Technology

The Design and Technology Department aims to create an environment that will support the academic and personal development of each student.  This is achieved through the continual development and delivery of an exciting curriculum that enables all students to achieve their potential.  We also have good links with the community and industry including Surrey SATRO, Sainsbury’s, FutureChef Programme, The Design Council etc.

A number of competitions take place annually; we use industrialists as much as possible to demonstrate and enhance the lessons; we also run a number of trips involving various aspects of technology.

Our overall focus is that every child matters and we aim to:

  • Stimulate student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern about technological aspects of their environment.
  • Enable students to be familiar with the relevant knowledge, skills, principles and vocabulary,and become confident in:
    • Designing, and producing a range of technological products 'of good quality';
    • Evaluating and improving upon their own technological products and those designed by others.
  •     Enable students to perceive Design and Technology as:
    • a major cultural feature;
    • part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. to be able to work both independently and co-operatively.
  • Employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to Design and Technology and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
  • Develop awareness in students of:
    • the implications of Design and Technology (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities. Students should understand the role of Design and Technology as a critical factor in human, social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and development.
    • the significance of Design and Technology and to value its importance in society.
    • the effects that technology has on human society and the environment; hence developing an awareness of technical, aesthetic, moral, economic, social, cultural, and environmental considerations that can make conflicting demands on designers and manufacturers.
  • Enable pupils to develop a range of personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.
  • Faciliate the collaberative work of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, engineering and Maths) to enhance the learning and introduce students to the latest cutting-edge technologies.


School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

The Curriculum area is housed in well-equipped and well-maintained facilities consisting of two workshops, one plastics’ workshop / graphics room and a further graphics’ room, two food technology rooms and two textiles’ rooms, one computer pod housing ten computers. CAM is a major focus and the department make good use of a laser cutter, six CAD/CAM sewing machines. The department is also equipped with an industry standard laser cutter that allows students to create complex designs in a variety of materials.

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KS3 Food Technology

Years 7, 8, 9

All Key Stage Three students study the areas of graphics, resistant materials (including plastics), food and textiles. All projects follow the design process and culminate in the students making one of their designs. Our focus in KS3 is to develop practical skills which provide students with a better understanding of materials and processes when embarking on their designs. They are introduced to a range of design and making skills and are encouraged to critically evaluate their work and that of others.

Year 7

Students complete a basic skills course focusing on safety and hygiene, food choices in relation to healthy eating, two 'design and make' tasks focusing on a milk based drink or a smoothie and the 1 Star chef award to make a batch of muffins including fruit and vegetables.  Practical skills are delivered through the preparation of a range of dishes and using a range of equipment.

Year 8

Students do not study food technology during curriculum time but Year 8 students are encouraged and invited to join and attend our Futurechef cooking club after school.

Year 9

Students opt to study Food Technology for half a year to extend their basic skills from Year 7 and to get a taster for the GCSE Food Technology course or the NCFE Food and Cookery course.  Students follow a heavy practical skills based course to give them essential life skills post 16 and develop more complex skills to further their knowledge and skills of equipment and cooking techniques. 

They follow a baking module at the start focusing on cakes, biscuits and pastry skills using a variety of equipment and ingredients.  They continue with a module based on salads and main meals in preparation for the 2 Star Chef award an independent practical skills assessment where they complete a design and make task to produce a healthy pizza or calzone to share with their friends. The final module focuses on main meals such as stir fry, curry, pasta dishes and Shepherds Pie culminating in the 3 Star Chef award their final design and make assessed practical task where they have to create at least two healthy dishes to be served at a celebration event or festival to reduce the fat, sugar and salt levels.

What skills students develop

Weighing and measuring, using equipment safely and hygienically, cooking a range of snacks, main meals, desserts, using a range of different ingredients and methods of cooking.

