Technology

Curriculum Leader:

  • Mrs L McKeown

Department Staff:

  • Mrs L McKeown – Food Technology
  • Mr D Lambert – Resistant Materials/Product Design
  • Mrs J Tompkins – Textiles
  • Mr T Farrell – Graphic Products/Design

About the subject:

The Design and Technology department has three full time and one part time teaching staff. It has very good facilities and is housed in a purpose designed zone with the following spaces:

  • Resistant materials workshop.
  • Product design classroom equipped with computers
  • Food technology classroom
  • Design/graphic products classroom equipped with computers
  • Textiles classroom

KS3 Overview:

Design and technology is taught on a carousel system in years 7, 8 and 9. Four areas of study are completed and assessed in each of the three year groups.

Year 7 programmes of study:

  • Introduction to food technology/focussed practical skills
  • Textiles – Decorative holder
  • 2D design and make product
  • Steady hand game – Workshop based

Year 8 programmes of study:

  • Food technology – Welsh food products
  • Textiles- Reusable bag
  • Design – Designing a toasting fork
  • Workshop – Manufacture of toasting fork

Year 9 programmes of study:

  • Food technology – Healthy meals
  • Textiles – Zipped case
  • Graphic products – Dino’s Diner
  • Workshop – Night-lights

Practical work is an important element of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

KS4 Overview:

There are currently 3 GCSE courses in the department:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Design and Technology – Product Design
  • Design and Technology – Graphic Products

Food and Nutrition

Exam Board: WJEC

Summary of assessment

Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition [40%]

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions.

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action [60%]

  • Non-examination assessment.
  • Assessment 1: 10 hours – scientific food investigation
  • Assessment 2: 15 hours – food preparation assessment

Specification content

  • Food commodities
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Diet and good health
  • The science of food
  • Where food comes from
  • Cooking and food preparation

Design and Technology – Product Design

Exam Board: WJEC

Summary of assessment

Unit 1 : Written paper (2 hours) [40%]

  • This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions. Section A questions relate to product analysis, overarching principles of design and technology, and the design process. Section B relate to specific product design specification.

Unit 2: Controlled assessment task [60%]

  • 30 guided hours
  • Briefs are set by the exam board

Design and Technology – Graphic Products

Exam Board: WJEC

Summary of assessment

Unit 1 : Graphics written paper (2 hours) [40%]

  • This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions. Questions relate to product analysis, overarching principles, designers and practitioners and the design process.

Unit 2: Graphics Task (controlled assessment) [60%]

  • 30 guided hours
  • Briefs are set by the exam board