Technology

The Design and Technology department is staffed by 5 enthusiastic, dedicated teachers who are specialists in one or more areas of the technology curriculum. All teachers are passionate about their subject and the benefits and opportunities that studying a technology subject can bring.

In addition to teaching staff we also have one full time and one part time Technician, who work alongside staff to prepare, resource and support the learning of our students.

We regularly work with local universities to train future generations of technology teachers.

Technology lessons are all taught within specialist teaching classrooms which include:

One newly refurbished high specification Food Technology room containing individual working spaces to enable all pupils to have access to a food preparation area, sink, hob and oven.

Three specialist multi media workshops, fully equipped with access to a Laser Cutter, 3-D Printer, Heat Treatment area, Sublimation Printers and Heat Presses.

One newly refurbished Textiles Technology room with access to a range of Sewing Machines, a Sublimation Printer and Heat Press.

One dedicated ICT suite containing 27 networked computers and a range of specialist software including Corel Draw, Pro-desktop and Space Claim to enable students to cover all Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing aspects of the courses.

Each teaching room is also equipped with interactive whiteboards to enable teachers to plan and deliver lessons which are creative and challenging with the latest resources available.

Design and Technology Department Staff

Mr M Gallant - Head of Department

Mr L Rodgers - Second in Department

Mrs K Abbott - Subject Leader for Food Technology

Mrs C Polykett - Subject Leader for Textiles

Mr L Green - Technology Technician

Mrs G Fletcher - Food Technology Technician

KS3

A structured KS3 course ensure that all students experience the full range of design and technology subjects and activities. An induction course in Year 7 is followed by more in-depth activities where students will work with a range of materials and components including electronics.

In order for students to cover all aspects of technology pupils follow a carousel of rotations across each year lasting up to 9 weeks. The rotations and topics covered are as follows:

 

Year 7:

Subject Project Theme Skills Focus
Food Technology Safety/Hygiene Healthy Eating Introduction to basic practical skills
Resistant Materials Pewter Cast Keyring CAD/CAM, laser cutting, casting process, use of hand tools, die-cutting
Textiles Technology Puggly Toy Research into Cubism, Applique, hand embriodary, machine embriodary, pattern creation
Graphics Key Fob Torch and Blister Packaging Safety, hand tools, Vacuum Forming, circuits

 

Year 8:

Subject Project Theme Skills Focus
Food Technology Understanding ingredients and experimental work Food spoilage, nutrition, vegetarians, sweet and savoury dishes
Resistant Materials Mechanical Toy CAD/CAM , laser cutting, use of hand tools, mechanisms
Textiles Technology Portrait Pencil Case Focus on Pop Art, dye techniques, zip and lining attachment, machine applique, colour application techniques
Graphics Mouse Mat and Header Tab Packaging Drawing techniques, CAD/CAM, sublimation printing

 

Year 9:

Subject Project Theme Skills Focus
Food Technology Dietary groups and nutrition Healthy eating messages, pastry experimental work, characteristics of ingredients, sustainability in food
Resistant Materials USB Lamp Laser cutting,electronics and soldering
Textiles Technology Mixed Media Bag Project Sustainability and the environment, colour application, print techniques, construction skills, bag assembly
Graphics Board Game and Packaging CAD/CAM, sublimation printing, 3-d printing, nets

 

GCSE

At KS4 pupils have the opportunity to follow Design and Technology courses to examination level, we currently offer  GCSE’s in the following subjects:
 

Design and Technology: Specialising in Resistant Materials (AQA)

Design and Technology: Specialising in Graphics (AQA)

  • Assessment for the above GCSE’s is the same and made up of Two units of work.

Assessment will be made up of 2 units of work.

Unit 1: Non-exam assessment - 50% of the final mark. This will take the form of a coursework assignment. The theme will be chosen from a list set by the exam board. Students will produce a working prototype and a portfolio of evidence (maximum 20 pages).

Unit 2: Examination - 50% of the final mark. This will be a written exam lasting 2 hours (100 marks) and broken down into 3 sections:

Section A: Core technical principles (20 marks).

Section B: Specialist technical principles (30 marks).

Section C: Designing and making principles (50 marks).
 

Food Preparation and Nutrition (WJEC)

Assessment Procedures:

A written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, this contributes to 50% of the qualification

There are two pieces of controlled assessment which contribute to 50% of the course.

Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment A scientific food investigation which will assess the learner's knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food.

 Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment Prepare, cook and present a menu which assesses the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food.
 

Art Textiles (AQA)

Assessment Procedures:

Component 1: Portfolio = 60% of GCSE

A portfolio that in total shows coverage of the four assessment objectives. It will include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial starting point to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment = 40% of GCSE - Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time

Pupils respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

Events, Trips and Competitions

On May 9th the Technology department held their annual exhibition to celebrate the Controlled Assessment work of Year 11 pupils, with selected students showcasing their work to friends and family. The event was also extended to Year 9 pupils and their parents who had opted for a Technology subject to inspire and motivate pupils.

The Department has entered a number of competitions during this year. Year 9 pupils entered the Paperworks National Card Packaging Competition. Pupils worked in small groups to design and manufacture state of the art packaging to house Bass Tech Headphones. They then went on to laser cut the packaging and then used publisher software to add the company logo and graphics panels to the packaging. Final designs from each group were submitted along with a supporting explanation of their design. One of the groups entries was shortlisted for the final and was highly commended by the judges. 

In September 2016 the Technology department took over the newly refurbished Food Technology room which has provided a superb practical and inspirational learning environment for all students. Later that term we had the Official Grand Opening of B103 where Year 11 students prepared and presented a selection of foods to staff, Governors and other visitors.

Year 10 Food Students visit to The University College Birmingham . Students had to apply for a place on the trip as numbers were limited. The day was specifically aimed at students who have an interest in a profession  within the food or hospitality industry.

Activities included mock cocktails, cake decoration and working in an industrial catering kitchen.

The students were commended for their positive attitude, working practices and behaviour.