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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

What is KS3 Design Technology about and what does the course consist of?

Year 7:

In Design and Technology students complete one term in each of the following areas: Food and Resistant Materials.

Across both Design and Technology areas, students have produced a wide range of designs and practical tasks that meet a design brief and specification.

Food Technology:

Design and make assignment: Food for a Healthy Lunchbox.

  • Introduction to different types of kitchen equipment (identification and uses)
  • Theory of food safety and hygiene
  • Practical skills are developed through making activities – selecting and using appropriate equipment safely
  • Healthy eating: why is healthy eating is so important, what constitutes healthy eating and how to design food products that are healthy and nutritious.
  • Lunch box assignment: Design a new and appetising filling for a sandwich that school children will want to buy (Emphasis on healthy eating options nutritional value of key ingredients). Developing ideas by investigating other sandwich fillings and finding out what school children want.
  • Experimenting with different ingredients for fillings and testing them to help design something new, tasty and healthy. Design Brief and Task Analysis.
  • Creating a packaging design for the designed sandwich, including a nutritional table with ingredients list that identifies fat, carbohydrates, proteins and fibre contents.

Health and Nutrition:

  • Healthy diets and how to keep your body healthy
  • Portion control
  • ‘5 A day fruit and Vegetables’
  • Lowering intakes of sugar, salt and fats.

Resistant Materials: Maze Project

  • Introduction to a Design Brief
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to produce Initial Design Ideas Sketches with descriptive annotation.
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to select a final Design for further development through the process of evaluation.
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to produce accurate orthographic drawings using standard drawing equipment including drawing boards.
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to produce accurate drawings that can be used to laser cut the final maze design.
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to laser cut the final maze design.
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to use a range of hand tools to assemble to a high quality the laser cut maze components.
  • Introduction and development of the skills required to evaluate the completed maze and how to suggest further improvements to improve the final design.

Year 9:

In Design and Technology students complete one term in each of the following areas: Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials.

Across all Design and Technology areas, students have produced a wide range of designs and practical tasks that meet a design brief and specification. The end of year Design and Technology Grade is awarded from the highest achievement from any of the three areas.

Textiles Technology

Design and Make an Organiser Cover inspired by Aboriginal Art and Textiles from other Cultures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve knowledge, skills and understanding of fabrics; their sources and uses
  • Complete a focused Design Project: designing and making a fabric book jacket to fit their personal organiser
  • Write and follow a Design Brief and Specification
  • Identify types of embellishment techniques. Explain and demonstrate how to use them in the Design Project
  • Use a sewing machine for the construction of the project
  • Research and complete design development tasks
  • Consider the aesthetics of textiles and select and use appropriate equipment and processes
  • Evaluate activities identifying strengths with improvement and development possibilities

Food Technology

Quality food production, nutrition and health.

Learning objectives:

Pupils will be able to:

  1. Improve their knowledge, skills and understanding of food as a material
  2. Complete a focused practical task: Sweet puff pastry shapes
  3. Work hygienically and safely in kitchen
  4. Complete a focused practical task:  Macaroni-cheese or Cauliflower-cheese
  5. Show knowledge of nutrition in the diet and healthy eating options and requirements.
  6. Complete a focused practical task: Bolognese or chilli sauce
  7. Complete a focused practical task: Scones
  8. Tackle a ‘Design and Make’, assignment on the theme ”Savoury Bread production”.
  9. Complete a focused practical task: Bread rolls
  10. Learn about food packaging and labelling

Complete a focused practical task:  Savoury bread product 

Resistant Materials

Car Race Project

  • Improve knowledge, skills and understanding of developing graphical design drawings
  • Complete a focused Design Project: designing and making a model car
  • Follow a Design Brief and Specification
  • Identify design constraints and possibilities. Explain and demonstrate these through the designing and making process
  • Use a range of modelling methods in the construction of the project
  • Research and complete design development tasks
  • Select and use appropriate equipment and processes
  • Evaluate activities identifying strengths with improvement and development possibilities

Teachers

Head of Department: Teresa Perry

Teaching Staff:

Simon Prudden

Hanna Vehvilainen

Year 7 support staff: Cathy De Rosa 

What might the subject lead on to?

Further study at GCSE level:

Textiles Technology (AQA)

Food Technology (AQA)

Resistant Materials (AQA)