Technology Teaching Staff
- Mr Todd - Head of Curriculum Area
- Miss Birrell - Deputy Tech Lead
- Mrs Aylott
- Miss Chamberlain
- Mrs De Kadar
- Mrs Drury
- Miss Lachance
- Mrs Poole
- Miss Riches
- Mr Sykes-Bimsenstein
KS3 - Technology
Year 7 KS3 Curriculum has been designed to be inspiring, rigorous and practical that encourages our students to learn to think and intervene creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team. We also aim to make links to designs and designers throughout history, providing opportunities for children to critically reflect upon and evaluate their designs. We aim to, wherever possible, link work to other disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. This gives the learning purpose and relevance to the student encouraging them to develop life skills.
The Year 8 KS3 Curriculum has been designed to give a variety of creative and practical activities, we teach the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an interactive process of designing and making. Through this process, the aim is to develop the pupils’ technical knowledge and vocabulary in relationship to graphic design, food technology, materials and engineering.
Year 9: Graphics allows pupils to explore designing in both drawing, modelling and CAD. Pupils can use design influences and use real life topics for their projects that prepare them for a GCSE in D&T (paper and board’s route / graphics). Each segment of the subject is a mini version of the assessment objectives that are needed for the N.E.A for year 10/11.
Engineering allows pupils to explore and work with metals. This mini project has been designed to include cutting, shaping, finishing and joining aspects of metal technology. Each segment of the subject is a mini version of the assessment objectives that are needed for the N.E.A for year 10/11
KS3 - Food Technology
Year 7 - Students learn basic cooking skills such as knife skills, how to use the cooker (hob, oven and grill), reduction sauces, shallow frying. Students learn how to work in the kitchen environment, safely and hygienically while cooking dishes such as fruit crumble, chicken nuggets, homemade pizza, pasta salad, American muffins and fresh fruit salad. They are introduced to healthy eating by studying the Eatwell guide
Year 8 - Students develop their practical skills learning how to make bread, pastry and roux sauce. They start to learn the basic principles of food science and how to carry out a food science investigation. We extend their knowledge of nutrition by exploring the function of macro and micronutrients helping students make informed choices about their own diet. We hope to foster a love of cooking by teaching students how to make every day, economical family meals such as cottage pie, pasta cheese, quiche, fish cakes and delicious treats like Victoria Sandwich cake.
Year 9 - Our aim is to equip students for life by teaching them to be smart shoppers, considering the impact of their food choices on their health, their pocket, the environment and on animal welfare. We develop their knowledge of food science and their practical skills by cooking dishes such as lasagne, chicken curry with naan bread, risotto, fruit pie and lemon and elderflower cake.
KS4 - Design & Technology
The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities.
Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and the global community.
KS 4 - Engineering
Level 1 / 2 Technical Award in Engineering provides learners with a more practical alternative to GCSE study. The qualification introduces students to the various strands available within the engineering field, providing learners with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in realistic work-related contexts
KS4 - Graphics
'GCSE' standard and present in a NEA format. Pupils use advanced skills such as Rendering and 3D modelling.
Graphics allows pupils to explore designing in both drawing, modelling and CAD. Pupils can use design influences and use real life topics for their projects that prepare them for a GCSE in D&T (paper and boards route / graphics). Each segment of the subject is a mini version of the assessment objectives that are needed for the N.E.A. for Year 10/11.
KS4 - Child Development
Cambridge National in Child Development prepares students for parenthood or a career in a related area such as nursery nurse, child minder, midwife, paediatric nurse or primary school teacher. Students will investigate preconceptual and anti-natal care, and how to look after a child from newborn to five. They will explore how children develop, physically, intellectually, and socially and how parents and careers can influence this process through the activities and opportunities they provide for the child.
KS4 - Food Preparation and Nutrition
Food preparation and nutrition will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. The curriculum will encourage students to cook and enable them to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as developing vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably. We aim to foster their understanding of the essential role that food plays in society, how to eat well, minimise their impact on the environment and share their love of food with other.
KS4 - Hospitality and Catering
Level 1 / 2 in Hospitality and Catering will equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of menu planning, nutrition and healthy eating. It will allow them to explore the hospitality and catering industry discovering the factors that affect the success of the business and the variety of careers available and what qualifications are needed to access them. We aim to foster their understanding of the essential role that food plays in society, how to eat well, minimise their impact on the environment and share their love of food with other.
- Level 1/2 Technical Award in Engineering
- GCSE Design & Technology
- GCSE Textiles
- GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition
- Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering
- Level 2 Certificate in Child Development
Please see below the Curriculum Overview Maps for a breakdown of what is taught in each year group and by term: