The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

Design Technology

   Head of Department: Mr O Pigott 

   Dept Office: 359

   E-mail: opigott@holytrinitycrawley.org.uk

 

 

 

Staff Team:

Mr T Cooper

Mrs L McMenamin

Ms S Shakir

Please Scroll down to view Curriculum Details for year groups 7 to 11.

 

Design and Technology Year 7 

What is the Aim of the Year? 

The aim of the Year 7 Design and Technology curriculum is to introduce the students to the different specialist material areas within Design and Technology. Within these specialist areas they will be introduced to materials, tools and equipment that will form a foundation for later study. They will use the design process to produce designs that meet their own needs, but they will also take into account other people’s tastes. They will be taught on a carousel by a number of teachers who have specialist skills and knowledge in different material areas.

What are the Big Ideas?  

There will be different assessment requirements according to the length and focus of the project but this will fall into 5 areas:

Investigation: subject knowledge, ability to research and analyse problems.

Developing Ideas: Developing and communicating creative designs.

Planning: Logical and safe planning of a practical task.

Making: Safely using a range of tools and equipment.

Evaluating: Testing and making judgements on products that have been created.

What will I Do? 

Students will rotate through the various projects and complete all of them by the end of the year.

Project 1: Lamp (Electronics)

Project 2: Wood, Metal and Polymers Experimental Project

Project 3: Upcycling (Textiles)

Project 4: Vegetables (Food and Nutrition)

Project 5: Packaging (Graphics)

Assessment :

Work will be assessed using PIA comments (positive, improvement and action) approximately every three weeks, thereby allowing students opportunities to raise their attainment. A final assessment will take place at the end of each project. Students will receive verbal feedback from their teacher during design and manufacturing which they will be expected to note the key messages in their project books and act on them in order to raise their attainment.

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

Design and Technology Year 8

What is the Aim of the Year? 

The aim of the Year 8 D&T curriculum is to continue to develop students’ confidence in using a variety of equipment and materials, whilst also developing each pupil as a designer. It is also an opportunity for them to consolidate their understanding of the design process, skills and safety learned during Year 7.

Students are encouraged to look at the world around them when researching each of the topic areas. In completing their design work they will be encouraged to be creative and need to be mindful of the requirements of others. Pupils will be required to plan and design their work before starting any practical work, and then reflect, test and evaluate their work so they can identify strengths and areas for development. During June/July pupils will complete a materials form, allowing them to state their preference for the two material areas they will study in Year 9.

What are the Big Ideas?  

There will be different assessment requirements according to the length and focus of the project but this will fall into 5 areas:

Investigation: subject knowledge, ability to research and analyse problems.

Developing Ideas: Developing and communicating creative designs.

Planning: Logical and safe planning of a practical task.

Making: Safely using a range of tools and equipment.

Evaluating: Testing and making judgements on products that have been created.

What will I Do? 

Students will rotate through the various projects and complete all of them by the end of the year.

Project 1: Automaton Project (Mechanical Toy) (Wood)

Project 2: Design Skills (graphical skills)

Project 3: Draw String bag (textiles)

Project 4: Fruit (Food and nutrition)

Project 5: Locker Light (Electronics)

Assessment :

Work will be assessed using PIA comments (positive, improvement and action) approximately every three weeks, thereby allowing students opportunities to raise their attainment. A final assessment will take place at the end of each project. Students will receive verbal feedback from their teacher during design and manufacturing which they will be expected to note the key messages in their project books and act on them in order to raise their attainment.

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

Design and Technology Year 9

What is the Aim of the Year? 

In Year 9 students will focus on two of the five Design and Technology material areas. Students will have one lesson per week in each of the allotted areas but will have their teacher for the whole year. The topics and skills covered during this year will allow them to choose to study a GCSE in Years 10 and 11 from any of the five material areas, and should be seen as a stepping stone from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4.

Building on their knowledge and understanding, students will be encouraged to solve problems through investigation and modelling, accepting that in order to develop the “best” design, they may have to experience setbacks as well as success. Their design work will consider the needs of others and the wider effects that their products may have on the world.

