Design & Technology

As part of the ADTV Faculty, Design & Technology offers a variety of opportunities for students to reveal their potential, express creative design ideas, investigate designers and the design process, and develop their problem solving skills.  Students working in the subject areas will develop knowledge and understanding of each specialism by investigating materials, process, tools and techniques in the design and manufacture of quality products.

We aim to develop an understanding of communication, imagination, critical thinking, analytical abilities and practical-orientated attitudes.

KS3: What will students learn?

Students rotate around Electronics, Food Technology, and Resistant Materials in both Years 7 and 8. They spend 16 lessons in each area developing creative and practical skills in a variety of projects.

They learn how to work with a different tools, materials and techniques from basic chopping skills, combining and baking ingredients, adapting recipes, working with hand tools and equipment using wood, metal, plastic and CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture), soldering circuits and packaging design. Students will learn both the theoretical and practical elements to these subjects.

KS3: Assessment

Students’ work is formally assessed with written feedback for individual projects.  All students are taught to achieve and progress through assessment for learning activities and regular target setting. They will be assessed on drawing, practical making and written work within each subject specialism.

KS3

Electronics

Food Technology

Resistant Materials

Year 7

Moisture Sensor Project

Healthy Eating-Fruit Fusion

- Pizza toast

- Ratatouille

- Pasta salad

- Flapjack

- Dutch apple cake

Pewter Key Ring Project

Homework

Pick ‘n’ Mix menu tasks

Analysing food products

Health & safety

Variety menu tasks

Year 8

Stereo Amplifier Project

Around the World

- Cous cous salad

- Chilli con carne

- Chicken chow mein

- Thai chicken curry

- Bread

- Sausage rolls

- Chocolate brownies

Maze Game Project

Homework

Maplin electronics menu tasks

Analysing food products

Health & Safety

Variety menu tasks


KS4: What will students learn?

In KS4 students can study specialist courses in Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Product Design, and Resistant Materials. The courses run for three years and provide an excellent foundation for students who want to study in further and higher education. Students learn how to use a wide range of materials in each specialist area and particularly learn how to develop a portfolio of evidence, how to develop and improve their practical manufacturing skills and how to work as a designer using the design process from concept ideas through to finished products.

The topics of sustainability, design and making and how environmental issues affect our choices are covered in the subject specialisms. Students will analyse and evaluate situations, design and make quality products, and then appraise their performance.  They will work to design and make products using industry standard practices considering cultural, moral and sustainable options.

KS4: Assessment

KS4

Engineering

Exam Board

AQA GCSE Engineering (Single Award) 4850

60% controlled assessment portfolio and practical making evidence
40% 1 hour written exam paper

Year 9
(Taster Year)

Project 1: Drill drift
Project 2: Door knocker

Project 3: Candle holder

Project 4: Bar & thread clamp

Project 5: Key ring

Year 10
 

Project 1: Bottle opener

Project 2: Stepped shaft

Project 3: Focussed skills tasks - Drilling, cutting, shaping, forming, joining & finishing a variety
of materials, material properties, manufacturing using hand skills & industry standard processes
(fitting, milling, turning, forging, CNC, CAD/CAM)

Year 11
 

Major Coursework Project: Designing and making quality products, options from: DIY free tool for first edition of a magazine, ladder attachment for a construction company, workshop clamp for an engineering manufacturer, torch clip for a bike

Exam: Revision, theory, industry practice, technical drawing standards, materials & processes, tools & equipment, health & safety. Preliminary materials for question one theme released in March prior to the exam series for Year 11.

Further Information

AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engineering/gcse/engineering-4850

Head of ADTV Faculty Mr Jonathan Lambert, email: j.lambert@campion.northants.sch.uk

 

KS4

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Exam Board

AQA GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition 4858

50% Non-exam assessment
50% 1 hour 45 mins written exam paper

Year 9
(Taster Year)

Module 1: Nutrients and special diets

Module 2: Cakes and pastries

Module 3: Cooking around the World

Module 4: Environmental issues

Year 10
 

Task 1: Food investigation (30 marks). Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this NEA task.

How it’s assessed: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation.

Task 2: Food preparation assessment (70 marks). Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than 3 hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.

How it’s assessed: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included.

Year 11

N/A

Further Information

AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food-preparation-and-nutrition/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585

Head of ADTV Faculty Mr Jonathan Lambert, email: j.lambert@campion.northants.sch.uk

 

KS4

Product Design

Exam Board

AQA GCSE Product Design 4555

60% controlled assessment portfolio and practical making evidence
40% 2 hours written exam paper

Year 9
(Taster Year)

Project 1: Nightlight

Project 2: Blister packaging design

Project 3: Technical drawing skills

Project 4: Designing innovative products

Project 4: Paper engineering & paper circuits

Year 10
 

Project 1: Christmas decoration

Project 2: Clock product influenced by 21st Century design movements

Project 3: Focussed skills tasks - Drilling, cutting, shaping, forming, joining & finishing a variety
of materials, material properties, manufacturing using hand skills & industry standard processes (prototyping, CNC, 3D printing , CAD/CAM)

Year 11
 

Major Coursework Project: Designing and making quality products, options from: hobby kits, designer influences, self-assembly products

Exam: Revision, theory, industry practice, materials & industrial production processes, packaging design, designers & design movements, iconic design, health & safety. Preliminary materials for question one theme released in March prior to the exam series for Year 11.

Further Information

AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-product-design-4555

Head of ADTV Faculty Mr Jonathan Lambert, email: j.lambert@campion.northants.sch.uk

 

KS4

Resistant Materials

Exam Board

AQA GCSE Resistant Materials 4560
60% controlled assessment portfolio and practical making evidence
40% 2 hours written exam paper

Year 9
(Taster Year)

Project 1 : Wood joints

Project 2: Wooden pencil case

Project 3: Vacuum formed chocolate mould

Project 4: CAD/CAM jewellery/accessories, biomimicry/biometics

Year 10
 

Project1: Wooden bookends

Project 2: USB key ring

Project 3: Ergonomics & anthropometrics

Project 4:  Current designers

Year 11
 

Major Coursework Project: Designing and making quality products, options from: gadget tidy, recycled Jewellery, garden animal feeder
Exam: Revision, theory, industry practice, designers & designing, health & safety. Preliminary materials for question one theme released in March prior to the exam series for Year 11.

Further Information

AQA website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560

Head of ADTV Faculty Mr Jonathan Lambert, email: j.lambert@campion.northants.sch.uk