Design & Technology

In Years 7 and 8, learners will be part of a carousel where they will study Design & Technology along with Food Prep & Nutrition. In Design and Technology, learners will be taught a variety of practical skills using a range of materials such as acrylic plastic, wood, graphic materials and electrical components.

We are currently delivering RMT and Product Design at GCSE to our Year 9, 10 & 11 learners. Over the course they will complete numerous mini projects where they will learn more in-depth knowledge and understanding of each subject area and the learners will be able to enhance their practical skills through completing each task.

The new Design and Technology GCSE is now offered to our learners, with the first qualification awarded in summer 2018 using grades 9-1.

The Design and Technology courses will extend practical skills and build upon the design and technology capabilities developed in primary school.

Learners will:
 Design solutions to meet identified needs
 Make the products they have designed
 Evaluate the success of their work
 Develop a wide range of practical skills

Our learners are taught to work with a wide range of materials such as wood, metal, plastic, food and graphic materials. They will learn new practical skills to support constructing and communicating their designs.

Learners will need basic equipment for learning such as a pencil, pen and an eraser and they will work from a class booklet (which is kept in school).

The skills which are taught are based around designing and making, they include:

• Health and Safety rules when using equipment and machines in a workshop environment
• An understanding of materials and their classifications
• Accurately measuring and marking out a wide range of materials
• Cutting and shaping of a varied range of materials, such as; wood, metal, plastics, card and paper
• Evaluating existing and self-made products.

Exam boards –

 RMT and Product Design WJEC (Welsh Board) Old speciation
 Design and Technology WJEC Eduqas (Welsh Board) the new specification

GCSE Resistant Materials and Product Design: 60%Controlled Assessment and 30 % Examination
GCSE Design and Technology : 50% Controlled Assessment and 50% Examination.

How Learners are assessed?
In KS3 our learners are assessed using ‘doddle’ which generates a 9-1 grade. Learners will need to meet the assessment criteria for each carousel and will be given support/guidance in order for them to meet their Minimum Target Level. In KS4, learners are still graded by, a grade will be generated by learners completing end of topic tests and teacher assessment. From 2017 the KS4 learners will be graded using the 9 -1 grading system.

In KS3, learners are given homework diaries to complete and the teachers will explain the Homework in class. KS4 learners are given homework affiliated to the GCSE which they are studying, this home work will consist of types of research; product analysis, target audience, manufacturing methods and studies of various designer such as Bethan Gray, Philippe Starck and James Dyson.
All homework can be viewed on ‘show my home’.

Revision, Intervention and Enrichment
KS4 GCSE Design andTechnology has a 1 hour ‘After School Club’ to support our learners in completing their controlled assessment task.