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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Design & Technology

 

 

 

Welcome to Design and 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 and Technology

At Key Stage 3 pupils study Design and Technology on a carousel system, spending 12 weeks in each subject area. Pupils will study Food Preparation and Nutrition, Textiles and Product Design each year and build on their learning as they progress through the school. There will be crossover of key skills in each subject area, allowing pupils to set targets and make progress as they transition into the next subject area.

 

 

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 Preparation and Nutrition

Pupils learn the principles of food hygiene and safety.  They learn to use a range of preparation and cooking techniques, with different ingredients, such as knife skills, boiling frying, baking, mixing and grilling. Pupils will make a number of mostly savoury dishes.

 

Textiles Technology

Students develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of textiles by designing and making a personalised felt ‘selfie’. Students learn a range of hand embroidery techniques, how to use the sewing machine and textiles techniques such as applique, as well as developing accurate measuring and cutting skills.

 

 

 

Year 8

Product Design

Students design and make their own nightlight. They develop their CAD skills on 2D Design to create a surface design for their nightlight. Textiles skills are used for the construction of the light by creating a hand stitched circuit with conductive thread, helping pupils to understand how their skills can cross over between different subject areas.This also reinforces the work done in the Science Curriculum where students study electricity and circuits.

 

 

Food Technology

Students learn about healthy eating, and build on the skills they have developed in Year 7. Pupils will learn how to make the perfect bread rolls or home-made pasta by starting to study the science of food. They will also learn a number of new skills including binding, use of a food processor, making sauces and hand decoration of a sweet bake.

 

 

Textiles Technology

Pupils develop their design skills, looking to other cultures for inspiration. They develop their understanding of colour and composition in the design of a highly decorated cushion. Pupils will learn how to use different fabric dying techniques, develop their applique skills and learn a number of new and more complex embroidery stitches.

 

Year 9

 

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

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Pupils continue to build on their preparation skills by creating more complex dishes. They start for prepare for study at Key Stage 4 by looking at Food Science in more depth, looking in particular at the function of eggs when creating quiches and meringues. Pupils will also have the opportunity to express their creativity by designing and making a themed celebration sponge cake.

Textiles Technology

Pupils look to the past for inspiration, learning about the fashion and design trends of the 20th century. Using a decade of their choice for inspiration, pupils will design and make a zippy pouch that incorporates batik, reverse applique and embellishment techniques such as complex embroidery and beading. Pupils will be required to work on their accuracy and sewing machine skills when inserting a zipper, and will have the opportunity to line their pouch to create a high quality product.

 
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 Preparation and Nutrition and BTec Art and Design Textiles. 

 

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, AQA, Course code 8585

Exam board link 

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

Task 1: Food investigation (30 marks) 

Students' understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. 

Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task. 

Task 2: Food preparation assessment (70 marks) 

Students' knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. 

Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than 3 hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

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 Multicultural food and healthy meals.

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 A4 Folder and practical tasks.

Summer Term 2

Controlled Assessment

Design and written A4 Folder and practical tasks.

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Controlled Assessment- NEA  1

Food Experiment

Autumn Term 2

Controlled Assessment-NEA 2

Preparation for mock exam

Food Preparation-Making the individual item linked to AQA design brief-Written A4 Folder

Spring Term 1

Controlled Assessment NEA 2

Making the individual item linked to AQA design brief-Written A4 Folder

Spring Term 2

Controlled Assessment-NEA 2

Making the individual item linked to AQA design brief-Written A4 Folder

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.

 

GCSE BTech Art and Design Textiles – Course-Pearsons

BTEC LEVEL 1/2 CERTIFICATE IN ART & DESIGN 

  • 2 YEAR COURSE

360 GUIDED LEARNING HOURS 

  • The course is made up of 4 units taken across 2 years. 
  • 2 units are externally assessed (58%) and 2 units are assessed in school and moderated (42%). 
  • UNIT 1 – Visual Recording and Communication (120 guided learning hours) 
  • Externally assessed task set and marked by exam board 
  • 3 hour supervised assessment in May/June 
  • UNIT 2 - Critical and Contextual Studies (90 guided learning hours) 

Externally assessed creative written task set and marked by exam board 

  •  5 hour supervised assessment in May/June 
  •  UNIT 3 – The Creative Process (90 guided learning hours) 
  •  Fashion and Textiles project based on a theme 
  •  Internally assessed in school 
  •  UNIT 4 – Fashion Materials, Techniques and Processes (60 guided learning hours) 
  •  Fashion design, make and promotion project based on a theme 

Internally assessed in school