How students are assessed

Assessment takes place throughout all of the Key Stage 3 Food Technology projects and work is not marked exclusively at the end. Folders or books are expected to be kept organised and well presented at all times and these essential areas can affect the overall final level. The student’s level will also be based on; their ability to meet the requirements of a brief, their testing and trialling of recipes and skills and their final practical outcomes. By the end of Key Stage 3 this will include the 1 Star Chef award in  Year 7 and in Year 9 a series of practical activities and the 2 Star and 3 Star chef awards.

Homework

A variety of homework tasks are set throughout the projects. On occasions these will be based on activities from the lesson to evaluate their products or dishes, or they may be an independent research task related to the course content or Chef Awards. If practical skills can be practised at home we thoroughly encourage it but we understand this is not always feasible.

How parents can help

All parents can help students with their Food Technology work by providing basic ingredients and equipment that will allow them to present all of their work to a high standard and folders in which to store their work. Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been cooking during their Food Technology lessons. Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literacy skills.  I would encourage parents to support students by allowing them to weigh their own ingredients and prepare their equipment for practical lessons themselves so that they familiarise themselves with scales and ingredients and are prepared for the lesson.

Extra-curricular Activities

A variety of after school activities regularly take place that help enthuse and support students who have an interest in Food Technology and cooking whether they are currently studying it or not. After school sessions are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and could be an extension of class based learning, an opportunity to complete homework or current coursework project.  On Wednesday our dedicated after school cooking club (FutureChef Club) takes place where students attend voluntarily to cook a range of seasonal dishes, compete in cooking competitions and generally enjoy cooking and trying out and testing new recipes.

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KS3 Graphics

Years 7, 8, 9

All Key Stage Three students study the areas of graphics, resistant materials (including plastics), food and textiles. All projects follow the design process and culminate in the students making one of their designs. Our focus in KS3 is to develop practical skills which provide students with a better understanding of materials and processes when embarking on their designs. They are introduced to a range of design and making skills and are encouraged to critically evaluate their work and that of others.

Year 7

During Year 7, the students carry out a variety of Graphics based tasks with the Jewellery Project. Towards the end of the project they will research, design and create their own piece of packaging for the piece of jewellery they have created. The packaging will include relevant images, colours, fonts, layout and a barcode.

Year 8

Year 8 students complete an Interior Design Project which covers all the main elements of interior design. The students will conduct research into existing design styles, scale, technical drawing, colour schemes and room layout. They then choose the contents of the room based on fixtures, fittings and furniture found online and in catalogues. Students are then given an imaginary budget to which they must keep. The practical elements of the project include creating the structure of a scaled down room, using computer programmes to print items to the correct scale, creating the chosen room items using a variety of materials such as card, plastic, woods, paper and fabric.

Year 9

During Year 9 the Graphics students produce a Media Promotion Project.  The term and a half long project includes a variety of contemporary and industrial links. The project consists of three main elements; producing a container/case that will protect a disc or memory stick, the artwork that will relate to the contents of the case and a display board that will allow the product to be successfully promoted. A variety of skills and materials are demonstrated and students are able to determine their own path to arrive at the final outcome.  Skills that are commonly used during the project include the cutting and scoring of card and foamboard, producing and manipulating images on the computer, creating a full size functional display board that can be flat packed.

What skills students develop

Hand skills, computer skills, accuracy, dimensioning, scale, presentation, manipulating images, colour awareness, promotion, packaging, nets, working with a variety of materials, sustainable design, meeting a brief, designing for a target market, planning, calculating, researching.

How students are assessed

Assessment takes place throughout all of the Key Stage 3 Graphics projects and work is not marked exclusively at the end. Folders are expected to be kept organised and well presented at all times and these essential areas can affect the overall final level. The student’s level will also be based on; their ability to meet the requirements of a brief, their testing and trialling of materials and skills and their final practical outcome. By the end of Key Stage 3 this will include a piece of well finished jewellery and packaging in Year 7, a scale model of a bedroom that suits a teenagers needs in Year 8 and in Year 9 a container that can protect and will visually appeal to a chosen target market and a display board to help promote it.

Homework

A variety of homework tasks are set throughout the projects. On occasions these will be based on activities from the lesson, or they may be an independent research task. If practical elements can be practised at home we thoroughly encourage it but we understand this is not always feasible.

