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Design Technology

Welcome to the Technology Department.

Curriculum Leader: Mr M Ford 
Classroom Teacher: Mrs Z Hopkins
Classroom Teacher: Mr S Page

 

We are assisted by specialist technicians:

Design and Technology:   Mrs P Girardet       
Food & Nutrition: Mrs L Child
Learning Support Assistant-Graphic Specialist Mrs M Anderson

 

Key Stage 4 Qualifications

Technology is a diverse subject by its very nature. The Technology department at Thomas Bennett offers GCSE qualifications in Food Preparation and Nutrition (Eduqas), Resistant Materials Technology 2017/18 (WJEC) and Graphics Technology 2017/18 (WJEC). Due to government reform, students studying Design and Technology in years 9-10 during the 2017/18 academic year will be following the 1-9 GCSE Technology (Eduqas) qualification. Students are still able to focus this qualification towards Resistant Materials or graphics based on their materials focus. Below is an outline of the assessment for each GCSE area:

WJEC GCSE Graphics Technology

60% Controlled assessment – Major design and make project completed in year 11.

40% final written examination – Completed in the summer of year 11.

WJEC GCSE Resistant Materials

60% Controlled assessment – Major design and make project completed in year 11.

40% final written examination – Completed in the summer of year 11.

Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition

50% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – completed in year 11.

50% final examination – Completed in the summer of year 11.

 

 

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and Year 8

To support students’ progress and learning in all three of the GCSE options in Technology, we run a Key Stage 3 curriculum that inter-links with the Key Stage 4 curriculum. All students at Key Stage 3 complete three hours of Technology every two weeks. In this time they have access to specialist Resistant Materials workshops, our own dedicated ICT Graphics suit including CAD / CAM access and a fully resourced Kitchen and demonstration classroom. Students complete three project based units in both year 7 and 8 as follows …

Year 7

Unit focus

Overview

Assessment

Food Preparation and Nutrition

FOOD

This units develops students’ knowledge and understanding of HACCP and safe use of the kitchen. The cooking lessons includes:

  • Fruit fusion
  • Fruit Crumble
  • Fresh Soup

They also complete a food science experiment looking into the enzymatic browning of organic substrates.

50% of students’ grade is based on their written work in their unit book and their practical work.

50% of the students’ grade is based on an End of Unit Assessment exam that covers technical knowledge and understanding as well as content covered for homework.

 

 

Graphics Technology

GRAPHICS

In this unit students develop knowledge and understanding of CAD/CAM use in Graphics. They design and manufacture a sign for their bedroom door that must include one functional moving part. Their final product is cut using the departments Mercury Laser cutter.

50% of students’ grade is based on their written work in their unit book and their practical work.

50% of the students’ grade is based on an End of Unit Assessment exam that covers technical knowledge and understanding as well as content covered for homework.

Resistant Materials

RESISTANT

This unit covers safety in the workshop along with technical knowledge and understanding based on woods and manufactured boards. Students will design and manufacture a mini marble maze game from Pine and Plywood using a selection of hand and powered tools.

50% of students’ grade is based on their written work in their unit book and their practical work.

50% of the students’ grade is based on an End of Unit Assessment exam that covers technical knowledge and understanding as well as content covered for homework.

 

Year 8

Unit focus

Overview

Assessment

Food Preparation and Nutrition

FOOD

This unit builds on the knowledge and understanding delivered in year 7. Students start to generate nutritional data and analyse this for a range of dishes including:

  • Fresh beef burgers
  • Fresh Pizza
  • Fresh Chicken Nuggets

Students also complete a food science experiment into anthocyanin and its use to identify acid and alkali.

50% of students’ grade is based on their written work in their unit book and their practical work.

50% of the students’ grade is based on an End of Unit Assessment exam that covers technical knowledge and understanding as well as content covered for homework.

 

 

Graphics Technology

GRAPHICS

 

Students develop their understanding and application of desktop publishing and CAD CAM to develop the packaging for a new range of chocolate bar. This unit very much focuses of students’ ability to work with accuracy and precision using Computer Aided Design to produce a viable and professional prototype.

50% of students’ grade is based on their written work in their unit book and their practical work.

50% of the students’ grade is based on an End of Unit Assessment exam that covers technical knowledge and understanding as well as content covered for homework.

Resistant Materials

RESISTANT

Students develop their making skills in the development and manufacture of a Plywood picture frame. The unit requires students to laminate layers of Plywood to produce a functional result. Technical information covered looks at sustainability of manufactured boards and the work of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).

50% of students’ grade is based on their written work in their unit book and their practical work.

50% of the students’ grade is based on an End of Unit Assessment exam that covers technical knowledge and understanding as well as content covered for homework.

 

Additional Support and Learning Opportunities

The department is committed to ensuring all students have the best opportunities and as much support as possible. To this end the department staff offer extra support session for all GCSE students at lunchtime and after school. We also run a HW30 club to support our students with all homework tasks.

In June 2017, Mrs Z Hopkins from the Technology department took a group of students to Brighton University to compete in a ‘Master Chef challenge’. The students who represented the school were outstanding and they demonstrated excellent technical knowledge and understanding along with the ability to produce some fabulous food.

 

University of Brighton

In June 2017, Mrs Z Hopkins from the Technology department took a group of students to Brighton University to compete in a ‘Master Chef challenge’. The students who represented the school were outstanding and they demonstrated excellent technical knowledge and understanding along with the ability to produce some fabulous food.

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