Design and Technology
The Design and Technology Department is made up of six teaching members of staff and two technicians.
Miss Kress is Head of Department and can be found in T20 or the workshop T24.
Miss McLaughlin is in charge of GCSE Food and Nutrition and can be found in T11.
Mr Fawcett is Head of Resistant materials and Product Design AS/A2 and can be found in T23.
Mrs Hammersley is the Lead Teacher of Textiles/Art, she can be found in T19
Miss Kennedy is a teacher of Food and Textiles technology and can be found in T10.
Mr Vickers is also a Teacher of Resistant materials and Product Design, while also being Head of Sixth Form.
We are supported in our department by two great technicians. Mrs Whalley is our workshop technician and Mrs Simpson who is our food and textiles Technician.
The Department is often a hive of activity both during the school day and after school with out students creating their own exciting practical projects.
In year 7, 8 and 9 you will be taught 3 lessons fortnight in Technology. In year 10 and 11 you will be taught 5 lessons a fortnight. In year 12 and 13 you will be taught 8 lessons a fortnight.
Year 7 and 8 is split into three 13 week project areas: Resistant Materials/graphics, Textiles and Food Technology. These are mirrored in Key Stage 4 courses to provide students with a better understanding of the options available to them.
During the year students will be completing their Technology subjects in a carousel system.
- The Resistant Materials project involves designing and making a wooden toy in year 7 and in year 8 you will be designing and making your own personalised coat hook. During these projects you will develop a strong knowledge of materials and tools, as well as a clear understanding of sustainable materials.
- In year 9 in Resistant Materials you will be shown how to draw in a range of drawing and rendering techniques so you can present your ideas in 3D and to a very high standard. You will also be creating a clamp on mobile phone holder which incorporates a flashing device to alert you if your phone receives a signal. By completing these projects you will boost your knowledge and understanding while also improve your practical skills ready for the next step in year 10 and on to GCSE where you design and make your own unique storage device.
- Textiles: In year 7 the Textiles project involves students designing and making a glove puppet using felt. They develop their practical skills in textiles using different techniques, such as pattern forming, hand sewing techniques and use of a computerised sewing machine. Pupils understand the need for safety in textiles and learn about natural and man made fibres and fabric's.
- In year 8 students develop their textiles practical skills using a variety of different techniques. Students design and make a drawstring bag. Throughout this project they will get the opportunity to learn how to tie dye fabric, transfer images to fabric and develop their sewing machine skills.
- In year 9 students get the opportunity to develop their textiles skills through more challenging textiles techniques. Students design and produce a cushion using a variety of more challenging techniques such as; use of computerised sewing machine, applique, dyeing, embellishment, use of beads, sequins, velcro, applying button holes etc. Students are given the opportunity of more freedom with their techniques in year 9 and get the chance to demonstrate their creativity.
Food and nutrition
- In year 7 pupils will get the opportunity to develop their food preparation and cooking skills through a variety of mainly savoury dishes. In addition they will learn about food hygiene and safety rules as well as nutrition and healthy eating.
- In year 8 students will get the opportunity develop their skills and make more challenging dishes. In addition they will enhance their nutrition knowledge as well as learning about ‘food provenance’ which is looking at food and the environment.
- In year 9 students will get the opportunity to make a wide range of challenging dishes from a variety of different cultures, using a range of different skills and techniques. Students will also learn about the main topics within the subject such as: food safety and contamination, food science including the science behind different recipes and food choice including special dietary needs and the costing of recipes.
gcse food preparation and nutrition
This exciting new GCSE is in it’s second year of delivery. The aim of this fresh new course is to equip students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and food safety.
The new course focuses on five areas; Food, Nutrition and Health, Food science, Food safety, Food choice and Food provenance (food and the environment). Students will get the opportunity to build and develop their food preparation and cooking skills through a wide range of dishes. They will carry out two projects in year 11 which will be part of their controlled assessment. Students must plan, cost and make 3 different dishes based on a theme of their choice, for example an ‘Italian style’ theme. The second project is where students carry out a food science investigation into a particular food type for example they may be investigating the effect of different types of butter when making cakes or biscuits. The two projects are worth 50% of the overall grade and there will be an exam at the end of year 11 which accounts for the remaining 50%.
GCSE Textiles design
In this creative and exciting course students get the opportunity to gain a variety of experiences exploring a range of textile media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. Students will explore images, artefacts and resources relating to art and design from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. In addition they will gain understanding of different styles, genres and traditions, as well as investigating fashion and costume, Printed and/or dyed materials, Domestic textiles, constructed and/or applied textiles, Constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles. In addition students will work in a variety of textile methods, such as fabric printing, tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer, fabric construction, stitching, felting and fabric manipulation. The assessment for this GCSE is entirely practical based.
Our expectations of you in Technology:
When you come to Technology you have to always make sure you have a pencil so you are ready to get creative, if you have long hair you must always have a bobble so you can tie your hair up safely. You must always wear strong shoes when you are working in the workshop.
You must be ready to make cool projects, enjoy yourself while working safely in team or on your own personal project. You must also be ready to try new things, like working with new tools and materials so you can take home projects you are really proud to show your family and friends.