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Technology

Since September 2018, the two sides of Technology have been united under new leadership. Uniting the department has seen new exciting projects with higher student engagement and enthusiasm. With joining of the subject areas and new staff joining the department, the Technology Department is in an exciting place to be.

In KS3 Technology we study the following

Key Stage 3 Food Technology

Food Technology is another key aspect of the Technology Department. Food Technology projects give students crucial skills for a healthy and independent life. Alongside regular practical lessons students will learn to apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating with understanding of the source, sustainability and seasonality of a broad range of ingredients. In KS3 Food Technology ingredients must be provided by parents and carers, correctly weighed and safely stored. To aid this students will be given a list of the required ingredients prior to each practical lesson, this will be recorded in students’ planners and there will be a list on the display board in the Technology Department for students to refer to throughout the week if necessary. Bringing ingredients is vitally important. Practical lessons are critical to progress in Food Technology where key course knowledge and skills are gained and consolidated. All products students make within lessons will be collected by students at the end of the day and taken home to be consumed and enjoyed by families. The projects below not only prepare students for the current Hospitality and Catering course offered at Key Stage 4 but also gives students skills and knowledge to be able to feed themselves for life.

 

Year 7 Food Technology

Skills Builder: The main aim of this project is to enable students to develop culinary skills and an understanding of nutrition and healthy eating principles so that students can build confidence when working in the kitchen to plan, prepare and make a range of well-balanced food products such as chicken goujons, homemade butter for scones and homemade burgers. This project aims to increase knowledge and practical skills in order for students to lead a healthy lifestyle and increase their understanding of the choices they make.

Year 8 Food Technology

Cooking for Life: Basic nutrition, main meals and preparing high quality economical family food are the core of this project. Students will develop basic food handling skills with a focus on nutrition and food safety. The sustainability of food as a global issue will form a key part of the project and food miles and fair trade will be key themes. The importance of family main meals will be embedded through practicals such as meatballs and sauce, macaroni cheese, raspberry and white chocolate tarts.

Year 9 Food Technology

Masterchef: The main aim of this project is to enhance and refine culinary skills to be able to access the current Key Stage 4 Hospitality and Catering course. Nutrition is a key focus with emphasis on considering the nutritional needs of a range of client groups in order for students to be able to plan nutritional dishes fit for purpose for a variety of catering establishments. Students will understand how food needs to be stored, handled, prepared and cooked correctly to ensure its consumption does not affect people’s health and will be able to discuss who has a role to play within the food industry and how these roles have a responsibility to minimise the risks of causing food borne illness. Practicals that enhance these skills and consolidate key knowledge include calzone, sausage rolls and brownie with raspberry coulis.

Teaching Year 7 Food Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss G Dolan – Teacher of Food Technology, Science and Head of Year 9

Mrs H Webb – Teacher of Food Technology and Art

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

Teaching Year 8 Food Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss G Dolan – Teacher of Food Technology, Science and Head of Year 9

Mrs H Webb – Teacher of Food Technology and Art

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

Teaching Year 9 Food Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss G Dolan – Teacher of Food Technology, Science and Head of Year 9

Mrs H Webb – Teacher of Food Technology and Art

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

 

Key Stage 3 Textiles

It is our desire to reintroduce a Key Stage 4 GCSE course in Ttextiles in the future and with this is mind new projects have been developed to enhance student’s design and manufacturing skills. The following projects will not only prepare students for the future offer of a Key Stage 4 course in Textiles but the knowledge and skills that are vital for the current offer of Product Design at GCSE.

Year 7 Textiles Technology

Within the Endangered Beanie project students will begin with an introduction to safely and creatively use domestic sewing machines. Students will develop their design skills by following and researching a theme to create a mood board that will inspire their design. Production of their endangered species inspired design will include sewing machine skills as well as hand sewing. Further skills the students will learn is how to finish their product to a high standard by creating seams and following a pattern.

Year 8 Textiles Technology

Students start by taking their inspiration for this project from growing up in North Yorkshire. Research skills are developed by creating a more complex and design led mood board. Skills are furthered in this project by learning new ways to approach abstract design, leading to students creating their own card patterns to follow. Decorative techniques such as applique and reverse applique are used to show the unique features of the Ugly Doll design. The manufacturing process builds on the skills learned in Year 7 with new stitches and more complex hand sewing to create an Ugly Doll to a professional standard.

Year 9 Textiles Technology

During the last year of Textiles, students will take their inspiration from the theme of countries and cultures. They will further develop their research and design skills by turning prints, colours and inspiration collected into a range of decorative samples. Students will learn how to decorate and manipulate fabric by using Batik wax, Transfer paints, Fabric crayons, Tie dye and Hand embroidery. These samples will be analysed and developed into designs for a fully lined slipper. Furthermore students will develop their pattern cutting by choosing their own fabric and following a challenging pattern. Manufacturing of the slipper project builds on existing sewing machine skills to create an industry standard end product.

