“I really like Design Technology because we make such cool stuff. My favourite thing we’ve made so far is a plastic whistle. I also like making really yummy meals in food too. The favourite meal I’ve made so far is Pizza” Cameron
During this year, students are given the opportunity to embark upon various projects including making electric racers, key fobs, pencil cases, paper bridges and animal-shaped money boxes, all constructed in a variety of different materials including wood, plastic and fabric. The projects concentrate on the types of different materials that can be used and developing skill in using hand tools and, most importantly, safety in the workshop. The aim of the course is to improve their self-confidence at making things by enabling them to make good quality projects that they will be proud to take home.
Students build upon their learning, developing their understanding of a range of materials, different ways of joining them together and finishing or polishing them. They work in various types of plastic to make and launch water rockets – constructed using rivets; locking money boxes made from wood and MDF and round containers using recycled cardboard tubes. The focus of the lessons is on practical hand skills and organisation and on being able to work safely with hand and powered tools.
Year nine builds on the skills learnt in year 8 with an increasing emphasis on building projects to their own design. Amongst the options available are focused practical tasks in wood, such as a bird box and a DVD/games rack, plastic personal organisers and small objects in metal. To their own designs they will build a junk clock.
Years 10 & 11
Students who wish to do so are able to take Design Technology as an option choice at Key Stage 4. They will continue to develop their practical skills in designing and making objects in a wide range of materials. Where appropriate, they are able to enter for entry level or other examinations, depending upon their aptitude.
Students undertake cooking and preparing a variety of different dishes and food, with the aim of introducing them to the idea that they are able to cook for themselves. In addition, we aim to provide as many opportunities as possible to try new flavours and different types of food, some of which they may not have met before.
Safety in the kitchen and food hygiene is an essential aspect of the learning and students are introduced to the concept of a balanced diet, with the food groups explained by using the “Eat Well Plate”.
An important part of the curriculum is of course the washing up, as well as putting the laundry in the washing machine and drying it afterwards. Keeping the kitchen as a whole clean and tidy, is a class responsibility and students are expected to willingly help!
In this year, students are learning the basics of home cooking and being able to cook for themselves independently. The focus of the lessons are on practical skills, safety and organisation. We encourage the use of recipes, both in books and online, supporting our Literacy and IT learning. “Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills” website is a popular choice.
Amongst the things we have cooked together are fruity flapjacks, mince pies, baked apples, bread and butter pudding, muffins, cottage pie, pizza and chicken fajitas.
Year nine continues the work started in year 8 with increasing emphasis on independent work. The recipes will be slightly more complicated and there will be more input into food hygiene, nutrition and healthy eating.
Years 10 & 11
Students who wish to do so may study food technology at Key Stage 4. They will develop their practical cooking skills further and will continue to study issues such as food hygiene and healthy eating. They are able to take examinations at entry level or higher if appropriate.