Design & Technology

Here at Clayton Hall Academy Design & Technology is a popular and successful part of the school curriculum and provides many opportunities for the students.
At KS3 the Department aims to provide students with the opportunity to combine creative thinking and independent learning with the development of practical and technological skills to design and make products. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and more globally responsible through looking at materials and their recycling, developments in technology and sustainable energy. This understanding is developed further as students move on to our wide range of GCSE and BTEC courses.

Curriculum and courses

In KS3 a rotation system has been designed so that all pupils follow a common foundation course covering all our material areas. Design and Technology is compulsory in the lower school and pupils can opt later on to follow different D&T areas at GCSE. The emphasis is to provide all pupils with a course which offers a rich experience and develops capability in all areas of study, to develop skills for life through practical application and encourage students into vocational careers.

Students are timetabled a minimum of two lessons a week in KS3 during which they will gain experience in designing and making in a range of different materials and learn a wide range of making skills.

All KS3 students are introduced to four key elements of DT
Designing: This will include research and analysis, ideas, sketching, model making, teamwork and the use of ICT/Computer Aided Design.
Making: This will include the use of tools, machinery, processes; material construction techniques, drawing and planning.
Evaluating: This will include the use of extended writing activities and analytical thinking to assess what has been learned and improve practice.
Theoretical Knowledge: This will include electronics, systems & control material technologies and industrial practices.

Year 7 Visual Communication Food Systems Engineering Materials Technology
Rotation System

Content

Gift Box Design:

Isometric drawing, mind mapping, producing a moodboard, presentation of ideas, shape development (nets) – CAD/CAM, manufacture of final product including joining techniques

 

Cooking and Nutrition:

Safety in the kitchen, hygiene, food safety, eat well, food choice, equipment, practical skills to make a range of predominantly savoury dishes, sources of ingredients.

Speaker Box:

Health and safety, soldering, investigation, speaker design work, manufacturer logo development, production of functioning speaker and case

Gumball Machine Project:

Hardwoods, softwoods and manufactured board,  material cutting tools, equipment and processes, material filing tools, equipment and processes, joining methods, mechanical movement, painting and finishing techniques

Assesement Grades 1-9 at end of each rotation based on work completed throughout the project.
Other Information Materials areas rotate termly and we aim to ensure all students acess each material area at least once during KS3.

Year 8 Visual Communication Food Systems Engineering Materials Technology
Rotation System Content Best of British Mug Design:

Circles in isometric, analysis of moodboards, development of graphic presentation skills, digital artwork production and editing, manufacture using dye-sublimation

Diet and Health:

Sources and functions of nutrients/deficiencies, dietary needs, costing, skills to make a range of dishes, modifying recipes, how ingredients perform and change, effect of heat on food

Precision Engineering and Link to Industrial Standards:

Health and safety, writing risk assessments, personal protective equipment, secondary machining techniques, writing job cards, production of a bottle opener, production of a pin hammer.

Blingbox:

Measuring and marking out processes, material cutting techniques, joinery techniques and principals, adhesion and filling, filing and sanding techniques, workshop machines and processes, CAD/CAM laser cutting process, pewter casting

Assessment Grades 1-9 at end of each rotation based on work completed throughout the project.
Other Information Materials areas rotate termly and we aim to ensure all students acess each material area at least once during KS3.

KS4

Year 9 GCSE Materials Technology GCSE Visual Communication GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition BTEC Level 2 Engineering BTEC Level 2 Construction BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care
Content Toy making project:

Workshop health and safety, key hanger project, materials, tools machines and processes. Batch production of side tables, group work

Foundation – nutrients, practical skills.

To provide key skills in preparation for Yr 11 assessment. Develop practical skill, knowledge of nutrition, food science using a range of commodities, source, provenance, nutrients through practical tasks.

Healthy diet, Eat Well, Food Safety, Dietary Needs, Special Diets, Energy Requirement, Vitamins, Minerals, Carbohydrate Foods

Health and safety in the workplace, fire and evacuation procedures, types of fire and types of dangers, current legal and legislation in the workplace, use of tools and equipment, manfacture of candle holder, manufacture of hanging basket, manufacture of coat hanger, manufacture of hammer (if not done at KS3)

Exam Content

Unit 1 Construction Technology:

Construction site activity, groundwork and foundation processes, wall design variations, types of roofing, weather proofing.

