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Key Stage 3

YEAR 7 

Food

Students will learn about health and safety, food handling and hygiene. How to handle various kitchen equipment such as knives, ovens etc. Basic cooking skills such as baking, chopping, mixing and binding will also be taught and developed. The students will get an introduction to nutrition, diet and food choice. The practical lessons include fruit smoothies, fruit crumbles, soda bread, savoury muffins and others.

Graphics

Students investigate and understand the reasons for packaging and designing with a user in mind. They learn some technical drawing and graphical presentation techniques including CAD which they use to design and make fragrance packaging.

Resistant Materials

Students make a bookend based on the theme of Children’s books. This project allows the students to gain experience in using the correct tools and processes used when working with timber, along with design based skills.

Textiles

Students first learn how to use the sewing machine safely before using their skills to make a soft toy monster out of recycled fabrics.

YEAR 8

Food

Students will learn about the importance of food energy and digestion, the importance of correct diet and the various dietary needs as well as issues such as GM food and topics like the slow food movement. The students will develop their practical skills with a variety of practical lesson such as flapjacks, vegetable couscous, all in one cake potato salad and etc. There is a focus on students developing the knowledge and practical skills that they have acquired in the previous year.

Graphics

Students will be building on their knowledge and skills learnt in Year 7 and will focus on developing their finishing techniques and effective annotation of their design work to produce 3D drawings and sketches of products.

Resistant Materials

Students will be building on their knowledge and skills learnt in year 7 and will be expected to show a deeper understanding of material properties and how products work.

Textiles

Students use modern materials, sublimation printing and the laser cutter to design and make a fabric night light.

YEAR 9

Food

Students will be introduced to the various cooking methods and the working properties of the various ingredients, there will be focus on food science and how types of ingredients reach with each-other. Examination of various international diets will help expand student’s understanding in regards to dish creation. The practical skills will be based on the previous years and aiming on further development and preparation for GCSE. The students will get to work on a variety of sweet and savoury dishes like quiche, fajitas, vegetable burger and pancakes.

Graphics

Students will build on the skills and knowledge from previous years by looking at the use of CAD/CAM and maths within Design & Technology. Students will investigate, analyse and evaluate the work of some past and present designers and companies to inform their own designing.

Resistant Materials

Students will build on their skills and knowledge from previous years and use iterative design and design for minimal environmental impact.

Textiles

Students will choose one of 4 designers and use their work as in inspiration for the creation of a clock to be sold in a museum shop. Elements of Resistant Materials will be added to the Textile processes to make the clock

E-LEARNING LINKS

U2Learn KS3 Technology Links KS3, GCSE, & A Level - Design & Technology on the Web

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