The D&T department offers students the opportunity to design and make their own products in a range of different materials using a variety of tools and equipment. Students study theory and develop their making skills through lots of interesting practical work. It is also an opportunity for them to apply the knowledge and techniques that they have developed in other core subjects into designing and developing practical solutions. Students analyse existing products to enhance their own designing. We are keen that students develop their ability to plan projects and present their work with clarity and impact. Our aim is that students enjoy highly productive lessons where they get to design and make quality products that they are proud to take home.
Students will discover how to work safely and hygienically in the food room. They will discover new techniques such as knife skills and how to use a cooker and will cook a range of dishes independently. In textiles students will learn how to thread up a sewing machine and will discover new techniques using fabrics.
Students will look at the role of food in different celebrations for different cultures. They will take part in group and individual practical work and will use their sensory analysis skills to evaluate their products. In textiles students will look at how bunting is used in celebrations and will create their own using machine embroidery.
Students will have the opportunity to be creative by modifying existing recipes and putting their own stamp on it! In textiles the bunting theme will continue and the students will have the opportunity to show their own creativity when designing and making.
Students will work in food and textiles together and will look at the balance of ingredients and nutrients in food and the balance of colour in textiles to produce a set of juggling bags.
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Students will be able to identify risks within the food room and will be able to work safely and hygienically. They will look at risks associated with eating a poor diet. In textiles students will learn how to use the sewing machine safely and will use a number of techniques to make their own design of cushion.
For this theme students will gain an understanding of how to interpret and modify recipes, they will also look at logos associated with fair trade, organic, red tractor and free range products and how they are used within the food industry. In textiles students will carry out a number of techniques to add colour and interest to their own design of cushion cover having researched themes and interpreted a suitable idea for a teenager’s bedroom.
Students will gain an understanding of how identity can be linked to personal choice when shopping for ingredients and modifying recipes. In textiles students will put their own identity into a design of a cushion suitable for a teenager’s bedroom using a number of decorative techniques.
Students will work in food and textiles together and will look at how to put fabrics together to make juggling bags and the properties of ingredients used to make structures in cake making.
In Food technology, we aim to:
Ultimately, we aim to develop creativity, independence and individuality through enjoyment from learning about hospitality and catering in the world around us. This will allow our students to make a positive contribution to wider society and prepare them for life in a diverse community.
Exam Board: AQA
Course title: Design & Technology GCSE (9-1) - Textiles
Students have the opportunity to build upon the work of KS3 and further develop their knowledge and practical skills through designing and making exciting quality products in a range of materials and disciplines. In Year 9, students will be able to work on a wide variety of design and make projects which will develop their knowledge of working with graphics, textiles, electronics, mechanisms, wood, plastic and metal using a wide range of equipment. This pathway will allow students to follow the GCSE in Design Technology with a specialism in Fashion and Textiles. The core subjects will be included but students will have the opportunity to gain a broader material knowledge of Textiles. In Year 10 they will be able to focus on an area of interest and complete a substantial design and make project as part of their coursework unit in Year 11.
Students will be able to:
Midway through Year 10 students will start their GCSE coursework project, completing a concise design folder, containing analysed research, development of ideas, planning and on-going evaluations. They will then manufacture the product and carry out tests and a final evaluation. The final examination enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge within a design context set by the examination board.
Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks) A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.
Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks) Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.
Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks) A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
What's assessed Practical application of:
Students can study A Level Applied Engineering, A Level Product Design (3D Design), A Level Fashion and Textiles or A Level Product Design (Textiles) at KS5 and then go onto degrees and careers in one of a wide range of different Design, Engineering and Manufacturing disciplines. These include Product Design, Engineering, Electronics, Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphics, Media Design.
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