Design & Technology
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, students study Cooking & Nutrition for half of the academic year and Design & Technology for the other half of the academic year.
|Year||Cooking and Nutrition||Design & Technology|
|7||Food Skills and Techniques:|
An introduction to skills, techniques and equipment enabling students to produce dishes independently. Students develop an understanding of a balanced diet.
|Introduction to Tools and Design:
An introduction to tools where students design and make a product for a specific target audience. The design process is introduced with a focus on creativity and graphic design techniques.
Students develop cooking skills and techniques within multi-cultural dishes, whilst exploring influences on food choice.
Students study Robert Sabuda’s work and collaborate on a group project utilising card engineering principles within a graphic product.
Students investigate functions of ingredients through the preparation and cooking of a range of more challenging and complex dishes along with a food investigation.
|Mechanisms and Motion:
Students investigate mechanisms and motion through a Mechanical Toy project, visually demonstrating mechanical principles and motion.
GCSE Design & Technology
GCSE Design and Technology will prepare you to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. You will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. You will have the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.
Assessment – written examination
|A||Core Technical Principles:||- new and emerging technologies |
- energy generation and storage
- developments in new materials
- systems approach to designing
- mechanical devices
- materials and their working properties
|B||Specialist Technical Principles:||- selection of materials or components|
- forces and stresses
- ecological and social footprint
- sources and origins
- using and working with materials
- stock forms, types and sizes
- scales of production
- specialist techniques and processes
- surface treatments and finishes
|C||Designing and Making Principles:|| - investigation, primary and secondary data |
- environmental, social and economic challenge
- the work of others
- design strategies
- communication of design ideas
- prototype development
- selection of materials and components
- material management
- specialist tools and equipment
Assessment – Non-examined assessment (NEA)
(50% of total grade)
Substantial design and make task
- Identifying and investigating design possibilities
- Producing a design brief and specification
- Generating design ideas
- Developing design ideas
- Realising design ideas
- Analysing & evaluating
Students produce a working prototype and a written design portfolio of evidence consisting of a maximum of 20 A3 pages, or digital equivalent within a strict 35 hour timeframe.
Assessment Weightings %
|Assessment Objective No||Assessment Objectives||Paper 1||NEA||Total|
|AO1||Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants||0||10||10|
|AO2||Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose||0||30||30|
|AO3||Analyse and evaluate:|
- design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others
- wider issues in design and technology
|AO4||Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of: |
- technical principles
- designing and making principles