Curriculum Information for the Design & Technology department

Staff Role
Mr Brown Technology Teacher 
Mr Roberts Technology Teacher 
Mr Williams  Technology Teacher/KS4 Leader 
Ms O’Farrell Technology Teacher/Vice Principal
Mr Stubbins Director of STEM

 

Vision:

Our vision for our students is for them to grow in confidence and independence and for them to consider pursuing careers in a wide variety sectors from Engineering to Catering.  
We provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that they need, and encourage them to be creative, analytical, practical and reflective, qualities that are essential to be successful in these sectors. 

Curriculum Intent:

Design & Technology at Central Lancaster High School allows pupils to appreciate the whole design process of designing, making and evaluating products in the Design, Engineering, Hospitality and Catering industries.  The two courses we deliver provide instruction of safe operation of equipment in those environments, theoretical study of materials and processes, and experience of meeting client needs, independent research and both traditional and modern means of production.

Method of delivery:

The Key Stage 3 programme of study will form the foundations of skills and knowledge in Catering and Design Technology to develop an appreciation of the wider perspective of these environments and to give them personal experience of following industry standard techniques.  


At Key Stage 4 we have chosen to deliver the WJEC Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering because it has been designed to support students who want to learn about this vocational sector and the potential it can offer them for their careers or further study. It provides our students with a core depth of knowledge and a range of specialist and general skills that will support their progression to further learning and employment.


Learners completing the Level 1/2 Award in Hospitality and Catering may then progress onto Level 3 qualifications in Food Science and Nutrition.


At Key Stage 4 students studying Design Technology follow the AQA GCSE Design Technology Specification.  This course has been chosen for its preparation of students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world with students gaining awareness of the wider influences of historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.  

Year 7 Curriculum – Brief details of topics taught each half term

Subject

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Half Term 4

Half Term 5

Half Term 6

Catering

 

 

 

Health and safety in the kitchen and Standard operating procedures (SOP). Practical's 1 to 3 show increasing use of utensils and equipment as well as improving SOP knowledge.

The Eatwell plate and nutrients (balanced diet).

Practical's 4 to 6 demonstrate students understanding of the topic.

Nutrition continued.  Students will examine recipes that fulfil the dietary requirements of the majority of people.  Practical's 7 and 8 will be assessed.

Design Technology

Health and safety in the workshop.

Research and design, including initial ideas and development of a Name Badge.

Introduction to Plastic theory to be included with the design work.

 

Continuation on design work, introduction to polishing techniques and using the line bender. Learning how to evaluate and analyse a design.

Continuation on plastic theory and manufacturing techniques.

A focus on iterative design to create packaging for a chocolate bar using nets and turning them into 3D packaging.

Focused theory on paper and boards to accompany this design/make/evaluate project.

 

 

 

 

Year 8 Curriculum – Brief details of topics taught each half term

Subject

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

 

Half Term 3

 

Half Term 4

 

Half Term 5

 

Half Term 6

 

Catering

 

 

 

A look at British food and altering perspectives on what is now classed as British.  Focus on multiculturalism

Practicals 1 to 3 Great British menu

Half term 5 and 6 look at foods from around the world.  Students will look at different countries and religions and investigate national dishes and importantly how diet changes with culture and climate. 

 

Design Technology

Review of health and safety in the workshop

Series of exercises using 2D design software for students to familiarise themselves with the tools available within the platform.

Using 2D Design and the laser cutter – design a clock to the specification and design brief, then evaluate the finished product against spec and peer evaluation.

Develop skills around design techniques using colour and accurate rendering.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Curriculum – Brief details of topics taught each half term

Subject

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

 

Half Term 3

 

Half Term 4

 

Half Term 5

 

Half Term 6

 

Catering

Students investigate the packaging and labelling of products, the legal requirements and how this is linked to health and diet

Practicals 1 to 3 investigate sweet and pastry preparation

Individual needs such as vegetarianism, veganism, lactose and gluten intolerance and consider the difficulties of altering recipes for individuals.

