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Light Hall School - Technology

Subject Overview

All students work in the material areas of Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food/Catering . At the end of Key Stage 3 all students are awarded a National Curriculum Level.

During your first 3 years at Light Hall you will have studied different aspects of Design & Technology using a wide variety of materials. In Years 10 and 11 you can choose to follow a GCSE course in one (or two) areas which you are interested in, and which will benefit you in the future.

Design & Technology GCSE choices:

It is possible to study up to 2 Design & Technology GCSE’s, click on the links below for more information

  • Product Design
  • Catering
  • Resistant Materials

 

KS3 - Overview


In Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) all pupils work in different material areas which include Food/Catering, Graphics Resistant Materials Technology, Control and Product Design.

  • Pupils follow courses which meet the National Curriculum requirements for Design & Technology.
  • Pupils undertake a variety of projects in each material area.
  • The modules are split into 4 *10 weeks modules, to enable all students to experience all the different material areas.
  • At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils receive a teacher-assessed National Curriculum level.
 
August Term
Spring Term Summer Term
yr 7

Resistant Materials
Key Fob/Jewellery  Design – design development, using aluminium, copper and/or Acrylic
Graphics
Logo  design and C.A.D.  design development
Food
Basic Skills – To develop skills in food preparation and function of ingredients and basic nutrition.



Resistant Materials
Key Fob/Jewellery  Design – design development, using aluminium, copper and/or Acrylic
Product Design
Bridge design and build competition
Graphics
Logo  design and C.A.D.  design development
Food
Basic Skills – To develop skills in food preparation and function of ingredients and basic nutrition.

Resistant Materials
Key Fob/Jewellery  Design – design development, using aluminium, copper and/or Acrylic
Product Design
Bridge design and build competition
Graphics
Logo  design and C.A.D.  design development
Food
Basic Skills – To develop skills in food preparation and function of ingredients and basic nutrition.

yr 8

Resistant Materials
Candle holder design, scale design drawing, marking out, cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing.
Product Design
Jewellery holder design – C.A.D.  ICT – scale drawing, Using a laser cutter and assembling wooden base
Food
Healthy eating – looking at how basic recipes can be adapted to follow the healthy eating guidelines

Resistant Materials
Candle holder design, scale design drawing, marking out, cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing.
Product Design
Sports footwear - design project  - advertising, promotion and communicating design ideas
Food
Healthy eating – looking at how basic recipes can be adapted to follow the healthy eating guidelines

Resistant Materials
Candle holder design, scale design drawing, marking out, cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing.
Product Design
Jewellery holder design – C.A.D.  ICT – scale drawing, Using a laser cutter and assembling wooden base
Food
Healthy eating – looking at how basic recipes can be adapted to follow the healthy eating guidelines

yr 9

Product Design
Maze Design – using C.A.D. to develop a maze design to scale  and use the laser cutter to cut the parts prior to assembly.
Graphics
Snack bar design – packaging and promotion including a Point of sale display
Food
Multi-cultural food, looking a t different cultures and preparing foods using authentic ingredients

Product Design
Architectural and Interior design – using different drawing techniques to create a variety of design solutions
Graphics
Snack bar design – packaging and promotion including a Point of sale display
Food
Multi-cultural food, looking a t different cultures and preparing foods using authentic ingredients

Product Design
Maze Design – using C.A.D. to develop a maze design to scale  and use the laser cutter to cut the parts prior to assembly.
Graphics
Snack bar design – packaging and promotion including a Point of sale display
Food
Multi-cultural food, looking a t different cultures and preparing foods using authentic ingredients

 

KS4 - Overview


KS4  COURSES IN DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) all pupils have the opportunity to study one or two Design & Technology G.C.S.E. subjects in the material area(s) of their choice. The 5 GCSE courses currently on offer are:

  • Product Design
  • Catering
  • Resistant Materials

EXAMINATION BOARD
Welsh Board:- Product Design, Catering and Resistant Materials
For information on the specifications visit the Welsh Board website: www. Wjec.co.uk

Resistant Materials GCSE  Welsh Board GCSE
This course is designed to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design and Technology in a rapidly changing society. It enables students to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of Resistant Materials within an overall design and make based approach. This course combines practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices

Product Design Welsh Board GCSE

Design and Technology in Product Design is a recently developed GCSE course within the suite of GCSE specifications offered by the WJEC. The course provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical, ICT and modelling skills, to help their thinking and their ability to take action in the process of designing.

