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Welcome to the Design & Technology Department: Curriculum 2018 - 2019

Neil Waite

Curriculum Leader for Design & Technology 

The Team:

Linda Glennie 
Athene Roy 
Rob Bowen  

 

@eggarstech


Introduction to the Department:

Design and Technology is a creative process that combines intellectual and practical skills through purposeful practical activities. Students at Eggar’s will respond to a need by developing a range of ideas to be applied in the manufacture of products and systems. They will also gain an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, industrial practices and how things work, and will develop a range of communication skills, including verbal and graphical expression and modelling. Through evaluation and reflection they will become informed and discriminating product users.

In Key Stage 3 students follow a curriculum that is rigorous and varied. They will undertake project work in Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles. At the end of year 8 they can opt for either Design & Technology or Cooking and Nutrition. Both courses are GCSE.  The Design & Technology GCSE will have an ‘area of challenge’ which will enable students to focus on a particular material area.

KEY STAGE 3

The students will experience all Design & Technology disciplines during the course of the year including Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles.

KS3 Overview

 

Term 1 (Autumn)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • Flower Project (Resistant Materials)
  • Acrylic Pen Project (Graphics)
  • Cushion project (Textiles)
  • Healthy Eating (Food)
  • Project Style Homework for all (Models)
  • Flower Project (Resistant Materials)
  • Acrylic Pen Project (Graphics)
  • Cushion project (Textiles)
  • Healthy Eating (Food)
  • Flower Project (Resistant Materials)
  • Acrylic Pen Project (Graphics)
  • Cushion project (Textiles)
  • Healthy Eating (Food)

In KS3 students rotate round the departments throughout the year and will experience the above projects in different orders depending on which group they are in.

Year 8

 

  • Memphis Clock Project (Resistant Materials)
  • Mobile Phone holder (Resistant Materials)
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  • Door Stop (Textiles)
  • Family Meals (Food)
  • Memphis Clock Project (Resistant Materials)
  • Mobile Phone holder (Resistant Materials)
  • Door Stop (Textiles)
  • Family Meals (Food)
  • Project Style Homework for all (School environment)
  • Memphis Clock Project (Resistant Materials)
  • Mobile Phone holder (Resistant Materials)
  • Door Stop (Textiles)
  • Family Meals (Food)

KEY STAGE 4

GCSE in Design & Technology (AQA)

Course Content:

The GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth – This will be in either Resistant Materials, Graphics or Textiles with a basic electronics studies by all.

The knowledge, understanding and skills that all students must develop have been separated into:

  • Technical principles                                    50% of GCSE
  • Designing and making principles          50% of GCSE

During Year 9 students explore these materials by designing and making high quality products.  They will also be taught a wide range of skills which will enable them to make a seamless transition into their GCSE work at the end of Year 9. 

As well as designing and making products students look at the marketing, advertising and industrial processes used in the outside world.  All students will use ICT in their work. Students learn how to work independently as well as in teams.  They develop high levels of problem solving skills which is something that our students will find invaluable at college and in the workplace.

Technical Principles:
At the end of Year 11 students will be examined on the technical principles gained through designing and making and other activities undertaken during the course.  This will represent 50% of the GCSE

Designing & Making Principles:
At the start of year 11 students will be set a context for their non-examined assessment (NEA).  Students will then be required to complete an iterative design & make project within their chosen material area (ie Graphics, Resistant Materials or Textiles).  This will represent 50% of the GCSE

All of the D&T courses are exciting with a high level of rigour.  They offer the students a range of specific and generic skills which are highly valued by colleges, universities and employers.

GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA)

The new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

The assessment is split into 2 areas:

Examination: 1 hour 45 Minutes

Students are examined on the theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from the following areas: Food, nutrition and health; Food science; Food safety; Food choice and Food provenance.  This will represent 50% of the GCSE.

Non Examined Assessment (NEA):
Task 1:  Food investigation
Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. This will be in the form of a written or electronic report (1500 – 2000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.
Task 2:  Food preparation assessment
Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

The NEA will represent 50% of the GCSE.