Design & Technology

  • Introduction to Design and Technology

    How is Technology taught?

    Design and Technology at George Spencer is an exciting, inspiring and practical subject. Students across all age ranges are challenged to use their creativity, imagination and theoretical understanding to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems. They consider their own and others' needs, wants and values in their designing.

     

    Through schemes of learning the department encourages students to take risks, become more resourceful, develop innovation and become more enterprising.

     

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    In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in mixed ability groups of around 23/24 students. They have 3 lessons a

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  • Basic Equipment

    Students are expected to bring basic school equipment for lessons, the minimum of a pen, pencil, eraser, pencil crayons and sharpener are recommended (please see planner for more details).


    In Year 7 students are provided with a plastic folder to store their work in. In each Technology subject they will manufacture a range of different and exciting products. To help with covering the costs of providing some basic materials and ingredients we ask for a one off voluntary contribution of £15 in Year 7 (without your continuing support we would not be able to offer the students these fantastic opportunities

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  • Assessment in Years 7 & 8

    Students in Year 7 and 8 are assessed regularly by staff against National Curriculum Levels for Design and Technology. Students are also given opportunities to self and peer-assess their work in order to be fully involved in the feedback process.

     

    Homework

    Homework is set according to the school timetable. As a guide it is expected that pupils spend approximately:

    - Year 7 = 30 minutes per subject

    - Year 8 = 35 minutes per subject

     

    Homework is generally set on the double to be handed in the following lesson. This is dependent upon timetables and negotiation with the students.

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  • Years 7 and 8 Cooking and Nutrition

    Overview

    Cooking and Nutrition is all about encouraging students to develop a love of cooking and will also provide the students with crucial life skills. Through the scheme of learning students will learn how to cook and how to feed themselves and others affordably, with consideration of balanced nutrition and healthy eating.

     

     

    Units of Study

    Cooking and Nutrition

    Students are taught hygiene considerations, become competent in a range of cooking techniques and equipment (for example, using utensils and electrical equipment; applying heat in different ways, weighing and accurate measuring).

     

    This unit develops cooking techniques, awareness of sensory

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  • Year 9 Food Preparation and Nutrition

    Overview

    In Year 9 students begin their GCSE course in Food Preparation and Nutrition. Lessons are structured through a range of short "Design and Make" practical projects and theory lessons which cover all aspects of the examination.

     

    What is involved?

    - Knowledge and skills needed to cover specification of examination.
    - Increased awareness of the importance of health, hygiene and safety.
    - Use a larger range of equipment and materials to the best of their advantage.
    - Develop student's understanding of the designing of recipes within product development.
    - Develop student's ICT skills through the use of the digital camera, nutritional analysis programmes and

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  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

    Overview

    In Year 10 students work to complete their GCSE Design and Make Practice (Controlled Assessment). Lessons are structured through a range of taught practical and controlled assessment sessions. During Year 10 students complete all of their Controlled Assessment.

     

    Food Preparation and Nutrition is broken down into 2 units:

    Food Preparation and Nutrition 4547 -  Unit 1 – Written Paper (45451) (2 hours 120 marks - 40%)

    - Candidates answer all questions in two sections

    - Pre-release material issued.

     

    The theory work for the course is taught through Year 9 covering all aspects of the examination. This knowledge will be re-visited

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  • Years 7 and 8 Textiles Technology

    Overview

    This module will introduce students to a variety of textiles skills. Students will explore product analysis, fabrics, and surface decoration to develop own designs. Students will where appropriate, self and peer assess their work, share ideas and evaluate their performance within the classroom through group work, self-reflection and individual evaluation.

     

    Units of Study

    Crazy Containers

    In this project students will design and make a zipped denim container. Students will be introduced to the basic Health and Safety procedures in a textiles room, what textiles means and to be able to identify the equipment used. Students are required to

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  • Year 9 Textiles Technology

    Overview

    In Year 9 students build on skills gained in Year 7 and 8 along with learning new techniques required for their GCSE course in Textiles Technology. Lessons are structured to gain knowledge and practice of skills preparing them for future design and make tasks.

     

    What is involved?

    - Good working practice - time plans and work schedules.
    - Quality Control and Quality Assurance.
    - Knowledge of CAD/CAM.

     

    In Year 9 students develop their communication and creative thinking skills, in preparation for completing their GCSE coursework in Year 10. Student's work on a range of focused based practical tasks that include:

    - Skills

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  • GCSE Textiles Technology

    Year 10

    Overview

    Students studying GCSE Textiles Technology at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here .

     

    Unit 1: Written Paper - (45701)  - ( 2 hours –120 marks – 40%)

    - Candidates answer all questions in two sections

    - Pre-Release material issued.

