Curriculum

Key Stage 3

All our students follow The National Curriculum Programme of Study. Over the last few years in the Design and Technology Department at HWGA, we have carefully structured a course which encompasses the statutory requirements for Design and Technology at Key Stage 3, whilst retaining the best of traditional aspects of the subject. This provides all Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils with a thorough grounding in a variety ot technological skills and processes. They are allocated four lessons every two weeks (120 minutes) and the classes are of mixed ability. There are approximately 22 students per class and they follow a carousel arrangement, spending 13 weeks each of the areas of Resistant Materials, Food and Systems & Control.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology is a generic term covering a range of action-based studies within the curriculum. The subject is concerned with giving all pupils the opportunity to gain experience in identifying, considering and solving problems through the manipulation of a range of materials and technologies, thus helping to prepare them for their future life within a changing technological society.
 
The courses we offer can vary from year to year. This is determined by the ever-changing contents of the courses, the pupils' ability and the number of pupils who have opted for the subject. The aims, objectives and details of all these courses are in published specification documents provided by the exam board.
 
All students through the ‘option system’ can continue their studies in D&T. We currently deliver GCSE (full courses) in:

GCSE D & T Product Design (WJEC) Spec number 4140

This is assessed upon 60% coursework and 40% on examination.This GCSE course is administered by The WJEC Examining Group and full details can be found on their website at www.wjec.co.uk

Home Economics: Food and Nutrition (OCR) Spec Number J431

This is assessed upon 2 x coursework tasks each worth 30% and 40% on examination. This GCSE course is administered by The OCR Examining Group and full details can be found on their website at www.ocr.org.uk

Key Stage 5

The courses we offer can vary from year to year. This is determined by the ever-changing contents of the courses, the pupils' ability and the number of pupils who have opted for the subject.
 
Currently, pupils are completing the ‘Basic Food Hygiene for Students in Compulsory Education’ awarded through ICSET.
 
In the future it is our intention to offer, and hopefully pupils take up, the opportunity to continue their Design & Technology studies into the Sixth Form.

 

Teaching and Learning

The core activity of design and technology involves:
 
Investigative, disassembly and evaluative activities related to products and their applications
 
Focused practical tasks to develop skills and the fields of knowledge
 
Ingredients, materials and components; control and systems, which include mechanical, electrical and electronic and structures
 
Quality and health and safety
 
The knowledge used in design and technology is critical to the sound development of products. This knowledge and understanding will be taught specifically within D&T, but will also be drawn from other curriculum areas like science, mathematics, art and design, business education, information technology, environmental education and economic and industrial understanding.  D&T will also contribute to these subjects and some other curriculum areas.

Design and technology provides excellent opportunities for students to apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature in their designing and to existing products and their applications.

Students will use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical and modelling skills, to help their thinking and ability to take action in the process of designing.
Any design and technological activity should be a learning experience whereby the students' repertoire of knowledge, skills and understanding is extended and applied in increasingly more diverse and sophisticated ways.
 
We also identify TRICs within the projects pupils complete. There are many opportunities for pupils to demonstrate how they have worked as a:
 
Team learner
Reflective learner
Independent learner
Creative learner
 

Assessment

 
In Year 7 a baseline assessment is made using a short practical project and a written test. The baseline is then used to set a realistic target for pupils to achieve by the end of the year. In Year 8 and 9, the end of year level from the previous year is their starting point and targets set accordingly.
 
Assessment is carried out, during a project, on a regular basis during lesson time and in the marking of homework. At the end of a project a formal assessment is carried out, with the pupils completing their own self assessment and then a teacher’s assessment. Levels are awarded and progress monitored within sub levels. Targets are then reviewed and new targets set if necessary.
 

Homework

In Year 7, homework is set each week and should take about 20 minutes.
In Year 8 and 9, homework is set each week and should take about 20 – 30 minutes.
Homework could consist of:
Collecting pictures and information for their project
Researching a topic
Writing up what they have done as a diary
Writing a plan
Collecting ingredients
Finding a recipe or
Writing an evaluation
 
In Years 10 and 11, homework is set each week and should take about 45 minutes.
Homework will consist of the following towards the completion of the coursework elements of their course:
Collecting  information for their project
Primary and secondary research on a topic
Designing
Planning
Developing ideas
Finalising  a recipe
Writing up a method used in making
Writing an evaluation and
Revision and completing previous examination questions