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Design and Technology at Wade Deacon High School

 

The Design and Technology department at Wade Deacon High School has highly dedicated specialist teachers and support technicians to ensure high quality teaching and learning is delivered in this very creative and enthusiastic department. The faculty is committed to developing new and inspiring projects that will provide pupils of all abilities with a secure understanding of Design and Technology and its implementation to the world of industry.

 

The Design and Technology department is located on the ground floor of the Red zone with 4 specialist classrooms equipped with state of the art equipment. Two of the classrooms are dedicated to the delivery of Food Technology. Both a domestic and industrial level kitchen set-up is available for students to experience. The other classroom/workshop spaces facilitate the delivery of Product Design and include access to laser cutters, various computer aided manufacturing equipment, sublimation printing systems and computer aided design.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

KS3

 

Design and Technology is everywhere and in everything. It is difficult to imagine what would happen without the creative minds developing new products and solutions to essential everyday problems and desires. With this in mind, Design and Technology is essential to everyone’s future.

 

At Key Stage 3, students will undertake a range of skill based projects to facilitate the mastery of key knowledge, skills and understanding in the subject. Students will be taught Design and Technology for 1 hour a week in mixed ability groups and will remain with the same class teacher as they rotate through the different DT disciplines.

 

KS4

 

Product Design (AQA)

 

Through the study of Product Design, students will be skilled in the design and manufacture of high quality products in a wide variety of materials, combining practical knowledge with transferrable skills such as problem solving, analytical skills and time management.

 

In Year 9, students will build on their experience of foundation D&T to develop mastery of key knowledge, skills and understanding. All students will learn key skills in Year 9 through a range of design and make assignments. At the end of this phase of the course, students will be guided towards a GCSE Course based on attainment and key strengths.

 

Year 10 study will see students building on the knowledge, skills and understanding gained in Year 9 and applying them to their chosen controlled assessment task which has been taken from a selection offered by the exam board. Students will be encouraged to develop originality in their design work and take risks to promote creativity and flair within their coursework. Their research and design skills will be broadened alongside GCSE level theory and examination skills.

 

Year 11 sees the completion of the students controlled assessment which accounts for 60% of their overall mark. This year focuses predominantly on the development of a depth of understanding of theory content in preparation for their 2 hour theory exam which constitutes 40% of their overall mark.

 

Food Technology (AQA/WJEC)

 

Food Technology offers students the opportunity to explore this exciting industry whilst designing and developing with food as the key material. The practical problem solving activities that Technology involves encourages independent learning, creativity and innovation.

 

The Food Technology GCSE course has been designed for students who are interested in Food – making, tasting, developing and improving it. The course is a designing and making course that will build on the skills that have been learnt already at Key Stage 3. The course is designed to inspire students, allowing them to try out skills in the many areas of Food before deciding on their own route for their Controlled Assessment Task later in the year. The study of Food Technology can lead to many varied career pathways including; Food technologists and product developers, chefs and roles within the hospitality industry.

 

The main purpose of the Food Technology course is to teach students the skills to be able to design and make, be creative, develop recipe ideas and recognise current trends and developments in the food industry. Students will be encouraged to be innovative when designing and creating products.

 

All students will complete a skills course during Year 9.  At the end of this phase of the course they will be guided towards a GCSE specialist area based on their attainment, key strengths and attitude to learning.

 

During Year 9 all students will have the opportunity to gain Royal Society for Public Health Level 2 award in Food Safety in Catering. This is a nationally recognised food industry qualification.

 

During year 10 and 11 students undertake  a GCSE in the specialist area most relevant to their skills.

 

Throughout the course they will be taught a wide range of skills and techniques, shown how to use a equipment safely and efficiently and encouraged to test, modify, adapt and evaluate their own culinary creations and existing food products.

