Welcome to the Design and Technology Department

Mrs S. Hodgkinson

Head of Design and Technology

Mrs D. Ainsworth

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mr A. Farringdon

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mr J. Howard

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mr P. Whitehead

Teacher of Design and Technology

Mrs A. Gittings

Teacher of Food Technology

Mr. B Taylor

Engineering Technician

Miss K. Dent

Food Technician

Introduction

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Computing, and Art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Aims

The national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

Develop the creative, technical, and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world

Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users

Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

At LSA we work to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to complete a programme of study that suits the Design and Technology national curriculum for key stage 3.

Key stage 3

In Year 7

Art Textiles – In year 7, the focus of learning is to successfully develop a range of art and sewing skills, a love of art and technology and an appreciation of renewable energy and the links to sustainability This will be interwoven with a knowledge safety. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their art repertoire though pencil and watercolours, sewing and electronics skills that they can apply in future art-textiles and technology lessons and in their future life.

Engineering – Pupils are introduced to Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacture (CAM). They develop their understanding and skills using ‘2d design Tools’ to help design and manufacture a product. Pupils are introduced to Smart Electronics. Pupils will develop their understanding and skills by using a Micro-controller called ‘The Crumble’ to prototype and programme a range of Smart electronic components.

Food – In year 7, the focus of learning is to successfully develop a range of practical skills and a love of cooking. This must be correlated with a knowledge of kitchen safety and hygiene. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop a repertoire of practical skills that they can apply in future food lessons and in their future life.

In Year 8

Art Textiles – In year 8 the focus of learning will be fabric making an embellishment using the theme 'Under the Sea'. During the first half of the term pupils will research sea creatures looking at shapes, colours and patterns made by the creatures and the water. They will also look at the work of artists and crafts people to influence their work. During the second half of the term the pupils will work in groups to produce felt fabric using wool tops, fancy yarn and small fabric shapes.

Engineering – In year 8, the focus of learning is to successfully develop a range of practical skills to design and make a product that is suited to a specific user. Pupils will be using cutting tools to manipulate and create products using paper & board. Pupils will be taught the health and safety requirements within a workshop environment and given the opportunity to apply their knowledge practically.

Food – In year 8, pupils will be taught the principles of kitchen hygiene and safety and they will get the opportunity to apply their knowledge practically. Pupils will be given the opportunity to use a range of skills including, selecting, and preparing a range of ingredients and recipes, use a range of cooking techniques including knife skills, grating, rubbing in and weighing and measuring correctly. Pupils will gain an understanding of where their food comes from and the nutritional composition of ingredients. Pupils will also gain an understanding of some of the functions of key ingredients including flour, sugar, fats and eggs.

In Year 9

Art Textiles – In year 9 the focus of learning is to develop an appreciation of the 'Place where We Live', the landmarks, buildings and beautiful scenery that surrounds us, and to interpret this through the medium of Art Textiles. Pupils will be given an opportunity to research the area and the work of local artists and designers inspire by the area. They will be encouraged to draw and paint their own images which they will use as a starting point for a design of a decorated cushion. They will learn several textiles techniques including the use of fabric crayons and felt pens, a variety of embroidery stitches and felt applique.

Engineering - Pupils will look at the different areas of Engineering; Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical. They will focus on Civil Engineering through the construction of bridges. Pupils will also look at Architecture and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD). Pupils will use SolidWorks software to reverse Engineer and design a building.

Food – In year 9, the focus of learning is to successfully develop a range of practical skills and a love of cooking to preparation for GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop a repertoire of practical skills that they can apply in future food lessons and in their future life. This must be correlated with a knowledge of kitchen safety and hygiene. Pupils will also be able to learn a range of research, selecting dishes and evaluating their choices via a practice NEA2 (like the work completed in year 11).

Key stage 4

GCSE Art Textiles, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition and BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering are all offered as part of the options process in year 9.

GCSE Art Textiles

Pupils will develop a range of practical skills related to art textiles including fashion design and illustration, costume design, textiles, pattern, stitched and embellished textiles, soft furnishing and digital textiles

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Pupils will develop a range of skills and knowledge relating to the production and enjoyment of food including, food safety, food science, nutrition and diet, food provenance and food choices.

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Engineering

BTEC Firsts in Engineering can help you take your first steps towards a career in sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, electrical and mechanical engineering. You’ll learn about processes, materials, and how engineering contributes to a sustainable future.

 

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