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Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Design and Technology | Subject: Design and Technology

Subject Overview:

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive two double periods of Technology a fortnight. These include experiences in Food Technology, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control (Electronics), Graphics and Textiles. All projects have been designed with a particular focus on practical skills, sustainability and designing for the real world. A small charge is requested at the start of each project, as a voluntary contribution towards the cost of materials, in the non-food areas. Within Food Technology students are required to bring in ingredients/money as laid out in their booklets.

Towards the end of Year 9, students choose to specialise in a particular area – choosing either Electronics, Food Technology, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Textiles.  This period of time is used to focus on further developing skills, knowledge and understanding within specialist areas in preparation for GCSEs in Years 10 and 11.

 

YEAR 7

Subject Area / Project

Resistant Materials - Puppet

Engaging creativity through designing a manufacturing a puppet. Students are introduced to workshop practice, health and safety and basic hand & machine tools.

Systems & Control (Electronics) – Steady Hand Game

Manufacturing a steady hand game and learning about the associated components and systems. Students are introduced to basic circuit design and soldering skills.

Textiles – Cushion Cover

Students explore basic construction methods whilst designing and making a cushion cover. The student’s silk paint a design onto the surface of their fabric using the work of a famous artist as their influence.

Food Technology – Exploring Methods & Food Safety

Understanding the importance of food hygiene and food safety. Students also explore basic methods in order to produce nutritionally balanced dishes, whilst continually learning fundamental knife skills.

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 7 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop their skills within the area in which they are working.

Assessment

Pieces of work are assessed according to the criteria. Formative assessment takes place regularly through the marking of students work. Students will be formally assessed at the end of their rotation, prior to moving on to their next area.

 

YEAR 8

Subject Area / Project

Resistant Materials – Mechanical Toy

Designing and making a mechanical toy to a given brief. Within this area students explore the use of CAD/CAM and continue to develop their workshop skills whilst also exploring mechanisms.

Graphics – Board Game

Developing a range of skills to allow students to express their creativity through the use of specific graphic design software. Students design and manufacture a board game and its packaging.

Textiles – Eco Bag

Investigating the issue of sustainability within Textiles. Students are encouraged to consider the environment and the differences between man-made and natural fibres, in order to design and make a bag for life. Within the project the students build upon their Year 7 Textile skills.

Food Technology – Healthy Issues

Balancing good health and sensible eating through a wide variety of cooked dishes. Designing recipes to suit specific dietary requirements.

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 8 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop their skills within the area in which they are working.

Assessment

Pieces of work are assessed according to the criteria. Formative assessment takes place regularly through the marking of students work. Students will be formally assessed at the end of their rotation, prior to moving on to their next area.

 

YEAR 9

Subject Area / Project

Resistant Materials – Eco Lamp

Encouraging consideration for the environment through a sustainability project. Students are encouraged to explore Islamic Art to influence their design ideas in the production of a low voltage eco lamp.

Systems & Control (Electronics) – Illuminated Clock

Designing and making an illuminated clock including the use of computer aided design and manufacture. The students are introduced to timing circuits and build upon their previous circuit building skills.  

Textiles – Wall Hangings

Engaging creativity and increasing design development skills through the production of a batik wall hanging, inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Food Technology – Nutrition and the Function of Ingredients

Students learn how to balance good health and sensible eating with an understanding of the purpose and function of key ingredients. In addition to this students investigate food science along with designing.

Homework Tasks

Homework for Year 9 students consists of a variety of tasks to further develop their skills within the area in which they are working.

Assessment

Pieces of work are assessed according to the criteria. Formative assessment takes place regularly through the marking of students work. Students will be formally assessed at the end of their rotation, prior to moving on to their next area.

 

 

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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