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Design and Technology

Staff within the Department

Ms B Hewitt – Head of Department - Teacher of Product Design and Graphics

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Miss S Palmer – Teacher of Food Technology & Textiles Technology

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Mrs N Lahiffe – Teacher of Food Technology & Textiles Technology

BA (Hons) Multi Media Textiles

Miss J Carrigan – Teacher of Food Technology & Textiles Technology

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

Miss C Penson – D&T and Art & Design Technician

BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design

 

In Design and Technology we encourage pupils to combine creative thinking with practical and technological skills to design and make products or systems that meet human needs. We provide opportunities for pupils to create practical solutions and to actively develop products that improve the quality of life for one person or for many.

Design and technology promotes pupils’ intellectual and practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.

Pupils develop a variety of skills and techniques such as product analysis, information and presentation drawing, computer aided design, (CAD) the use of modelling tools and machines, and computer aided manufacture, (CAM).

At EWS we have well equipped specialist rooms for teaching Food Technology, Product Design, Graphics and Textiles. We have laser cutting technology in the department for all year groups to use to help realise their designs.

 

Curriculum                                                                                            

KS3

 

Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms

The Design and Technology curriculum is delivered through the 3 subject areas of Food, Product Design and Textiles. All Year 7 and 8 pupils spend one term in each of these specialist material areas and cover the topics outlined below.

 

Food Technology

Product Design

Using Resistant Materials

Textiles Technology

Year 7

 

Core skills

Nutrition

Hygiene & Safety

Systems &  Control

Electronics

Materials & Processes

CAD and CAM

Printing & Manufacturing

Pattern design

Transfer printing

Machine skills

 

Year 8

Diet through life

Health Eating

Special Dietary needs

Nutrition

Materials & Manufacturing

Product Modelling

Machine skills

CAD/CAM

 

Materials & Manufacturing

Pattern cutting

Materials & processes

 

Activities to do at home

Food Technology

  • Develop your independence in the kitchen by helping to prepare and cook meals
  • Trial new recipes and experiment with ingredients.
  • Research new and exciting dishes
  • Watch programmes like the Great British Bake Off

 

Product Design

  • Check out new ideas and inventions on programmes such as Dragons Den
  • Design and make your own personalised cards
  • Start keeping a scrap book of design work that you like
  • Come along to our CAD and CAM club

 

Textiles Technology

  • Design your own textiles products, including clothing
  • Experiment with different materials and components
  • Watch programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee
  • Practise using a sewing machine

 

 

 

KS4

If you choose to study any of the D&T courses at KS4, you will experience working in different disciplines and learn a wide range of design and practical skills.  At EWS we offer 3 separate GCSE courses. Students can choose from: Food & Nutrition, Product Design and Textiles.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Specification GCSE (9-1) WJEC Eduqas

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/food-preparation-and-nutrition/

 

Course Description

As part of this three year GCSE course, students complete the Jamie Oliver BTEC Level 2 in Home Cooking skills. This provides them with an excellent skills base which they continue to build on in years 10 and 11.

Food Preparation and Nutrition is a course which has been developed in consultation with the British Nutrition Foundation. The accredited specification equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The course involves students looking at the chemistry of food as well as the nutritional requirements of different consumer groups.

 

How will students be assessed?

In year 11 Students have 2 practical assessments and a final written examination.

  • The first controlled assessment involves planning, making and evaluating their dishes to a prescribed task (30% of total marks). 
  • The second controlled assessment is a prescribed experimental task where students study the functions of certain ingredients and create a hypothesis, make predictions for possible outcomes and evaluate their findings (20% of total marks)
  • At the end of year 11 all students sit a written paper in Food Preparation and Nutrition (1 hour 45mins / 50% of total marks). 

 

Term

Year 9 Topics

Year 10 Topics

Year 11 Topics

Autumn

Jamie’s BTEC in Home Cooking Skills.

Introduction to food room.

Eggs theory

Hygiene and safety

Practical sessions include designing and making exciting breakfasts, salads, packed lunches, healthy cakes, pizza and more.

Development of flavour and ingredient knowledge, presentation skills, gluten and starch, various methods of heat application.

Knife Skills

Safety and contamination

Fruits & Vegetables, including potatoes (fresh, frozen, dried, canned and juiced)

Milk, cheese and yoghurt

Dietary considerations – allergies & intolerances

Food provenance

Food science

Practical cooking lessons: Fajitas, pineapple upside-down cake, cauliflower & broccoli cheese and fruit salad (linked to enzyme browning)

Yorkshire pudding, Pasta bake (cheese sauce), Vanilla ice cream

Writing detailed time plans, dovetailing and time management

 

 

 

 

Board controlled task (30%)

Written coursework and practical cooking examination

Spring

Cooking meat and fish safely,

Time plan production and scaling for industry

Fruit and sugar

Cereals (including flours, breakfast cereals, bread and pasta)

Food provenance

Food science

Dietary considerations

Meat, fish, poultry and eggs

High risk foods

Practical cooking lessons: Lemon meringue pie, Swiss Roll, Brioche, Risotto, Quiche

Fish curry, Potato salad, Pavlova, Burgers, portioning a chicken

Board Controlled task (20%)

Written coursework and practical investigation

Summer

Final Assessment with 3 hour practical under exam conditions

Special dietary requirements - recipe adaptation project

Butter, oils, margarine, sugar and syrup.

