Design & Technology

September 12th, 2018

Design and Technology (D&T)

D&T lessons at Harrow Way are a dynamic, creative and exciting space for learning while promoting innovation and excellence. We set high standards and expectations for our students so they feel proud of what they have learnt and created.  Success further up the school really begins with a good foundation of knowledge, skills and a positive challenging and engaging approach.   Assessment happens in all lessons through verbal and written feedback, with an emphasis on celebrating positive achievement, engagement and effort.

All projects through Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are designed to build confidence and skills across a wide range of materials, techniques and processes using a variety of applications including graphic products, woods, metals, plastics, textiles, composite, smart and modern materials, electronics, systems and control, computer aided design (Google Sketchup, ProDesign), computer aided manufacture (laser cutting, 3D printing, craft robo) and culinary arts. Each project involves practical work and considers a user, purpose, form and function, whilst taking risk making design decisions with authenticity and innovation. All students are encouraged to think, explore, inquire, challenge and question whilst problem solve and arise with a solution in mixed ability groups.

Curriculum Content

In Design and Technology, students research and explore a variety of real life contexts to solve a problem. They identify and solve different design issues and reshape a design brief to develop a design specification. This informs the development and manufacture of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to the needs in a variety of situations. Students explore a variety of approaches including biomimicry, iterative and user-centred design to generate creative ideas and using annotated sketches, detailed plans and 3D modelling to present their findings. Students manufacture their designs using specialist tools, techniques and processes whilst considering the material properties they are dealing with. Evaluation is initially based upon analysis of past and present professionals to develop and broaden their understanding while continuously considering new and emerging technologies, before evaluating their own final products.

In Catering pupils understand and apply the principles of nutrition and health to plan and prepare a repertoire of sweet and savoury dishes for healthy and varied diets.

Key Stage 3

Design Technology Catering
Year 7 Puppet engineering to support warhorse Truffles
Chocolate bar package Packaging and labelling
Flexible toy Fruit and vegetables from around the world
Electro phone case
Year 8 Mechanical toy Specialists diets
Board game Healthy eating
Pewter casted jewellery

Curriculum Content – Key stage 4

At Harrow Way we offer the following subjects to study:

AQA GCSE Design Technology

WJEC GCSE Hospitality and Catering Level 1/2

The Year 9 courses focus more on the subject selected for study at GCSE level. Design and Technology encourages students to take risk through a range of focused practical tasks and design and make products showing innovation, creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, composite materials (cement and wool), electronics, timber based materials and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Catering gives pupils not only the skills, knowledge and understanding for students to work in the catering and hospitality environment but enables all students to develop a variety of techniques for exceptional products made with style.

To get the most out of any of the D&T courses, you need to be passionate about design and manufacture, be an independent learner, pro-active and creative with good communication skills, and enjoy a good problem to solve. Organisational skills are imperative in order to meet deadlines.

Areas of study include:

Design and Technology Food Technology
Amplifier Fruit and vegetables
Architectural modelling Pastry, pasta, cakes and bread
Sweet dispenser Nutrition and function of ingredients
Flat packed furniture

Design and Technology and Catering are practical subject areas which require the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. During Year 10, in Design and Technology, students will work through a range of focus practical tasks that will allow the development and learning of new skills, along with the use of different equipment both CAD and CAM before commencing their control assessment in Term 4 of Year 10. In Catering, students experiment with a variety of processes and techniques, develop an array of skills, in preparation to commence their controlled assessment, also in term 3 of Year 10.

Controlled Assessments

Controlled assessments in Design and Technology consist of a single project selected from exam board set contexts. The end result no longer relies on a quality finished product, instead an array of prototypes, supported by a clear and concise portfolio to show the journey worth 50% of the overall grade. In Catering there are four areas to complete, all worth 25%. Three are internally assessed and the fourth is an electronic exam paper.

Final Exam

The final exam for Design and Technology is a written paper equating to 50% of the overall GCSE grade.

Areas of Study include:

Catering Design Technology
Food preparation skills New and emerging technologies
Food, nutrition and health Energy generation and storage
Food science Developments of new materials
Food safety Systems approach to designing
Food choice Mechanical devices
Food provenance Materials and their working properties
Food preparation and cooking techniques

Why choose GCSE Design and Technology?

As a nation, we are beginning to recover from the financial recession. It is in manufacturing and exports that we are increasingly making gains. At present the UK is the 11th strongest manufacturing country in the world. To sustain this, the work force requires Designers and Engineers. This subject is a good foundation step to access Design and Engineering careers. You will have the opportunity to design both functional and aesthetically pleasing products, with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Future pathways include: A level Product Design at college or sixth form, creative apprenticeships in Design and Engineering, Product Designer for Manufacturing, Interior Designer, Model Maker, Automotive Design, Construction and the Building Industry, Architect and Stage and Set Design, and many more.

Why choose GCSE Catering?

25% of all the jobs in this country are in the food industry. We all need to eat, whether this is home cooked food or food bought in a supermarket or restaurant. You will learn how to produce healthy food that is safe to eat and how to choose ingredients wisely from what is on the market. The course combines practical activities with knowledge of food materials. You may even design a new food product.

Future Pathways include: Food Technologist, Dietician, Teacher, Cookery Writer, Food Stylist, Chef, Sports Nutrition, Food Manufacturer, Product Development, Environmental Health and Retail Management

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