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Design Technology

Welcome to Technology!

Technology is about providing opportunities for Academy students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products. Learn to work using a variety of materials such as Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles and develop the sub skills of investigating, designing, planning, manufacturing and evaluating in all these subjects. The subject allows students to develop values and understanding into wider issues such as economic, moral, social and environmental issues.
Knowledge and understanding is taught specifically within D&T, but it also draws on other curriculum areas such as science, mathematics, art and design, business education, information technology, environmental education and economic and industrial understanding.

So what projects will I be involved in?

Year 7

Our current Year 7 are working on a carousel system where they visit the 5 subjects taught within Technology. Students work round the subject completing their 'Passport to Technology' and on completing gain their TSA health and safety certificate. Students work through the design and make process in each lesson yet produce a product using different materials.

Graphics - This project is intended to focus on graphic design; ensuring students understand the graphics are seen in everyday lives such as posters and packaging. They will explore and develop their knowledge of colours, styles, fonts, three dimensional drawings and images. The project will encourage students to become confident when producing graphics by hand. This will create a basis for other projects in design technology throughout the key stage when designing.

Electronics - This project focuses on electronic products and introducing students to the basics of the subject. They will explore a range of basic electronic concepts including component symbols, power sources, LEDs, soldering and more. The booklet that students use throughout the project helps them work through the design and make process- resulting in them making a final product- a mood light.

Resistant Materials - This is likely to be the first time students will undertake practical work in a workshop. They will reinforce knowledge and understanding of health and safety rules visited in the transition projects. Students will initially visit the overview of the design process, then move onto analysing the task and taking inspiration through mood boards. Students will have the opportunity to explore the materials of timber, develop knowledge of softwoods and hardwoods and their properties. Throughout the booklet and practical lessons studentss will have the opportunity to develop knowledge of tools and machinery with emphasis on them being used safely, accurately and effectively ultimately developing their confidence in the workshop.

Textiles Technology - Students design and make activity where they create a small fabric pouch with decoration that they have designed. This allows them to experience using a range of Textiles equipment including sewing machines. There is an emphasis on safety and knowing how to achieve a good standard of work.

Food Technology - Move On Up!! Introduction module to Food Technology, where by completing the module the teacher will have a better understanding of what prior knowledge students have gained either at primary school or at home. They will be introduced to Health and safety rules of the food room, shown home learning opportunities, being taught how to you basic pieces of equipment and how to record ingredients. Students will also be taught to weigh and measure accurately, make a series of products to show how well they have learnt to use scales and measuring jugs. Understand how to plan and make products using a flow chart. Learn to assess their work after completing a practical lesson. Students will be able to know more about tools and equipment that they will be using throughout the year as well as showing how good they are at spelling. They will look at designing pieces of equipment, Functions of ingredients. Activities to show food technology knowledge. Looking at convection, radiation and conduction heat. Continuous reflection of what has been learnt. D&M a Snack and looking at hazard in a food room.

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Year 8

Resistant Materials - Students will design and make a Wind chime. The project is designed to develop student's knowledge of resistant materials and develop student's confidence working with different materials. Students will research types of metals, their properties and different manufacturing techniques such as pewter casting and enamelling. Once gaining knowledge and understanding of metals they will demonstrate their skills throughout practical lessons to produce a wind chime. Throughout the project there is also opportunity for students to embed planning skills such as flowcharts and planning symbols and there is opportunity for them to communicate ideas through modelling.

Graphics - Students will design and make an Air Freshener and Packaging. The project is designed to build upon student's prior knowledge and develop new skills within graphics. Students will develop their knowledge of typography, colour, and logos as well as developing new knowledge of packaging techniques, packaging symbols, and product analysis. Students will also develop their experience of using machinery and equipment when producing packaging incorporating resistant materials.

Electronics - Students will design and make a Steady hand game. The project will build upon student's prior knowledge and understanding of basic electronics. Students will develop their knowledge of circuits and soldering as well as research new concepts such as etching and reading resistor values. Students will also develop their designing skills and communicating their ideas through orthographic drawing. The product will also focus on other manufacturing processes and incorporating resistant materials.

Food Technology - Multicultural Assessment: To investigate what is meant by multi-cultural, and to look at different multi-cultural foods from around the world. This is followed by a Design and Make Assessment where students will research and analyse data to design and make their own multi-cultural product showing a collection of information learnt from the Workbooks.

Change for Life: To understand the link between what we eat and our health, and how to stay healthy by adapting recipes and knowing which ingredients are not healthy and how to make it healthier. Also looking at how a bad diet can affect our health.

