Design and Technology Department

Design & Technologgy Department

Design and Technology staff: Mr A Williams (Head of Faculty and Assistant Headteacher), Mr L McCook, Mr T Lee, Miss S Randall, Miss A Chilton (Technician)

Today we live in a rapidly changing technological society and without the subjects that form the Technology curriculum our lives would be very different. We aim to prepare students for today’s world so that they may combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking in order to problem solve and design and make products.

The Technology department is located across Main Block and South Block and consists of 6 specialist rooms: 2 Food Technology rooms, a Textiles room, 2 workshops and a Graphics / Systems and Control room. The department is well resourced and equipped to deliver the courses we offer.

As a Technology College we aim to provide challenging and stimulating projects across all key stages. In Key Stage 3, the students rotate around a carousel system covering one project each term, they work within each of the Technology disciplines and are taught in mixed ability groups by the relevant specialist teacher. All students study Technology, in Year 7 the students have 5 hours per fortnight and during Years 8 and 9 the students have 4 hours per fortnight.

In Key Stage 4 Technology continues to be a popular option choice with the majority of students selecting one of the GCSEs offered by the department. We currently offer GCSE courses in the following subjects; Catering (WJEC), Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Systems and Control, and Textiles (all AQA). In addition to these courses we also offer Edexcels BTEC level 1 in Hairdressing.

At Key Stage five we offer 3D Product Design across the consortium, following AQAs specification providing students with the opportunity to engage with the subject further, whatever their GCSE background.

Technology Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students arrive at Fitzharrys School with a range of different experiences of Technology in the primary school. They quickly adapt to the new workshop and catering environments which differ greatly from the primary school setting. Students rotate through a carousel and cover six projects each year, working in each of the Technology specialist areas. During each project there is a key focus on one area of the design process and the practical work produced. We teach students in mixed ability groups across Years 7 to 9 and we promote right from day one a strong ethos of hard work, good behaviour and high standards (in terms of both the design and practical work produced).

Year 7 students complete the following projects:

Travel Game - Planning and organizing / Making

Phone Pod - Respond creatively to briefs / Making

Wooden Car - Respond creatively to briefs / Making

Cracker - Generate, develop, communicate and model ideas / Making

Textiles Bag - Generate, develop, communicate and model ideas / Making

Food (Carbohydrate Snack) - Reflect on own designing (Evaluating) / Making

Technology Key Stage 3

Year 8

Year 8 students complete the following projects:

Mechanical Toy - Use understanding of others’ designing / Making

Pewter Casting - Respond creatively to briefs / Making

Board Game - Planning and Organising / Making

Safety Light - Respond creatively to briefs / Making

Textiles Cushion - Generate, develop, communicate and model ideas / Making

Food (on the move) - Reflect on own designing (Evaluating) / Making

Technology Key Stage 3

Year 9

Year 9 students complete the following projects:

Clock - Use understanding of others’ designing / Making

Photo Frame - Planning and Organising / Making    

Company Car - Respond creatively to briefs / Making

Vase Holder - Use understanding of others’ designing / Making

Textiles Recycled Product - Generate, develop, communicate and model ideas / Making

Food 1 (Buffet) - Reflect on own designing (Evaluating) / Making

Food 2 (Restaurant) - Reflect on own designing (Evaluating) / Making

Key Stage 4 

Years 10 & 11

We offer a wide range of Technology GCSE courses across the department and as a technology college we aim for excellence across each discipline. Our current provision allows our students to study one or more of the following courses; Catering, Graphic Produces, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Textile Technology and Hairdressing, which is a BTEC level 1 course. Across the department we try to teach as much as possible in a practical way and make use of our allocated independent study time to maximize the students’ theory knowledge. Each of the courses requires the students to complete a design and make coursework project which accounts for 60% of the final grade awarded, with the remaining 40% being achieved through the final examination taken in the summer of Year 11.

GCSE Catering

Exam board: WJEC

Specification:Catering 0124

GCSE Catering is about food production and food service in the Catering Industry.  Much of your time will be spent learning new food preparation and presentation skills and using these to produce dishes that are suitable for different situations.  You will learn about the structure of the Industry, its vocabulary, the Health and Safety regulations that govern it and the social skills required within it.

Year 10  

Term 1 – Health & Safety - Hygiene

Term 2 – Nutrition and Commodities

Term 3 - Commodities

Term 4 – Commodities – Practical Exam Preparation

Term 5 –  Practical Examination

Term 6 –  Launch of Comparison Coursework Project

Year 11

Term 1 –  Comparison Coursework Project

Term 2 –  Comparison Coursework Project

Term 3 –  3 Course Meal Coursework Project

Term 4 –  3 Course Meal Coursework Project

Term 5 – Final Examination

GCSE Graphic Products

Exam board: AQA

Specification: Graphic Products 4550

Graphic Products is about designing and making with paper, card and other modeling materials. It will be a new subject to you, although you will have thought about ways of presenting your designs, at KS3.  Among other things, you will learn about Illustration, Advertising, Manufacturing and Printing.  You will be taught about different methods of communicating information – both 2D and 3D and about the different materials that can be used for these processes.   

