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D and T

Summary of the department:

In Design and Technology at St Aidan’s, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products to meet human needs in food and resistant materials.

Through Design and Technology, pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products.They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

Summary of subject content

KS3

During KS3, students study Food Technology and Resistant Materials on a carousel. Time spent in these subjects builds upon pupils’ confidence in using practical equipment safely and securely. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and as members of a team.

They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues.

KS4 Food Technology

Exam board: AQA

40% examination and 60% controlled assessment

In Year 10 students explore a range of techniques and build upon skills to prepare them for their main coursework unit.

They conduct detailed relevant research into issues affecting the design brief, before evaluating and creating the product design specification. Once this has been created, a range of products can be designed and trialled.

Thorough sensory analysis and evaluation, students decide on a final product and produce this as a prototype.

They produce a final product specification and the instructions necessary to manufacture the chosen final design.

It is extremely helpful if parents and carers support their children in being ready for practical sessions, either by providing ingredients or contacting school to discuss any issues that may affect their progress. It is also helped if students are encouraged by parents and carers to attend after school sessions to maximise their success.

KS4 Resistant Materials

Exam board: AQA

40% examination and 60% controlled assessment

In Year 10 students explore a range of techniques and build upon skills to prepare them for their main coursework unit.

They conduct detailed relevant research into issues affecting the design brief, before evaluating and creating the product design specification. Once this has been created, a range of products can be designed and trialled.

Through modelling and evaluation, they decide on a final product and produce this as a prototype.

Students produce a final product specification and the instructions necessary to manufacture the chosen final design.

It is extremely helpful if parents and carers support their children and encourage them to attend after school sessions to maximise their success.