 

The specialist areas are:

 

1. AQA GCSE Food Technology– the focus here is on product development

 

2. WJEC GCSE Catering– the focus here is development of culinary skills and techniques

 

 

Students will also study basic nutrition,  the effects of food on the body, healthy eating, meal planning, special dietary needs as well as studying all food commodities, fire safety, food service and food presentation.

 

Students will have experienced the following areas by the end of the course:

 

  • Analysing and evaluating existing products and processes
  • Developing initial proposals to complete a final outcomes
  • Engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate a wide range of skills and techniques
  • Carrying out research, analysis and product disassembly
  • Working with a wide range of ingredients
  • Developing your culinary skills through practical work.
  • Students who follow WJEC GCSE Catering will complete 2 assessed practical examinations;

 

  • 1 x 2.5 hour examination in Year 10– themes set by WJEC
  • 1 x 2.5 hour examination in Year 11– themes set by WJEC

Reporting

 

Year 7

 

P2S 1: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 2: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 3: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 4: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

*Students should work to achieve/exceed their MEG in each P2S round of assessment and as they progress through different topic areas and Design and Technology disciplines. A strong reward policy is in place to recognise the hard work and achievement of students in KS3 and KS4 Design and Technology.

 

Year 8

 

P2S 1: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 2: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 3: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 4: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

*Students should work to achieve/exceed their MEG in each P2S round of assessment and as they progress through different topic areas and Design and Technology disciplines. A strong reward policy is in place to recognise the hard work and achievement of students in KS3 and KS4 Design and Technology.

 

KS4

 

Year 9

 

In Year 9, students will build on their experience of foundation D&T to develop mastery of key knowledge, skills and understanding. Students should work to achieve/exceed their MEG in each P2S round of assessment and as they progress through different topic areas and Design and Technology. A strong reward policy is in place to recognise the hard work and achievement of students in Design and Technology.

 

P2S 1: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding (40%).

 

P2S 2: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 3: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

P2S 4: The 9-1 grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date and through their performance in written assessment testing theoretical understanding.

 

 

Year 10

 

Year 10 students will be assigned a GCSE MEG which will provide an indication of the minimum expected grade the students should achieve by the Summer of Y11. As this is an indication of their level by the end of Y11, students should aim to make steady but sustained progress towards this grade throughout Y10. Reported grades will be based on a 60:40 ratio of Design and Manufacture Projects to Examination to mirror how the final GCSE will be awarded in the Summer of Y11.

 

P2S 1: The GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in examinations that test theoretical understanding (40%).

 

P2S 2: The GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in examinations that test theoretical understanding (40%).

 

P2S 3: The GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in examinations that test theoretical understanding (40%).

 

P2S 4: The GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in examinations that test theoretical understanding (40%).

 

*Student grades will be significantly affected if they do not keep up to date with their controlled assessment folders.

 

 

Year 11

 

Year 11 students will continue with the GCSE MEG assigned in Y10 which will provide an indication of the minimum expected grade the students should achieve by the Summer of Y11. As this is an indication of their level by the end of Y11, students should aim to make steady but sustained progress towards this grade throughout Y11. Reported grades will be based on a 60:40 ratio of Design and Manufacture Projects to Examination to mirror how the final GCSE will be awarded in the Summer of Y11.

 

 

P2S 1: The GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in examinations that test theoretical understanding (40%).

 

P2S 2: The GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project completed to date (60%) and through their performance in examinations (Mock examination) that tests theoretical understanding (40%).

 

*Student grades will be significantly affected if they do not keep up to date with their controlled

assessment folders.

 

P2S 3: The final GCSE grade awarded will be based on the knowledge, skills and understanding demonstrated by the students in their Design and Manufacture Project (60%) – which will now be completed - and through their performance in examinations that test theoretical understanding (40%). This will be the final assessment grade given before students undertake their final examinations and will therefore act as a prediction of their GCSE grade in Summer.

Leader of Faculty

Mr D. Thompson

2 I/C

Mrs S. Wilson

Intervention

Co-ordinator

Miss C. Birmingham

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