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Miss Lloyd – Head of Design Technology

 
GCSE Results 2013 - D&T Graphics Products 73.3%, D&T Product Design 100%, D&T Resistant Materials 73.3%
Curriculum Overview - KS3
Homework
SMSC

Design Technology (DT) is a subject that has provides students with a wide range of skills that are invaluable in our increasingly technological society. DT is able to link with other curriculum subjects in addition to providing a real life context in which most skills can be taught.

In DT the aim is to encourage students to gain confidence in the use of various materials. Students are encouraged to demonstrate safety and accuracy and develop their understanding of the tools, techniques and processes used. Within the curriculum the emphasis is on gaining practical and design skills.

Students develop the communication, manufacturing, lateral-thinking and planning skills that will have a positive impact on all work beyond Key Stage 3 whether they take a DT subject to a higher level or use these skills in other areas.


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Resistant Materials
Students are introduced to Resistant Materials by designing and making various products. These projects are designed to help students become used to using various tools in the workshop and are excellent skill base for the following years.

Key Stage 3 Graphic Products
Students are introduced to graphics by improving both their hand drawing and designing skills, as well as making graphic products.

Key Stage 3 Electronics
Students have the opportunity to design and make items that combine materials and electronics to produce everyday items that give an understanding of how DT relates to the real world.

Key Stage 3 Textiles Technology
Students are encouraged to develop skills when working with textiles that will help them later in life to understand how to design and make simple textiles items. These skills give them basic sewing life skills as well as develop their designing skills.

Key Stage 3 Food and Nutrition
All students are taught about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. They develop life-skills to enable them to prepare food of a nutritional nature and to have an understanding of healthy eating.


Key Stage 4

GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphics (OCR)
Students have the opportunity to build on the skills gained at Key Stage 3 to design and make GCSE projects. They develop designs from a brief and initially model their ideas and then make a prototype to satisfy a final specification.
Coursework is worth 60% of the final grade and is made up of 2 smaller projects.
Terminal examinations are worth 40% of the final grade.

GCSE Product Design (OCR)
Students use the range of skills gained at Key Stage 3 to work with a number of materials to design and make GCSE projects. They develop designs from a brief and initially model their ideas and then make a prototype to satisfy a final specification.
Coursework is worth 60% of the final grade and is made up of 2 smaller projects.
There is a terminal practical exam worth 20% and written exam worth 20%.

GCSE Food and Nutrition
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of Food & Nutrition as well as their practical skills. Students will look in detail at dietary need and develop menus to support specific needs.

Extra-curricular Activities
Students are encouraged to attend the Clubs, revision and support sessions that happen every week.
(Contact individual teachers for information)

GCSE Catering

Year 9 students have also been involved in the STEM Competition held at Barking Abbey School 2 years in a row which has been great fun and they were runners up both years.

If you wish to contact the Head of Design Technology by email, please address your email to:admin@gaynes.havering.sch.uk and mark it for the attention of the Head of Design Technology.

 
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