Beaconsfield High School

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Design and Technology 

All students will study Design and Technology until the end of Year 9. At the end of Year 9 students can choose one of three subjects to follow at GCSE level: Graphics, Textiles or Food.

Key Stage 3

Within D&T students gain the opportunity to develop their skills by designing and making products for themselves and target markets within 4 subject areas: Textiles, Food, Graphics and Computer Aided Design.

The department prides itself on developing the use of new technologies; smart materials, laser cutting, 3-D printing and the latest Adobe Photoshop software. Computer aided design and manufacture are central to activities the students participate in.

The aim is to develop individuals who can solve problems, think independently and create products that are well designed and beautifully made. Students are taught in groups of approximately 24; they work both individually and co-operatively.

D & T works on a carousel system whereby students rotate around four subjects during each year.

Year 7

  • Graphics- Students design a series of book covers using typography, illustration and photography.
  • Food – Students develop basic food preparation and knife skills, and through their interaction with ingredients learn about healthy eating.
  • Textiles – Students design and make a hat in conjunction with the Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • CAD - Students develop basic photography skills and photo manipulation using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Year 8

  • Graphics- Students design and make a hand held game and its packaging.
  • Food – Students develop more of a repertoire of main meals and enhance their understanding of healthy eating.
  • Textiles – Students design and make a soft sculptures/ cushion based on a food or drink product.
  • CAD - Students develop their photography skills and photo manipulation using Photoshop.

Year 9

  • Graphics- Students design and make a souvenir and its packaging for a holiday destination of their choice.
  • Food – Students develop a knowledge of more advanced cooking techniques and extend their knowledge of nutrients.
  • Textiles – Students respond to fashion trends and develop construction techniques to make a pair of trousers.
  • CAD - Students extend their computer aided design skills through developing their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Assessment

At the beginning of Key Stage 3, all students complete a focused practical task. This is a 5 lesson mini module based on designing and making a box for a breakfast cereal bar. The purpose of this task is to enable us to gauge students’ capability in the subject and to set realistic targets for their first year in D & T.

Each rotation has a set of subject specific objectives and assessment criteria. Students are given an assessment booklet and are made fully aware of the assessment criteria at the start of each module. This information is then recorded and used for periodic reporting of progress via grade cards.

There are 5 main assessment areas in D & T:

  • Applying knowledge & understanding of materials & techniques
  • Generating, developing, communicating & modelling ideas
  • Designing
  • Planning, organising & making
  • Evaluating their own designs

The students are not always monitored on all 5 areas. Each module has 3 specific areas of focus which are made clear to the students at the start of the project and subject area.

Key Stage 4

Current GCSE courses are all through the AQA syllabus and are Food Preparation and Nutrition, Graphic Products and Textiles Technology. For more information see: http://web.aqa.org.uk/

All of these courses have a non-examination assessment and a final written examination.

The Courses

Food Preparation and Nutrition

The new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE will help students to develop a greater understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. They’ll also learn about food from around the world, through the study of British and international culinary traditions as well as developing an understanding of where food comes from (food provenance) and the challenges surrounding food security. They’ll master culinary skills and appreciate the science behind food and cooking. This is an exciting and creative course which will allow students to demonstrate practical skills and make connections between theory and practice.

The course has five topics:-

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance

Assessment

  • 50% final written exam- 1hr 45 mins
    • Section A : multiple choice
    • Section B: five longer answer questions
  • 50% non-exam assessment (NEA)
    • Food Investigation - 15%
    • Food Preparation Assessment – 35%

Transferrable skills students will learn:-

  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Communication
  • Working independently
  • Time management
  • Organisation

Graphics

GCSE Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make products using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

Assessment

  • 60% controlled assessment
    • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks 
  • 40% final written exam- 2 hours

Textiles

GCSE Textiles helps students develop their creativity through a series of designing and making projects.  The practical work enables students to specialise in fashion and clothing, costume, textiles or interior design.  Topics covered include fabrics and their properties and uses, construction and design.

Assessment

  • 60% controlled assessment
    • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks  
  • 40% final written exam- 2 hours

Key Stage 5

See Sixth Form subjects.