Key Stage 3

In KS3 students have one hour of each technology subject a week for 10 weeks per year. The emphasis in Years 7 to 8 is on gaining a good grounding in all branches of technology. Rotations of ten weeks enable the students to experience Food, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles. The departments focus is on developing practical skills in each of the year 7 and 8 courses, to ensure solid progression to GCSE courses in year 9, if chosen.

Year 7

In Year 7 students are streamed into 5 sets and they have one lesson per week.

In Graphics students are taught to understand the role of a Graphic designer and the influence of graphics in our day to day lives.

In Product Design the focus is to build basic practical skills using materials, tools and machinery.

In Food Technology, students learn about safety, food hygiene and healthy eating and make a range of practical dishes which enable them to learn how to use basic equipment, the cooker hob and the oven.

In Textiles, students work on a single project to design, develop and make a Soft Toy Monster. During this project students learn for the first time, how to use a range of equipment and processes accurately and safely, from cutting with dressmaking shears, to using the iron and the sewing machine.

 Year 8

In Year 8 students are streamed into 5 sets and also have one lesson per week.

In Graphics they will learn how to develop their own ideas in response to a client brief and work on a range of different tasks linked to branding, advertising and packaging.

Students in Product Design continue to develop their knowledge on the process of designing and making a product from start to finish using different materials, tools and machinery.

In Food Technology, students further develop their practical skills by making a range of more demanding sweet and savoury products including some main meals, focusing again on food hygiene, safe production and healthy eating.

In Textiles students will continue to develop skills in their knowledge. Students design and make a Vintage Themed Cushion, which they will research, design, plan, and make individually.

Key Stage 4

The department currently offers options in Product Design, Food Preparation and Nutrition, and Textiles Technology at GCSE level. We aim to prepare students for the demands of the Engineering, Designing and Manufacturing industries that link to further academic studies and future employment. In Food,  students learn how to prepare and cook healthy and well balanced meals with understanding of ingredients, processes and food values. This could lead to jobs in Food or Catering industries as well as preparation for healthy lifestyle.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition if chosen as an option equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety. Students will spend the first and second year becoming competent in food preparation skills  with the associated theoretical and nutritional knowledge to include: Food, nutrition and health, Food science, Food safety, Food choice and Food provenance. During the third year, students will complete two controlled assessment tasks and prepare for a final written exam.

The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering has been designed to support learners who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It provides learners with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.

If students select Product Design or Textiles as an option, then this will currently be through the route of the AQA technical awards (GCSE equivalent) that are due to be accredited in 2018. These technical awards enable students to completely specialise in their chosen subject area whilst having the opportunity to learn hands on with a variety of materials, tools and machinery related to their subject area. For the first year of the course, students will complete a range of mini projects covering a wide range of materials and making techniques. In the second and third year students will be required to complete coursework where they have to make a number of final products that is supported by a portfolio of evidence. There is also an examination that students will sit in the final year. We are also currently offering the new GCSE in Design and Technology until the technical awards are passed. Students can still select their chosen subject area within technology but also build on core skills learned in ks3 covering a range of areas within technology as part of their learning. In the first year students complete a range of mini projects that enable them to develop their practical skills in their chosen subject area. This continues into the second year. Students also have theory tasks embedded as part of these projects to help develop their knowledge in preparation for their final year. In the final year students will produce a piece of coursework where they are required to make a final product/prototype that relates to their chosen specialism in technology and harnesses skills learned previously. Students are then required to sit an examination that will test them on their chosen specialism in technology as well as the core principles within technology subjects.

All courses are suitable for employment and further academic study, including A levels.

 Key Stage 4 Courses Offered

Level 2 Qualification
Exam Board
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 Design & Technology  AQA

 Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering  WJEC

 Textiles GCSE  AQA
 Materials Technology – Technical Awards  AQA

Extra Curricular Activities

The Technology department carries out visits to the Spa for Engineering week, and other STEM events in the local area. The Textiles trip to the Clothes Show is always very popular. Technology staff are always available after school for help with homework or controlled assessment, including weekly catch up sessions for GCSE coursework or other individual work as required.

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