Oxford Academy

Design & Technology

The Department is staffed by four specialist teachers.

The facilities include resources for : Woodwork, metal work, food technology, and textiles technology. This includes a Laser cutter, CNC router, CAD room and hot metal facilities.

Our Mission statement

“We will work with our pupils to create a positive and innovative environment where we all define our places in the wider curriculum and school community through our students taking risks, solving problems and showing resilience towards truly shaping their futures. Failure is not an option.”

Introduction

The D&T department is made up of Textiles, Engineering, Food Technology,  and Resistant Materials.. It is a department that has undergone a lot of change over the past year and has got a bright future ahead as it develops to meet the needs of students of the future. Our aim as a team is to enable pupils to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress, achieve and are creative confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, which are responsible citizens and can make a positive contribution to society.

Technology in its broadest sense is all pervasive in our society.  It has become essential to the safe and smooth running of our lives.  Its influence is felt even before we are born and be with us throughout our lives.

AIMs and objectives

  • The potential of every student is recognised and maximised
  • Pupil progress is maintained to aid progression
  • We celebrate and communicate success
  • Lessons are inclusive by design
  • All work spaces are safe environments, respected by all
  • Support structures within the faculty are clear
  • We value each others’ strengths and help to overcome our weaknesses
  • Develop transferable skills

 In addition we aim to:

  • Develop and increase knowledge and understanding of the technological world
  • Encourage the development of positive attitudes to technology
  • Create problem solvers who can work as individuals or as a team, using technology as a tool
  • Cross Curricular Links
  • This is an area that TOAD&T will be developing in the future, our main motivation is to  provide learners with a diverse curriculum that meets the needs of pupils, the TOAD&T department promotes cross curricular learning within lessons, as part of collapsed curriculum days and as part of our extracurricular clubs.

The following themes will be taught discreetly within TOAD&T lessons:

  • Careers, enterprise, ICT, Science, English, Maths.
  • Numeracy and literacy are two areas that are developed throughout the year, through our numeracy and literacy ambassadors within the department. Their role is to embed these skills across all curriculum areas within TOAD&T.

The amount of curriculum time per subject is as follows:

Subject

Year

Hours per fortnight

Textiles Technology

11

10

Food Technology

10

5 (changing to 4)

Resistant Materials

10

5 (changing to 4)

BTEC Engineering

9

5 (Changing to 4)

BTEC L3 Engineering

12/13

24

Foundation Course:

Design Technology is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3.

Year 7 technology is taught in a single  20 hr block.

Year 7

Skills covered

Back to basics food

Fruit and Vegetable preparation.

Meat preparation

Food safety and hygiene

Rubbing in method

Introduction to cookers and ovens

Sauces and flavourings

 Year 8

Pupils are taught in mixed ability sets, and will study 4 modules of work on a rotational basis. Each module will deliver key skills and knowledge as well as focus on specific aspects of the design process. Pupils are taught in a very practical way, experimenting and working with a range of different materials, to produce high quality functional products.

KS4

BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Engineering

Exam board: Edexcel

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/demo/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/international-engineering-2014.html

What is this course about?

This course has been designed for students who may wish to explore a vocational route into the world of engineering. This course provides a good foundation for learners to progress to the BTEC Level 3 Engineering course, entry level job roles or apprenticeships within the sector.

What will I learn?

Level 2 Engineering will allow students to:

  • Gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the engineering sector.
  • Develop a range of personal skills and techniques that are essential for performance as an engineer
  • How to interpret information in order to select and apply knowledge of engineering products, processes, materials and technologies.
  • Develop communication skills through presentations and working with industry related professionals.
  • Demonstrate how sustainable engineering relates to the wider world.

How will my work be assessed?

  • Learners must complete two core units
  • Unit 1:The engineered world (Externally assessed)
  • 3 units, internally assessed through practical work and theory portfolios.
  • Unit 2: Investigating an Engineered Product
  • Unit 7 Machining techniques

Unit 8 Electronic Circuit Design and Construction

What can this subject lead to in the future?

A qualification in BTEC Level 2 Engineering will:

  • Show an employer you are creative and imaginative, with original ideas and strong presentation skills.
  • Show an employer that you are able to solve complex problems, use your initiative and work independently.
  • Show an employer that you have an understanding of the commercial side of developing a product.
  • Lead to a sixth form course at school or college and study at University in a range of engineering related disciplines.
  • Show an employer that you have a basic understanding of machining and manufacturing principals.

Possible jobs: Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Civil engineer, Aeronautical engineer, Pilot, Surveyor, Sports Engineer, Medical Engineer.

http://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/

http://www.youngeng.org/

http://www.stemnet.org.uk/

GCSE Resistant Materials

Exam Board: WJEC

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/design-and-technology-gcse/

What is this course about?

Students will solve real problems through the use of materials such as wood, metal and plastics. They will have the opportunity to evaluate existing products and develop their own skills and ideas throughout Year 9 &10. Having developed their confidence in these areas they will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of possible projects to design and make for year 11 coursework.

