Throughout Key Stage 3 all pupils experience each subject area within Technology three times. At the beginning of Year 7 pupils complete a research task that informs their work in each of the subject areas: Resistant Materials, Food, Textiles and Graphics. They then complete an 8-week module in each subject area. In Year 8 & 9 they study each of the four subject areas on an 8-week carousel basis.
In Food Technology pupils gain an understanding of the ‘eat well plate’ and the importance of food safety, safe use of equipment and hygiene. They make a variety of dishes including couscous salad, apple crumble and scones. The recipes are designed as a platform for further skill based learning in Years 8 and 9. All recipes can be found on the TK learning platform.
In Year 8 pupils build upon the skills they have learnt in Year 7. The aim of the course is to enable them to prepare a range of healthy dishes. These include macaroni cheese, fajitas and bread, and pizza.
They also develop their knowledge of healthy eating, balanced dishes and starchy foods.
Food hygiene and safety, nutritional values of foods, adapting recipes and costing recipes are all part of the Year 9 module. The dishes are based upon the “Festivals” theme that is the focus of learning across all DT materials areas. Skills such as making short crust pastry, a whisked sponge and cooking meat safely are developed.
Pupils are introduced to Graphic Design by investigating present day designers and considering how they could use their design concepts to influence their own design ideas. They will be developing their design skills by using different drawing techniques and using various modelling materials to extend their ideas.
In small team, pupils will generate graphic designs for a new Frijj product. They will be working towards a Dairy Crest competition against other secondary schools in the county. Pupils will explore all the elements that make up a successful product, periodically reflecting on their work. They will also gain practical knowledge of working with workshop tools, processes and techniques.
Pupils will be working on the design and packaging of a banner to be used at a Festival. They will be exploring the use of patterns and materials in the design task and using the CAD/CAM cutter plotter to create their package.
Pupils are introduced to Resistant Materials by designing and making a fridge magnet. Firstly they develop graphical and design skills, then they will use basic hand tools and a range of machines in the workshop including a vacuum former. They will learn about some modern materials and become aware of any risks and the health and safety rules through practical activities.
Pupils will develop a design for an Art Spinner, which incorporates an electronic element. They will be taught research and design skills before generating designs of their own. They will also be taught how to depict and construct simple electronic circuits, using a variety of components, which can then be used as part of their final product.
Continuing the Festival theme, Year 9 pupils will be designing and making an Ipod speaker. They will be basing their product on a cast concrete cube that they will need to embellish with branding using the lazer cutter, stencils and spray paints. They will also be required to make the electronic circuit to enable the speaker to work.
Pupils are introduced to Textiles, how they are made and their properties. They also look at the importance of textiles in their lives and historically to the Stroud area. Pupils design and make a product using calico. During this module pupils will learn about design, how to sew by hand and how to use the sewing machines.
After a review of textiles knowledge, students will learn about textiles in different cultures. Surface decoration techniques will be demonstrated and sampled before designing and making a finished piece. This project has been inspired by our new international programme with Chengau Shishi High School in Tian Fu, China.
In Year 9 pupils will be making a banner that they designed and made packaging for in Graphics. They will be developing their hand and machine skills, and using some of the embellishments learnt in Year 8.