How parents can help

All parents can help students with their Technology work by providing basic equipment that will allow them to present all of their work to a high standard. Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been completing during their Technology lessons. Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literature skills.

Extra-curricular Activities

A variety of afterschool activities regularly take place that help enthuse and support students who have an interest in Graphics whether they are currently studying it or not. After school session are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and could be an extension of class based learning, an opportunity to complete homework or a completely new project. On occasions we have even had the students come up with ideas for Graphics based projects which we are able to facilitate.
 

KS3 Resistant Materials

Years 7, 8, 9

All Key Stage Three students study the areas of graphics, resistant materials (including plastics), food and textiles. All projects follow the design process and culminate in the students making one of their designs. Our focus in KS3 is to develop practical skills which provide students with a better understanding of materials and processes when embarking on their designs. They are introduced to a range of design and making skills and are encouraged to critically evaluate their work and that of others.

Year 7

During Year 7, students carry out a variety of Resistant Materials based tasks within the Jewellery project.  At the beginning of the project they will research, design and create their own piece of pewter jewellery which complements a piece of packaging they have created. To enable the manufacture of their jewellery, students will design the aesthetics of the proposed idea, create a mould and cast the object themselves.

Year 8

During Year 8, students will complete a Clock Project. The primary focus is working with plastics and developing an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of this material group. We will start to consider environmental impact, the responsibility of the designer and also fully explore the creative/manufacturing possibilities that plastics provide. To this end students will manufacture a range of small products before starting their clock, so that they have the necessary practical skills and knowledge to wholly embrace the opportunities this most versatile of materials offers.

To facilitate their practical work, students will start to learn basic design skills. They will consider various types of 3D drawing techniques, the use of tone and shade and they will learn about templates to improve the accuracy of their products.

Year 9

During Year 9, students will complete a Mechanical Toy.  Within this project it is hoped students will build upon the skills they have learnt in Year 7 and 8 when working with metal and plastic and acquire the necessary skills to work with a variety of wood. The long term goal is that students, who wish to study this subject at GCSE, are fully equipped with the knowledge and understanding, in all material areas, to give them the best chance of success. Regardless of whether a student continues with this subject at GCSE or not, all Year 9 students will develop skills, through their practical and folder work, which are of use across the curriculum.

In particular students will show independence by researching and presenting relevant information on a range of topics from types of wood to common joining methods. They will analyse their findings and incorporate key points in to the design process. Students will be selective in the choices they make and will thoroughly evaluate their designs to manufacture the most appropriate solution for the target market.

What skills students develop

A wide range of hand skills, computer skills, including CAD and layout, accuracy, dimensioning, presentation, manipulating images, colour awareness, promotion, advertising, working with a variety of materials, sustainable design, meeting a brief, designing for a target market, planning, calculating, researching, analysing, evaluating, group work, peer assessment and self-assessment.

How students are assessed

Assessment takes place throughout all of the Key Stage 3 Resistant Materials projects and work is not marked exclusively at the end.  Folders are expected to be kept organised and well presented at all times and the quality of this and students extended learning will affect the overall final level. The student’s level will also be based on; their ability to meet the requirements of a brief, their testing and trialling of materials and skills, their focus on practical tasks, folder work and their final practical outcome. By the end of Key Stage 3 this will include a piece of well finished jewellery and packaging in Year 7, an acrylic clock for a teenager in Year 8 and in Year 9 a mechanical toy that is fully functioning and appeals to the students choice of target market.

Homework

A variety of homework tasks are set throughout the projects. On occasions these will be based on activities from the lesson, or they may be an independent research task. If practical elements can be practised at home we thoroughly encourage it but we understand this is not always feasible.

How parents can help

All parents can help students with their Technology work by providing basic equipment that will allow them to present all of their work to a high standard. Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been completing during their Technology lessons. Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literature skills.