Butter making, chocolate brownies, rough puff pastry, hollandaise sauce

Soya, tofu, beans, nuts, seeds

Sunflower and pumpkin seed flapjacks, vegetable and bean casserole, chilli con carne (TVP)

TVP and meat substitutes

Written exam - 1 hour and 45 minutes (50%)

 

 

Activities to do at home

Students should develop their independence in the kitchen, trailing recipes out and experimenting with ingredients. They can research exciting dishes which they may get the opportunity to create.

 

Design & Technology: Product Design

Specification GCSE 4555

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555

 

Course Description

This 3 year GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design course enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. The underpinning skills are theoretical knowledge and designing and making. The course is built upon a multimedia approach so students use materials such as paper, card and a range of plastics for modelling and making realistic products. Computer Aided Design, (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM- our laser cutting machine) are used throughout the course. Students are also involved in creating the packaging, labelling and instructions as part of the complete product design proposal.

 

How will students be assessed?

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A*-G.

Unit 1: Written Paper. 40% of total marks. 2 hours. This is sat at the end of Year 11 and tests students’ knowledge and understanding of materials and processes through a combination of short, long and design response questions.

Unit 2: Designing and making Practice.  60% of total marks. Approximately 45 hours. This is a controlled assessment project consisting of a single design and make activity selected from a range of exam board tasks.

 

Term

Year 9 Topics

Year 10 Topics

Year 11 Topics

Autumn

 

History of Design  and Product  Evolution

Design movements

Material focus – Plastics and Smart and New materials                     

Design & Make task - based on design movement, e.g. Memphis

Commercial Production methods – JIT, automation        Components, scale, costs, tolerance

Controlled Assessment Task  Computer Aided Design and Manufacture            Preparation for mock written examination

Spring

 

Consumer issues, Branding, Safety, Human Factors and Sustainability Material focus – Paper and card

Printing  and packaging methods

Design & Make task – based on manufacturing in quantity, e.g.  Charity and Fundraising

Controlled Assessment Task

Health & safety and Risk Assessment

Materials and processes

Preparation for design

question based on pre-release material issued by exam board

Summer

 

Quality Assurance and Control

Automation

Design & Make task – team & batch production  based on  organisation, equipment and labour

Controlled Assessment Task

Revision of topics for written examination                   Practice questions, strategies and timed tests

 

 

Activities to do at home

The very nature of this course is about looking at the world around us, in particular people and products. Therefore, in order to help develop students’ curiosity and inventiveness for new products we encourage students to:

  • Keep a sketch book or scrap book to record interesting and inspirational images
  • Read ‘New Design’ magazine
  • Visit the Design Museum and Eras of Design at the V&A Museum
  • Check out new ideas and inventions on programmes such as Dragons’ Den

 

Design & Technology: Textiles Technology

Specification: AQA 4570

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-textiles-technology-4570

 

Course Description

Textiles Technology is essentially a practical subject, in which students will learn how to design and make, using creativity and originality.  Pupils will use a variety of materials, techniques and processes in order to plan, make and evaluate their own textiles garments. Computer Aided Design, in relation to textile manufacture, is explored and students will understand procedures used throughout industry.  The influences of environmental, social and ethical issues, surrounding textile manufacturing, are also covered.

 

 

Term

Year 9 Topics

Year 10 Topics

Year 11 Topics

Autumn

Sewing machine skills

Bag manufacture using a range of surface Decoration techniques

 

 

Controlled Assessment Task

 

 

Preparation for written Mock Examination

Short Focused Tasks

Theory – Fibres/Yarns/Fabrics

Manufacturing methods

Batch production project

Spring

Dress Project

Making items for the school production

Controlled Assessment Task

Use of CAD/CAM

Health and Safety/Risk Assessment

Preparation for Final Exam

 

Summer

Fashion illustration

Free choice

Controlled Assessment Task

Preparation and revision for written examination

Practice questions and time tests

 

 

How will students be assessed?

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A*-G.

Unit 1: Written Paper - 40% of total marks. 2 hours. This is sat at the end of Year 11 and tests students’ knowledge and understanding of materials and processes through a combination of short, long and drawing style questions.

Unit 2: Designing and making Practice - 60% of total marks. Approximately 45 hours. This is a controlled assessment project consisting of a single design and make activity selected from a range of exam board tasks.