What are the Big Ideas?  

There will be different assessment requirements according to the length and focus of the project but this will fall into 5 areas:

Investigation: subject knowledge, ability to research and analyse problems.

Developing Ideas: Developing and communicating creative designs.

Planning: Logical and safe planning of a practical task.

Making: Safely using a range of tools and equipment.

Evaluating: Testing and making judgements on products that have been created.

What will I Do? 

The projects studied will depend on the two material areas that are being studied:

Electronics

Food, Preparation and Nutrition

Product Modelling

Resistant Materials

Textiles

Speaker

Nutrition

Small scale architecture

Desk top clock

(polymers)

Product Design

Food safety

Chicken dishes

Sumobot (robot)

Vegetarian dishes

Cosmetic Bottle

Bird box

(wood)

Garment Project

Beef dishes

Food provenance

Flashing Lights

All about curry

Packaging

Desk Tidy

(metal)

Embellishment Project

Pasta

Tray fruit bakes

Assessment :

Work will be assessed using PIA comments (positive, improvement and action) approximately every three weeks, thereby allowing students opportunities to raise their attainment. A final assessment will take place at the end of each project. Students will receive verbal feedback from their teacher during design and manufacturing which they will be expected to note the key messages in their project books and act on them in order to raise their attainment.

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

 

GCSE Design & Technology:                            Year 10/11  EdExcel Code 1DT0  - Systems (Electronics)

What is the Aim of the Course? 

The study of design and technology seeks to prepare students to participate confidently and

successfully in an increasingly technological world. It helps students to be aware of, and

learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural,

environmental and economic factors.

As well as studying a common core, allowing a breadth of knowledge and understanding, you will specialise in developing and your designing and making skills in electronics as well asmaterials suited for manufacturing casings.

Exam Assessment Details 

50% Examination

Section A: Common Core (40 marks)       Section B: Specialist material area (60 marks)

15% of the examination will be assessed through Key Stage 3 Mathematics in a Design & Technology context

50% NEA (non-examined assessment) – new name for coursework

What will I Do?  

Year 10:

You will study the common core area during the year. Your specialist material will provide a focus for many of these topic areas. The specialist focus areas are listed against the terms.

  • All materials including; metals, paper and boards, polymers, textiles and wood.
  • Impact of emerging technologies on industry, people and the environment
  • Critical evaluation with respect to design decisions, future proofing, ethics and the environment.
  • Energy generation
  • Modern and Smart Materials
  • Mechanisms
  • Electronics systems
  • Programmable components
  • The work of past and present designers
  • Communication skills.

Term 1: Sensing and Timing Circuits

Term 2: Logic and Counting

Term 3: Comparators and Programmable components – begin NEA

Year 11:

Term 1: NEA design and development

Term 2: NEA manufacture and evaluation

Term 3: Examination preparation

 Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge from Term 1 Year10 (fortnightly)
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action) (monthly)
  • Practical skills on a project by project basis (termly)
  • NEA: in accordance with exam regulations (generic feedback)

Click the Link for:

Course Specification/ Syllabus

Past papers  - no past papers are available yet, the link will take you to the previous qualification. Note that there are no core questions.

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

Electronics 2000 – useful information about electronics theory and components.

  

GCSE Design & Technology:

Year 10/11 AQA Code 8552 - Textiles

What is the Aim of the Course? 

The study of design and technology seeks to prepare students to participate confidently and

successfully in an increasingly technological world. It helps students to be aware of, and

learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural,

environmental and economic factors.

As well as studying a common core, allowing a breadth of knowledge and understanding, you will specialise in developing and your designing & making skills.

Are you passionate about Textiles & Fashion? Do you enjoy designing? Do you enjoy making? Do you enjoy sketching new ideas or remodelling existing designs & products? Do you enjoying learning new skills? This course is aimed students who are primarily interested in design and making, who wish to pursue a career in design. If you think you enjoy learning by doing, creative thinking, problem solving, critically evaluating, designing products of the future, and testing your ideas in a textiles context then this is the course for you. GCSE Design & Technology (Textiles) compliments a range of other GSCE subjects including Science, Computing, Geography and Art. The coursework element allows you to have more control of your final grade in the classroom, and allows students of all abilities to develop their skills at a progressive pace.

