Head of Department

Mr R Strachan

Subject Teachers

Mr P Finch - Vehicle Technology

Mr B Lawrence

Curriculum Maps - please click the links below:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 – 7 Week rotations in all areas

Electronics – Automatic Night Light

  • Soldering skills
  • Basic electronic components and their functions
  • 3D nets and shapes, using crocodile clips
  • 2D design CAD package
  • Homework project: electronic item timeline -an investigation into how an electronic item was first invented and the form it takes now in the 21st century

Food – Healthy Lunch Box

  • Hygiene
  • Healthy eating and The Eat well Plate
  • Fruit and vegetable skills
  • Use of hob and oven
  • Meat preparation
  • Batter and rubbing-in method
  • Presentation and use of imagination
  • Homework

Textiles – Sock Monkey

  • Understanding of resist dye techniques
  • Understanding basic requirements of target markets
  • Hand stitching
  • Use of a sewing machine
  • Recycling – the 6 Rs including sustainability
  • Homework – to produce a poster on resist dye methods

Resistant Materials - Metal - Candle Holder

  • Basic metal-working skills
  • Correct measurement and marking-out techniques
  • Simple metal properties
  • Homework project – the life cycle of a simple metal object, focus on the 6 Rs

Resistant Materials - Wood – Cam Toy

  • Basic woodworking skills
  • Accuracy in making woodworking joints
  • Understanding of different wood types and properties
  • Knowledge of different mechanisms and their everyday use
  • Homework project – investigation of mechanism sand their uses
Year 8 – 12 Week rotations in all areas

Textiles and Electronics – Monster Project

  • A joint project between Textiles and Electronics
  • Writing and programming PIC chips
  • Integrated electronics
  • Soldering skills refined
  • Recycling and environmental impact
  • Hand and machine sewing skills refined
  • Appliqué
  • Specification writing
  • Character design
  • Homework: create a world for your monster and packaging your monster

Resistant Materials - Wood - Layered Jewellery Box

  • Designing for a person
  • Hand drawing skills
  • Woods and their uses and limitations, focus on the 6Rs
  • Focus on shaping techniques and quality of finish
  • Homework – the life cycle of three objects:one hardwood, one softwood and one man-made board

Resistant Materials - Metal – Cultural Pewter Casting

  • Designing in a cultural context
  • 2D design skills
  • Principles of pewter casting
  • Shaping of metal to achieve a fine finish
  • Homework:
    • Week 1: (1 hour) investigation of four cultures
    • Week 2: (1 hour) final design –coloured, annotated and justified
    • Week 3: ( 1 hour) full cultural investigation of chosen theme.

Food – Skill Building and Healthy Meals

  • Achieving a balanced diet
  • Cooking affordable healthy meals
  • Building on skills laid down in Year 7
  • Working according to design briefs and design specifications
  • Market research
  • Designing, making and evaluating products
  • Homework
Year 9: Students choose their two favourite areas of Technology: 10 weeks of Choice 1, 13 weeks Enterprise in Choice 1, 14 weeks of Choice 2

Electronics – Music Speaker

  • Researching specifications of different speakers
  • Designing
  • Drawing circuits on crocodile clips
  • Designing and creating printed circuit boards using PCB Design and Make
  • Soldering skills
  • Modelling and testing case designs
  • Using 2D Design CAD program
  • Homework – Gadget Review

Textiles - Cushions

  • The use of mood boards in design – Students create a mood board and give a class presentation
  • Explore the following techniques:
    • Plastic fusing
    • Dye techniques
    • Appliqué
    • Couching
  • Weave and the construction of fabrics woven and knitted
  • Stencil and block printing
  • Design and annotation
  • Construction – seam allowances, pressing and finishing

Food – Multicultural Designing

  • Multicultural sweet and savoury products
  • Honing high level skills ready for GCSE:cake making, pastry making, sauces, high-level presentation and bread making
  • Multiple skills required to make single products
  • Making layered products
  • Use of electronic equipment
  • Functions of ingredients
  • Nutrition and target market
  • High-level competitive work
  • Working according to design briefs and design specifications
  • Market research
  • Designing, making and evaluating products
  • Homework

Resistant Materials - Wood – Pencil Pot

  • Learning complex joints using hand tools only
  • Advanced principles of wood jointing techniques
  • Construction of a pencil pot using many different joints
  • Homework project – written instruction booklet on how to make four different wood joints with diagrams, from memory.

Resistant Materials - Metal and Plastic – Jewellery

  • Mini GCSE project
  • Specification given on a small jewellery piece made from copper enamelling
  • A complementary piece made from layered acrylic
  • Homework project – designs and research for complementary piece

Enterprise Project Students work in teams in their chosen Technology area to batch produce products to sell at market.

Years 10 and 11 GCSE and BTEC

In Years 7,8 and 9 students are assessed through the ongoing marking of their folders. At the end of each rotation each student will receive a summary comment, their marks for Designing, Knowledge and Understanding, Skills and Homework.

In Years 10 and 11 assessment is GCSE based, preparing them for their controlled assessment, so the students will be given a GCSE grade for the work they produce in each area. If the student is studying for a  BTEC this may be a pass or fail for Level 1 courses and Pass, Merit or Distinction for Level 2 courses.

Supporting Students at Home

Parents can support their child at home by helping with homework projects in Years 7, 8 and 9, and by allowing their children to watch, help and do practical tasks - cooking or fixing broken items, for example. Parents can also help by providing ingredients when the students are cooking in lessons (no ingredients will be provided by the school).

Useful Websites

History of Industrial Design - a resource for industrial designers, design historians and those interested in design, based at Auburn University, Alabama, USA.

The Design Museum and the Design Library, London SE1 2YD