Teaching Year 7 Textiles Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

Teaching Year 8 Textiles Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Mrs R Elliott – Teacher of Technology, Science and SENDCo

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

Teaching Year 9 Textiles Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Mr O Pierce-Williams – Teacher of Technology, Music and Head of Year

Mrs H Webb – Teacher of Technology and Art

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

 

Key Stage 3 Technology

With the Technology area, we aim to strengthen preparatory work to develop and secure drawing skills that underpin practical ability; students will then go onto a variety of projects that use and demonstrate these skills using different materials within Technology.  These projects prepare students for Key Stage 4 option courses such as Engineering and Product Design.

Year 7 Design and Technology

Within the Christmas decoration and the wooden toy project, students gain basic practical skills that will be used throughout KS3 and 4 and gain insight into modern technologies such as the laser cutter.  Students learn about different materials and how to work with them in a practical nature.  They will be introduced to a wide variety of manufacturing techniques through hand tools and workshop machinery and will be taught how to operate both in a safe way.  Students will gain understanding for the design process and what is expected for it.  Students will have the opportunity to learn computer aided design and computer aided manufacture.

Year 8 Design and Technology

In Year 8, students build on their existing knowledge of materials and through projects such as the trinket box and the trophy man.  They develop their understanding of using tools to produce a final product of a good quality.    Students continue to use the laser cutter and will gain more confidence in using it.  They will learn how to design more effectively and will learn new CAD programmes.  Students will also learn more metal based skills through the trophy man projects, this will put them in good stead for KS4 Engineering as well as Design Technology.  Students learn how to problem solve and research effectively in order to inform their designing.

Year 9 Design and Technology

Through the key skills project students will gain a greater understanding of how to work with a wider range of materials and processes available to them in the department. Students will learn how to use the 3D Printer and will be taught how to design in 3D to create models and final products. Students also learn how to be critical and self-evaluators in order to maintain a high standard of work. They do an Architecture project which involves high level thinking and puts them in good stead for GCSE.

 

Teaching Year 7 Design and Technology

Miss L Groves – Teacher of Technology

Mr A Rickard – Teacher of Design and Technology and Assistant Headteacher (DSL)

Mrs J Fenwick – Teacher of Technology and Head of Art

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Mr T Morris – Technician

 

Teaching Year 8 Design and Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss L Groves – Teacher of Technology

Mr A Rickard – Teacher of Design and Technology and Assistant Headteacher

Mr T Morris – Technician

Teaching Year 9 Design and Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss L Groves – Teacher of Technology

Mr T Morris – Technician

Key Stage 4 Food Technology

The course on offer at Key Stage 4 is Hospitality and Catering. This is an engaging course with regular, usually weekly, practical lessons to consolidate key theory content. Two units will be studied as part of this course: Unit 1: The Hospitality and Catering Industry and Hospitality and Unit 2: Catering in Action. As part of Unit 1, students will study all aspects of the vocational sector, including job opportunities within the sector, laws that need to be considered and safety aspects relating to the industry. In the second unit, students will learn how to plan, prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. As part of this, students will need to consider and understand the nutritional needs and dietary requirements of a range of client groups and will develop skills in safe and hygienic food preparation, cooking and presenting.

Teaching Year 10 Food Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

Teaching Year 11 Food Technology

Miss C Hullah – Head of Technology

Mrs N Coleman – Technician

 

Key stage 4 Technology

BTEC Engineering

The course is made up of three components, two that are internally assessed and one that is externally assessed along the theme of explore, develop and apply engineering knowledge and practises. The components are designed to give students the opportunity to put learning into practice through real-life scenarios. Component one is linked to exploring industry sectors and how they work together to solve real life problems. Component two is developing knowledge and understanding of the processes of an engineering product including, materials, processes and testing of existing products. Component three is externally assessed and builds on what is learned through component one and two to build a product of their own to suit a given brief. Due to the assessment structure of this course students will not sit a traditional style exam instead they will produce a variety of assignments that shows their learning journey.

Teaching Year 10 Engineering

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss L Groves – Teacher of Technology

Mr T Morris – Technician

Teaching Year 11 Engineering

Miss L Groves – Teacher of Technology

Mr T Morris – Technician

 

GCSE DT

The AQA DT GCSE course gives students an opportunity to study and understand core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. Students start by completing a short design and make task which embeds understanding of the design process and what is expected of a high level portfolio. Theory is ongoing throughout Y10 and ensures students are ready for their exam which is worth 50% of their overall grade. The non-exam assessment is also started which is worth the other 50% and is a design and make task. Students are expected to understand how to work with materials and processes in a safe and effective way. Students work heavily with problem solving and assessing their own work in order to improve.

Teaching Year 10 Design and Technology

Miss R Smith – Teacher of Technology

Miss L Groves – Teacher of Technology

Mr T Morris – Technician