Design Technology

Design Technology

We aim to develop creative thinkers and confident designer-makers. Our teaching engages students in practical projects that require them to problem solve.

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We look to future technology and trends for inspiration when delivering projects and maintain links with industry to stay up-to-date.

 

Facilities

We have 6 specialist classrooms and workshops. Two Food Technology rooms, two Workshops and a Textiles and Graphics classroom. In all rooms there is space for both practical and theory work. We also have a CAD/CAM suite with a laser cutter and router available for student use. There is a large break out space and laptops which can be used in any of the classrooms.

 

 

Curriculum

At Key Stage Three, students have the opportunity to experience working in all material areas.
At Key Stage Four, students can choose to study AQA GCSE Design and Technology and/or Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition.

KS3 Design Technology and Food Technology

 

Year 7 Design Technology: 9 week block

Topic Overview
Drawing skills
  • Developing 2D & 3D drawing skills
Cityscape computer aided design and manufacture project
  • Researching past and present designers
  • Using 3D modelling and computer based tools
  • Manufacturing with CAM - laser cutter
LED light
  • Making electrical and electronic systems (inputs and outputs
  • Using workshop equipment, hand tools, drill and soldering iron
  • Evaluating and refine ideas

Year 7 Design Technology: 9 week block

Topic Overview
Textiles casing / holder
  • Selecting and using specialist textiles tools, equipment and machinery
  • Understanding materials: sources, classifications and properties
Biomimicry project
  • Researching environmental impact including sustainability, product life cycles and circular economy
  • Understanding responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists

Year 7 Food Technology: 9 week block

Topic Overview
Pupils learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and how to apply knowledge of healthy eating
  • Recall and apply the principles of the Eatwell Plate and 8 tips for healthy eating
  • Adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook a range of dishes
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of food science
  • Consolidate literacy and numeracy skills

Year 8 design technology: 9 week block

Topic Overview
Crumble programming project
  • Using electronics to embed computer programming that responds to inputs and controls outputs (lights, motors, sound)
  • Writing computer programmes to control a motorised buggy
  • Understanding new and emerging technologies
Protective wear project
  • Researching users needs and user centred design
  • Solving design problems and making design decisions
  • Developing annotated sketches to communicate ideas
  • Using a range of design strategies
  • Applying ergonomics and anthropometrics
  • Using smart and modern materials
  • Participating in oral and digital presentations
  • Understanding the impact of design and technology on individuals and society

Year 8 Design Technology: 9 week block

Topic Overview
Cam mechanism project - working with wood
  • Making in wood
  • Selecting and using specialist tools, equipment and machinery
  • Writing detailed production plans
  • Applying knowledge of materials and processes
  • Creating innovative and functional products
  • Understanding how mechanical systems change movement and force
  • Materials research: sources, classification, properties
Product analysis
  • Analysing and evaluating existing products
Drawing skills
  • Practicing technical drawing techniques

Year 8 Food Technology: 9 week block

Topic Overview
Pupils learn how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and apply their knowledge of nutrition. In addition they will consider factors affecting food choice, food availability and food waste
  • Recall and apply the principles of the Eatwell Plate and 8 tips for healthy eating
  • Explain energy & how needs change through life
  • Name the main nutrients, sources and functions
  • Adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook dishes ranging in complexity
  • Demonstrate a wide range of food preparation and cooking techniques
  • Explain factors affecting food and drink choice
  • Demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of food science

KS4 Design Technology (AQA GCSE)

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552/introduction

 

KS4 Food Preparation and Nutrition (WJEC Eduqas GCSE)

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/food-preparation-and-nutrition/eduqas-gcse-food-preparation-nutrition-spec-from-2016.pdf

 

Design Technology: Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Materials and Working Properties: focused practical tasks and key materials knowledge
  • Thermoforming polymers
  • Thermosetting polymers
  • Metals and alloys
  • Natural and manufactured timbers
  • Textiles
  • Paper and boards
  • Associated tools, equipment and processes
Energy, materials systems and devices: Handling collection/crumble computer programming and electronics
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Modern and smart materials
  • Composite materials and technical textiles
  • Systems designing
  • Electronics and mechanical systems

Food Preparation & Nutrition: Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Food Commodities
  • Protein, meat, poultry, fish and shellfish
  • Eggs, milk and dairy foods
  • Alternative proteins
  • Carbohydrates, cereals, breads
  • Rice, pasta, flour

