Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Cockburn John Charles Academy aims to ensure that all students develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. The school aims to develop students so that they can build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. Students are taught to analyse, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others. The teaching and learning is delivered through a predominantly ‘hands- on’ practical experience approach across all year groups.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in Design and Technology this year?
Students in Year 7 follow a ‘carousel’ style of delivery. This ensures that each student has equal access to the specialised areas in the D&T department. Learning across all the areas follows a ‘hands on’ practical approach throughout. Every opportunity is taken to explain the relevance of D&T with real life and occupations. All students will produce at least one product that they have made from each area. These products are expected to be taken home by the students so that they can share their learning experience with parents.

D&T Food – Students learn basic skills such as safe use of tools and equipment, order of food preparation, safe preparation and cooking, H&S and cleanliness/hygiene, measurements and nutrition.

D&T Textiles – Students learn how to research, develop ideas and sketch using simple processes. Students will learn how to measure, mark and cut fabrics, use basic hand stitching, use a sewing machine and how to work safely and efficiently.

D&T Materials Technology– Students learn how to use basic workshop tools, equipment and machinery. They learn how to shape, form and join woods, metals and plastics using appropriate safe techniques. Students learn how develop ideas from research. They will also be taught the importance of quality and how to apply appropriate finishes.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework follows the school homework timetable. The type of homework provided will be:

  • subject specific spellings
  • subject specific words and explanation
  • research
  • design idea sketching
  • measurement tasks

How will my child be assessed in Design and Technology?
Students are assessed throughout each rotation in the following areas:

  • ability to work safely and correctly
  • independent practical skills
  • accurate measurement
  • knowledge and subject specific language
  • creativity in designing
  • adaptive and problem solving skills
  • cooperative and team working ability
  • evaluative skills

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Encourage your child to bring home their completed D&T projects and take an interest in what they have made. Ask them to recall the processes, specific names of tools, equipment and materials that they used to make the product. Encourage your child to complete all homework and classwork to the best of their ability. Try to encourage an inquisitive nature such as how things work, why products have been manufactured in a particular way and if at all possible, try to include your child in DIY, cooking or problem solving tasks around the house. Point out to them the areas in life and work where Design and Technologies play a key role. This will be evident in the vast majority of products and services that we see around us.

Key Stage 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in Design and Technology this year?
Students in Year 8 will continue to follow a ‘carousel’ style of delivery. This ensures that each student has equal access to the specialised areas in the D&T department. Learning across all the areas follows a ‘hands on’ practical approach throughout. Every opportunity is taken to explain the relevance of D&T with real life and occupations. All students will produce at least one product that they have made from each area. These products are expected to be taken home by the students so that they can share their learning experience with parents.

D&T Food – Students build on the skills learnt in Yr7 as more complex and involved methods of preparation and cooking are added to the curriculum.  Working with a partner, students learn about dietary needs and relevant ingredients. We use world cultures as a theme to help students learn about the preparation and cooking of meats, fish and other commonly available ingredients. At the end of Yr8, students will have enough knowledge and skill to start cooking and preparing meals for their own families. We would encourage parents and carers to let them do this in their own homes under supervision

D&T Textiles – Students continue to build up technical and design skills and extend their knowledge of materials and surface pattern techniques. They explore the meanings and reasons for fair trade supply and sustainable sources of materials.

D&T Materials Technology – Students extend their knowledge workshop tools, equipment and machinery. They learn how to independently measure and mark out ready for technical cutting processes. They learn how to cut and join materials accurately. They learn how to apply a variety suitable finishes safely to achieve a high quality final outcome. Students are taught how to use research for design ideas and to develop ideas to a full size ‘mock up’. Students are taught how to check/test for function. Students use testing techniques and the opinions of others to evaluate their products and suggest future improvements.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework follows the school homework timetable. The type of homework provided will be:

  • subject specific spellings
  • subject specific words and explanation
  • research
  • design idea sketching
  • measurement tasks

How will my child be assessed in Design and Technology?
Students are assessed throughout each rotation in the following areas:

  • ability to work safely and correctly
  • independent practical skills
  • accurate measurement
  • knowledge and subject specific language
  • creativity in designing
  • adaptive and problem solving skills
  • cooperative and team working ability
  • evaluative skills

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Encourage your child to bring home their completed D&T projects and take an interest in what they have made. Ask them to recall the processes, specific names of tools, equipment and materials that they used to make the product. Encourage your child to complete all homework and classwork to the best of their ability. Try to encourage an inquisitive nature such as how things work, why products have been manufactured in a particular way and, if at all possible, try to include your child in DIY, cooking or problem solving tasks around the house. Point out to them the areas in life and work where Design and Technologies play a key role. This will be evident in the vast majority of products and services that we see around us.

