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Key Stage 3

YEAR 7

Food

Students will learn about health and safety, food handling and hygiene. How to handle various kitchen equipment such as knives 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, fruit crumbles, soda bread, savoury muffins and others.

Graphics

Students investigate and understand the reasons for packaging and designing with a user and company in mind. They are introduced to technical drawing and graphical presentation techniques including CAD which they use to design and make a die-cut bag. They learn about the properties of card and paper and why it is used in commercial packaging.

Resistant Materials

Students make a bookend based on the theme of Children’s books. 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.

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.

YEAR 8

Food

Students will learn about where their food comes from, its provenance. From this, pupils learn how to cook traditional dishes from around the world whilst looking at why they are traditional based on the ingredients that are used.

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 level, how motion and levers work.

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 that will be expected to show a deeper understanding of material properties and how products work.

Textiles

Students build on their previous years Textiles skills and make a draw string bag. This includes a decorated pocket and stencilled design inspired by the theme of graffiti. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop skills are 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 cake recipes. These recipes are developed further taking into account taste and sensory tests and adapting the recipes to take into account different preferences.

Graphics and Mechanisms

Students design and make a moving advert. They model various mechanisms to trial their designs and use their previous learned graphical skills to communicate their ideas. In addition, students learn about structures and test models to destruction to prove various hypotheses.

Resistant Materials

Students will build on their skills and knowledge from previous years and use iterative design to create a moving toy. The project is based on a systems approach to designing and looks at how new and emerging technologies informs design decisions and evaluates energy generation and storage in the manufacturing industry

Textiles

Students’ experience the world of designing in industry by researching and designing a child’s t-shirt for a high street store. 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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