Extra-curricular Activities

A variety of after school activities regularly take place that help enthuse and support students who have an interest in Resistant Materials whether they are currently studying it or not. After school sessions are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and could be an extension of class based learning, an opportunity to complete homework or a completely new project. On occasions we have even had the students come up with ideas for Resistant Materials based projects which we are able to facilitate.

KS3 Textiles

All Key Stage Three students study the areas of graphics, resistant materials (including plastics), food and textiles. All projects follow the design process and culminate in the students making one of their designs. Our focus in KS3 is to develop practical skills which provide students with a better understanding of materials and processes when embarking on their designs. They are introduced to a range of design and making skills and are encouraged to critically evaluate their work and that of others.

Years 7, 8, 9

Students develop an awareness and interest in the broad area of textiles. They are encouraged to explore and experiment with a wide range of techniques and equipment to develop skills and to express themselves creatively.

Year 7

Students learn basic skills, gathering a general knowledge of all equipment within the work room.  The project that student’s work on for one term,  is to design and make a cover for their ipad, which can be personalised individually via the use of components or CAD/CAM and reflect the theme of British Values.

Year 8

Students skills are developed further in Year 8 as they use more difficult fabrics to make a soft toy. This project extends their knowledge further and allows them to develop an understanding of the need for good research to help them plan, design and make their chosen toy safely, for a selected target market. It teaches them to construct a 3 dimensional product using shaping techniques.

Year 9

The Year 9 project extends student’s knowledge and skills even further in making a bag to a chosen theme. Lots of new and more difficult skills are introduced which students are expected to be able to focus on independently; the project allows for a high level of creativity and will prepare them for GCSE.

What skills students develop

Students will learn a range of skills from understanding the need of thorough research, to being able to gather ideas to assist with their design work and then be able to make informed choices for their final design. They will learn basic pattern cutting and assembly, as well as lots of decorative skills, using a variety of equipment and machinery – sewing machines, over lockers, CAD and CAM etc., to make a product. They will also then learn how to test and improve their product by evaluating thoroughly.

How students are assessed

Continuous assessment is maintained throughout each project including self-assessment as students reflect on their own work and how it can be improved, peer assessment giving constructive comments to their colleagues. All work is reviewed and marked by the teacher at regular intervals and summatively assessed at the end of each term.

Homework

Homework is set regularly in line with a weekly timetable, which helps build on their knowledge gained in school thus enabling students to extend their capabilities and experience as they complete their project work.

How parents can help

  • Parents can help students by monitoring their progress and evaluating their work with them.
  • Help students with their textiles work by providing basic equipment that will allow them to present all of their work to a high standard.
  • Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been completing during their textiles lessons.
  • Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literature skills.
  • On occasions a materials payment may be required and sometimes materials may need to be sourced independently.
  • If practical elements can be practised at home we thoroughly encourage it.

Extra-curricular Activities

  • In Textiles there is an after school club that runs regularly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for all students that want to either continue with their coursework or maybe try some further skills or project.
  • Various clubs or workshops are planned throughout the year – In November there is a Christmas decoration making workshop offered to years 8,9 and 10 with a small charge for materials.

We are hoping to organise a trip in the Summer Term for Year 9 students to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of the making of Harry Potter with workshops directed to costume making.

KS4 Food Technology

Year 10 and Year 11

At Key Stage Four, students study one of the four options. A high standard of work is encouraged throughout the department and every opportunity is offered for students to continue work after school to develop the more advanced skills. It is a busy department and students are highly motivated to join extracurricular activities. To date the department has achieved some excellent results.

Board and Exam Details

We currently follow the AQA examinations board in Food and Resistant Materials and Edexcel for Graphics and Textiles. All course have a 60% coursework / 40 % written exam paper element at the end of Year 11.

NCFE Food and Cookery - Year 10/11, Four Units of Work

Unit 01 - Preparing to Cook

This unit aims to introduce learners to the safe and hygienic preparation of the cooking environment and ingredients. Learners will understand the importance of how to prepare and store equipment and utensils. Learners will learn to understand and follow recipes to demonstrate their cooking skills to produce a variety of dishes.

