Throughout Key Stage 3 all pupils experience each subject area within Technology several times. During Years 7 and 8 they study each of the four material areas on a 9-week carousel basis. During Year 9 they will complete 3 of the 4 material areas, allowing them to develop a greater depth of knowledge in each.
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 skills-based learning in Years 8 and 9.
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. Skills such as making shortcrust pastry, a whisked sponge and cooking meat safely are developed.
Pupils are introduced to Graphic Products by investigating present day designers and considering how they could use their design concepts to influence their own ideas. They will be developing their design skills by using different drawing techniques and using various modelling materials to extend their ideas.
In Year 8 students will develop their knowledge of 2D vector graphics software. They will use this knowledge to produce branded items, reflecting the style of a modern graphic designer. They will also use the software to digitise their own drawings to form part of the digital outcome.
Students in Year 9 will use the knowledge developed over the previous two years to produce branding for a new band. They will explore paper engineering to create unique CD case designs for their band. This project involves hand making skills and digital design.
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.
Pupils will develop a design for a Rope-bot, a wooden toy which reflects their own personality. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of different materials and manufacturing techniques during this project, building upon the skills developed during Year 7.
Year 9 pupils will be designing and making a portable speaker. They will be creating the body of the speaker from recycled materials, exploring street art to develop their surface decoration. They will also be required to make the electronic circuit to enable the speaker to work.
Years 7 and 8
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 door stop using calico as the main fabric. During this module pupils will learn how to use the sewing machine and experiment with the process of weave.
In Year 9 pupils will be making a bag around the theme of festivals. Surface decoration techniques will be demonstrated and sampled before designing and making a final finished product. They will be developing their knowledge in production techniques and surface decoration to make the bag attractive and appealing to a selected target market.