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Design and Technology

At Swallow Hill we aim to help students develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

 


We want to help students build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users. 

We feel that it is a vital life skill that students become resilient learners and this is promoted through evaluating and testing their ideas and products and the work of others.

 

General Information:

Our Commitment is to:

  • Ensure that all students learn and make progress in a safe environment.
  • Deliver practical activities and experiences that allow all students to develop their skills.
  • Provide opportunities for students who need to catch-up on missed or incomplete work, or for those who wish to extend their learning, at after school clubs.
  • Raise confidence and self-esteem by getting student to make prototype and quality products that they can be proud off. 
In year 7 students will complete the following projects:

Area  Project Assessment 
 Resistant Materials  Spatula Making and Research
 Textiles  Cushion  Making and Specification
 Graphics  Kids Menu  Making and Ideas
 Food  Healthy Options  Making and Development
 Enterprise  Chocolate  Planning and Evaluation

In year 8 students will complete the following projects:

Area  Project Assessment 
 Resistant Materials  Spatula Making and Development
 Textiles Hat  Making and Ideas
 Graphics  Kids Menu  Making and Ideas
 Food  Healthy Lifestyles  Making and Research
 Product Design Wrapping Paper  Making and Ideas 


How parents/carers can support their child’s learning:

  •          To support your child, if possible, by contributing towards some of the food and textiles activities.
  •          Encourage your child to take advantage of the after academy sessions. 
  •          Support your child with their Technology homework.

 

Course Title

 

 

GCSE Food Technology – J302

WHY should I choose this subject?

 

It involves lots of practical making experiences and the folder work is all completed using ICT

It prepares you for life in tomorrow's world with its rapidly changing technologies.

It develops your creativity to improve the quality of life for yourself and others.
It involves developing practical skills to make products.
It makes you become a more discriminating user of products, considering the social, moral and environmental effects which they may have on society.

 

WHAT is this subject about?


This course allows pupils to develop an understanding of Designing and Making products through Food.

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of food preparation, different ingredients, diet, and sustainable living.

Unit A521: Introduction to designing and making

This unit involves students designing and making a prototype for a new ready meal.

Unit A523: Making quality products

This unit involves students designing and making a quality food product.

Unit A525: Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and making.

This unit involves students learning about the theory, skills and understanding that help towards the design and manufacture of food products.

 

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?

 

Grading 

A*-G

Unit A521: Introduction to designing and making

30% of the total GCSE marks

Controlled assessment (Project) – 20 hours

 

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Completed by the Christmas holiday.

 

Unit A523: Making quality products

30% of the total GCSE marks

Controlled assessment (Project) – 20 hours

 

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Completed by the Easter holiday.

 

Unit A525: Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and making.

40% of the total GCSE marks

Exam - 1 hour 30 mins written paper

 

This unit is externally assessed.

Exam sat in June

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?

 

It provides a good foundation for any Food or Catering related college course.

Depending on level of outcome it provides progression to GCSE AS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN – FOOD

 

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?

AJA

 

 

 

 

Course Title

 

 

 GCSE Resistant Materials – J306

WHY should I choose this subject?

 

It involves lots of practical making experiences and the folder work is all completed using ICT

It prepares you for life in tomorrow's world with its rapidly changing technologies.

It develops your creativity to improve the quality of life for yourself and others.
It involves developing practical skills to make products.
It makes you become a more discriminating user of products, considering the social, moral and environmental effects which they may have on society.

 

WHAT is this subject about?

 

 

  

This course allows pupils to develop an understanding of Designing and Making products through Resistant Materials.

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of material preparation, different manufacturing techniques, and sustainable living.

Unit A561: Introduction to designing and making

This unit involves students designing and making a prototype for a new design of a trophy.

Unit A563: Making quality products

This unit involves students designing and making a quality clock that could act as a souvenir.

Unit A565: Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and making

This unit involves students learning about the theory, skills and understanding that help towards the design and manufacture of products.

 

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?

 

Grading 

A*-G

Unit A561: Introduction to designing and making

30% of the total GCSE marks

Controlled assessment (Project) – 20 hours


This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Completed by the Christmas holiday.

 

Unit A563: Making quality products

30% of the total GCSE marks

Controlled assessment (Project) – 20 hours

 

This unit is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Completed by the Easter holiday.

 

Unit A565: Sustainability and technical aspects of designing and making

40% of the total GCSE marks

Exam - 1 hour 30 mins written paper

 

This unit is externally assessed.

Exam is sat in June

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?

 

It provides a good foundation for any Engineering or Construction related college course.

Depending on level of outcome it provides progression to GCSE AS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN

 

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?

AJA

 

 

Course Title

 

 

GCSE Textiles Technology

WHY should I choose this subject?

 

It involves lots of practical making experiences and the folder work is all completed using ICT

It prepares you for life in tomorrow's world with its rapidly changing technologies.

It develops your creativity to improve the quality of life for yourself and others.
It involves developing practical skills to make products.
It makes you become a more discriminating user of products, considering the social, moral and environmental effects which they may have on society.

 

WHAT is this subject about?

 

Students will focus their study on fabrics and design. They will design and make a wide range of items, from fashionable clothing (for boys and girls) and accessories, to household products.

During the course students are encouraged to become independent learners, to follow a design brief as well as follow written and verbal instructions. During the course students are engaged in a wide range of practical activities, supported by written work, ranging from: batik, tie-dye, digital transfer printing, fabric embellishment, computerised embroidery, garment construction and electronic textiles. Students make a variety of products, mostly fashion accessories and garments. Students are introduced to the environmental benefits of recycling and remodelling textile items.

We run a trip every year to ‘The Clothes Show’ at the NEC in Birmingham to help develop students’ knowledge of fashion.

Students are actively encouraged to enter various fashion and design competitions.

WHEN and HOW am I assessed?

 

Grading 

A*-G

Written Paper

40% of the total marks
One paper with two sections:
Section A – 30 Marks
A design question based on context supplied before the exam
Section B – 90 Marks
Covers all aspects of the specification content
All questions are compulsory

Controlled Assessment

60% of the total marks
90 marks
A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. Past projects have involved pupils in making prom dresses, Punk jackets, retro fashion, educational toys, pet accessories, and soft furnishings.

The design folder should consist of approximately:

  • 20 pages of A3 paper
  • equivalent A4 paper
  • or the ICT equivalent.

This unit is externally assessed.

Exam sat in June

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?

 

It provides a good foundation for any Fashion Design or Textiles related college course.

Depending on level of outcome it provides progression to GCE AS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT DESIGN - TEXTILES

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?

JCH

 

 Technology Department Staff

 Mr Jackson
Head of Department
 Mrs Bank
Developing leader
 Miss Church
Teacher

 Ms Venables
Department Assistant