Design Technology

Subject overview

Design Technology is the study of the design and manufacture of products using a wide range of materials and ingredients. Throughout their time at Batley Business & Enterprise College, students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make a range of products that solve problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own needs and the needs of others. As part of their work with Food, students will apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating to products that they design, prepare and cook.

Design Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning products, making products and evaluating them.

KS3

Year 7

Resistant Materials

In year 7 Resistant Materials, pupils research their target market and create a client profile before analysing existing products and moving onto designing a novelty coat hook that could be sold at Chester Zoo. Students then begin practical work using wood, plastic and various tools to make their novelty coat hook. When students have completed making we then evaluate our products to reflect upon what has worked well and what could be done better.

The purpose of this task is to teach year 7 students the basic principles of workshop health and safety and to enable them to mark out and safely use basic hand tools including coping saws, tri-squares and screwdrivers. The project requires pupils to use all of the machines in the workshop and enables us to teach them how to safely use pillar drills, belt sanders and plastic forming equipment. The emphasis on this project is on the accurate and safe use of tools and machinery in order to prepare pupils for Design Technology at Batley Business & Enterprise College.

Graphics

In year 7 Graphics, pupils are given the brief to design and make a hand held torch to commemorate or promote an event or place. The torch must be made using acrylic and neoprene and it should be suitable for young people aged 12 to 17 years old. As part of the project, students will research existing products and then design and make their own torch. Students will work with card to model their products before using computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) to produce a working outcome.

The purpose of this task is to teach year 7 basic sketching and design skills as well as simple electronics. It will also allow us to teach the use of basic graphics equipment such as a craft knife and cutting mat. The emphasis on this project is on the accurate and safe use of equipment in a graphics room.

Food

In year 7 Food, students are expected to design and make a range of snacks that could be eaten at a picnic on a day out. Students learn about healthy eating guidelines to ensure that they cater for a healthy picnic. Students will create a range of savoury and sweet products including sandwiches, jam tarts and scones.  Students will also learn about food hygiene and will have the opportunity to use various pieces of equipment including knives, ovens, pans and liquidisers.

The purpose and emphasis of the design task is to prepare year 7 students with basic food hygiene and preparation skills.

Year 8

Resistant Materials

In year 8 Resistant Materials, pupils research their target market and create a client profile before analysing existing products and moving onto designing an automaton that could be used to promote a sports team. Students then begin practical work using wood and various tools to make their automata. We also use computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) to produce parts for our products. When students have completed making we then evaluate our products to reflect upon what has worked well and what could be done better.

The purpose of this task is to teach year 8 students about simple structures and mechanisms and to enable them to safely use hand tools including coping saws, tenon saws, tri-squares and glue guns.

Graphics

In year 8 Graphics, pupils are given the brief to design and make a steady hand game that could be sold in a toy shop. The game must include suitable graphics that are suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years old. As part of the project, students will research existing products and then design and make their own steady hand game. Students will also work with card to produce a swing tag to promote their product whilst working to produce a fully functioning toy.

The purpose of this task is to teach year 8 more detailed sketching and design skills as well as more complex electronics. It will also allow us to teach the use of basic graphics equipment such as a craft knife and cutting mat as well as plastic forming equipment and soldering irons. The emphasis on this project is on the accurate and safe use of various pieces of equipment in a graphics room.

Food

In year 8 Food, students are expected to design and make a range of healthier cakes or biscuits that could be sold in order to raise money for charity. Students learn about batch production and how products can be made in batches by groups. Students will create a range of mainly sweet products including Swiss roll, Victoria sandwich and Flapjacks.  Students will also learn about cross contamination of foods and will have the opportunity to use various pieces of equipment including knives and ovens.

The purpose and emphasis of the design task is to prepare year 8 students with basic food hygiene and preparation skills and for students to learn about working in groups to produce products in batch.

