Technology

Key Stage 3

In KS3 students have two hours 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 course, 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 2 x one hour lessons 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 Resistant Materials the focus is to build practical skills using a range of different 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 2 x one hour lessons 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 Resistant Materials develop their current knowledge on the process of designing and making a product from start to finish.

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.

Students continue to develop skills in Textiles.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 Resistant Materials, Product Design, Food Preparation and Nutrition, and Textiles Technology at GCSE level. We aim to prepare students for the demands of the Engineering, Design and Manufacturing industries, and in Food,  how to prepare and cook healthy and well balanced meals with understanding of ingredients, process and food value. This could lead to jobs in Food or Catering industries as well as preparation for healthy lifestyle.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 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.

Textiles includes the opportunity to design and make a garment to a chosen specification and brief. This is an exciting course which will develop student’s creative talents and give them valuable life skills.

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

 Key Stage 4 Courses Offered

Level 2 Qualification
Exam Board
Link to Website and specification
Resistant Materials AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560

 Product Design  AQA

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555

 Food Preparation and Nutrition  AQA

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food-preparation-and-nutrition

 Textiles  AQA

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-textiles-technology-4570

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.

Useful Links

A useful website www.technologystudent.com

Useful Information for textiles; https://textiles4u.wikispaces.com

Useful news articles about technology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/

Useful materials for science and technology –http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary/