Design Technology

Design and Technology

Meet the Staff

M. Edey – Head of Faculty (Design Technology & Computing)
J. Silcock – Middle Leader of Design and Technology
C. Baggaley – Assistant Head
D. Marsden – Teacher of Design and Technology
G. Snow – Teacher of Design and Technology

Introduction

Design and Technology at Shevington High School is a popular and inspirational faculty and our 5 specialist teachers offer pupils a wide range of curriculum opportunities at both KS3 and KS4. We have excellent facilities, well resourced classrooms and up to date new technologies including a Laser cutter and a Heat press which allow pupils to develop innovative and unique products. Each Design and Technology classroom has access to ICT and in addition to this we have our own faculty suite of PC’s which include high speed network access, broadband internet and a vast range of generic and industry standard software applications. Our faculty prepares students to deal with the ever changing world of new technologies and pupils experience a wide range of Design and Make projects within Food Technology, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products and Product Design. Outside of school pupils have access to all school programs and personal document files. This eliminates the need to purchase expensive software at home. At Shevington High School the Design and Technology department excites, innovates and prepares pupils for their future career pathway.

Curriculum

KS3

Year 7
Pupils will rotate around all of the Design and Technology areas developing knowledge and skills in the following areas – Graphic Products, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Electronics. Some of the topics covered include:

Food Technology: Tropical Fruit Drinks, Crumble, Cookies, Pizza and savoury Pasties.
Graphic Products: Pop-up Cards and a Pop-up Shop.
Product Design: Design and make a Pinball Game.
Electronics Technology: Create a steady hand game
Resistant Materials: Wooden Boxes with a decorated lid using the Laser Cutter.

Year 8
Pupils will rotate around all of the Design and Technology areas developing knowledge and skills in the following areas – Graphic Products, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Electronics. Some of the topics covered include:

Food Technology: Design and make a range of products including- Crunchy Flan, Cheese cake, Pasta Bake and a range of international products.
Graphic Products: Research and develop Movie Merchandise
Product Design: Design and make a Bird House
Electronics Technology: Garden light activation
Resistant Materials: Design and Make a Wooden Toy with a working mechanism.

KS4

Year 9,10 & 11 Options (3 hours per week)

Product Design area will build upon pupil’s knowledge and understanding at KS3. Pupils can select one of the above subject areas to specialise in to further develop their design and make skills.

Unit 1 – Written Exam 40% (2 hour exam at the end of the course)
Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment project 60% (45 hours of supervised learning)

Product Design – This course will encourage students to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are also encouraged as part of the complete design proposal. Pupils in this areas can chose the area they want to cover such as Electronics, Textiles, Graphics or a Resistant Materials based project.
A new grading structure for food is 50 non-exam assessment and 50 exam.

Food & Nutrition
The new qualification will draw upon and expand upon the best aspects of three existing food-based qualifications: food technology, home economics: food and nutrition, and hospitality and catering. It’ll also include more of the scientific knowledge underpinning the preparation and cooking of food.

Exam Boards

AQA GCSE Food and Nutrition
AQA GCSE Product Design Technology

Exam/Coursework Dates

Product Design
Unit 1 Final Written Exam – May/June
Unit 2 Controlled Assessment project final deadline annually – March

Food and Nutrition
Unit 1 Final Written Exam – May/June
Unit 2 Controlled Assessment project final deadline annually – March