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Key Stage 3

YEAR 7

Food

Students will learn about health and safety, food handling and hygiene. How to handle different types of kitchen equipment such as; knives, blenders and ovens etc. Basic cooking skills such as baking, chopping, mixing and binding will also be taught and developed. The students will get an introduction to nutrition, diet and food choice. The practical lessons include fruit smoothies, flapjacks, pizza toast, shortbread biscuits and tomato pasta bake.

Graphics

Students are introduced to 2D and 3D graphics and will develop skills to confidently sketch in oblique, isometric, one- and two-point perspective. They will use technical drawing equipment to draw accurately. They will understand the importance of shading and rendering and annotation to explain their ideas. Students will be introduced to design movements and will look at Bauhaus in particular.

Resistant Materials

Students will design & make an “Art Deco” inspired softwood box. This project allows the students to gain experience in using the correct tools and processes used when working with timber, along with design-based skills for the lid of the box.

Textiles

Students first learn how to use the sewing machine safely before using their skills to make a soft toy monster out of recycled fabrics. Students also explore the impact textiles and the fashion industry has on our environment and why recycling textiles is important.

YEAR 8

Food

Students will learn about where their food comes from, its provenance. From this, students learn how to cook traditional dishes from around the world whilst looking at why they are traditional based on the ingredients that are used. Students learn a range of culinary skills to make practical dishes such as vegetable Stir fry, Thai green Curry, Flat bread, shaped bread, fairy cakes and Ragu sauce.

Graphics

Students will be building on their knowledge and skills learnt in Year 7 and will focus on developing their finishing techniques and effective annotation of their design work to produce 3D drawings and sketches of products. This leads onto learning how to communicate, on a technical & accuracy-based level.

Resistant Materials

Our focused curriculum steers toward resistant materials technology and product design. Students will build on their knowledge and skills learnt in year 7 and learn about metals and polymers to create a storage stand from recycled materials. They will investigate the impact that design and technology has on the environment and will be expected to show a deeper understanding of material properties and how products work. Students will look at the work of others and use De Stijl as an inspiration for their design work.

Textiles

Students build on their previous years Textiles skills and make a draw string bag. This includes a printed pocket and stencilled design inspired by the theme of graffiti. The process of heat transfer printing is used to create the design on the pocket. Students focus on producing a high quality outcome to this relatively simple product.

YEAR 9

Food

Students study the principles of raising agents and experiment with ways to make bread and modify bread. These recipes are developed further taking into account taste, texture, aroma and appearance (sensory testing). The introduction of meat in year 9 allows students to learn more about food safety, hygiene, poisoning and the importance of food storage. Students develop cooking skills built from previous years and use this to make Chicken stir fry, Fajita’s, Spaghetti Bolognese, Soda bread, Pizza and Swiss roll.

Graphics and Mechanisms

Students will design & make a “Moving Picture” using their own knowledge or learnt knowledge of levers and linkages. The project will allow individual students to develop their own independence and creativity through both practical and design-based skills.

Product Design

Students will complete a research project that follows the same model as the NEA (Non Exam Assessment) element of GCSE Design and Technology. They will work with a client and investigate a given design brief. They will present their research and development (which includes modelling the chosen idea in card to make a prototype) in the form of an electronic portfolio. Students will consolidate their skills in product analysis, writing specifications for design and manufacture of products

Textiles

Students’ experience the world of designing in industry by designing a Memphis Design-inspired child’s t-shirt. Designs are trialled and adapted based on successes. Students learn how to follow a sewing pattern and how to sew jersey fabric.

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