Unit 02 - Understanding food

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of food sources and the factors that can affect food choices. Learners will be able to apply these factors when selecting and cooking dishes.

Unit 03 - Exploring balanced diets

Learners will understand the individual requirements of a balanced diet. They will learn about reference index (RI)/guideline daily amounts (GDAs) and how food labels can inform healthy eating. Learners will understand how to change recipes to make them healthier.

Unit 04 - Plan and produce dishes to a brief.

This unit will give learners the opportunity to bring together their learning and skills developed throughout the course to produce a menu in response to a brief. Learners will plan, make and review their completed dishes.

GCSE Food Technology AQA

A variety of practical cooking skills using a vast selection of ingredients and equipment.

  • GCSE - In Year 10 a series of modules to cover the syllabus requirements including Key Skills, Special Occasions, Salt and Health and Delicious Desserts.
  • GCSE - In Year 11 one project to research, design, produce and evaluate a chosen context given by the exam board.
  • What skills students develop
  • Food Technology is a practical subject which uses key cooking skills, knowledge of nutrition, ingredients, and understanding in developing new recipe ideas, planning using HACCP procedures, cooking recipes using higher level practical skills and finishing techniques, and evaluating the product, method of manufacture and individual performance.

How students are assessed

  • Verbal feedback
  • Continuous assessment of class and homework
  • Self-assessment, peer assessment and evaluation
  • Tests and examinations
  • Controlled Assessment Coursework

Homework

A variety of homework tasks are set throughout the Food Technology courses.  Homework may relate to the theoretical elements of Food Technology which will prepare students for their examinations. It may consist of controlled assessment preparation. All set pieces of Food Technology coursework must be completed on time and to a high standard. Most controlled assessment coursework will be completed during lessons or under supervision at the end of the school day but additional work at home will enhance the overall grade and quality of work produced.

How parents can help

All parents can help students with their Food Technology work by providing ingredients and equipment that will allow them to present and cook all of their work to a high standard. Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been completing during their Food Technology lessons. Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literacy skills. 

If practical skills and recipes can be practised at home we thoroughly encourage it but we understand this is not always feasible.  I would encourage parents to support students by allowing them to weigh their own ingredients and prepare their own equipment for practical lessons themselves so that they familiarise themselves with scales and ingredients and are prepared for their lesson.  I would also encourage students to cook dinner at least once a week to practise their cooking skills, organisation and timing.

Extra-curricular Activities

A variety of after school activities regularly take place that help enthuse and support students who have an interest in Food Technology. After school sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and could be an extension of class based learning, an opportunity to complete homework or a current coursework project. The controlled assessment part of the course equates to 60% of the GCSE which means students will be required to attend after school sessions to enable them to prepare for their assessed pieces of work and practise possible recipe ideas in preparation for their assessed practical lessons.


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KS4 Graphics

Year 10 and Year 11

At Key Stage Four, students study one of the four options. A high standard of work is encouraged throughout the department and every opportunity is offered for students to continue work after school to develop the more advanced skills. It is a busy department and students are highly motivated to join extracurricular activities. To date the department has achieved some excellent results.

Board and Exam Details

We currently follow the AQA examinations board in Food and Resistant Materials and Edexcel for Graphics and Textiles. All course have a 60% coursework / 40 % written exam paper element at the end of Year 11.

The Course

Students will complete:

  • A variety of practical skills using a vast selection of materials and equipment.
  • The re-branding of Fairtrade
  • Research, design, produce and evaluate a functioning Point of Sale Display board.

What skills students develop

Hand skills, computer skills, accuracy, dimensioning, scale, presentation, manipulating images, colour awareness, promotion, packaging, nets, working with a variety of materials, sustainable design, meeting a brief, designing for a target market, planning, calculating, researching, ability to apply own research and testing to their practical outcomes, presenting work to others, critically assess their own and their peers designs.

