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Course Description 

The Design and Technology Department at Gaynes School encompasses Product Design and Food Preparation and Nutrition.

The aim of The Design and Technology department is to offer students the opportunity to explore   through a variety of creative and practical activities which foster a love of learning and an enquiring mind. Students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making.

The subject focuses on generating and developing design ideas, mechanisms, structures, electronics and computer aided design (CAD) and manufacture.

Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science and healthy eating. It encourages learners to make informed decisions about nutrition now and later in life. The subject also allows pupils to experience foods that they may not have come across outside of school.

Our expectations

Due to the nature of the subject, it is imperative that all students follow Health and Safety expectations at all times.  We expect students to be resilient when having to problem-solve and be willing to take on board advice and adapt design ideas, based on feedback given by others.

During the year, students at KS3 have the opportunity to study Food Technology on a carousel system. Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science and healthy eating. It encourages learners to make informed decisions about nutrition now and later in life. The subject also allows pupils to experience foods that they may not have come across outside of school.

KS3

Curriculum Overview

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn 1

Health and Safety – Machine License

 Paper holder - Frog

Chocolate bar – graphics, cutting, shaping, laser cutting

Clock Project

Autumn 2

Introduction to CAD –

Keyring and rendering skills

Mobile phone holder– metal, cold forming

Perfume box project

Spring

1

Flower Holder – cutting, filing and shaping, friction fit and design

Mechanical Toy – Design brief, specification, research, designing, CAMs, cutting, filing and shaping.

Earphone wrap – CAD, packaging, vacuum forming

Spring

2

Drawing skills – isometric, oblique and 3rd angle orthographic projection

TFL Tube map with Landmarks - Graphics

Plastic Theory

Passive Amplifier

Summer 1

Block Bot - Timbers

Fragrance Packaging Project

Drawing skills/Modelling – one/two point perspective, isometric and exploded diagrams

Summer 2

Timbers Theory

Fragrance project continued

Metals Theory

KS4

Course Overview

Students at GCSE follow the Pearson EdExcel GCSE Design and Technology Course

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-2017.html 

One written exam: 1 hour 45 mins (50% of GCSE) at the end of Year 11:

  • Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)
    A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.
  • Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)
    Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.
  • Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)
    A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

One practical assessment during Year 11:

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx.:
    Task: Substantial design and make task based on ‘Contextual challenges’. Students will produce a prototype and create a portfolio of evidence.  Our specialism within the practical work is paper and board.
  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
  • Producing a design brief and specification
  • Generating design ideas
  • Developing design ideas
  • Manufacturing Final idea
  • Testing and Evaluating

MAIN ACTIVITIES

Theory content covers topics such as materials (timber, plastics, textiles, electronics, paper and board, metal), social/environment impact, manufacturing processes, technical drawing, sustainability and mechanical systems, research, iterative design, modelling, CAD/CAM, prototyping, practical skills, evaluating.

 

FUTURE CAREERS

Examples of careers include a/an: Product Designer, Primary/Secondary Teacher, Games Developer, Web Designer, Interior Design, Marketing/Advertising, Construction, Architect, Graphic Designer, Engineer, Fashion Design.

 

GCSE Results 2022

Congratulations to the Year 11 Students on achieving 83% 9-4

GCSE Results 2021

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 100% grade 9 to 4

GCSE Results 2020

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 65% grades 9-4.

GCSE Results 2019

Congratulations to the Year 11 Students on achieving 75% 9-4

Useful Links

KS3

KS4

Book: Lonsdale Design Technology Revision Guide