What will I learn?

Design: Analysis of problem, Research, Writing specifications, Initial design ideas, Development of ideas, Working drawings and Evaluation of projects.

Making: Use of materials: Woods, Metals and plastics, Tools and manufacturing

Processes: Fabricating and finishes, jointing techniques, CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacture).

How will my work be assessed?

To pass the course you must complete 2 units:

Unit 1  (40%) 2 Hour written exam paper; Unit 2 (60%) Controlled assessment (30 hours) where you design, make a product and produce a portfolio. 
What can this subject lead to in the future?

A qualification in Resistant Materials will:

  • Show an employer you are creative and imaginative, with original ideas and strong presentation skills
  • Show an employer that you are able to solve complex problems, use your initiative and work independently.
  • Lead to a sixth form course at school or college and study at University in a range of Design, Engineering and Architectural courses.
  • Provide some understanding of materials and skills required for an apprenticeship.

Possible jobs: Product Designer, Industrial designer, Furniture designer, Engineer, Carpenter, Joiner, Plumber.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/resistantmaterials/

http://www.technologystudent.com/

http://www.designboom.com/

https://designmuseum.org/

http://www.designcurial.com/folksonomy/blueprint

GCSE Food Technology

Exam Board: WJEC

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/design-and-technology-gcse/

What is this course about?

This course has been designed for students who like cooking and are interested in food materials function, health and nutrition. You will follow the same processes as professional kitchen by designing and making products for a variety of customers, shops and canteens. Approximately 50% of lessons will be practical involving the design and making of many products

What will I learn?

Year 9 learn basic cooking skills by following recipes for simple dishes and learning how to use kitchen equipment safely. Each recipe is underpinned with knowledge about sourcing food, nutrition, and hygiene and food safety. Students will gain a qualification in Home Cooking skills.

During year 10 students will start their GCSE and build on the skills learned in year 9. Students will develop analysis and evaluative skills. Demonstrate creativity and ingenuity through project work.

During year 11 students will apply skills they have learned in year 9 and 10 by through a design and make Controlled Assessment activity.

How is my work assessed? To pass the course you must complete 2 units:

Unit 1: (40%) 2 Hour written exam paper; Unit 2(60%) Controlled assessment (30 hours) Design and make a product and produce a portfolio.

How will my work be assessed?

To pass the course you must complete 2 units:

Unit 1: (40%) 2 Hour written exam paper; Unit 2 (60%) Controlled assessment (30 hours) Design and make a product and produce a portfolio.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/foodtech/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/food-technology

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eating-exams

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

http://www.nutrition.org.uk/

GCSE Textiles

Exam Board- WJEC

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/design-and-technology-gcse/

What is this course about?

This course has been designed for students who are creative and passionate about textile products. It will enable them develop their creativity and flair whilst learning practical skills and developing subject knowledge. They get the opportunity to be creative with both fashion and textiles by turning design ideas into reality. Learners design and make a range of items such as bags, clothes and toys.

What will I learn?

Year 9 is a skills building year where students learn basic joining, finishing and embellishment techniques. Learners will develop design and making skills through three projects (clutch bag, waistcoats and a fashion garment) while developing knowledge and understanding of cultures, societies and their impact on design.

In year 10 learners will build on skills learned in year 9 through 2 projects and learn about Smart materials and develop their CAD/CAM skills. You will continue to develop your own designing and making skills and will take part in a ‘Project runway’ style project using SMART materials.

During year 11 students will work on their Controlled Assessment where they will be allocated 40 hrs to design and make a product.

What can this subject lead to in the future?

A qualification in Textile Technology will:

  • Show an employer you are creative and imaginative, with original ideas and strong presentation skills.
  • Show an employer that you are able to solve complex problems, use your initiative and work independently.
  • Show an employer that you have an understanding of the commercial side of developing a product.
  • Lead to a sixth form course at school or college and study at University in a range of Textile/Fashion related disciplines.

Possible jobs: Merchandiser, Buyer, Fashion Designer, surface pattern design, Marketing manager

Useful Websites

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

http://www.wgsn.com/en/- Fashion news and trends

http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/

https://textiles4u.wikispaces.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/textiles/

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Revision:Gcse_textiles_revision

http://www.textileshotline.co.uk/

KS3- Charging policy

Materials are provided in Resistant Materials, Engineering and Textiles free of charge.  In food lessons students are expected to provide ingredients, although some basics may be provided. Consideration will be given to pupils who are unable to provide ingredients, in these circumstances a letter or phone call from parents will be required.

GCSE level and above- charging policy

Students will be provided with materials during these courses.  Materials for major projects will also be supplied free where they exist within school.    However where a student wishes to use non-stock items, these will need to be provided by the student. 

Further information:  Shontelle.magenty@theoxfordacademy.org.uk