Exam Assessment Details 

50% Examination – 100 marks

Section A – Common Core technical principles (20 marks)

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

50% NEA (non-examined assessment) – 100 marks

Portfolio and prototype development [coursework]

What will I Do?  

Year 10 & Year 11

You will specialise in textiles where you will learn to develop your awareness of the Textiles and Fashion industry, developing your understanding about fibres, fabrics and designers along with the technical aspects of the subject. You will develop a wide range of designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding related to both textiles and non-textiles products as well as invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving, and time management.  

In addition, you will also develop understanding of a common core where you will learn about all materials, mechanisms, energy generation, electronic systems, and programmable components, ethical, economic and environmental issues, modern & smart materials, emerging technologies and their impact upon society. This common core enhances your understanding of an iterative design process overall. During this course you will develop your creative & artistic skills to realise your design ideas and experiment with new techniques to develop technical skills.

You will study the common core area during Year 10 and 11 alongside projects and skills development and your specialist material will provide a focus for many of these topic areas. You will look at the work of past and present designers; there is a trip in Year 10 to allow students the opportunity to undertake primary research in preparation for the NEA [Non-Examination Assessment].
Year 10:

Term 1: Skills & Design Development through design & make tasks & core units of work

Term 2: The Work of Others, core units of work & further skills development

Term 3:  Trip for primary research - begin NEA

Year 11:

Term 1: NEA design and development

Term 2: NEA manufacture and evaluation

Term 3: Examination preparation

Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge [including common core] from Term 1 in Year 10 and throughout the course
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 in Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action)
  • NEA: in accordance with exam regulations (generic feedback)

Click the Link for:

Course Specification/ Syllabus

Past papers  - no past papers are available yet; the link will take you to the new qualification website page. Note that there are no core questions.

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

More links to follow 

GCSE Design & Technology:                              Year 10/11  AQA Code: 8585 - Food Preparation and Nutrition

What is the Aim of the Course? 

The study of Food Preparation and Nutrition seeks to prepare students equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

This new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition is an exciting and creative course which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure students develop a thorough understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. At its heart, this qualification focuses on nurturing students' practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition.

Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics: Food, nutrition and health, Food science, Food safety, Food choice, Food provenance.

Upon completion of this course, students will be qualified to go on to further study, or embark on an apprenticeship or full time career in the catering or food industries.

Exam Assessment Details 

Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from Sections 1 to 5.

How it's assessed

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         100 marks

·         50% of GCSE

Questions

·         Multiple choice questions (20 marks)

·         Five questions each with a number of sub questions (80 marks)

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What's assessed

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

How it's assessed

·         Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

·         Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.

What will I Do?  

Year 10:

 You Will Study, Topics and themes

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

Food preparation skills

The food preparation skills have been integrated throughout the year and linked where appropriate to the subject content. Students will be taught how and when to use different food preparation skills to achieve a range of different outcomes.

The skills include:

  1. General practical skills including: weighing, measuring, preparing ingredients and equipment, correct cooking times, testing for readiness and sensory testing.
  2. Knife skills including: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish or alternatives.
  3. Preparing fruit and vegetables.
  4. Using the cooker including: the hob, grill and oven.
  5. Use of equipment including: blenders, food processors, mixers, pasta machines and microwave ovens.
  6. Cooking methods including: steaming, boiling, simmering, blanching, poaching and frying.
  7. Techniques to prepare, cook and combine different ingredients.
  8. Sauce making including: starch based, reduction and emulsions.
  9. Tenderising and marinating different ingredients.
  10. Making dough including: bread, pastry and pasta.
  11. Use of raising agents including: eggs, chemical, steam and biological.
  12. Setting of mixtures through use of heat and egg protein.

