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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Design & Technology

Welcome to Design Technology

Design Technology equips students with an understanding of the technological world in which we live and seeks to inspire them to use this technology to change and improve the lives of themselves and others. In other words, students learn, to change the world.

 

Students particularly enjoy the freedom to express their creativity in Design Technology

Particular emphasis is given to safe working practices in all areas in all years.

Design Technology
In each of the Years 7 – 9, Design Technology comprises 3 projects running for approximately 12 weeks each on a carousel basis.  All students will study Design Technology through the following courses in the contexts of Food Technology, Product Design and Textiles Technology.

Year 7

Product Design

To establish strong practical and design skills, students produce a wide range of mini projects.

They learn about Computer Aided Design (CAD) while making a key-ring with their own computer engraving, the thermoforming properties of polymers while line-bending acrylics to make a picture stand and vacuum forming a mirror frame from polystyrene sheet.

Food Technology

Students learn about healthy and nutritious meals and a balanced diet. They learn to use a range of preparation and cooking techniques with different ingredients, such as knife skills, boiling frying, grilling, and disassembling existing food products while designing their own healthy salad.

Textiles Technology

Students develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Textiles by designing and making a Jewellery or Make-up “Roll” type bag. Students learn to use hand and machine stitching, the use of applied decoration and the importance of accurate sizes with textiles.

Year 8

Product Design

Powered MP3 Speakers – Product Design

Students design and make their own MP3 speakers using a MindsetsTM circuit board and a pair of speakers. They need to solve many different practical problems and complete a high quality product in the limited time available.

This also reinforces the work done in the Science Curriculum where students study electromagnets and acoustics.

Food Technology

Based on Jamie’s Italian

Students learn about healthy and nutritious Italian inspired meals. They learn about a range of ingredients by using them in a wide range of contexts, enabling them to plan and prepare a delicious three course Italian meal as their main project.

Textiles Technology

Students develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of Textiles by designing and making a range of cushions based on a theme of their choice.

They use fabric paint to create colour, include machine appliqué and hand embroidery in their design and design a corporate logo and marketing tools for their product.

Year 9

Product Design

Jewellery Design – Students use research into the work of designers such as Tatty Devine for inspiration to inform their designs for their own range of jewellery.

They model their ideas and work within design constraints to produce their design as a saleable product.

They experiment with various processes such as enamelling, plastic forming and layering to create an original response to the design brief.

Food Technology

World Food – Students learn about different foods from around the world and are encouraged to develop fusion foods inspired by Street food outlets. Different means of food based wraps and enclosures are used from Bread dough for Calzone, to wraps, pastry and filo.

Textiles Technology

Students’ textiles construction skills and their ability to solve problems under pressure are tested by the design and construction of Pyjama Shorts in this module.

Students learn the skills of applying a wide range of embellishing techniques to products that will appeal to different customers. This module uses Pyjama shorts as a basis for students to express their own designs.

KS4

At KS4, we aim to offer every student the opportunity to face the technical and creative challenges that are possible in Design Technology. We currently offer GCSE Food, GCSE Product Design and GCSE Textiles Technology, all of which have proved very successful courses

GCSE Food Technology, AQA, Course code 8585

Exam board link 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

Year 10

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Establishing high quality practical skills

Students make a number of products using a variety of food commodities

Autumn Term 2

Establishing high quality practical skills

Research and planning for independent learning. Establishing strong understanding of nutritional requirements.

Spring Term 1

Establishing high quality practical skills

Design and make a range of signature Cakes, multicultural food and meals suitable for the school canteen

Spring Term 2

Establishing high quality practical skills

Design and make a range of signature Multicultural food and healthy meals.

Summer Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder and practical tasks.

Summer Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder and practical tasks.

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder.

Autumn Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Preparation for mock exam

Making the individual item linked to design brief

Spring Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Making the individual item linked to design brief

Spring Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Making the individual item linked to design brief

Summer Term 1

Revision and preparation for written paper

Use of practice papers and exemplar materials from exam board.

GCSE Product Design, AQA, Course code 4555

Exam board link 

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

Year 10

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Establishing high quality practical and designing skills

Students make a number of products using a variety of materials such as wood, metal, plastics, enamelling CAD/CAM

Autumn Term 2

Establishing high quality practical and designing skills

As above with through the task,

Design and make a storage/display for Jewellery.

Spring Term 1

Establishing high quality practical and designing skills

Use of CAD/CAM to develop a number of mechanical systems.

Spring Term 2

Establishing high quality practical and designing skills

As above

Summer Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Making, Testing and Marketing products

Making a product, writing up a production log, testing and evaluating the product and producing the promotional material needed for the product to be taken to market.

Summer Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Making, Testing and Marketing products

As above

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Controlled Assessment

Making, Testing and Marketing products

As above

Autumn Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Developing and applying Design Skills

Preparation for PPE

Designing a product for a theme selected from a range published by the exam board

Use of practice papers and exemplar materials from exam board.

Spring Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Developing and applying Design Skills

As above

Spring Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Developing and applying Design Skills

 

As above

Summer Term 1

Revision and preparation for written paper

 

Use of practice papers and exemplar materials from exam board.

GCSE Textiles Technology, AQA, Course code 4570

Exam board link: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/dandt/new/textiles_overview2.php

Year 10

Term

Unit(s) of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Establishing high quality practical skills

Students make a product using as many embellishing skills as possible. Eg tie and dye, quilting, embroidery.

Autumn Term 2

Developing practical and written skills

Designing and making an embellished apron with accompanying A3 folder

Spring Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder and practical tasks.

Spring Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder and practical tasks.

Summer Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder and practical tasks.

Summer Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder and practical tasks.

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A3 Folder.

Autumn Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Preparation for mock exam

Making the individual item linked to design brief

Spring Term 1

Controlled Assessment

Making the individual item linked to design brief

Spring Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Making the individual item linked to design brief

Summer Term 1

Revision and preparation for written paper

Use of practice papers and exemplar materials from exam board.