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    Design Technology

    Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

    The Design and Technology department at Dormers Wells High School is a thriving, creative and exciting place learn. The department delivers Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphic Products, and Food and Nutrition using specialist facilities such as CAD/CAM (laser cutting, milling machines) a modern kitchen and a wealth of software, IT, woodwork and metal work equipment.

    All students study Design and Technology throughout Key Stage 3 in a carousel; so that they can sample the full range of disciplines, whilst Key Stage 4 GCSE courses are optional.

    key stage 3

    At key stage 3 each Year Group works through a variety of creative projects which allows steady progression in: designing, making, evaluation, technical knowledge and food preparation and nutrition (the areas to be assessed under the new curriculum). The students have the opportunity to study four areas within Design and Technology, on a carousal. The subjects studied are: Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Nutrition, and Textiles.

    The projects across key stage 3 are primarily skills based, giving students the opportunity to develop and improve through making. The students will learn and develop skills such as: measuring, marking out, cutting or combining a variety of different materials, tools, machines and ingredients to create a desired outcome. The students’ knowledge and understanding of CAD and CAM technologies is developed, ensuring that they are aware of modern manufacturing techniques. This foundation allows students to progress to our GCSE courses.

    Students learn how to design using different CAD packages such as; 2D Design, Google Sketch-up, Photoshop and SolidWorks. They are able to make high quality products using specialised CAM equipment.

    The aim of the Key stage3 course is to provide students with the essential skills to be able to design and manufacture items and products independently using a wide variety of materials ingredients and processes.
     

    ASSESSMENT

    Students are assessed through a combination of classwork and home learning tasks throughout each project.

    key stage 4

    There are four different GCSE Design & Technology subjects offered:

    • Resistant Materials
    • Graphic Products
    • Food Preparation and Nutrition
    • Textiles

    GCSE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

    Resistant Materials Technology GCSE - Exam Board: AQA

    Aim: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

    This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is encouraged.

    UNIT 1 UNIT 2

    Written Paper (Exam)

    2 hours

    120 marks

    40% of the GCSE

    Design & Making Practice (Controlled Assessment)

    Approximately 45 hours

    90 marks

    60% of the GCSE

    The written paper is divided into two sections;

    Section A is a design question which is based on a theme chosen by the exam board. Pre-Release material is issued to students months ahead of the exam, enabling them to familiarize themselves with the given theme, and maximise opportunities to respond to section A creatively and considerately. 

    Section B contains questions related to Materials and components, Design and market influences, Social, moral, cultural,

    environmental, sustainability and economic issues, Health and safety and Industrial practices to name but a few.

    The controlled assessment consists of a single design and make activity, selected from a range of exam board set tasks.  Approximately 25 pages of research, design and evaluative work are submitted along with a final product primarily made from wood, metal and/or plastic.  The work is assessed according to the following categories:

    • Investigating the design context
    • Development of design proposals (including modelling)
    • Making
    • Testing and Evaluation
    • Communication


    ​GRAPHIC PRODUCTS GCSE  - EXAM BOARD: AQA

    Aim: 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 product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

    UNIT 1 UNIT 2

    Written Paper (Exam)

    2 hours –120 marks

    40% of GCSE

    Design & Making Practice (Controlled Assessment)

    Approximately 45 hours

    90 marks

    60% of the GCSE

    The written paper is divided into two sections;

    Section A is a design question which is based on a theme chosen by the exam board. Pre-Release material is issued to students months ahead of the exam, enabling them to familiarize themselves with the given theme, and maximise opportunities to respond to section A creatively and considerately. 

    Section B contains questions related to Materials and components, Design and market influences, Social, moral, cultural, environmental, sustainability and economic issues, Health and safety and Industrial practices to name but a few.

    The controlled assessment consists of a single design and make activity, selected from a range of exam board set tasks.  Approximately 25 pages of research, design and evaluative work are submitted along with a final product primarily made from paper, card and/or plastic.  The work is assessed according to the following categories:

    • Investigating the design context
    • Development of design proposals (including modelling)
    •  Making
    • Testing and Evaluation
    • Communication

    GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - Exam Board: AQA 

    Aim : Food Technology helps students develop their creativity, with the making of food products a vital feature of this specification.  The two unit specification requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.

