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Great Wyrley High School

Great Wyrley High School

Design & Technology

Meet the team:

Mrs C Barton-Blake - Faculty Leader of Arts and Technology

BA(Hons) Graphic Design. PGCE in Design & Technology. NPQ in Senior Leadership.

I studied for my degree in Interactive Graphic Design at Staffordshire University. I then went on to work in several design agencies. As design and teaching have always been my passion I started to investigate other potential careers and spent some days gaining valuable work experience in a local secondary school. I was hooked! This is why I became a teacher, back in 2002.

I am passionate and enthusiastic and always looking for ways to innovate and create excitement throughout this subject area. Myself, and my team are constantly developing the curriculum to incorporate new projects; these new projects cross over the traditional technology areas to ensure students understand the breadth of design applications and key design principles underpinning each area. 

Miss V Smith - Lead Teacher of Technologies

Honours degree in Textile design, Post graduate Diploma and Certificate in the Histories of Art and Design, PGCE in Design and Technology. NPQML in middle leadership in schools.

Mrs K Crabb - Teacher of Food & Resistant Materials

Degree with QTS in Design and Technology. 20 years teaching experience across all technology subject areas.

Key information to note:

The department is made up of three teachers and is based in its own dedicated building.  This includes one food preparation room, two computer rooms for CAD/CAM and Graphics, 1 wood working room and 1 metal work room.

The projects are constantly evolving as new technologies become available. Modern facilities provide the necessary ICT and machinery to use both C.A.D (Computer-Aided Design) and C.A.M. (Computer-Aided Manufacture). The students have access to both a laser cutter and a 3D printer which will allow us to continually develop the student’s practical skills and enhance the products they manufacture.

The department runs a lot of intervention sessions, especially for KS4 and KS5 students, allowing them to improve their work. These sessions have led to some improvements in the achievement in specific subject areas. 

Learning Journey:

Year 7

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

A wood working project focusing on using different tools and machines in the workshop. You will be making book ends.

Using woodwork skills – building a fundamental skillset which is built upon in future projects.

A plastics project focusing on using different tools and machines in the workshop. You will be making a phone holder. You will also use CAD/CAM to laser a ruler, a candle holder and a door sign with your name on.

Food & Nutrition. You will be looking at dietary requirements of teenagers, nutrition, saturated V’s unsaturated fats. You will focus on health and safety in the kitchen and students will get to know their kitchen sections, cookers and equipment.

Year 8

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

A resistant materials project focusing on metal work. You will be making a piece of body adornment using pewter and acrylic. This product will be packaged and will look like a commercial product that you would buy.

A plastics and graphics project focusing on making a stereo speaker system. The speaker will need to is appeal to a particular target market. You will use different tools and machines in the workshop.

During this module you will make the comparison of homemade versus commercial products. You will build upon the Eat well guide work started in Y7 SOW

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

Graphics-

You will be using different computer programmes to complete a series of Graphic Design briefs. You will design a logo, a ticket and a poster to advertise a Festival of your choice.

Your design must reflect the brand and aesthetic of the festival you have chosen.  It must be designed for a specific customer that you will research.

Resistant Materials-

You will design and make an internationally inspired wooden game. Design and make a dispenser so that you can hold items till you need them dispensed.

Food & Nutrition-

You will build upon the skills taught in Y7 & Y8. Developing confidence in use of equipment in student kitchen areas

Following of instructions of a recipe carefully.

Handling high risk foods – meat & dairy

Adapting menus to suit special diets.

How I will be assessed:

Food and Technology are practical subjects and this is reflected in the priorities for assessing student’s completed work and the progress that they make whilst undertaking the practical tasks. When assessing work and progress and providing development targets and extension work, Staff look for evidence of:

  • practical skills and competence
  • development of confidence with workshop resources
  • improving technical vocabulary used to discuss their work with their teachers and classmates
  • originality and level of demand in the design aspects of the practical tasks

Assessment of a student’s progress is predominantly based on these aspects of their practical work.

Opportunities for wider learning:

Develop design skills and to visualise new ideas.

Analysis and evaluation

Communication

Working independently

Time management

Organisation

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

AQA Design & Technology

Graphic Design Introduction to graphic communication:

Typography project (enabling both digital and non-digital responses).

AQA Design & Technology

Graphic Design

Food & Illustration magazine layout.

The Brief: Design an illustration for a food magazine.

AQA Design & Technology

Graphic Design

Sustained Phase:

Summer Term of Y10 & Autumn Term of Y11.

Three suggested starting points given to students.

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition

Basic practical skills and kitchen orientation and equipment/utensil use and techniques. Commodity one: Fruit and vegetables

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition

Commodity two and three research and development of skills: Dairy, cereal carbohydrates and meat proteins.

Provenance of food, seasonality and regionalism in choosing ingredients to work with

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition

Commodity 4&5 research and development of skills: Butter, oils, margarine, sugar and syrups. Soya, tofu, beans, nuts, seeds. Focus on pastry dishes. Nutritional menu planning and factors contributing to dietary guideline work.

How I will be assessed:

Design & Technology:

Graphic Design

You will be assessed on a number of portfolio activities.

Food & Nutrition:

Practical outcomes/ kitchen performance.

Mock NEA1 Enzyme browning investigation.

Mock NEA 2 Dovetailing practical event to showcase skills involved in cooking two dishes for end service.

Practical outcomes and portfolio of work/ kitchen and team performances.

NEA 1 science investigation gluten, bread/ pastry/ sponge sugar work etc.

NEA 2 dovetailing and food preparation work report writing case study.

Opportunities for wider learning:

The implications of (past and present) design and the understanding the role of design as a critical factor in human, social, moral, economic, cultural and environmental well- being and development.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local ethos, community and wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities.

Some of the effects, beneficial or detrimental, that technology has had or may have on human society and the environment. They respond with ideas, products and systems, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.

To enable students to develop a range of qualities such as health and safety awareness, creativity, independence and motivation.

Year 11

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

What knowledge, skills and understanding I will learn:

AQA Design & Technology

Graphic Design

Sustained Phase:

Summer Term of Y10 & Autumn Term of Y11.

Three suggested starting points given to students.

AQA Design & Technology

Graphic Design

Externally set assignment

Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

AQA Design & Technology

Graphic Design

Completion of the external task.

Finalising/finishing touches of all portfolio work.

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition:

NEA 1 controlled task preparation and examination

Recap on key principles of how to conduct NEA – research methods, hypothesis setting, plan of action, writing up an experiment, analysis results of experiment and drawing conclusions, referencing sources.

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition:

NEA 2 PREPARATION AND EXAM.

KEY SKILLS REVISED. NEA 2 brief is released to teachers on the secure website 1 November,

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition:

REVISION FOCUS AND THEORY ELEMENTS.

How I will be assessed:

Design & Technology.

Graphics

You will be assessed on a number of portfolio activities.

Pupils produce a portfolio of work worth 60% of the overall marks and complete an externally set exam lasting 10 hours worth 40%.

EDUQUAS

Food & Nutrition:

ALL WORK- In accordance with awarding body marking templates and guidance. 

Useful documents that you may need:

AQA Art & design (Graphic Design)

EDUQUAS Food & Nutrition

Useful Links/Resources that will help to consolidate learning:

Examples of students’ photos:

Extra-curricular activities:

  • Tuesday lunchtime -Resistant materials.
  • Thursday lunchtime -Robotics
  • Thursday afterschool - KS3 Licence to cook.