Design & Technology
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. Pupils 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 Department has a well resourced Textiles room which includes 14 sewing machines and a computerised embroidery machine, pattern cutting tables and a small suite of computers. Textiles is taught by Mrs Busby and Ms Perkins, both are subject specialists. GCSE Textiles is extremely successful, last year 100% of our students achieved A* to C grades and our A*/A grades exceeded predictions.
Food Technology is taught in a large specialist room by Ms Conteh, she is a subject specialist and is supported by a Food Technician. Last year 74% of pupils achieved A* to C grades in Food Technology.
Resistant materials offer a large well equipped workshop classroom and an adjoining specialist cutting working workshop and student project area. Specialist equipment such as a vacuum former and a laser cutter regularly allow pupils access to machinery that realises ambitious project goals. Mr Bird, a subject specialist, is pleased to be offering GCSE Resistant Materials for the first time this academic year. He is supported by the Faculties Technician Ms Foxen.
Key Stage 3
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative 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.
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 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
Pupils 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 modeling, 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
Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 are taught Design Technology on a rota system with Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food. They have a double lesson and a single lesson over a 10 week period. Homework is set every week when it is relevant to the classwork tasks. 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
Technology options are taught 3 lessons a week at GCSE. Food Technology, Textiles Technology and Resistant Materials courses are offered. The department ensures exciting and creative pathways are delivered to push outcomes and that the subject specific content reflects best practice nationally. Pupils 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 pupils 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 GCSE course involves learning a range of decorative and construction techniques, researching designers and makers, understanding how fabrics are made and tested and what impact textiles has on the wider world. Pupils study a range of projects from interior products to fashion garments and in year 11 produce a final project for their GCSE controlled assessment.
Pupils are assessed regularly against the AQA Exam board requirements and the department has a well established assessment policy using one to one discussions about progress alongside more formal written feedback.
- 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, 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 all Technology GCSE options as A Levels shortly.
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR
Year 10 Resistant Materials GCSE pupils are involved in Design Ventura – the Design Museum's award winning, national design and enterprise competition. A live brief challenges young people to design a new product for the Design Museum Shop. Design Ventura offers participants opportunities to visit the Design Museum and to encounter experts from design and business online or in person. Competition prizes include the chance to see your work exhibited at the museum, support from experts to develop your idea and one winning idea will be developed and sold in the Design Museum Shop.
Textiles run Concept to Catwalk - a competition supported by the Mayor and Central St Martins, aimed at ambitious young fashion designers.
GCSE Textiles groups make regular visits to The Knitting and Stitching Show and New Designers Fashion Show at the Islington Design Centre to inform their projects and design ideas.
Food Technology run a variety of after school activities for competitions such as "Let’s get cooking", which is funded by the health lottery and Masterchef taster classes. Trips to Real food festival and the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show are offered to GCSE groups.
LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S
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
LINKS & RESOURCES
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