    COMPONENT 1 COMPONENT 2

    Written Paper (Exam)

    2 hours

    120 marks

    40% of the GCSE

    Design & Making Practice (Controlled Assessment)

    Approximately 45 hours

    90 marks                           

    60% of the GCSE

    The written paper is divided into two sections;

    Section A is a design question which is based on a theme chosen by the exam board. Pre-Release material is issued to students months ahead of the exam, enabling them to familiarize themselves with the given theme, and maximise opportunities to respond to section A creatively and considerately. 

    Section B contains questions designed for students to evidence their understanding of the functional properties of food, the effects of combining different ingredients, the nutritional properties of foods, storage of food and manufacturing, to name but a few areas

    The controlled assessment consists of a single design and make activity, selected from a range of exam board set tasks.  Approximately 25 pages of research, design and evaluative work are submitted along with evidence of several sweet and savoury dishes that have been made.  The work is assessed according to the following categories:

    • Investigating the design context
    • Development of design proposals (including modelling)
    • Making
    • Testing and Evaluation
    • Communication
    *As of September 2016, the GCSE Food Technology course will be replaced by GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition in accordance to the changes of the Design & Technology
     

    GCSE TEXTILES

    EXAM BOARD: AQA

    Aim: There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G.

    Textiles Products covers a wide range of topics including sports fashion, natural forms, morphing product, child’s play and sustainability. Over the two years of the course you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to textiles products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

    This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to make textile products, a vital feature of candidates' experience of taking this specification.

    UNIT 1 UNIT 2

    Written Paper (Exam)

    2 hours

    120 marks

    40% of the GCSE

    Design & Making Practice (Controlled Assessment)

    Approximately 45 hours

    90 marks

    60% of the GCSE

    The written paper is divided into two sections;

    Section A is a design question which is based on a theme chosen by the exam board. Pre-Release material is issued to students months ahead of the exam, enabling them to familiarize themselves with the given theme, and maximise opportunities to respond to section A creatively and considerately. 

    Section B contains questions related to Materials and components, Design and market influences, Social, moral, cultural, environmental, sustainability and economic issues, Health and safety and Industrial practices to name but a few

    The controlled assessment consists of a single design and make activity, selected from a range of exam board set tasks.  Approximately 25 pages of research, design and evaluative work are submitted along with a final textiles based product or garment.  The work is assessed according to the following categories:

    • Investigating the design context
    • Development of design proposals (including modelling)
    • Making
    • Testing and Evaluation
    • Communication

     

    recommended websites to help students achieve

    General Websites:

    HOW STUFF WORKS | LINK

    DESIGN AND TECH. ONLINE | LINK

    DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY. ON THE WEB | LINK

    TECHNOLOGY STUDENT | LINK

    MR D & T | LINK

    OCR EXAMINATION BOARD | LINK

    AQA EXAMINATION BOARD | LINK

    DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION | LINK

    BBC GCSE REVISION | LINK

    V&A MUSEUM | LINK

    DESIGNERS GUIDE TO MANUFACTURING | LINK

    SUSTAINABILITY NAVIGATOR | LINK

    UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE D&T RESOURCES | LINK

     

    RESISTANT MATERIALS:

    CATERING:

    GRAPHICS:

    TEXTILES

    TEXTBOOKS, RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND STUDY GUIDES:

    • Design & Make It! Heinemann
    • Nuffield D&T - Students Book: Longmann

    RESISTANT MATERIALS:

    • Real World Technology - Resistant Materials by Colin Chapman (Collins)
    • GCSE D&T - RM by Colin Lever (Causeway Press)
    • AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials Technology (Nelson Thornes)

    CATERING/ FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION:

    • GCSE Food Technology - Jenny Ridgewell
    • WJEC GCSE Hospitality & Catering by Lesley Woods & Scott Reynard (WHS)
    • All About Food - Helen McGrath
    • AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Food & Nutrition (Nelson Thornes)

    GRAPHICS:

    • Graphic Products to GCSE by Abigail & Philip Buckle
    • Real World Technology - Graphic Products by Mike Finny
    • AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products (Nelson Thornes)

    TEXTILES:

    • Design & Technology  - Textiles Technology Through Diagrams by Jane Dixon
    • Textiles Technology GCSE by Bortle & O'Connor
    • GCSE Textiles Technology for OCR by Clarkson, March and Palmer
    • Skills in Textiles Technology by Rose Sinclair
    • AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Textiles (Nelson Thornes)