How students are assessed

  • Verbal feedback
  • Continuous assessment of class and homework
  • Self-assessment, peer assessment and evaluation
  • Tests and examinations
  • Controlled Assessment Coursework

Homework

A variety of homework’s are set throughout the Graphics course.  Homework may relate to the theoretical elements of Graphics which will prepare students for their examinations. It may consist of controlled assessment preparation. All set pieces of Graphics coursework must be completed on time and to a high standard. Most controlled assessment will be completed during lessons or under supervision at the end of the school day.

How parents can help

All parents can help students with their Graphics work by providing basic equipment that will allow them to present all of their work to a high standard.  Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been completing during their Technology lessons. Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literature skills.  On occasions a materials payment may be required and sometimes materials may need to be sourced independently. If practical elements can be practised at home we thoroughly encourage it but we understand this is not always feasible.

Extra-curricular Activities

A variety of after school activities regularly take place that help enthuse and support students who have an interest in Graphics. After school session are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and could be an extension of class based learning, an opportunity to complete homework or a completely new project. On occasions we have even had the students come up with ideas for Graphics based projects which we are able to facilitate. 

The controlled assessment part of the course equates to 60% of the GCSE which means students will be required to attend after school sessions to enable them to prepare for their assessed pieces of wor

KS4 Jamie Oliver's Home Cooking Skills (Year 11)

Year 10 and Year 11

At Key Stage Four, students study one of the four options. A high standard of work is encouraged throughout the department and every opportunity is offered for students to continue work after school to develop the more advanced skills. It is a busy department and students are highly motivated to join extracurricular activities. To date the department has achieved some excellent results

Board and Exam Details

We currently follow the AQA examinations board in Food and Resistant Materials and Edexcel for Graphics and Textiles. All course have a 60% coursework / 40 % written exam paper element at the end of Year 11.

Exam Board

Jamie Oliver’s Home Cooking Skills (BTEC Level 2 Award).  The Home Cooking Skills BTEC is a level 2 course, equivalent to half a GCSE at grades A*- C.

Course Outline

This course is hugely engaging for learners of all cooking abilities.  For some, it may be the start of a career in cooking; for others, it will help them to learn the basic skills and recipes that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.  The majority of ingredients will be purchased centrally, so parents(s)/carer(s) will be asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost.

The aim of this qualification is to give students the basic skills and knowledge to be able to cook for themselves in a healthy and cost-effective way, and have the confidence to share these skills with friends and family.  Being able to cook is an essential life skill which enables students to make changes that have benefits to their health and wellbeing for the rest of their lives.

Students will gain an understanding of how to budget when planning meals to cook at home.  The course will encourage students to transfer skills learnt to other recipes to continue cooking for themselves and their families and to inspire others by passing on their knowledge.

This course has been developed in partnership with Jamie Oliver Ltd and has been inspired by his food initiatives and campaigns.  He maintains that many people do not have the skills to cook meals from scratch and lack food knowledge, creating a reliance on pre-prepared or ready-cooked food. Lack of time and money are also considerable issues.  These have had a significant impact on the epidemic of obesity which is likely to have a profound effect on the health of the nation over the next century.

What skills will students develop

This course consists of over 80 recipes, all divided into manageable sections and covering key topics from eggs and baking to vegetables and quick-cook meats.  This is all supported by a range of skills and knowledge dealing with other basics and essentials such as:

  • Kitchen basics: what equipment you need and the best way to stock your store cupboard, fridge and freezer.
  • Food safety and hygiene: knife safety, fridge management and rotation.
  • How to shop cleverly: shopping lists, seasoned food, planning ahead.
  • Ingredients: preparation, how to understand confusing food labels.

In this course, learners will develop their cooking skills by exploring recipes for nutritious meals. Each recipe is underpinned with knowledge about planning and sourcing food, hygiene and food safety. How to cook different elements of a meal to serve them at the same time are considered. The importance of presenting food well and how this contributes to its enjoyment are also covered. Ways to economise when shopping for ingredients and cooking meals at home are significant aspects of this course.

