Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Year 7 
Students in Year 7 have the opportunity to study three different Design and Technology subjects; Food, Graphics and Product Design. Students spend 12 weeks in each subject focusing on a different project and area of study.

In their food lessons, students will learn basic cookery skills and how to use a variety of kitchen equipment. Practical lessons are a balanced mixture of sweet and savoury products (fruit salad, pizza toast, savoury scones, pizza, parmesan chicken nuggets) allowing students to create healthy snacks and meals that they can recreate at home. Students are given a comprehensive grounding in healthy eating and what a balanced diet is. This year we are introducing elements of food science and students will be investigating cross contamination and enzymic browning.

In graphics, students get to research, design, create and make their own pop-up book based on the theme of Thrigby Wildlife Gardens. Students are set a commercial design brief which they will analyse and research. They will study different pop-up mechanisms, children’s books and design styles before creating their own 3D products.

During their Product Design lessons, Year 7 students will make a pewter keyring. This involves research, designing - using a theme of their choice, use of hand tools and some workshop machinery including a brazing hearth to melt the pewter, with particular emphasis on Health and Safety. Finally, students use a range of abrasives to produce a shiny, unique key ring.
Year 8
Students in Year 8 build on the skills and techniques that were established in Year 7 to produce a wider and more complex range of products. Students study the same subjects from Year 7 which are Food, Graphics and Product Design. Students spend 12 weeks in each subject focusing on a different project and area of study.

In their food lessons, students will be developing their cookery skills to create a range of savoury dishes. They will be looking at local and seasonal foods and their nutritional focus for the term is on carbohydrates and energy. Practical lessons are savoury orientated and include seasonal fruit crumbles, pasties, sausage rolls, quiches, bread rolls, pizza, pasta bake, macaroni cheese and toad-in-the-hole. All of these dishes being well balanced, nutritional meals that students can plan, budget and cook independently. Students’ knowledge and understanding of food science is extended, allowing them to answer the age old question ‘Is it done yet?’

In graphics, students are planning, researching, designing, making and creating their own superhero comic strips. The commercially set design brief allows students to make a charity inspired comic strip that will form a class comic book. Students will use a range of design skills that combine computer graphics, hand illustration and 3D prototyping. Students are responsible for the project management of their work both individually and as a class, to ensure that they have a commercially viable product that fits the design brief.

During their Product Design lessons, Year 8 students design, make and create a Hotel for Bugs. This project involves research into cultures of the world and useful bugs in the garden. Students will then design and make their own Bug Hotel which will encourage wildlife. A variety of materials can be used and students are encouraged to think about recycling and reusing materials. Students’ knowledge and skills in the workshop are increased as they use different tools and equipment, again with particular emphasis on Health and Safety.
Year 9
Students in Year 9 are given a range of products to create that test their ability to plan, make and create, but most importantly, to produce successful products that exemplify the key skills that they have built upon since Year 7. Students study the same subjects from Years 7 and 8 which are Food, Graphics and Product Design. Students spend 12 weeks in each subject focusing on a different project and area of study.

In Year 9, the theme of study is ‘International Cuisine’ and students cook a range of products from around the world, allowing them to create an array of savoury meals for their families. Products that are made in this rotation include savoury breads (fougassé), fresh pasta and a reduced sauce, chicken chow mein, Dutch apple cake, burger and wedges and a roast dinner. The development of cookery skills, presentation of dishes and timings are the main focus for this rotation as students are able to demonstrate complete self-sufficiency in their practical lessons.

Building on their food science knowledge from Years 7 and 8, students are set a mini food-science project on a theme of their choice. This is in preparation for the new GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition as well as extending cross curricular links with science. All students should leave Year 9 with a good repertoire of recipes for family meals, a wide range of cookery skills and with a sound understanding of nutritional requirements and a healthy, balanced diet.

In graphics, students work on a music design project based on their favourite singers and bands to create a 3D CD case and other promotional music items. This project uses computer graphics skills, perspective drawing, 3D rendering as well as a range of 3D modelling skills. Students research and plan their own commercial products, create initial and developed design ideas before completing their final product independently.

Year 9 Product Design students increase their knowledge of tools and equipment by creating an LED circuit which is incorporated into a Steady Hand Game. Research into materials and products becomes more detailed as this project is designed to give students a taste of Product Design at GCSE level. The Steady Hand Game project therefore also combines skills gained in Key Stage 3 Technology with the use of research, planning and evaluation to produce a quality product which could be sold commercially to a target market.