“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, construct various projects including electric racers, key fobs, felt puppets, pencil cases and plastic photo holders, in a variety of different materials including wood, plastic and fabric. The projects concentrate on the types of different materials that can be used, 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.
Years 8 & 9
Students learn about different materials, different ways of joining them together and finishing or polishing them. They work in various types of plastic to make water rockets and personal organisers constructed using rivets, a locking money boxes in 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.
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 study 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 introduce them to many new flavours and different types of food, some of which they may not have met before. Safety in the kitchen and food hygiene has also been covered and they have been introduced to the concept of a balanced diet and the food groups by using the “Eat Well Plate”.
Year 8 & 9
Students are learning the basics of home cooking and being able to cook for themselves independently. The focus of the lessons has been on practical skills, safety and organisation. We are using basic recipes, some of which are from “Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills” website.
Amongst the things we have cooked together are fruity flapjack, mince pies, baked apples, bread and butter pudding, muffins, cottage pie, pizza and chicken fajitas.
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.