Curriculum

Design & Technology

Our Design and Technology curriculum focuses on developing practical skills within key material areas, allowing pupils to learn about industry standards and manufacture products with high quality outcomes. Pupils learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication. Pupils get to grips with using current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.

Pupils will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
KS4 Option Choice 1: AQA GCSE in Design and Technology
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
TWO YEAR COURSE ONE YEAR COURSE
  • Core technical principles:
    • New and emerging technologies
    • Energy generation and storage
    • Developments in new materials
    • Systems approach to designing
    • Mechanical devices
    • Materials and their working properties
  • Specialist technical principles:
    • Selection of materials or components
    • Forces and stresses
    • Ecological and social footprint
    • Sources and origins
    • Using and working with materials
    • Stock forms, types and sizes
    • Scales of production
    • Specialist techniques and processes
    • Surface treatments and finishes
  • Designing and making principles:
    • Investigation, primary and secondary data
    • Environmental, social and economic challenge
    • The work of others
    • Design strategies
    • Communication of design ideas
    • Prototype development
    • Selection of materials and components
    • Tolerances
    • Material management
    • Specialist tools and equipment
    • Specialist techniques and processes
  • Core technical principles:
    • New and emerging technologies
    • Energy generation and storage
    • Developments in new materials
    • Systems approach to designing
    • Mechanical devices
    • Materials and their working properties
  • Specialist technical principles:
    • Selection of materials or components
    • Forces and stresses
    • Ecological and social footprint
    • Sources and origins
    • Using and working with materials
    • Stock forms, types and sizes
    • Scales of production
    • Specialist techniques and processes
    • Surface treatments and finishes
  • Designing and making principles:
    • Investigation, primary and secondary data
    • Environmental, social and economic challenge
    • The work of others
    • Design strategies
    • Communication of design ideas
    • Prototype development
    • Selection of materials and components
    • Tolerances
    • Material management
    • Specialist tools and equipment
    • Specialist techniques and processes
KS4 Option Choice 2: WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
TWO YEAR COURSE ONE YEAR COURSE

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry

  • Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
  • Understand how hospitality and catering provisions operate
  • Understand how hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements
  • Know how food can cause ill health
  • Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action

  • Understand the importance of nutrition when planning menus
  • Understand menu planning
  • Be able to cook dishes

Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry

  • Understand the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
  • Understand how hospitality and catering provisions operate
  • Understand how hospitality and catering provision meets health and safety requirements
  • Know how food can cause ill health
  • Be able to propose a hospitality and catering provision to meet specific requirements

Unit 2: Hospitality and Catering in Action

  • Understand the importance of nutrition when planning menus
  • Understand menu planning
  • Be able to cook dishes

 

Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Design and Technology (8552) or WJEC Level 1 / 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering A (601/7703/2)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and pupils are able to use the Academy’s state-of-the-art facilities at both lunchtime and after school. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.