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Departments: Design & Technology

What is Design & Technology?

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Design and Technology prepares you to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing world. Students learn to think and intervene creatively to improve quality of life. Here at Finham Park School we teach students the design process and the skills they need to turn their designs into products, allowing students to give practical solutions to real problems and continually relating tasks back to real-life. Design and Technology teaches students how to be autonomous learners, taking responsibility for planning and organising their own work, and evaluating in a reflective and critical manner. Students also learn to adapt to working practically both individually and co-operatively. We know that the majority of our students very much enjoy the practical nature of our subject and gain the satisfaction from the successful completion of a practical project.

Facilities

Within the department we have five specialist technology rooms, one Food Technology room (H13) and four Product Design rooms (K12, K13, K14 and K15). All workshop rooms are fully equipped with computers for student use and K14 has a full computer suite integrated into the room. As well as the traditional machinery, we are also fortunate enough to have two 3D printers, a brand new laser cutter, a robot competition arena, VEX EDR Robots, VEX IQ Robots, Crumble and BBCMircroBits. These machines enable students to build quality prototypes from their designs and experience new technologies and programming.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 students are taught in group sets of approximately 20 and we teach a modular system. In Years 7 and 8 students experience all areas of Design and Technology by completing a carousel within the department, experiencing a different specialism each term. Each year group will complete three modules each year. Planning for teaching and learning at Key Stage Three is informed by the new Design and Technology National Curriculum to provide challenging experiences that offer sequential learning opportunities and ensure content is plotted to prepare students appropriately for their KS4 courses. Areas covered within Design and Technology are:

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Robotics and Animatronics
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Products
  • Electronic Products
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Programming and Systems and Control

Current Projects in Year 7:

  • Silicon Spa (3D Designing and Printing)
  • Trinket Box and USB Light
  • You Are What You Eat - Healthy eating and basic nutrition

Current Projects in Year 8:

  • Animatronics
  • Promotional MP3 Speaker
  • Healthy School Meals - building on Yr7 to further develop knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition

Key Stage 3 Homework Projects

As a department we feel strongly that students should be encouraged to become more independent learners and learn to meet deadlines so as to prepare them for controlled assessment at KS4.

We have put the following homework projects together with this in mind. Please download relevant projects as they are set.

If you have any questions or any problems completing the projects, please ask your teacher. Our projects highlight SMSC by being linked to wider issues such as sustainability and the environment and different cultures from around the world.

There will be certificates and stickers for the best projects, so good luck!

Key Stage 4

At the end of Year 8, students will select their options. In Design and Technology, we offer the following subjects for them to choose from:

AQA GCSE Design and Technology

This course aims to develop students creativity, technological know-how and design capability. They apply their knowledge and understanding of technology and industrial practices to develop and manufacture high quality products in a variety of materials.

In Year 10, students will learn and develop a variety of skills by completing a series of short projects. These will enable them to experience the iterative design process from start to finish. During this year, students will also develop their independent learning skills by experimenting with different methods of how to create final outcomes and products. Theory work and preparation for their GCSE examination will take place during Year 10 with concepts and content introduced to students through a variety of practical making lessons, designing and drawing lessons as well as pure theory based lessons. Students complete their non-exam-assessment during the course of Year 11.

Areas of study:

  • Core technical principles – new and emerging technologies, energy storage and generation, modern and smart materials, systems approach to designing, mechanical devices, materials and their working properties
  • Specialist technical principles – selection of materials and processes, forces and stresses, ecological and social footprint, scales of production, sources and origins, using and working with materials, stock forms, types and sizes, specialist techniques, surface treatments and finishes
  • Designing and making principles – investigation, primary and secondary data, environmental, social and economic challenge, the work of others, design strategies, communication of design ideas, prototype development, selection of materials and components, tolerances, material management, tools and equipment and techniques and processes

The course is assessed with 50% non-exam assessment which is a single design and make project. It should take approximately 30 - 35 hours to complete. Students can choose a project from a list set by the exam board. The other 50% of the course is assessed through a written examination at the end of Year 11.

WJEC GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Our GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips students with not only practical cooking skills but the theoretical knowledge of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

It consists of two components, the first looks at a range of six topics; food commodities, principles of nutrition, diet and good health, the science of food, where food comes from and cooking and food preparation. This knowledge will be assessed through a written examination which is worth 50% of the overall grade.

The second component focuses on food investigation and food preparation practical assessments, which will make up the remaining 50%.

Areas of study:

  • Nutritional needs: Can you produce a meal for a specific dietary group?
  • Diet related health risks: The biggest killer in this country is diet related illness, how do we stop it?
  • Food provenance: where does your food come from? What is involved in producing it?
  • Technological developments in food, where will we get our protein from in the future?
  • Culinary traditions: Can you master the classic dishes all chefs learn on their way to greatness?
  • The range of factors that influence food choice, why do we eat what we eat?
  • Food marketing: an industry worth billions, but how does it work?
  • Food Science: What is a colloid? Why does a steak on a barbeque taste so amazing? This module will tell you all of that and much more.
  • Food safety principles. Have you ever had food poisoning? This element will ensure it never happens to you or anyone you cook for.
  • Cooking skills: You will improve all aspects of your cooking from organisation, knife skills to presenting dishes that would sit happily in top restaurants.

OCR Cambridge Certificate in Engineering Manufacture

Engineering manufacture is a discipline of engineering dealing with different manufacturing practices and processes using the machines, tools and equipment that turn raw materials into new products. This qualification will enable student to study these processes. It allows students to operate the tools and equipment used to make products from the requirements of a design specification, as well as use relevant computer applications such as CAD/CAM, and CNC equipment.

Areas of study:

Engineering manufacture is a discipline of engineering dealing with different manufacturing practices and processes using machines, tools and equipment that turn raw materials to new products. This course is aimed at learners who wish to study the processes involved in manufacturing new engineered products. Learners are provided with the knowledge and skills required to operate manufacturing tools and equipment used to make products from the requirements of a design specification. Learners will develop their understanding of the processes and systems required to transfer a design concept into a product. A practical approach to teaching and learning will provide learners with knowledge in engineering Technology and develop critical thinking, creativity and dextrous skills through engaging practical experiences.

Assessment is by the production of a portfolio of work for the units R110, R111 and R112, 5 and will consist of written assignments. Unit R109 is assessed by a written examination paper.

Department staff:

  • Subject Leader: Mr Pete Maguire
  • Mrs Lol Conway
  • Mrs Penny Finn
  • Mr Richard Elliott
  • Mr Paul Payne
  • Food/Textiles Technician: Mrs Michelle Checklin
  • D&T Technician: Mr Richard Carribine