“I see this Home Cooking Skills course as so much more than a qualification: it’s a way of sharing a critical life skill with as many people as possible. This is a chance to arm students with sensible, practical knowledge they can take into the world and actually use. Whether they’re having a party, cooking for mates, feeding their future children or making lunch, they’ll be fending for themselves, saving money and using these skills every day for the rest of their lives.”
- Jamie Oliver

How students are assessed

Learners will demonstrate their skills by planning and cooking recipes for a nutritious main meal with vegetables for Level 1 and planning and cooking a two-course meal, following the recipes to prepare, cook and present the meal for a given scenario for Level 2.

  • Be able to plan a nutritious, home-cooked meal using basic ingredients. (L1)
  • Plan a nutritious two-course meal. (L2)
  • Be able to prepare, cook and present a basic nutritious, home-cooked meal using basic ingredients. (L1)
  • Select and prepare ingredients for recipes for a nutritious, two-course meal. (L2)
  • use cooking skills when following the recipe (both)
  • Demonstrate food safety and hygiene throughout the preparation and cooking process (both)
  • Apply presentation skills when serving the meal (both)
  • Understand how to cook economically at home. (both)
  • Explain ways to economise when cooking at home. (both)
  • Be able to pass on information about cooking meals at home from scratch and identify ways information about cooking meals at home from scratch has been passed on to others. (both)

How parents can help

  • Helping students evaluate their practical work, making helpful suggestions as to any improvements.
  • Encourage students by discussing topics covered in lessons and then involving the students at home by discussing such topics as shopping, value for money skills and freshness of ingredients so there is a real life element.
  • Actively getting students to show them how to complete a skill or making a product encouraging the “passing it on” focus of the course.  This should be recorded either visually or in written format, signed and dated for the student folder.

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KS4 Resistant Materials

Year 10 and Year 11

At Key Stage Four, students study one of the four options. A high standard of work is encouraged throughout the department and every opportunity is offered for students to continue work after school to develop the more advanced skills. It is a busy department and students are highly motivated to join extracurricular activities. To date the department has achieved some excellent results.

Board and Exam Details

We currently follow the AQA examinations board in Food and Resistant Materials and Edexcel for Graphics and Textiles. All course have a 60% coursework / 40 % written exam paper element at the end of Year 11.

The Course

  • In Year 10 students will complete a rotating storage cube, an acrylic mirror and a range of metal work tasks (all of the projects will include opportunities to work with materials outside of the three main groups). All of these will be complemented by a range of written coursework elements and theoretical assignments.
  • In Year 11 students will undertake one project, which runs throughout the whole year and is based on a selection of briefs provided by AQA.  Students will be expected to produce written and practical coursework, which together total 60% of their GCSE grade, the remaining 40% is gained from their examination.

What skills students develop

The following skills which are covered in Key Stage 3 will be revisited in Year 10 and Year 11: A wide range of hand skills, computer skills, including CAD and layout, accuracy, dimensioning, presentation, manipulating images, colour awareness, promotion, advertising, working with a variety of materials, sustainable design, meeting a brief, designing for a target market, planning, calculating, researching, analysing, evaluating, group work, peer assessment and self-assessment.

Allied to the skills listed above, students will also look at the following: design skills required for the ‘real world’, laser cutting, time management, planning, ordering, design styles and eras, critical evaluation of the work of professionals and others and materials selection.

How students are assessed

  • Verbal feedback
  • Written feedback based on specific criteria
  • Continuous assessment of class and homework
  • Self-assessment, peer assessment and evaluation
  • Tests and examinations
  • Controlled Assessment Coursework

Homework

A variety of homework tasks are set throughout the Resistant Materials course.  Homework may relate to the theoretical elements of Resistant Materials which will prepare students for their examinations. It may consist of controlled assessment preparation. All set pieces of Resistant Materials coursework (approximately 25 pages in Year 11) must be completed on time and to a high standard.  Most controlled assessment will be completed during lessons or under supervision at the end of the school day.  All help sheets, resources and presentations on each page of Year 11 coursework are available to students at school and at home via the schools VLE (Moodle).

