Technology

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

  • Mr Rob Kilby – Director of Learning for Technology
  • Mrs Sarah Beattie – Head of Food & Textiles
  • Ms Karen Madrell

KS3 Curriculum

Studying technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing world of design, food preparation & manufacture, by learning to think creatively.

Through technology students will become problem solvers, both as individuals and through collaboration – looking for needs, wants and opportunities and developing a range of ideas to turn into quality products.

Practical skills are combined with an understanding of taste, aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. Through technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators.

Students will develop their designing and making skills while learning an exciting range of techniques through working, practically, with a wide range of materials and ingredients – from pasta to breads, sweet products to savoury, herbs to spices, woods, metals and plastics to modern smart-materials. All students will have the opportunity to experiment in our food technology rooms with various cooking implements and equipment, and in our workshops with cutting-edge Computer Aided Design and Manufacture techniques through the use of the school’s laser cutter or 3D printer as well as learning more traditional practical skills such as casting, moulding, vacuum-forming and metal and woodworking techniques.

The projects include:

Year 7

Mini projects:

  • Developing smart technology products

Main projects

  • Litter pickers
  • Food preparation & baking

Year 8

Mini projects (Skill development)

  • Egg cups
  • Note holders
  • Sweet & Savoury baking

Main projects

  • Storage
  • Meals from around the world

 

KS4 Curriculum

Course content

This course is ideally suited to students who enjoy and are inspired by the possibilities of designing and developing products that can solve real world problems.  Through mini-projects you will learn new skills in problem solving and designing. You will then have the opportunity to realise and develop your ideas using different manufacturing techniques through computer design and practical hands on making.

Design Technology is a subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding to evaluate and developing ideas through planning and manufacturing products.  You will learn about iconic designers and products, by investigate what made them so successful.

You will explore a range of materials including modern ‘smart materials’ and how they can be manipulated to manufacture novel and successful products.

  1. Examine design processes and the implications for manufacture
  2. Test your own creativity.
  3. Study environmental implications of working with these materials
  4. Thinking about how products can be manufactured in the ‘real-world’ using modern computer-aided-manufacture techniques.
How is this course assessed?

  • Unit 1: 2-hour theory written exam worth 50% of GCSE
  • Unit 2: Design and Make project, worth 50% of GCSE undertaken over approximately 45 hours of classroom time.

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Course content

The subject covers the following topics:

  1. Food, nutrition and health
  2. Food science.
  3. Food safety.
  4. Food choice
  5. Food provenance

How is this course assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes equivalent to 50% of the GCSE

                Food investigation Task 1:

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

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 three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.