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in Design and Technology?

Students who opt for a Technology subject will study the Pearson Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology course. They will be able to choose to study this qualification through either a Fashion/Textiles route or a Materials Technology route. In addition, students can also choose to study Food Technology and opt for the WJEC Hospitality and Catering course.

Studying Design and Technology courses gives students an insight into real workplace processes and techniques. These are courses that can lead into technical/craft apprenticeships, design/technical based college courses, or A-Level/University Degree Product Design, Architecture or Engineering.

WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality & Catering
The WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering is designed to support learners who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It is most suitable as a foundation for further study, providing learners with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.

Learners completing the Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering may be interested in progressing to our Level 3 qualifications in Food Science and Nutrition.

In Year 9, students are introduced to the subject and study one project per half-term:

  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Nutrients
  • Special Diets
  • Job Roles
  • International Cuisine

In Year 10, students begin to look at the Hospitality industry in preparation for the exam content of the course (40%). Units of work include:

  • Hospitality outlets
  • Job roles
  • Environmental impact of the industry
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Food service styles

In Year 11, students work on the coursework element of the course (60%) where they have to analyse a design brief and produce a 2-course meal of their choice to meet the given brief. Students can speak to their teacher to see examples of past projects to help provide inspiration for their projects.

Year 9 GCSE Design and Technology
Design and Technology is an exciting course that focuses on practical materials technology skills and knowledge.  At the end of Year 9, students will have developed their skills to a high standard and acquired a detailed knowledge of materials and processes. Students will also have an understanding of the further study and employment opportunities that this area of technology can lead to.

Year 10 GCSE Design and Technology
Students in Year 10 will begin the year by working on a ‘mock’ contextual challenge. This is broken down into easy to manage steps for the students and spaced out across the first term of Year 10. After the Christmas break, students will start to develop a deeper understanding of technical terms, processes and methods. Examination question practise will form the basis for much of this work, however, practical teaching and experience will always be included where appropriate.

From the 1st June in Year 10, students will start to work on their GCSE ‘Contextual Challenge’ task.  This is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Year 11 GCSE Design and Technology
Students will continue to work on the ‘Contextual Challenge’ that was started in Year 10. The deadline for this task is the end of January.  From February onwards, lessons are directed towards preparation for the final examination (50% of final GCSE Grade). Lessons are revision and examination practise based, although practical work is also included to assist with recall skills and memory.

What type of homework will be set?
Homework follows the school homework timetable. The type of homework provided will be:

  • subject specific spellings
  • subject specific words and explanation
  • research
  • design idea sketching
  • measurement tasks
  • practise examination questions

In Year 11, students will be allocated a Session 7 time after school to help them catch-up on work missed and ensure that all work produced is of the highest standard to help them achieve their target grades.

How will my child be assessed in Design and Technology?
Mini projects and other design or practical work will be assessed using exam board grading criteria

The final GCSE (D&T) grade awarded is assessed at 50% controlled assessment (coursework) and 50% examination. The grading system is 1-9

The Hospitality & Catering grade awarded is 60% controlled assessment (coursework) and 40% examination. The grading system ranges from Level 1 Pass to Level 2 Distinction*

What can my child move onto with Design and Technology?
GCSE Design and Technology is a course that can lead into technical/craft apprenticeships, design/technical based college courses, or A-Level/University Degree (BA/BSC) in Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Fashion Design.

Hospitality & Catering is a course that can lead to hospitality, catering, cooking college courses and apprenticeships. It can also lead to higher level courses such as A-level Food and Nutrition.