Catering Welsh Board GCSE

This is a new course which offers a unique opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and extend your skills within catering in a vocational context. It will provide opportunities for you to develop your interdisciplinary skills, a range of Key Skills and your capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independent working.

As a GCSE it is a suitable qualification if you want a broad background in this area and wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for entering the world of work.
Another great bonus of following this course is that there is a strong emphasis on gaining the required knowledge via  practical work thus it is ideal for someone who prefers to learn “by doing “

ASSESSMENT

Welsh board, Product Design and Resistant Materials is assessed in a 30 hour controlled assessment, worth 60% of the final grade and one final examination worth 40% of the total grade 

Catering WJEC
UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer
One Written Paper 1¼ hours paper which will be externally set and marked. All questions are compulsory and targeted at the full range of GCSE grades.
UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service
Controlled Task
Two practical tasks selected from a bank of six WJEC set tasks. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.
45 hours in total 60 %

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT
We are able to provide an extensive range of equipment and facilities. Folders, software and Revision Guides can be purchased through the Department.


KS4 Product Design

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

Product Design Welsh Board GCSE

 
     
  Design and Technology in Product Design is a recently developed GCSE course within the suite of GCSE specifications offered by the WJEC. The course provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical, ICT and modelling skills, to help their thinking and their ability to take action in the process of designing

Bulletpoint Parents Information Evening - Product Design pdf format

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 10

Concept design and Modelling Computer mouse and mouse mat design
Creative design, modelling, ergonomics and sublimation printing and use of the heat press

Plastic – forming, shaping and assembling to make a product
Creative design and use of C.A.D/C.A.M to achieve a quality product

Alessi/Starke concept storage design in Metal
Using a variety of drawing and presentation techniques Marking out, cutting, shaping, assembling and finishing in metal.

Pop riveting, soldering, brazing, riveting and finishing processes undertaken



Mobile phone – concept design including the design of the package and point of sale counter display
Using of C.A.D. /C.A.M. 3D machining and printing.








Key External assessment points (if applicable)
yr 11

Controlled assessment Task
Mock examination preparation

Controlled assessment Task 
examination preparation

 
Key External assessment points (if applicable)

 


KS4 Catering

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

Hospitality and Catering Welsh Board GCSE

 
     
  Hospitality and catering is a course which offers a unique opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within catering in a vocational context. It will provide opportunities for them to develop their interdisciplinary skills, a range of Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independent working.

Bulletpoint Parents Information Evening - Food pdf format

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 10

The industry – food and drink.
Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training.
Health, safety and hygiene

Food preparation, cooking and presentation.
Costing and portion control
Specialist equipment


Controlled assessment Task  Unit 1 task 1
Communication and record keeping.
Environmental considerations.

Key External assessment points (if applicable)
yr 11

Controlled assessment Task Unit 1 task 2
Mock examination preparation





Examination preparation








UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer 
One Written Paper 1¼ hours paper which will be externally set and marked. All questions are compulsory and targeted at the full range of GCSE grades.

Key External assessment points (if applicable)

 


KS4 Resistant Materials

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

Resistant Materials GCSE Welsh Board GCSE

 
     
  This course is designed to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design and Technology in a rapidly changing society. It enables students to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of Resistant Materials within an overall design and make based approach. This course combines practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices

Bulletpoint Parents Information Evening - Resistant Materials pdf format

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
yr 10

Designing and making in Metal
Bottle opener/ Fridge Magnet/key ring in Aluminium – using a range of drawing techniques to develop the design before marking out, cutting , shaping and finishing in metal, using a variety of tools, equipment and processes

Design and making in plastic
Mobile phone holder – to develop the design suing a variety of drawing techniques including C.A.D. allowing the laser cutter to cut out the design prior to assembly

Design and making in Wood
To develop a storage unit which incorporates a variety of permanent wood fixing joints.  Using a variety of drawing techniques to present the design including C.A.D.
Use a variety of tools and equipment