Practical Skills: This unit is a continual unit expanding on knowledge learnt in Year 7. Students will re-visit correct use of knife skills with more control. Students will make a range of products that will be re-visited in Year 9. Looking at Weighing and Measuring as well as using the equipment safely and efficiently. Re-capping on Health and Safety. Looking at substitution of ingredients e.g. tinned instead of fresh. Looking at Cross Contamination and health and safety when handling raw meat.

Textiles - Students cover a range of Textiles Design and Make activities during the year. The first unit involves designing T shirts which promote an issue or cause that the students are aware of. Currently they are designing and making headwear, which builds on the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Year 7. They are encouraged to use a range of techniques in this exercise.

Year 9

As part of our aim to develop a more personalised curriculum for our students , during Year 9 we provide our students with the opportunity to select preferences for their Technology subjects in Year 9. The subject areas available include: Electronic Products, Food Technology, Graphic products, Resistant Materials and Textiles. During the run up to the mini options process, students are involved in special assemblies which will inform them of what each subject will entail, what they are likely to produce, past student's opinions, and also possible career choices. They then select the subjects in order of preference and will study two of them in more depth next year.

Key Stage 4

Resistant Materials - The course is designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as woods, metals and plastic, and also a range of production techniques including new technologies. During Year 10 there are several opportunities for student's to be enthused and challenged by a range of practical activities where students produce several mini projects such as jewellery box, CAD/CAM plastic jewellery and a metal hammer. This is to enable the development of knowledge and understanding of the subject. Throughout Year 10 and 11 students will also produce a final major product which includes manufacturing a product and completing a portfolio. You may consider this subject if you want to pursue a career in the Construction Industry, such as Joinery and areas such as Furniture Designing. The subject is also beneficial to careers in Product Design, Manufacturing and Engineering.

Graphic Products - The course is designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. During Year 10 students will work through several mini projects such as poster design and chocolate packaging. In addition to this students will produce a final major project which consists of a product and portfolio. Throughout this students will learn and develop knowledge and understanding of colour and how to apply it to design, they will develop spatial concepts and to understand graphic materials and manipulation. The course also allows students to become more aware of new technologies such as smart materials and also provide them with opportunities to use computer aided design and manufacture, through Techsoft 2D Designer, Google Sketch Up, Photoshop and also have chance to use the laser cutter. You may consider this subject if you want to pursue a career in the Graphic Design, Advertising, Promotion, Architecture, Interior Design or Product Design.

Electronic Products - The course is designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of electronic components with appropriate materials to case the electronic circuit. During Year 10 students develop knowledge and understanding of the theory involved in Electronics, students will use breadboards and develop electronic circuits. Over the two years students will produce a final major project which consists of a product and portfolio. Through this students will have the opportunities to use new technologies using CAD/CAM software and produce modern electronic devices including using microcontrollers. You should consider this subject if you wish to pursue a career in the Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Systems and Control, Product Design or Manufacturing.

Textiles - The course is about designing and making textile products of various kinds. This includes sketching and planning ideas, choosing fabrics and using a range of techniques to make a product. The coursework will be an individual project where you would design and make something of interest to yourself from a range of choices. This could be either clothing, furnishings or accessories. You would be asked to compile a portfolio of ideas and planning, plus the final practical piece of work. At the end of the course there is a written exam with questions about designing and making textile products.

Catering - This course includes four basic topics - The Catering Industry - studying the various types of establishments, how they are organised and staffed including health, hygiene and safe working practices. Nutrition and Meal Planning - studying dietary goals and preparing meals for different groups of people, showing the use of a wide range of ingredients in dishes made. Food Production - developing practical skills and the correct use of catering terminology - therefore it is essential to enjoy cooking and bring ingredients. Technological Developments - studying developments in equipment, packaging and new ingredients.

Key Stage 5

The course is designed to offer you the opportunity to develop understanding of key processes within the subject. It allows you the opportunity to work with a broad range of materials and components and experience different design and manufacture processes including CAD/CAM. A wide range of current technologies are available and encourages you to consider the impact of future technologies. The course also focuses on broadening knowledge of well known designers and deepening understanding of issues of environmental sustainability and health and safety issues. The A level Product design course ensures you to become a creative thinker, learn to innovate and become a problem solver. On completion of the course, there are plenty of opportunities to continue Design based Degree courses. It is course you may wish to consider if you wish to pursue a career in Engineering, Design, Planning, Interior design, Architecture, Product Design, Design Technology Education. Due to the problem solving nature of design and technology, you can promote yourself to a wider audience, which may create greater job opportunities.