Practicals 4 to 6 reflect the theory work.

Students examine recipes that fulfill the dietary requirements of specific  situations. 

Practicals 7 and 8 will be assessed.

Advanced Techniques introduced prior to GCSE options. 

This half term will look at starters and desserts with a focus on presentation of food.

Students will get more choice of what to make based on a theme such as pastry.

Advanced Techniques introduced prior to GCSE options. 

This half term will look at Mains.

Students will look at specific techniques (especially cutting techniques)

 

Mini Unit 2 project with exam.

Planning afternoon tea, working with a partner

Design Technology

Introduction to specific tools and techniques used in the manufacturing process of the Passive amp project, as well as general workshop safety.

Primary research and client selection, brief/spec writing. Learning ‘how to be creative’ using different methods such as ‘doodles’ and taking inspiration from shapes and nature.

Designing a product, developing using iterative design process, producing a quality assurance document and cutting list.

Begin making, using cut materials (softwood).

Once making is complete, evaluate against a spec and peer evaluate work.

Introduction to crumble using the conductive dough.

Complete programming scheme using motors, LEDs and speakers.

Considered consumer (design only) project:  Utilising 3D printing technology CAD to design a prosthetic limb to fit a purpose e.g. sports.

 

Research and Evaluation project: Primary and Secondary research into an existing board game. Play the product and evaluate. Iterate the design and improve it for a chosen consumer/client.

Evaluation of all knowledge and skills covered through the year and required at KS4

 

Year 10 Curriculum – Brief details of topics taught each half term

Subject

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

 

Half Term 3

 

Half Term 4

 

Half Term 5

 

Half Term 6

 

Catering

Introduction to standard operating procedures

Kitchen Safety and use of equipment.

Types of Cut

Techniques practicals.

Nutrition Macro and Micro nutrients.

Savoury food Starters.

Desserts

 

 

Food packaging and labelling.

Hospitality and catering industry in focus.  Looking at the kitchen and different layers to the catering and hospitality business. 

Advanced techniques in preparing food.

Consolidation on Pastry, Dough and the use of flour in cooking, and wheat alternatives.

Advaned techniques continued.

Presentation of food.

 

 

Non Examined assessment - practice for the Unit 2 work which will be completed in year 11

 

Design Technology

Core Specialist modules.

Projects - Laser cut Earphone wrap projects.

 

Core Specialist modules.

Projects - Light box made of timber and acrylic

 

Core Specialist modules.

Projects – continuation of Light box made of timber and acrylic

 

Non-Examined Element.

Pre-released project from AQA. Context Iterative Design

Non-Examined Element.

Pre-released project from AQA. Context Iterative Design 

Non-Examined Element.

Pre-released project from AQA. Context Iterative Design 

 

Year 11 Curriculum – Brief details of topics taught each half term

Subject

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

 

Half Term 3

 

Half Term 4

 

Half Term 5

 

Half Term 6

 

Catering

Unit 2 NEA

Hospitality and Catering in Action. Learners will apply their learning from Year 10 to safely prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes. They will write up a detailed proposal based on a Learner Assignment Brief (LAB) and then make 2 dishes under controlled conditions.

Revision for Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering industry exam to be held in June. Learners will be taught how to answer short and extended questions. Where appropriate, a practical approach to learning will be provided.

 

 

Design Technology

Unit 2 NEA Design and technology. Learners will apply their learning from Year 10. The NEA involves both a design portfolio which includes analysis of existing products and using this to develop a rationale, specification and design development solution for a design problem.  The context is set by the Exam Board but the students have to identify a problem to solve and consider a consumer who might use the final product. The process involves iterative design and revisiting previous solutions/problems to build towards a final piece. This project forms 50% of the final grades and takes the form of an internally assesses portfolio. It is expected pupils will complete approximately 35 guided learning hours.

Revision of Unit 1. This includes Core Technical Principles, Specialist Technical Principles and Designing and making Principles.

 

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