Technology

Inspiring students to work together, to be creative, solve problems, communicate their ideas and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of materials and systems. We also hope to help our students become independent, motivated and innovative young people who are tolerant and mindful of others.

Every student in Year 7, 8 and 9 studies Design and Technology. At Key Stage 4 students will choose one of three GCSE or equivalent level courses.

Key Stage 3

Students in KS3 have four hours of Design Technology per fortnight.

Curriculum intent

Classes in KS3 follow a newly up-dated scheme of work based on the programmes of study to actively engage students at the beginning of their secondary education. The schemes seek to prepare students more thoroughly for the new, more challenging KS4 qualifications introduced from September 2017 and to develop key practical and problem solving skills whilst acquiring a broad range of subject knowledge which draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science and art.

The curriculum is divided into six subject specialisms taught by specialist teachers in specialist rooms and workshops with an excellent range of resources and materials. Every student will study six modules each year. The suite of modules consists of:

  • Food Technology
  • Graphics (taught as a separate skill in Year 8 and 9 only)
  • Product Design
  • Systems and Control
  • Textiles
  • Engineering

Assessments are completed at the end of each 6 week unit which include an end of unit test.

Content covered are:

Year 7

Specialist area Theme/Product Key skills
Textiles Cushion Research culture, block printing, applique, hand embroidery, sewing machine driving test
Systems and Control Moisture detector

Component identification, use of simulation software,

manufacturing instructions, assembly of the electronic circuit and testing

Product Design Pencil Box Developing practical hand skills, use of belt sander and hegner saw, workshop safety, CAD/CAM application using 2D Design and the laser cutter, Sketchup, properties of timber
Food Technology Safety and Hygiene Basic cooking skills using the ovens, knife skills. Products made fruit salad, coleslaw, pizza, scones and pasta dish. Evaluation.
Engineering Flying Animal Forces, levers, practical hand skills, use of hegner saw, research, properties of timber

 

Year 8

Specialist area Theme/Product Key skills
Textiles Sustainable bag for life Sewing machine skills – hem, handles for bag, seam. Use of stencils, applique, sustainability
Graphics 3D Projection

2D and 3D CAD skills

Hand drawing and Sketching skills

Systems and Control Programming and downloading to devices Use of Logicator for Pic and Picaxe
Product Design Mobile phone holder and maze game Selecting correct equipment for processes and development of practical hand skills, use of belt sander and hegner saw, selection the CAD/CAM application using 2D Design and the laser cutter, Sketchup, properties of plastics, evaluation
Food Technology Diet and Nutrition Food and Healthy eating – main meals
Engineering Puzzle Developing practical hand skills, tolerances in Engineering, scale of production, legislation and labelling products, properties of metals

 

Year 9

Specialist area Theme/Product Key skills
Textiles Smart storage – ‘Heros and villains’ Accuracy and applique, stenciling, block printing, tie dye, patch work, insert zip, seam
Graphic Products Designing a logo and mascot for a charity music event CAD/CAM application using 2D Design, Photoshop, branding and type faces
Systems and Control Picture frame – A stable timer circuit CAD/CAM, creating an A stable timer circuit, assembly of an electronic circuit
Product Design

Tea light holder/Storage box

Photo frame

Developing practical hand skills – pillar drill, CAD/CAM application using 2D Design, Google sketchup, laser cutter
Food Technology Factors that influence food choice Cultural provenance and influence on foods
Engineering Treat dispenser Developing practical hand skills, ergonomics and anthropometrics, properties of polymers and manufacturing processes

 

Students complete work in specially designed booklets and PowerPoint presentations are used widely in lesson delivery. All year 7, 8 and 9 students cover the same material with differentiation taken care of by classroom teachers to tailor the course to fit the needs of their classes. This allows for standardisation of work across the subject. Students are taught in mixed-ability groups.

Key Stage 4

Students in KS4 have five hours of Design Technology per fortnight.

Students may choose from the following range of courses:

  • OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design
  • GCSE Design Technology (specialising in either Product Design or Textiles)
  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

These courses are all equivalent to GCSE and are certificated on the 1-9 scale or equivalent.

In each of the design and technology subjects students will be expected to organise and plan effectively aspects of a design and technology activity, and to combine their designing and making skills to produce quality products.

The schemes of assessment consist of:

GCSE courses:

  • Written paper (50%)
  • NEA (non-exam assessment) 50% based on a ‘Contextual challenge’

OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate:

  • Written paper (25%)
  • Internally assessed assignments (75%)

As a department committed to creativity and innovation, we make full use of the most advanced computer technology. CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture) features strongly in the entire suite of Design Technology subjects.

Key Staff

Miss S Worthington :
DT Technician

Name: Miss S Worthington

Role: DT Technician

Email: SWorthington@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr M Byrne :
DT Technician

Name: Mr M Byrne

Role: DT Technician

Email: MByrne@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr P Taylor :
Assistant Subject Leader

Name: Mr P Taylor

Role: Assistant Subject Leader

Email: PTaylor@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr T Reis :
Teacher / BTEC Strategic Lead

Name: Mr T Reis

Role: Teacher / BTEC Strategic Lead

Email: treis@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs L Ashby :
Teacher

Name: Mrs L Ashby

Role: Teacher

Email: LAshby@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs L Venables :
Subject Leader

Name: Mrs L Venables

Role: Subject Leader

Email: LVenables@hartonacademy.co.uk

Ms D Gill :
Leading Practitioner

Name: Ms D Gill

Role: Leading Practitioner

Email: DGill@hartonacademy.co.uk

Ms K Johansen :
Community Liaison Teacher

Name: Ms K Johansen

Role: Community Liaison Teacher

Email: KJohansen@hartonacademy.co.uk

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