Design Technology

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils will study through a rotation of subject areas:

  • Graphic Design
    • Basic Graphic skills
    • Product Analysis
    • Designing skills
    • Designing a book cover
  • Resistant Materials
    • Ring Project with MGR/CAM Toys with SW Covering:
    • Workshop Health and Safety
    • The design Process
    • Basic Hand and Machine tool skills
    • Introduction into materials such as Timber, Polymers and Metals.
    • Introduction into CAD/CAM skills and techniques.
    • Technical Knowledge
  • Textile Technology
    • Where fabrics and fibres come from and what they are used for
    • How a design brief and specification are used in the design process
    • How to collect and analyse research to inform good design ideas
    • How to complete basic hand stitches for functional and aesthetic purposes
    • How to cut and shape fabric
    • How to use seams and hems to construct and finish a Textile product
    • How to use a sewing machine and know what the different features are
  • Food & Nutrition
    • Health, safety and hygiene
    • Weighing and measuring
    • Nutrition - The Eat Well Plate
    • Functions of ingredients for bread and pastry
    • Pasta Salad - using the hob safely
    • Fruity muffins - oven safety
    • Cookies - rubbing in method
    • Bread - raising agents and functions of ingredients
    • Pin Wheels - design development
    • Jam tarts/sausage rolls - designing, rubbing in method, shortcrust pastry and functions of ingredients

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils will study through a rotation of subject areas:

  • Graphic Design
    • Typography
    • Designing skills
    • Computer Aided Design
    • 2D Design Programme
    • Creating decorative letter
  • Resistant Materials
    • Clock Project with SW/MGR
    • Development of Designing skills from year 7
    • Further development of CAD/CAM knowledge and skills.
    • Hand and machine tool skills
    • Knowledge of materials
    • Working to a design brief
    • Promotion of independent learning
  • Textile Technology
    • How fibres are structured into a fabric
    • Ways to decorate Textile products
    • What materials are used to stabilise fabrics and products
    • How to produce a layout plan to cut components for a Textile product
    • How computers are used in the Textiles industry
    • Choosing suitable stitches that suit a particular purpose
    • Following complex instructions to independently construct a Textiles product
    • Using applique to improve the aesthetics of a product
  • Food & Nutrition
    • Developing skills learnt in Year 7
    • Functions of ingredients - cakes, bread and pastry
    • Nutrients - planning a balanced meal
    • Methods of cooking
    • Food safety and poisoning
    • Food choice and religion
    • Small cakes - function of ingredients and designing
    • Bread Based Pizza - functions of ingredients, designing for a purpose, eat well plate
    • Jam Tarts/Sausage rolls - functions of ingredients, rubbing in method
    • Chicken/Vegetable Curry - food poisoning, cross-contamination
    • Bolognese/Chilli con Carne - evaluating and design development

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils will choose two subject areas that they are interested in to further develop skills before choosing GCSE options. In each subject area, the following topics are covered:

  • Graphic Design
    • Shakespeare Standee Design
    • Researching the work of other designers
    • Cardboard engineering
  • Resistant Materials
    • Pewter Casting (Pendants, key rings and charms) MGR/SW
    • Types of metals and their properties
    • Detailed use of the design process to prepare for GCSE level.
    • Development of Design development and evaluation skills
    • Development of CAD/CAM skills to an independent level.
    • Working with accuracy and focusing on creating quality products
    • Further development of hand and machine tools skills.
  • Textile Technology
    • Explore shape, form, pattern and colour through making marks with different objects.
    • Explore different cultural and social issues that affect the design of Textile products.
    • Explore how smart and modern materials can improve how a product functions.
    • Generate a design using computer software.
    • How 2D paper patterns are used to create 3D Textile objects.
    • To follow complex instructions with photographs to independently construct a Textile garment.
    • To use more complex seams and finishing techniques to produce a garment of the highest quality.
  • Food & Nutrition
    • Food poisoning and food safety
    • Cross-contamination and high/low risk foods
    • Food choice and religion
    • Nutrition
    • Design development - developing a product to suit a specific target market
    • Chicken/Vegetable Curry - food poisoning, cross-contamination
    • Bolognese/Chilli con Carne - evaluating, design development
    • Lasagne - design development

GCSE course for pupils in Year 10

GCSE Design & Technology (AQA)

  • one None Examined Assessment (NEA) 50%
  • one exam (50%)

Pupils will study Core principles and then chose to specialise out of the following materials:

  • Textile based materials (textiles)
  • Paper and Boards (graphics)
  • Woods, Polymers and Metals ( Resistant Materials)

GCSE Course Options for Pupils in Year 11

GCSE Textiles (OCR)

  • Two controlled assessments (30% each) and one exam (40%)

GCSE Graphics (AQA)

  • One controlled Assessment (60%) and one exam (40%)

GCSE Resistant Materials (AQA)

  • One controlled Assessment (60%) and one exam (40%)

If you have any questions regarding the Design Technology Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Mr A While (Curriculum Achievement Leader) on (01384) 816015 or email us.