Design Technology

The Design and Technology Department aims to inspire all students to design and make innovative products. Pupils have access to state of the art CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, a fully equipped workshop, a Laser Cutter and a 3D Printer. We encourage all pupils to take advantage of the facilities on offer and regularly work with woods, metals and plastics.
Design and Technology complements core subjects such as Mathematics and Science, as well as encouraging pupils to develop their creative thinking and problem solving skills which prepares pupils for possible careers in Design and Engineering.
During KS3 pupils also take part in Food Technology lessons, developing their knowledge of nutrition, food preparation and food hygiene.

Staff Names and Roles

  • Mr M Hodgkinson – Teacher of Design and Technology
  • Mrs M Simcox – Teacher of Design and Technology
  • Mrs A Beech – Teacher of Food Technology
  • Mr M Tew – Design & Technology Technician

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

Opportunities outside of lessons

  • Lunchtime Design and Technology clubs are run throughout the year.
  • Year 11 visit the Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing facility in Solihull. During this visit they are taken round the factory and shown what design and technology on an industrial scale looks like, watching one of the world’s largest car manufacturers build and assemble their flagship models.

Course information

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YEAR 7

In Year 7 pupils will complete work in both Design and Technology and Food Technology.

In Design and Technology pupils will make a wooden mechanical toy, combining knowledge of types of motion and newly developed practical wood working skills.  In Food Technology pupils will learn food preparation knife skills, safety and hygiene, make a variety of food items, culminating in a food design project.

How will your son be assessed during year 7?
  • Year 7 Boys will complete a variety of Half Term Assessment, which will be set as a class and home works.  Boys will then self-assess in green pen.
  • In additions to HTA’s there will be three CAT tests per year.  These will include practical and written assessments as appropriate.
  • All Grades (9-1) will be recorded on the school system but inside the front cover of each pupils book boys will be expected to reflect and write a developmental comment for each assessment.
How could you support your son to learn during year 7?

Some pupils will have a lot of experience in Design and Technology where others will have very little. Taking a keen interest in the work that is being completed will help pupils develop confidence in the subject that is invaluable in later years.

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YEAR 8

In year 8 pupils will complete work in both Design and Technology and Food Technology.  In Design and Technology the pupils will design and make an automatic night light.  This project gives pupils an opportunity to fully exploit the schools CADCAM facilities as well as introducing electronics and manufacturing circuits.  In Food Technology pupils will build on and continue to develop their practical skills, experiencing more complex recipes.  They will learn about the Eat Well guide and nutrition, considering the nutritional needs of others, focusing on the vegetarian diet.

How will your son be assessed during Year 8?
  • Year 8 Boys will complete a variety of Half Term Assessment, which will be set as a class and home works.  Boys will then self-assess in green pen.
  • In additions to HTA’S there will be three CAT tests per year.  These will include practical and written assessments as appropriate.
  • All Grades (9-1) will be recorded on the school system but inside the front cover of each pupils book boys will be expected to reflect and write a developmental comment for each assessment.
How could you support your son to learn during Year 8?

Taking a keen interest in projects is always an excellent way to help pupils gain confidence within the subject. Pupils will be introduced to new drawing skills this year that can be challenging and so encouraging practice of these is beneficial.

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YEAR 9

Year 9 will have three lessons of Design and Technology every two weeks. In the double lesson pupils will be split with half working on a Design and Technology project and half working on a Food Technology project. In Design and Technology pupils will be learning about the Iterative design process and designing a multi-tool using this methodology. The split groups will rotate after the first half term to help pupils make an informed decision about Design and Technology at GCSE.

During the Spring and Summer term the split groups will remain in either Food Technology or Design and Technology for the duration of the term, developing practical skills and making the product designed before Christmas. Groups will rotate after the Easter holiday to ensure pupils get a balanced experience of Design and Technology and Food Technology.

During the single period of Design and Technology (once every other week) the group will remain as a full class and will look at drawing skills, CADCAM and packaging/marketing skills over the three terms.

In food technology pupils will learn about Healthy diets, the dietary needs of different groups of people, the health implications of not following a healthy diet, continue to develop their practical skills and complete a design project.

How will your son be assessed during Year 9?
  • Year 9 Boys will complete a variety of Half Term Assessment, which will be set as a class and home works.  Boys will then self asses in green pen.
  • In additions to HTA’S there will be three CAT tests per year.  These will include practical and written assessments as appropriate.
  • All Grades (9-1) will be recorded on the school system but inside the front cover of each pupils book boys will be expected to reflect and write a developmental comment for each assessment.
How could you support your son to learn during year 9?

Year 9 is where pupils will make a decision about whether they wish to continue Design and Technology to GCSE. Encouraging pupils to ask questions about the potential career paths created by studying Design and Technology and supporting them whilst making their decision is an excellent way to support your son during this year.

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GCSE YEAR 10 & 11

AQA 8552 course information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

GCSE students will follow the new AQA Design and Technology course. In Year 10 existing knowledge about materials, making skills and designing skills will be developed as well as new knowledge about industrial practice, CADCAM and sustainability issues being introduced. Pupils will work through a number of small projects that have both theory and practical elements to help build their knowledge. In the summer term of Year 10 pupils will begin their Controlled Assessment work, completing the first section of this before the summer holiday begins.

In Year 11 pupils will spend the autumn term completing their Controlled Assessment work. This will include the making and testing of a prototype product. Controlled Assessment will be completed by the beginning of the Spring term where the focus will return to subject knowledge and the examination. During the autumn term pupils will also visit Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing facility in Solihull to expand their knowledge of Design and Technology in industry and learn about how one of the world’s leading car manufacturers produces its flagship model.

The 2 hour GCSE examination will test pupils knowledge of three areas:

Section A – Core technical principles
A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles
Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles
A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

 

How will your son be assessed at GCSE?
  • Controlled Assessment: 50% of final GCSE grade. The Design and Technology Controlled Assessment will require pupils to examine a context given to them by the exam board and, through their knowledge of the iterative design process, design and manufacture a suitable product. This process will be documented in a written portfolio that will be submitted alongside the finished prototype for marking.
  • Examination: 50% of final GCSE grade. The two-hour paper will be sat in the summer of Year 11 and will test pupils on core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.
How could you support your son to learn during Years 10 & 11?
  • Encouraging your son to consolidate their knowledge at the end of each term in Year 10 and 11.
  • Promote the reading of technology and manufacturing articles in newspapers and online to develop a deeper understanding of Design and Technology, its place within society and the fast-paced way in which new technology is being developed.
  • Ensure that you son attends lunchtime and after school support sessions when they are available.
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A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13

Specification and Topics covered at A level

AQA Product Design 7552: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/as-and-a-level/design-and-technology-product-design-7552

A-Level Design and Technology will be taught jointly by King Edward VI Aston and Handsworth Grammar School (http://www.handsworth.bham.sch.uk/).

 

How will your son be assessed at A level?

Controlled assessment:

Worth 50% of final A level grade. Pupils will undertake a substantial design and make project. Their work will be documented in a written portfolio which will be submitted for marking alongside a physical prototype.

Examinations:

  • Paper 1: 2.5 hours, 30% of final A level grade. This paper assesses knowledge of technical principles
  • Paper 2: 1.5 hours, 20% of final A level grade. This paper assesses knowledge of designing and making principles. The paper is split into Section A (product analysis) and Section B (commercial manufacture)
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  • YEAR 9
  • GCSE YEAR 10 & 11
  • A LEVEL YEAR 12 & 13