 

Activities to do at home

  • Visit the Victoria & Albert and The Fashion and Textiles Museum
  • Make your own textile products
  • Try ‘up-recycling’ old clothes to make new outfits
  • Watch programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee

 

KS5

Presently, we offer AS and A Level Product Design: in Graphic Products and Textiles. The courses seek to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. They encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but are firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity.

There are new AS and A level Design & Technology courses available in draft form which, when accredited, will be for first teaching in September 2017. They are modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices. More information on these can be found at:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/design-technology-product-design-2017.html

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/as-and-a-level/design-and-technology-product-design-7551

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/as-and-a-level/design-and-technology-fashion-and-textiles-7561

 

Edexcel Product Design: Graphic Products

Advanced Subsidiary (Code 89R01/2)

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/design-technology-product-design-2008.html

Course description

The course is designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between designing, graphic and resistant materials, manufacture and marketing.

The coursework module involves students in producing a portfolio which demonstrates their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making graphic products. The written examination is knowledge based and focuses on materials and components, industrial and commercial practices, Quality and Health and Safety.

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills

Product investigation

Materials & components

Manufacture

Quality

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills

Graphical communication

CAD

Modelling and prototyping

Coursework project

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills

Completion of coursework project

 

Unit 2: D&T in practice

Materials and components

Paper and boards

Metals     Polymers

QC , QA,  Health & Safety

Unit 2: D&T in practice

Woods    Composites

Modern and smart materials

Manufacturing processes

Unit 2: D&T in practice

Preparation for written examination

Year 13

Unit 3: Designing for the future

Industrial & commercial practice

ICT & digital special effects

Biotechnology

Systems and control

Unit 3: : Designing for the future

Technological changes

Design styles/movements

Form and function

Anthropometrics & ergonomics

Sustainability

Unit 3:

Preparation for written examination

 

 

 

 

Unit 4: Commercial Design

Coursework project-Students identify a client/user-group from which they must

design, develop & make a

commercial product

Research  & Analysis

Product specification

Unit 4: Commercial Design

Product design & development

Planning & making

Testing & evaluating

 

Unit 4: Commercial Design

Completion of coursework project

 

 

AQA GCE Product Design: Textiles                    

(2560) Advanced Subsidiary (AS 1561)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/a-level/design-and-technology-product-design-textiles-2560

 

Course description

The course is been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, textile materials, manufacture and marketing.

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 12

Unit 1:

Fibres, Fibre Production, Yarns, Woven, Knitted and Non -Woven Fabrics; Modern and Smart Materials; Fabric Finishes.

 

Unit 1:

Product Analysis, Environmental Issues, CAD/CAM and ICT in the Textile Industry; Dye Types

Unit 1:

Preparing for the written examination.

Unit 2: Design and Make

Coursework. (Design brief chosen individually by student)

 

Unit 2: Design and Make

Coursework

Unit 2:

Completing coursework

Year 13

Unit 3:

Fibre types, shape and formation of fibres, Woven, Knitted and Non-Woven fabrics, open fabric structures, Influence of new technology, British Standards, Yarns, Blends, Smart and Modern Fabrics.

 

Unit 3:

Marketing Function, Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Role of the Professionals, Health and Safety, Ethical Trading,

Unit 3:

 History of Design, Global Production, Product Maintenance, components, Production Systems, Copyright.

 

 

Unit 4: Design and Make Coursework. (Design brief chosen individually by student)

 

Unit 4: Design and Make Coursework

Unit 4: Design and Make

Completing coursework

 

Activities to do at home

  • Visit the Victoria & Albert and The Fashion and Textiles Museum
  • Make textile products using a sewing machine
  • Watch programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee
  • Read ‘Textiles at the Cutting Edge’ by Lesley Cresswell
  • Watch programmes like Horizon

 

Enrichment Activities and Trips

To further enrich student’s involvement in Design & Technology, we offer a number of extra-curricular activities during lunchtimes and after school. These range from clubs, coursework catch-up and drop in sessions in food, product design and textiles. We also provide additional opportunities to help our exam groups both after school and in holidays for KS4 students. We also encourage students to enter local and national competitions.

To help inspire students, we take trips, for example, Food & drink shows at Earls Court, the V&A museum, the Design Centre and Clothes Show Live in Birmingham.

 

KS3 CAD & CAM Club

 

KS4 Food/Product Design/Textiles Catch up

KS4 coursework support drop ins

 

 

 

Career Paths

 

Food Technology

Product & Graphic Design

Textiles Technology

 

Catering and Hospitability E.g. Chef

 

Product and graphic design

 

Fashion and textile design

 

 

Dietician

 

Architecture

 

Fashion merchandising

 

 

Food technologist

 

Theatre, set and prop design

 

Fabric technologist

 

 

Nutritionist

 

Exhibition and display

 

Interior and soft furnishing design

  

 

Food design and development

 

Engineering

 

 

Costume design

 

Food and drink manufacturing

 

Media production

 

 

Fashion and textile buyer