Year 11:

  • Term 1: Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

Term 2: Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.

Term 3: Written Examination preparation

Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge from Term 1 Year10 (fortnightly)
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action) (monthly)
  • Practical skills on a project by project basis (termly)
  • NEA: in accordance with exam regulations (generic feedback)

Click the Link for:

Course Specification/ Syllabus

Past papers  - aqa.org.uk/pastpapers

Useful Links: 

foodafactoflife.org.uk

 

Technical Award:                                              Year 10/11  AQA Code 1DT0 - Materials Technology

What is the Aim of the Course? 

This Level 2 Technical Award is ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. Materials Technology is tailored towards career areas which have a focus on planning and manufacturing using woods, metals and polymers (plastics).

Practical skills and understanding the working properties of woods, metals and polymers will be taught to enable students to progress into designing and manufacturing industry via post 16 education or apprenticeships. It will enable learners to work in a hands-on way to develop the core skills to make high quality products using woods, metals and polymers.

Learners will have the opportunity to use traditional skills and also modern technologies.

Exam Assessment Details 

Unit 1: Skills Demonstration

  • 30% of overall qualification
  • 72 marks
  • Each skill has 9 marks allocated

Unit 2: Extended Making Project

  • 30% of overall qualification
  • 72 marks

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology

  • 40% of overall qualification
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 96 marks

What will I Do?  

Year 10:

Unit 1: Skills demonstration (internally assessed)

You will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competence in the 8 core skills outlined. You will work with various woods, metals and polymers (plastics) to produce functional products. You will also work as a small team to produce a product which demonstrates the skill of teamwork. All your work will be recorded in a portfolio which shows how and why you have used the various processes and what other processes could have been used.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed)

You will study materials and their working properties and learn about processes and manufacture. You will gain knowledge of the applications and characteristics of a wide range of woods, metals and polymers and also learn about possible careers within industry.

Term 1: Understanding an orthographic drawing, planning, manufacturing and finishing two small wood projects. Gaining wood related theory knowledge. Photographing and writing up all skills tried as a mini diary.

Term 2: Manufacturing and finishing with metal and polymers, in two small projects from an orthographic drawing. Gaining metal and polymers theory knowledge. Photographing and writing up all skills tried as a mini diary.

Term 3: Developing a project which will showcase the skills which you have learnt throughout Year 10; to be made in Year 11.

Year 11:

Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed)

You will undertake an extended making project that showcases the skills and knowledge you have developed in unit 1 and the knowledge you have developed through Unit 2. The project will be in response to a brief. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in planning and development, making, testing, evaluation and communication.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of Materials Technology (externally assessed)

You will study materials and their working properties and learn about processes and manufacture. You will gain knowledge of the applications and characteristics of a wide range of woods, metals and polymers and also learn about possible careers within industry.

Term 1: Selection of materials, Marking out, Wasting, Joining, Finishing.

Term 2: Completion of the Showcase Project. Testing and Evaluation

Term 3: Examination preparation

 Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge from Term 1 Year10
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action)
  • Regular feedback about Skills Demonstration
  • Skills Demonstration
  • Extended Making project

Click the Link for:

Course Specification:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/materials-technology/specifications/AQA-3740-SP-2017.PDF

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

GCSE Design & Technology:                              Year 11  EdExcel Code 2EP01 - Electronic Products

What is the Aim of the Course? 

Students will need to demonstrate application and understanding of:

  • materials and components
  • industrial and commercial processes
  • analysing products
  • designing products
  • technology
  • sustainability
  • ethical design and manufacture.

Skills development:

  • design creatively
  • make products
  • apply systems and control, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media and new technologies
  • analyse and evaluate processes and products.

 Exam Assessment Details 

40% Examination: a 1½ hour paper demonstrating knowledge and understanding.

60% Controlled Assessment (coursework): 2 separate tasks; designing and making each with equal weighting

 What will I Do?  

Year 10: September 2016 – July 2017

Term 1: Sensing and Timing Circuits, industrial manufacture, environmental issues, designing and manufacturing PCBs.

