Design & Technology

"Life is not a technological ladder, it is more of a cultural wheel." ― Alan Fletcher, The Art of Looking Sideways


At St George’s we are committed to offering creative design opportunities to our students across the two subject areas: of Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition. We endeavour to deliver a creative curriculum that allows students to be fully conscious and aware of the technological world that is ever evolving around them. 

Students are offered the chance to research, analyse and then solve real problems in an innovative and inspiring atmosphere where success is possible for all. Our theory and project based curriculum offers the wide range of technical skills. 

Design and Technology at St George’s is a highly successful department in all key stage areas. We promote students to be creative and imaginative in their work and to turn ideas into reality by working to a brief. Each term we reward four students- two students from each key stage, with a personalised DT star trophy and designer book. This reward represents their outstanding class work, homework or practical outcome.

Our 4 Core Principles are:  

  1. Design, Make, Evaluate 
  2. 2D into Reality 
  3. Iteration is Essential 
  4. Design then Make, Make then Design, Making and Designing 
     

We have links with UAL University of Arts London, University of Leeds, Design Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Construction Youth Trust, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Formula 1, Pizza Pilgrim, The James Dyson Foundation and Tatty Devine. 

The following specifications/projects are taught in the Design & Technology department:

KS3 Year 7 DT

  • Pewter Project -  An adventure with metal
  • Maze Game - An adventure with wood types
  • Key Tags - An adventure with CAD and acrylics

KS3 Year 8 DT

  • Art Movement designer clock - An adventure through time 
  • Eco Case - An adventure with upcycling textiles
  • Technical Drawing- An adventure with a pencil and ruler

KS3 Year 9 DT

  • Monster keytag - An adventure with Polymer types and CAM
  • Pop Art Embroidered Cushion - An adventure with Textiles and Pop Art.
  • Fragrance Packaging Photoshop Project - An adventure with Paper types and CAD

KS4 AQA GCSE Design & Technology - AQA GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition  

KS5 AQA A Level in Product Design

At KS3 our aims are to introduce the subject with a passion and overall focus on giving all pupils the opportunities to turn their creative ideas into reality.

  • to strive for successful outcomes.
  • to strive for successful outcomes
  • be creative and develop thinking skills
  • work independently and develop self esteem
  • to develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resource fullness.
  • to experience a range of different materials

We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. We deliver Design and Technology with a consistent and coordinated approach. Design Technology is taught in 3 workshops and Food and Nutrition is taught in a specialist food technology room.

Key Skills Required

Pupils will learn through the three main principles of the design making process - Design, Make, and Evaluate. Pupils will follow the design process to research, design, and manufacture and evaluate a marketable outcome.

Number of lessons per week: 1

Homework

Homework will be set on a weekly basis via SMHW. The homework will often be research or design and annotates are a key requirement. All homework will be expected to be completed in the KS3 booklet provide during lesson 1. If booklet is damaged or lost, replacement will cost £1.

Assessment Details

Pupils are assessed regularly, through questioning, homework task and green pen tasks. Diagnostic monitoring will take place twice per half term.

Websites to access:

Teachers

Ms M Vadgama - Head of Department
Ms K Khatlan

Key Tips for Success

  • Pupils should spend at least 30 minutes on their homework.
  • Always bring to lesson a pencil, rubber, shaper, ruler, pen and colour pencils.
  • Make sure that all work is presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.
  • Keep booklet clean and safe by purchasing a clear folder from the department for 20p. 

How can a parent help their child succeed? 

  • Supervise your child’s homework.
  • Understanding what the homework success criteria is used for.
  • Be willing to answer questions to help your child.
  • Prompt your child to use keywords at all times when annotating.
  • Please encourage your child to discuss their projects with you and explore new technologies, materials and products with them.

At KS4 pupils study the new AQA GCSE Design & Technology Specification.

The new qualification is modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Year 10

  • Mock NEA  - None exam assessment
  • Unit 1 Core technical Principles and Unit 2 Specialist technical principles (first half) theory lessons with weekly topic test.
  • School exam at the end of the year (one paper).

Year 11

  • Real NEA  - None exam assessment task set by AQA.
  • Unit 2 Specialist technical principles (second half) and Unit 3 Designing and making principles theory lessons with weekly topic test.
  • National GCSE exam at the end of the year (one paper).

Websites to access:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zby2bdm

www.technologystudent.com

www.designmuseum.co.uk

www.dtonline.org

Teachers

Ms M Vadgama- Head of Department 

At KS4, pupils study the new AQA GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition specification.

Our fresh and exciting GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition specification equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety.

Created with help from teachers and subject experts, it will inspire and motivate your students,opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.

Year 10
Unit 1: General Practical Skills & Hygiene and safety
Unit 2: Baking/ Raising agents
Unit 3: Vegetarian cooking & Salad dressings and emulsions
Unit 4: Proteins: meat, fish, eggs, milk, cheese
Unit 5: Preparing and combining choux pastry.
Unit 6: Food Nutrition and food labels
Unit 7: Cultural differences and Special diets
Unit 8: Issues affecting food choices and food preservation

School exam at the end of the year (one paper).

Year 11
NEA - None exam assessment task set by AQA (two NEA’s)

Theory lessons with weekly topic test.

National GCSE exam at the end of the year (one paper).

Revision Support

www.technologystudent.com

www.licencetocook.org.uk

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/eatwell-plate.aspx

http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/index.aspx

Teachers

Ms M Vadgama – Head of Department

 

 

At Key Stage 5, pupils study the new AQA A-level Design and Technology: Product Design Specification.We teach the enhanced new course that is modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.

The new qualifications place greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

We encourage our students to apply for design related degree courses at university. We will support you through out the UCAS application process (personal statement), portfolio creation and interview skills.

Year 12 
Mock NEA - No exam assessment . Design, make and evaluate project.

Technical principles: Theory lessons with weekly topic test

School exam at the end of the year (one paper).

Year 13
NEA - No exam assessment. Substantial design and make task 

Designing and making principles: Theory lessons with weekly topic test

National A Level exam at the end of the year (two papers).

Websites to access:

www.designweek.co.uk 

www.fubiz.net 

www.creativereview.co.uk 

www.design-milk.com  

www.designtaxi.com/

www.creativebloq.com

Teacher
Ms M Vadgama – Head of Department