Design & Technology
Head of Department: Tom Hordern
Staff Contact Details:
- Tom Bird
- Michelle Conteh
- Edmund Brooks-Beckman
- Nicola King
- Wendy Nayyar (currently on maternity leave)
- Natasha Douglas (currently on maternity leave)
- George Heaven
Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Students at Christ’s, through the evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and in the wider world.
The Technology department consists of a well-resourced Textiles room which includes 14 sewing machines and a computerised embroidery machine, pattern cutting tables and a small suite of computers; a Food Technology specialist kitchen with multiple cooking stations; and our Resistant Materials workshop offering a well-equipped workshop classroom and an adjoining specialist cutting workshop and student project space. Specialist equipment such as a vacuum former and a laser cutter regularly allow students access to machinery that realises ambitious project goals. Teaching rooms are supported by the Faculties Technicians. The department also offers Graphics at KS3 in our specialist Art rooms and computer suites.
Key Stage 3
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. They work in a range of domestic and local contexts for example: the home; health; leisure, and culture, and industrial contexts for example: engineering; manufacturing; construction; food; energy; and fashion.
Design and Technology aims to ensure that all students:
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 in order 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.
Students at Christ’s are taught to:
Use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
Identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them
Develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools
Select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
Analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
Investigate new and emerging technologies and test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
Understand how more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products for example: circuits with heat; light; sound and movement as inputs and outputs
Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health
Cook a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes so that they are able to feed themselves and others a healthy and varied diet
Become competent in a range of cooking techniques, for example: selecting and preparing ingredients; using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways; using awareness of taste, texture and smell to decide how to season dishes and combine ingredients; adapting and using their own recipes.
Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught Design Technology weekly. Assessment takes place in formal written comments lead by the department’s teachers and less formal methods of reflective feedback in class critiques and peer feedback. Questioning is a key assessment tool for the department and is fundamental to the creative progress.
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Phone Holder Project
Fantastic Plastic Project
Banners and Pennants Project
Key Stage 4 - GCSE
The department ensures exciting and creative pathways are delivered to push outcomes and that the subject specific content reflects best practice nationally. Students have every opportunity to work in the department outside of lessons in numerous extra-curricular activities; homework is set weekly and is practical or research based.
Food Technology GCSE involves learning a range of skills, mini projects on cakes; bread; pastry and cook-chill. Researching about ingredients; authentic foods and farming in relation to the environment and traceability.
Resistant Materials GCSE is broken down in Year 10 into three main projects that allow students to experiment with ideas while researching relevant construction processes, and material properties. In Year 11 students will produce a final product in accordance with the design briefs set by the exam board.
The Textiles Art GCSE course aims to foster in students a broad understanding of the nature of Art and Design through Textiles. Students build on areas of experience covered in Years 7-9 as well as learning new skills in order to present possible solutions for their ideas in increasingly independent study.
- In depth look at various stages of design:
- Research – task analysis, specification, target market
- Development – initial ideas, development of ideas, modelling, prototypes, CAD, final design
- Making – technique, quality control, industrial practices
- Evaluation – product testing, analysis of outcome
- GCSE work runs in accordance with AQA specifications
- Food, nutrition and health
- Food science
- Food safety
- Food choice
- Food provenance
- GCSE work runs in accordance with AQA specifications
The Textiles Department offers an exciting GCSE which encourages personal, imaginative and modern approaches to design. The Textiles course is a very creative course that allows students to develop a range of skills that will help them to communicate their design ideas. Students will explore different themes and learn about a wide range of creative processes and materials: drawing, painting, and photography, a variety of printmaking techniques, knitting, embroidery, computer-aided design, pattern cutting, garment construction and fashion illustration. Analysing the work of existing artists and designers and visits to galleries are an integral part of the course.
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form
The department plans to offer RM Technology A Level shortly.
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR
Christ's Art and Technology department has a proud history of involvement in local and national design competitions and awards. Students work from all stages is entered annually. Numerous opportunities are available through clubs and afterschool workshops. The department has good links with other STEM subjects in its extra-circular provision.
Careers or course list for Design and Technology pupils after A Levels:
Architect, Architectural technician or technologist, Art editor, Art gallery curator, Arts administrator, Art therapist, Bookbinder or print finisher, Catering manager, Ceramics designer-maker, Chef, Costume designer, Design engineer, Dressmaker, Exhibition designer, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Florist, Food nutritionist, Footwear designer,Furniture designer, Glassmaker, Graphic designer, Hat designer or milliner, Health worker, Illustrator, Interior designer, Jewellery designer-maker, Landscape architect,Make-up artist, Museum assistant, Museum curator, Pattern cutter, Photographer, Photographic stylist/technician, Pre-press operator, Printing administrator, Product designer, Prop maker, Set designer, Sewing machinist, Signwriter, Tailor, Tattooist, Textile designer, Textiles production manager, Upholsterer, Visual merchandiser, Web designer
Exam Board: AQA Design and Technology – Resistant Materials http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560
Course Code: 8552
Exam Board: AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585
Course Code: 8585
Exam Board: OCR Art and Design: Textiles Art http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gcse-art-and-design-j170-j176-from-2016/
Course Code: J174
Textbook and revision resources
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