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Coombes Girls School

Design Technology

 

Design and Technology is a vibrant, diverse and exciting subject, which investigates the ideas of form, function and how products are designed to enhance the world we live in. It is a popular subject, which allows the girls to explore their creative side and fulfil needs of the consumer in an innovative way.
The students use a variety of skills, helping them to communicate ideas, solve problems, develop practical skills and reflect on their ideologies about design, offering something to suit everybody. There are many cross-curricular links, including; Art, Maths, Science, English and Physical Education.

There are several trips for students to attend as well as having an opportunity to take part in the regional SATRO competition, which tests collaboration and problem solving.                                                     

 

what to expect in Year 7 

The Design Technology course focuses on four key areas at KS3; Food and nutrition, Product Design, Textiles and Fashion as well as Electronics. In year 7 pupils are introduced to the dynamic world of Design, learning basic skills which are further developed in year 8 and 9.

The projects in year 7 consist of; nutritious healthy snacks in Food, wooden key racks in Product Design, an embellished cushion cover in Textiles and a hand and eye coordination game in Electronics.

Students create products which are inspired by the theme of ‘My Journey’ and having an opportunity to showcase their work at the yr7 Parents evening.

There are four main focus points of assessment in each project for Design Technology; Research, Designing, Manufacture and Evaluation. The students also complete an end of year test to assess their progress within each area.

what to expect in Year 8 

In year 8 the student’s skills are developed further, building on the basic subject knowledge they learned in year 7. The projects explore the theme of ‘My World’, showing an awareness of environmental issues and how this can influence design.

The projects include; cuisine from around the globe in Food, an endangered animal mechanical toy in Product Design, flora and fauna inspired bag/purse in Textiles and a mini desk fan in Electronics.

The girls have an opportunity to visit the Science Museum, where they can investigate the links between DT and Science, making connections to their own projects.

There are four main focus points of assessment in each project for Design Technology; Research, Designing, Manufacture and Evaluation. The students also complete an end of year test to assess their progress within each area.

what to expect in Year 9: 

In year 9 pupils learn advanced skills in the four focus areas in preparation for taking one of the DT subjects at GCSE. The projects explore form and function in more depth, investigating the needs of the consumer in detail. The briefs are broader, allowing students to use their imagination and get creative with design, making close links to Art movements and the history of design.

The projects include: bakery skills and presentation in Food, an Art Deco/Art Nouveau style mirror in Product Design, Pyjama bottoms inspired by multicultural patterns and a speaker system influenced by the modernism Art movement in Electronics.

During the summer term the students take part in a six week Enterprise project, which allows them to work in teams to create an innovative product to be sold during a fair. This is the highlight of the year for the students, where they can work independently and express their entrepreneurial skills.

 There are four main focus points of assessment in each project for Design Technology; Research, Designing, Manufacture and Evaluation. The students also complete an end of year test to assess their progress within each area.

WHY CHOOSE TECHNOLOGY FOR GCSE?
 

At KS4 students will follow the AQA specification to complete their GCSE in either Textiles Technology, Product Design or Food Technology. Each course is divided into two sections; a practical portfolio of work which includes a final manufactured product and accounts for 60% of the overall grade, and a written exam which accounts for 40% of overall grade.

These subjects allow students to be innovative, finding solutions to design problems which are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional for the intended purpose. Design Technology will best suit students who have inquisitive minds, are practically minded and thrive on finding solutions to solve problems.

Textiles Technology: 

Textiles Technology enables students to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of textiles materials and components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. Students will learn about design and market influences, processes and manufacture, environmental issues and the use of ICT in relation to the manufacturing of material products.

Textiles has strong cross curricular links with Maths, History, Science, Business and Art and would be complimentary to any combination taken together.

During the course the students will have an opportunity to go to The Clothes Show Live at Birmingham NEC to explore current trends and fashion developments in industry, helping them to research their design briefs.

Product Design: 

Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, ceramics, food, electronics, timber based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Candidates will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials.

Product Design has strong cross curricular links with Maths, Art, Business and Science and would be complimentary to any combination taken together.

During the course students are given an opportunity to visit IKEA to research products and learn about the technical developments in design and production. Students are also encouraged to take part in the regional SATRO competition, which tests collaboration and problem solving.

Food Technology: 

Food Technology allows students to demonstrate their creativity when making food products as well as to gain an understanding of food science and nutrition. Students focus on developing a food product for a specific need and use their nutritional knowledge to meet the consumer’s specification. The students use their creativity and imagination to presentation their dishes in an innovative way.

Food Technology has strong cross curricular links with Maths, Science, PE, Business and Geography and would be complimentary to any combination taken together.

During the course students will have an opportunity to visit a top London Hotel to sample afternoon tea, helping them to research new techniques within the industry and developments in food presentation.

TECHNOLOGY TRIPS AND EVENTS
 

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