Component 1 – Human Lifespan Development:

To understand human growth and development across life stages and the factors that affect it, to investigate how individuals deal with life events.

Assessment Internally assessed through assignment briefs. Moderated externally School assessed end Yr 9 exam Unit 3 H&S assessed by the end of the year (trial run) Internal and external assessment Internally assessed through 2 assignment briefs. Moderated externally
Other Information Most option subjects run every year, however, if there are insufficient students choosing a subject occasionally it will not run.

 

Year 10 GCSE Materials Technology GCSE Visual Communication GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition BTEC Level 2 Engineering BTEC Level 2 Construction BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care
Content Unit 1 Skills Demonstration of 12 core technology workshop skills such as fabrication, casting, joinery and fixing techniques. Unit 3 Fundamentals of materials technology. Protein – animal and vegetable sources; meat, fish, dairy, eggs. Theory, practical, provenance, nutrients.

Fats and oils – sources, production, diet, nutrients, provenance.

Preservation. Food security, food safety, characteristics of individual cuisines, cooking methods, skills and preparation for practice tasks.

Unit 2 – Investigating and engineered product, manufacturing and production, the environment, 3D printing and design, basic and advanced specifications, product disassembly, reverse engineering, quality control and quality assurance. Exam content for Unit 1. Unit 2 – Construction and Design:

Understanding site plans, building types and variation, social and economic benefits, analysing a client brief, addressing a client brief, 2D design principals, 3D design principals.

Component 2 – Health and social care values: To understand the different types of health and social care services and the barriers to accessing them. To demonstrate care values and how to review one’s own practise.
Assessment School assessment – practical practice investigation.

End Yr 10 exam.

Assessment of Unit 2

External exam conducted at end of Yr 10

Internally assessed through 2 assignment briefs. Moderated externally. Internally assessed through 2 assignment briefs. Moderated externally.
Other Information

 

Year 11 GCSE Materials Technology GCSE Visual Communication GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition BTEC Level 2 Engineering BTEC Level 2 Construction BTEC Level 2 Health and Social Care
Content Unit 2 – Extended making project

Unit 3 – Fundamentals of materials technology

Scientific investigation – set by OCR.

Food study Task 2 – set by OCR.

Exam revision.

Unit 7 – Machining techniques, identifying tools, holding devices and equipment, selecting appropriate methods, hazards and safe working, manufacturing to an industrial standard, reviewing and evaluating own outcomes, exam revision for learners not passed at Level 2. Unit 6 – Joinery principals and techniques:

Range of woodworking joints, frame making techniques, workshop tools, machines, equipment and processes, understanding tolerance, cabinet making.

Component 3 – Health and wellbeing:

Factors that affect health and wellbeing, interpreting health indicators

Assessment Synoptic assessment (exam) which includes knowledge and understanding of all 3 components Investigation 20%

Food Study 30%

Exam 50%

Unit 7 assessed. Unit 1 retake where needed. Internally assessed through 2 assignment briefs. Moderated externally. Synoptic assessment (exam) which includes knowledge and understanding of all 3 components
Other Information

Extra Curricular at Clayton

KS3 Design and Technology Club – after school 1 night per week.

KS4 Engineering – KMF competition (Young Engineer of the Year) aimed at Yr 10 students, after school 1 night per week.

We also run visits to relevant manufacturing sites and bring in visiting speakers when relevant to the curriculum.

Who do I contact for more information?

Mrs Sue Rhodes (Head of Department): Visual Communication KS3 and Health and Social Care

Mr Graham South (2nd in Department): Materials Technology, Visual Communication KS4 and Construction.

Mrs Carol Jennings: Food Preparation and Nutrition

Mr Mark Hopkins: Engineering

Websites

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvg4d2p

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/btec-tec-awards/health-and-social-care/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/tech-award-HSC-spec.pdf

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/construction-and-the-built-environment-2013-nqf.html