Year 10 

Term 1 – Skills – Drawing Techniques

Term 2 – Skills – Print It! Competition 

Term 3 – Skills – CD/DVD/Game Cover and Point of Sale Display

Term 4 – Skills – Perfume / Chocolate Packaging

Term 5 – Coursework – Investigating the Design Context

Term 6 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Year 11 

Term 1 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Year 11 – Term 2 – Coursework - Making

Year 11 – Term 3 – Coursework – Making

Year 11 – Term 4 – Coursework – Testing & Evaluation - REVISION

Year 11 – Term 5 – Final Examination

GCSE Resistant Materials

Exam board: AQA

Specification: Resistant Materials 4560

Resistant Materials is about designing and making functional and decorative products in woods, metals and plastics.  You will learn new skills and techniques to work these materials, in order to produce quality products.  You will need to consider who will use your product, how and where it will be used and take these factors into consideration in your designing.  The manufacture of products in quantity will also play a key role in the course.

Year 10

Term 1  – Wood Skills  – Wood Joints and Veneered Box

Term 2  – Wood Skills  – ‘Ark’ Trinket Box and Childs Toy

Term 3/4 – Plastic Skills – Slot together toy

Term 4/4 – Metal Skills  -  Note Holder

Term 5  – Coursework  – Investigating the Design Context

Term 6  – Coursework  – Development of Design Proposals

Year 11 

Term 1 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Term 2 – Coursework – Making

Term 3 – Coursework – Making

Term 4 – Coursework – Testing & Evaluation - REVISION

Term 5 – Final Examination

GCSE Systems and Control

Exam board: AQA

Specification: Systems and Control 4565

Systems and Control is about designing and making electronic circuits and supporting prototype products. You will learn about a range of different control circuits and their application, in addition to this time will also be spent working with a range of resistant materials (woods, metals and plastics). You will need to consider the circuits application, who will use your product, how and where it will be used and take these factors into consideration in your supporting design work. The focus will be on designing and making quality products. 

Year 10

Term 1 – Skills – 741 Operational Amplifier

Term 2 – Skills – Logic / PIC Programming 

Term 3 – Skills – Timer Circuits

Term 4 – Skills – Mechanisms

Term 5 – Coursework – Investigating the Design Context

Term 6 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Year 11 

Term 1 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Term 2 – Coursework - Making

Term 3 – Coursework – Making

Term 4 – Coursework – Testing & Evaluation - REVISION

Term 5 – Final Examination

GCSE Textiles

Exam board: AQA

Specification:Textile technology 4570

GCSE Textile Technology is about designing, making and using fabrics, with the emphasis being on Fashion and Accessories.  You will learn how textile products in general, and especially fashion items, are produced commercially and much of your time will be spent designing and making items that would be suitable for commercial manufacture.  You will learn lots more practical skills and ways of enhancing your work.  You will have the opportunity to visit the Clothes Show in Birmingham as part of the course.

Year 10

Term 1 – Skills – Fabric Construction

Term 2 – Skills – Finishes, processes and components 

Term 3 – Skills – Design and market influences

Term 4 – Skills – The Textiles industry and manufacture

 Term 5 – Coursework – Investigating the Design Context

 Term 6 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Year 11

Term 1 – Coursework – Development of Design Proposals

Term 2 – Coursework - Making

Term 3 – Coursework – Making

Term 4 – Coursework – Testing & Evaluation - REVISION

Term 5 – Final Examination

Design and Technology Key Stage 5

Sixth Form

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: Product design (2550)

In the Sixth Form students follow the AQA 3D Product Design. We are the lead institution for Product Design across the consortium and welcome students onto the course from the other partnership schools. The course consists of four units, two units are taken in Year 12 and two in Year 13. Each year there is a coursework based design and make project (50%) and a written / design examination (50%).

The initial work undertaken in Year 12 year will develop the students knowledge and understanding of materials, components and their application in preparation for both the coursework project and written examination. A range of skills based projects are undertaken around a common theme that will helps the students to prepare for their coursework project, successful themes in the past have included furniture, lighting and jewellery. A supporting design portfolio will be generated along a range of practical pieces and models, all of which will be submitted for assessment.

During the A2 part of the course the examination theme is design and manufacture and another coursework project is undertaken in order to solve a problem which is identified by each individual student. The theory necessary to engage in examinations and coursework is taught throughout the course in a variety of forms appropriate to the learning taking place.