Apprenticeship or Technical College. The course is a basis for an introduction to one of the biggest employers and industries in the country. The course is a well-recognised and highly sought after qualification which can be the passport into further education along with many professions and areas of employment.

Updated: Jan 2020