     

    Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45702)   - ( Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60%)

    Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks. The controlled assessment is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.

     

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  • Years 7 and 8 Resistant Materials

    Overview

    In Resistant Materials the aim is to provide a creative and stimulating environment for students to work in. Students are encouraged to become problem solvers, both as individuals and in groups - looking for needs, wants and opportunities and responding to them by developing a range of ideas, making products and systems.

     

    Practical skills are combined with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. Students are encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past D&T, its uses and effects.

     

    Units of Study:

    - Plastics
    - Casting
    - Wood

    - Memphis Clocks (Full Design and Make Project)

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  • Year 9 Resistant Materials

    In Year 9 students begin their GCSE course in Resistant Materials. Lessons are structured through a range of short "Design and Make" practical projects and theory lessons covering all aspects of the examination and build on skills gained in Year 7 and 8.

     

    The course involves the students taking on the role of a product designer creating everyday products. Students present their ideas in many different ways, depending upon the product and the stage of the design. They use drawings, photography and computer generated images to explain and produce models to sell their ideas.

     

    Students use graphic techniques

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  • GCSE Resistant Materials

    Overview

    In Year 10 students work to complete a GCSE Design and Make Practice (Controlled Assessment). Lessons are structured through a range of taught practical and coursework sessions. During Year 10 students complete all of their Controlled Assessment.

     

    Students studying GCSE Resistant Materials at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here .

     

    GCSE Resistant Materials is broken down into 2 units:

    Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) - 2 hours –120 marks – 40%

    • Candidates answer all questions in two sections
    • Pre-Release material issued.

    Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45602) -  Approximately

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  • Years 7 & 8 Graphics

    Overview

    Through a variety of Graphics based projects are taught throughout KS3 with particular focus on students' drawing skills. The projects throughout the year look at the branding of products, packaging, paper mechanics, drawing techniques and graphic imagery.

     

    Units of Study  

    Cartoon Candy

    This project will introduce students to designing for manufacture. Pupils will research current confectionery products and begin to design for an audience other than themselves. They will design and make a confectionary wrapper and a chocolate mould for a new brand aimed at young children. The final product will be produced using a variety of

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  • Year 9 Graphics

    Overview

    In Year 9 students build on skills gained in Year 7 and 8 along with learning new techniques required for their GCSE course in Graphics Products. Lessons are structured to gain knowledge and practice of skills preparing them for future design and make tasks.

     

    What is involved?

    - Drawing skills
    - Computer Aided Design (CAD),
    - Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
    - How to select and use appropriate tools.

    In Year 9 students with complete a variety of drawing skills and computer skills which they will use in Year 10 for their Controlled Assignment. They will develop their communication and creative thinking skills,

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  • GCSE Graphics

    Overview

    Students studying GCSE Graphics Products at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here

      

    Unit 1 - Written Paper (45501) -  ( 2 hours 120 marks - 40%)

    • Candidates answer all questions in two sections
    • Pre-release material issued.

      

    Unit 2 - Design and Making Practice (45502)  ( Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60%)   

    • Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks.
    • The controlled assessment  is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.
    • The set tasks can
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  • Years 7 & 8 Systems and Control

    Overview  

    Through a variety of creative and practical activities pupils are encouraged to think creatively, become problem solvers, innovators and design products. Students explore the use of materials, new and old, learn practical making skills, understand how to apply form, shape, aesthetics and ergonomics to create functioning product.

     

    Units of Study

    Board Game Project:  Students design and make an electronic dice board game that will be capable of being used in a variety of situations. The dice should have a clearly visible light output to show the number "thrown" and use standard electronic components. The students use elements

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  • Year 9 Electronic Products

    Overview

    In Year 9 students build on skills gained in Year 7 and 8 along with learning new techniques required for their GCSE course in Electronic Products. Lessons are structured to gain knowledge and practice of skills preparing them for future design and make tasks.

     

    What is involved?

    Students will be introduced to a range of electronic processes that will allow them to gain skills in the identification and placement of various electronic components.  A working knowledge of circuits from using basic components to IC and PIC based applications will be gained. Students will gradually develop their knowledge and

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  • GCSE Electronic Products

    Overview

    Students studying GCSE Electronics Products at George Spencer Academy follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by clicking here .

     

    Electronic Products is broken down into 2 units:

    • Unit 1 (45401) -  Written Paper - 2 hours - 120 marks - 40% ( Candidates answer all questions in two sections -  Pre-release material issued.)
    • Unit 2 (45402) -  Approximately 45 hours - 90 marks - 60% ( Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of board set tasks. The controlled assessment is taught through the production of a concise design portfolio and the development of a new product.)

     

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