Casting in Pewter  – decoration of the box  - development of the design using C.A.D. and manufacture of the mould using the laser cutter 



Balancing sports figure – desk ornament
Cutting shaping,  assembling and finishing metal following a technical drawing  - to include, taps and dies, soldering, brazing and dip coating














Key External assessment points (if applicable)
yr 11

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT UNIT
Mock exam preparation

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT UNIT
Exam preparation

 
Key External assessment points (if applicable)


FAQs

What topic will I study?
A range of themed based projects focused in different material areas throughout the year, including; Graphics and CAD/CAM based task, Resistant Materials, in metal, wood and plastic and Product Design tasks in a variety of media. Food Technology and Textiles.

What skills will I develop?
Observational drawing, Production of 2D and 3D work in a range of material areas. Primary and Secondary Research. Technical use of materials and develop skills in a range of design and make  processes in 2D and 3D. Use of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing processes. Preparing and making,  Food preparation

What are the aims of the courses?
Develop skills and techniques in effective communication, organisation and expression of ideas visually, working both independently and as part of a team.
Gain understanding of a wide range of  materials, media, techniques and processes in both 2D and 3D. As well as to develop practical skills in a variety of material areas.
To develop creative thinking skills.   Improve the understanding of art within the context of different cultures, society and industry.
To build self confidence and self esteem in Design and Technology and become a more reflective learner.

What examination will I take?

Resistant Materials GCSE  Welsh Board GCSE
This course is designed to develop an awareness of the nature and significant importance of Design and Technology in a rapidly changing society. It enables students to develop their application of knowledge, skills and understanding of Resistant Materials within an overall design and make based approach. This course combines practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices

Product Design Welsh Board GCSE
Design and Technology in Product Design is a recently developed GCSE course within the suite of GCSE specifications offered by the WJEC. The course provides opportunities for students to apply aesthetic, moral, social, economic and industrial awareness in their design work. Students are encouraged to use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical, ICT and modelling skills, to help their thinking and their ability to take action in the process of designing

What independent study will I have to undertake?
Students will be expected to complete classwork and homework. They will be expected to create evidence of research and development in sketch books and will be asked to produce supporting practical 2D and 3D work at school and at home.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
There are many career opportunities, which can follow Art training. Some examples are:-
Product Design; Fashion Design; Interior Design; Graphic Design; Advertising; Architecture; Jewellery; Furniture Design; Textiles Design; Web Design, Garden Design, Fashion buyer, Chef, food Technologist, environmental health officer, Nutrionist, Dietician, Automotive designer, Food Product.. to name but a few.

WJEC G.C.S.E. Catering
Researching, analysing, planning, making, observing, understanding and evaluating relevant areas of the catering industry.

What is involved with the examination?
UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer
One Written Paper 1¼ hours paper which will be externally set and marked. All questions are compulsory and targeted at the full range of GCSE grades.

What controlled assessment will I have to complete?
UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service
Controlled Task
Two practical tasks selected from a bank of six WJEC set tasks. Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.
45 hours in total 60 %

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
The qualification studied could lead to employment in any establishment that prepares and serves food, for example restaurants, hotels, schools, nurseries and hospitals. Also further study at a specialist college.


Resources

BBC Bitesize - Technology
OCR - Design and Technology
WJEC Support for students and parents
www.technologystudent.com
Lonsdale Revision Guides

 

Technology Staff

Mr. G. Gara
Head of Department:
Graphics, Product Design & Resistant Materials

Mrs. J Willcock
KS3 Co-ordinator & Food Technology Teacher

Miss. P. Harris
Head of Child Development and Health & Social Care
Food & Textiles Teacher

Mr. A. Cooney
Art, Resistant Material & Graphics Teacher

Mr. C. Wordsworth
Resistant Materials & Graphics Teacher

Miss. S. Pollard
Textiles, Food Technology & Department Literacy Co-ordinator

Miss. M. Munn
Art, Textiles & Graphics Teacher

Technical Support

Miss. M. Lenton
Food & Textiles

Mr. J. Connaughton
Resistant Materials & Graphics