Term 2: Logic, Counting and programmable circuits, sustainable design, ethical issues

Term 3: Comparators, CAD, developing circuits to meet needs. Begin controlled assessment in June.

 Year 11: September 2017 – July 2018

Term 1: Controlled assessment: design and development, pre-public examination preparation.

Term 2: NEA manufacture and evaluation, product analysis.

Term 3: Examination preparation

Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge from Term 1 Year10 (fortnightly)
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action) (monthly)
  • Practical skills on a project by project basis (termly)
  • NEA: in accordance with exam regulations (generic feedback)

Click the Link for:

Course Specification/ Syllabus

Past papers 

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

Electronics 2000 – useful information about electronics theory and components.

GCSE Design & Technology:                              Year 11  EdExcel Code 2GP01 - Graphic Products

What is the Aim of the Course? 

Students will need to demonstrate application and understanding of:

  • materials and components
  • industrial and commercial processes
  • analysing products
  • designing products
  • technology
  • sustainability
  • ethical design and manufacture.

Skills development:

  • design creatively
  • make products
  • apply systems and control, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media and new technologies
  • analyse and evaluate processes and products.

 Exam Assessment Details 

40% Examination: a 1½ hour paper demonstrating knowledge and understanding.

60% Controlled Assessment (coursework): 2 separate tasks; designing and making each with equal weighting

What will I Do?  

Year 10: September 2016 – July 2017

Term 1: Design a Sign: Investigate and develop a design to promote a business which you have chosen

Term 2: Design and make a display stand to promote a product which your chosen business

manufactures / sells. You will Investigate, develop, plan and manufacture this product.

Term 3: Begin controlled assessment: GCSE design possibilities are given and chosen. You will start the analysis, investigation and design sections of the coursework.  

Year 11: September 2017 – July 2018

Term 1: Controlled assessment: design and development, pre-public examination preparation.

Term 2: NEA manufacture and evaluation.

Term 3: Examination preparation

 Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge from Term 1 Year10 (fortnightly)
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action) (monthly)
  • Practical skills on a project by project basis (termly)
  • NEA: in accordance with exam regulations (generic feedback)

Click the Link for:

Course Specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-graphic-products-2009.html

Past Papers: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-graphic-products-2009.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FExam-materials 

GCSE Design & Technology:                              Year 11 EdExcel Code 2RM01 - Resistant Materials

What is the Aim of the Course? 

Students will need to demonstrate application and understanding of:

  • materials and components
  • industrial and commercial processes
  • analysing products
  • designing products
  • technology
  • sustainability
  • ethical design and manufacture.

Skills development:

  • design creatively
  • make products
  • apply systems and control, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), digital media and new technologies
  • analyse and evaluate processes and products.

Exam Assessment Details 

40% Examination: a 1½ hour paper demonstrating knowledge and understanding.

60% Controlled Assessment (coursework): 2 separate tasks; designing and making each with equal weighting

What will I Do?  

Year 10: September 2016 – July 2017

Term 1: Developing designing, making, process and theory in wood, sustainable deign.

Term 2: Developing designing, making, process and theory of metals, ethical issues

Term 3: Developing designing, making, process and theory knowledge of plastics. Begin controlled assessment in June.

 Year 11: September 2017 – July 2018

Term 1: Controlled assessment: design and development, pre-public examination preparation.

Term 2: NEA manufacture and evaluation, product analysis.

Term 3: Examination preparation

 Internal Assessments 

  • Regular testing of knowledge from Term 1 Year10 (fortnightly)
  • Regular exam style questions from Term 1 Year 10 – assessed to mark schemes against PIA criteria (positive, improvements, action) (monthly)
  • Practical skills on a project by project basis (termly)
  • NEA: in accordance with exam regulations (generic feedback)

Click the Link for:

Course Specification

Past papers  

Useful Links: 

BBC Bitesize – Materials, processes and vocabulary.

Technology Student for Resistant Materials - http://www.technologystudent.com/joints/joindex.htm