Technology

Head of Faculty: Mrs A Adamson

In Key Stage 3 students are taught the four Technology subjects (Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food) in mixed ability groups. Students will cover all areas for 2 hours a week on a carousel basis throughout the year. At Key Stage 4 these subjects form part of the options process and can be selected by students to study up to GCSE level.

Subject: Product Design, Graphics and Textiles

Head of Subject: Mrs A Adamson

At Key Stage 4 there are several choices for student to continue their studies in Resistant Materials, product design, Textiles and Food and Nutrition.

  • GCSE Product Design – Hard Materials
  • GCSE Products Design – Fashion & Textiles
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition
  • Technical Award in Fashion & Textiles
  • Technical Award in  Materials Technology

Students that opt to take one of these subjects will have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They study the following GCSE specifications:

  • GCSE Product Design – Hard Materials-                        AQA Specification Code  4555
  • GCSE Products Design – Fashion & Textiles                  AQA Specification Code  4555
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition                                                 AQA Specification Code  8585
  • Technical Award in Fashion & Textiles                          AQA Specification Code 3720
  • Technical Award in  Materials Technology                   AQA Specification Code  3740

 

Students will be awarded a grade A-G following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Kirkby High School, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants
  • Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose
  • Analyse and evaluate:
  • design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others
  • Wider issues in design technology
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of:
  • Technical principles
  • Design and making principles

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of the Design Technology Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and are outlined in the table below:

At Key stage 3 Pupils will work from a given design brief and develop key skills.

  Textiles Product Design Resistant Materials Food
Year 7 Using geometric patterns pupils will design and make a fabric phone/device stand.

Key Skills:

Decorative techniques

 

Laser Cut Ruler

 CAD/CAM

Key Skills:

Techsoft 2D design

Safe use of laser cutter

 

Storage/gift box

 

Key Skills:

Coping saw

Scroll saw

Sanding belt

Hand tools

Healthy Eating

 

Key Skills:

Rubbing in

Bridge and claw

Peeling

Melting

Oven management

Year 8 Using day of the dead as inspiration pupils will design and make a cushion.

Key Skills:

Sublimation printing.

Pewter Keyring

 

Key skills:

Laser cut moulds

Pewter casting

Filing and sanding

Moving Toy

 

Key Skills:

Hand tools

Pillar drill

Hacksaw

Sanding

Finishing

Special Diets

 

Key Skills:

Temperature control

Marinade

Shallow frying

Year 9 Using a storage design brief pupils will design and make a product for a bedroom.

Key Skills:

Pattern making and construction.

Acrylic Speaker

 

Key Skills:

Soldering iron

Electric circuit

CAD/CAM

 

Board Game

 

Key Skills:

Designing

Tenon Saw

Marking

Measuring

Assembling

 

Multicultural Dishes

 

Key Skills:

Whisking

Steaming

Sealing

Pastry making

 

 

Links to GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification codes are:

  • GCSE Product Design – Hard Materials-                        AQA Specification Code  4555
  • GCSE Products Design – Fashion & Textiles                  AQA Specification Code  4555
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition                                                 AQA Specification Code  8585

 

Below links to GCSE product Design Hard Materials and Fashion

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

 

Below links to GCSE Food and Nutrition

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

 

Additional Information

Include details of any extra-curricular activities including:

  • Interventions
  • Revision sessions
  • Homework support
  • Trips

 

Teaching Staff

Mrs A Adamson Head of Faculty
Mr R Gibson Deputy Head of Faculty
Mr R Walker Teacher of Design Technology
Miss K Adcock Teacher of Design Technology Food
Mrs D Cox Technician/Cover supervisor
Mr M Glover Technician/Cover supervisor