Design Technology: Year 9 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Designing principles: User centred design project
  • Critical evaluation of new and emerging technologies
  • Ethical factors of social and ecological footprint
  • Enterprise based on the development of an effective business innovation
  • Research using primary and secondary data
  • Technological push/pull on market choices
New and emerging technologies
  • Renewable energy, fossils fuels
  • Nuclear power
  • Energy storage systems
  • Sources and origins of materials
  • Social and ecological issues in the design and manufacture of products
  • Environmental, social and economic challenges
  • Environment and sustainability
  • 6R's

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 9 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Bronze Crest Award (awarded by the British Science Association)
  • Students must complete a 10 hour project comparing how well bread rises when made from different types of flour. Findings are systematically recorded

Design Technology: Year 9 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Designing principles
  • 2D and 3D drawing skills
Common specialist technical principles
  • Forces and stresses
  • Improving functionality
  • Social and ecological footprint
  • Scales of production

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 9 Summer Term

topic

Overview

Food Commodities and nutrients
  • Sugars, fibre
  • Fats and oils
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Sauce making
  • Macronutrients, micronutrients and complementary actions
  • Energy

Design Technology: Year 10 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Specialist Material: Timber based materials - workshop based making project
  • Sources and origins of timber
  • Making skills in timber
  • Commercial manufacturing techniques
Making principles
  • Selecting materials and components
  • Tolerances and material management
  • Tools, equipment and techniques
  • Surface treatments and finishes

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 10 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Mock NEA One
  • Investigate the scientific principles underlying food preparation and cooking
  • Prepare a portfolio of evidence illustrating experiments and findings

Design Technology: Year 10 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

NEA Contextual Challenge practice run
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Manufacturing specification
  • Designing and making principles
  • Development of design ideas
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Prototype making and development

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 10 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Mock NEA Two
  • Research and analysis of exam theme
  • Plan an appropriate menu
  • Dish preparation ranging in complexity to respond to a given theme
  • Producing 3 dishes simultaneously in timed conditions

Design Technology: Year 10 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Exam techniques and practice
  • Past paper questions and revision
Preparation for NEA Contextual Challenge
  • Research and exploration of exam theme

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 10 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Dietary Needs
  • Healthy and balanced diet for different life stages
  • Religious and vegetarian diets
  • Specific nutritional needs: pregnancy, obesity, coeliac, diabetes, anaemia, allergies
  • Calculating energy and nutritional values
  • Adapting recipes, meals and diets
  • Energy balance, science of food, heat transfer

Design & Technology: Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

NEA Contextual Challenge project portfolio
  • Investigate design possibilities, design and make prototype
  • Complete objective one and two of exam project
Theory revision
  • Designing principles
  • New and emerging technologies

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Exam NEA One: The food investigation assessment
  • A scientific food investigation which will assess the learners knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the scientific principles underlying preparation and cooking of food
  • Prepare a portfolio of evidence illustrating experiments and findings

Design Technology: Year 11 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

NEA Contextual Challenge project portfolio
  • Analyse and evaluate final product
  • Complete objective three of exam project
Theory revision

Making principles

Specialist material: timber based materials

Common specialist technical principles

Food Preparation and Nutrition: Year 11 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Exam NEA Two: The food preparation assessment
  • Prepare, cook and present a menu which assess the learner's knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food

Design Technology: Year 11 Summer term

Topic

Overview

Theory revision
  • Materials and working properties
  • Energy, materials, systems and devices

Food preparation and nutrition: Year 11 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Theory revision
  • Preparation for written exam

 

Extra-Curricular

For GCSE students there is an opportunity to catch-up with project work on a Tuesday and Wednesday after school. We run the Bronze Crest Award, enter students in competitions and arrange industry and University visits. We are affiliated with the Arkwright Scholarship Trust and support students during the application process.

 

Workshop

For Key Stage Three students we run a Tuesday afterschool club in the workshop, developing making skills.

STEM Ambassador

Ex-student Sabina Tayub who is now a Civil Engineer and a STEM ambassador has returned to Judgemeadow to run the Innovators’ Club.

Design Technology Staff

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Head of Department: Zoe Eaves

Zoe.Eaves@judgemeadow.org.uk