Design and Technology

Head of Technology - Mrs K Coles

Lower School

Skill Development

Lessons in all of the subject areas are a combination of practical and theoretical activities. We use our time to identify problems, to analyse and investigate the set task, to produce ideas and select a solution to the problem. Products are then manufactured using both hand and machine tools to produce a quality outcome. The products are then tested and evaluated against the original need. Home learning is used to prepare students for the next part of the project either by checking of knowledge or might consist of a research activity, planning or evaluation.

Assessment Styles

Each project is assessed as it progresses and finally at completion of the product the whole module is given a grade. It may be that a student is more proficient in one area of the subject and this is recognised when we look at the overall progress a student has made.

Additional Information

A major part of Design and Technology is in the use of ICT and students are encouraged to use the facilities as often as they can. Many of the programs we use are available through Thornden Cloud. Students will be asked to bring in ingredients for food practical lessons and may be asked for a contribution for other practical work taken home, to cover some of the cost of materials and components.

Outline of Subject

Design and Technology is concerned with the designing and making of quality products in a variety of materials. Students will experience work in a number of material areas and will learn skills and gain knowledge that will enable them to solve the problems set. We allow students the opportunity to experience the whole cycle of design from the identification of need through design and manufacture, leading to testing and evaluation.

Upper School

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Exam Board: AQA

Outline of Subject

This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of food, nutrition and health; food science; food safety; food choice & food provenance.  Emphasis is placed on developing excellent practical skills whilst safely and hygienically making a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes.  Learners will make connections between theory and practice and apply understanding of food and nutrition when preparing and cooking food.

Course Content

Skill Development

Students will learn a wide range of high level practical cooking skills using a wide range of tools and equipment to make high quality, predominantly healthy and savoury, dishes. Emphasis is placed on learning food science and theory through practical work and some practical lessons will be food experiments.

Assessment

15% NEA (Non examined assessment) Task 1, Food Investigation: Practical assessment and written portfolio.

35% NEA (Non examined assessment) Task 2, Food Preparation Task: 3 hour practical exam and written portfolio.

50% Written exam paper (mixture of multiple choice, and themed 2-12 mark questions).

Additional Information

Students will need to provide their own ingredients for the practical lessons which take place most weeks in Year 10 and as appropriate for the NEA Tasks.

* NEA – Non examined assessment

Design & Technology

Exam Board: Edexcel

Outline of Subject

Design and Technology is concerned with the design and manufacture of products using a range of materials all of which you have encountered already in school. You will choose one area from: graphics, resistant materials, systems and textiles to study in depth along with a core understanding of the other areas.                                                                                                                               

Course Content

Skill Development

Throughout the course you will be asked to design and make products within a context and with a customer in mind. You will develop realistic proposals and be able to communicate these ideas. You will develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources. You will build a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes.

Assessment

50% of the final grade is based on a project set by the exam board and completed in school in the final year of the course. This project would be completed in your chosen material and is known as the non-examined assessment (NEA)

The other 50% of the grade is based on a written exam of different styles including graphical, calculations and open response questions.

Additional Information

Throughout the course you will be predominately working in your chosen subject area but you will need to have a core knowledge of the whole subject. We will always try and link our work to that of industry and you will be encouraged to use information technology extensively throughout the course.

* NEA – Non examined assessment

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