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Technology Class

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

Here at Kingsmeadow we aim to create an exciting, creative and contemporary curriculum to inspire and generate new thinkers and future innovators.

The curriculum encourages creativity, independent thinking and problem solving whilst providing opportunities for pupils to experiment with a range of media and materials.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7 is an introduction to DT for many students and has been designed with a focus on health and safety, introduction to the workshop and using various tools/equipment. Projects are skills based and link designing, making and CAD/CAM. This is the foundation for years 8 and 9.

During KS3 pupils will develop a thorough understanding of the design and making process. This includes the analysis of project briefs, conducting appropriate research, designing through sketches and technical drawings, and using computer aided design (CAD) software to model ideas. Pupils then manufacture their products in the workshop using an assortment of hand tools, industrial machinery and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). Evaluative skills are developed during each stage of the projects, allowing pupils to reflect upon and improve the quality of their work. 

Across the key stage, pupils explore a range of different materials including wood, plastic and food.

As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life. Lessons will be linked to the world of work,through the Gatsby benchmarks, to raise aspirations and expose pupils to future opportunities.
 

KEY STAGE 4

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (AQA GCSE Design and Technology) 

GCSE Design and Technology prepares students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise. 

This GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

All coursework must be completed and submitted for assessment before the terminal exam in the summer of Year 11.

 

HOSPITALITY & CATERING (EDUQAS Level 1/ 2 Vocational Award in Hospitality & Catering)

This course has been designed to develop in learners the knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers; how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. There is the opportunity to learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. This is assessed through the unit 1 terminal examination, the hospitality and catering industry, which contributes 40% to the final grade.

In this qualification, learners will also have the opportunity to develop food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem-solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication. This is assessed through the NEA (non-examined assessment) which contributes 60% to the final grade. New briefs are issued on an annual basis by EDUQAS.

All coursework must be completed and submitted for assessment before the terminal exam in the summer of Year 11.

 

Additionally we offer 4 other subjects within the department. These are:

  • Art

  • Child development

  • Engineering and 

  • Photography.

For more information about these subjects, please visit the relevant subject tabs on the main menu. Thank you.

KEY STAGE 5

Here at Kingsmeadow we offer various level 3 courses within the department. These are:

  • Art

  • Child development

  • Engineering and 

  • Photography.

 

For more information about these subjects, please visit the relevant subject tabs on the main menu. Thank you.

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