How parents can help

All parents can help students with their Resistant Materials work by providing basic equipment that will allow them to present all of their work to a high standard. Another way in which a parent can support their child is by showing an interest in the subject and asking them what they have recently been completing during their Technology lessons. Ideally a parent will check over homework items and support them with their literature skills. On occasions a payment for materials may be required and sometimes materials may need to be sourced independently. If practical elements can be practised at home, we thoroughly encourage it but we understand this is not always feasible.

Extra-curricular Activities

A variety of afterschool activities regularly take place that help enthuse and support students who have an interest in Resistant Materials. After school session are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and could be an extension of class based learning, an opportunity to complete homework or coursework elements (practical and folder).  The controlled assessment part of the course equates to 60% of the GCSE which means students will be required to attend after school sessions to enable them to prepare for their assessed pieces of work.
 

KS4 Textiles

Year 10 and Year 11

At Key Stage Four, students study one of the four options. A high standard of work is encouraged throughout the department and every opportunity is offered for students to continue work after school to develop the more advanced skills. It is a busy department and students are highly motivated to join extracurricular activities. To date the department has achieved some excellent results.

Board and Exam Details

We currently follow the AQA examinations board in Food and Resistant Materials and Edexcel for Graphics and Textiles. All course have a 60% coursework / 40 % written exam paper element at the end of Year 11.

The Course

Students will complete

  • A skills portfolio which prepares them for future design and make tasks
  • Products such as an exclusive Christmas stocking, corsetry, garment making, products of their own choice based on exam board themes and criteria.

Course Content

  • Use of the various sewing machines used in the department.
  • Processes used in garment making, soft furnishing.
  • Industrial applications e.g. batch production, use of computers in the textiles industry, health and safety, testing and environmental considerations i.e. sustainability and carbon footprint
  • Good working practice - time plans and work schedules.
  • Quality Control and Quality Assurance - costing.
  • Fibres and Fabrics, printing and dyeing.
  • Decorative processes eg applique, quilting, batik, and embroidery.
  • Major coursework project involving many of the above skills combined
  • Completed coursework - 60% of whole course.
  • Elements of Industrial Production in the Textiles Industry.
  • Knowledge of CAD/CAM technology at the cutting-edge, e.g. laser cutting, sublimation printing etc.

What skills students develop

  • Practical Skills:  This refers to the ability to use a variety of tools and techniques to produce textiles items of high quality both decorative and functional.
  • Knowledge and Understanding:  This involves the ability to combine knowledge of facts, understanding and skills in an integrated way applying the theoretical side of the course to product manufacture.  Also the ability to solve practical problems.
  • Planning and Organising:  Students should further develop their ability to plan and organise their written and practical work for a given task whilst also considering the presentation.
  • Evaluation:  Students should further develop the ability to reflect on and review the whole process of their learning experience and provide written evidence to support any judgements and conclusions made and how to adapt and improve future products.

How students are assessed

In order to assess the skills described above, the following methods will be used:

  • Verbal feedback
  • Continuous assessment of class and homework
  • Self-assessment, peer assessment and evaluation
  • Tests and examinations.
  • Controlled Assessment Coursework

Homework

Homework will be set once a week and for all coursework pieces in Year 10 and for the major piece of coursework starting towards the end of the Summer Term of Year 10. This will be in preparation for their controlled assessments calendared to start in Sept of Year 11.

Examination practice theory work will be set once every two weeks.

Students will be expected to source suitable fabrics and associated materials to complete their chosen practical making task.

How parents can help

  • Please help by giving encouragement for practical work and by providing materials and or funding when necessary for the major coursework project.
  • Helping students to evaluate their work
  • By making sure adequate revision of factual theory knowledge is completed for internal and external examinations.
  • Ideally students would benefit from having access to a sewing machine at home and encouraging its use of.
  • Ensuring students meet their deadlines and monitoring their work progress.

Extra-curricular Activities

Drop in session are available to all textiles students on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  A variety of creative workshops will be offered throughout the year.
School Trips

  • The annual trip to the Clothes Show goes out in December.
  • Harry Potter costume studios and workshops are also planned.