Year 9

In year 7 Food, students are expected to design and make a range of snacks that could be eaten at a picnic on a day out. Students learn about health eating guidelines to ensure that they cater for a healthy picnic. Students will create a range of savoury and sweet products including sandwiches, jam tarts and scones.  Students will also learn about food hygiene and will have the opportunity to use various pieces of equipment including knives, ovens, pans and liquidisers.

The purpose and emphasis of the design task is to prepare year 7 students with basic food hygiene and preparation skills.

Resistant Materials

In year 9 Resistant Materials, pupils research their target market and create a client profile before analysing existing products and moving onto designing an MP3 amplifier that is influenced by a popular music act. Students then begin practical work using wood, plastic and/or metal and various tools to make their MP3 amplifier. We also use computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) to produce parts for our products. When students have completed making we then evaluate our products to reflect upon what has worked well and what could be done better.

The purpose of this task is to teach year 9 students about sustainability and designing for a client. It also enables students to safely use hand tools including coping saws, tenon saws, tri-squares and glue guns as well as other machines including the laser cutter.

Graphics

In year 9 Graphics, pupils are given the brief to design and make a pop-up book that is suitable for children aged 4-6 year olds. The book must include a range of 3D mechanisms and consist of at least 6 pages. As part of the project, students will research existing products and then design and make their own pop-up book. Students will work with card to model their products before using computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) to produce a fully working pop-up book.

The purpose of this task is to teach year 9 3D graphical skills and prepare the students for GCSE. It will also allow us to teach the use of basic graphics equipment such as a craft knife and cutting mat as well as more complex equipment such as die cutters and folding tools. The emphasis on this project is on the accurate and safe use of equipment in a graphics room.

Food

In year 9 Food, students are expected to design and make a range of foods from around the world whilst considering social, moral, environmental and sustainability issues. Students learn about locally sourced and seasonal produce as well as religion and food choices. Students will create a range of mainly savoury products including risotto, Bombay potatoes and Thai meatballs from around the world.  Students will also learn about food air miles and will have the opportunity to use various pieces of equipment.

The purpose and emphasis of the design task is to prepare year 9 students with knowledge about foods from around the world and social, moral, environmental and sustainability issues around food.

KS4

Courses offered are:

GCSE Product Design (AQA)

GCSE Graphic Products (AQA)

GCSE Food Technology (AQA)

Year 10

In term 1, students are introduced to the course and work on a design and make task that includes plastic and card and either wood or metal. Whilst completing the design and make task students gain knowledge and understanding of how to carry out research how to sketch design ideas, how to model ideas both in 3D and computer aided design (CAD) and how to package products and what should be included on packaging.

In term 2, students complete a second design and make task that involves working with card and either metal or wood. During this design and make task students will continue to gain further knowledge in scales of production, various printing processes, Social, moral, cultural and spiritual issues, branding and quality control and quality assurance.

In term 3, students begin to work on their controlled assessment which accounts for 60% of their overall GCSE grade. The controlled assessment culminates in a 20 page A3 portfolio where students research, design, make and evaluate a product to suit a brief of their choice.

Year 11

In term 1, students continue to work on their controlled assessment. The deadline for their coursework is the end of the autumn term, before we break up for Christmas.

Term 2 and 3 are dedicated to exam preparation and revision in readiness for the final exam in May or June. Pupils are continually assessed throughout this period and receive regular feedback and advice on how to achieve the highest possible grade.

Useful links

www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

www.technologystudent.com

Enrichment

Alongside weekly revision and coursework classes for our GCSE students on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the department have also been involved in other successful ventures including the designing and building of Leprechaun and pot of gold for the Harrogate bed race and the designing and building of a replica wheeled stretcher that was presented to the Spenborough Branch of the Royal British Legion in commemoration of World War I.

We also run an exciting and engaging club on a Thursday lunchtime and after school, 3pm-4pm for our Year 7, 8 and 9 students that aims to support students with work they do in class and at home in Design Technology. We also aim challenge and motivate learners in all areas of Design and Technology through extra-curricular design and make work.