Broadly, in D & T we aim to develop a way of working in which students investigate/research a given situation or brief and use their findings, understanding, knowledge and skills to design and make a solution. D & T draws on knowledge and skills from many areas of the curriculum. At Kendrick, the principal subjects taught within the Department are Food Technology, Product Design (which encompasses Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics, Systems and Control) and Textiles Technology.
At KS3 these topics are covered:
Food – All students undertake the Food Technology ‘Basic Skills’ course.
Product - Introduction to the materials required to design and make well constructed and effective products.
Textiles – Design and make a decorative cushion by using a sewing machine and embellishment techniques.
Food – All students undertake ‘intermediate’ skills and ‘Design and Make’ a loaf of bread. They also learn how to use four major pieces of equipment.
Product – Students analyse existing products and markets which enables students to design and produce desirable products such as jewellery and LED nightlights for appropriate markets.
Textiles – Design and make nightwear, drafting paper pattern and constructing the garment.
Food – The main focus is on Nutrition and Healthy eating, Design and make savoury food products which could be sold as 'Food on the Move' for end of KS3 project.
Product - Applying the design and make skills learned in years 7 and 8 to design and create potentially marketable products.
Textiles – ‘Design and Make’ a bag end of KS3 project. Students make own choices regarding style, fabric and embellishments.
At KS4, all subjects offered use AQA specifications. These are GCSE Food Technology, Product Design, Textiles Technology, KS5 GCE Product Design (Textiles Technology).
Food A large proportion of the AQA Specification syllabus is covered, including a Decorative Fruit Cake project, extended basic skills, Nutrition, Cook Chill and Preservation.
Product Design A series of design and make projects which examine methods of production, CAD/CAM techniques, the history of design movements, marketing and packaging, and graphic representation of ideas.
Textiles Design and development, Industrial practices and mass production, environmental consideration, practical skills, mini project – students design and make a product taking inspiration from a culture of their choice.
Food Students undertake their Controlled Assessment which is 60% of the total marks of their GCSE.
Product Students will choose their GCSE Controlled Assessment from a range of themes and explore a real need for a product. From their research students design, develop and make a prototype product.
Textiles Students design their own brief or interpret one set by the board.
KS 5 AS Product Design (Textiles Technology)
The course builds on the knowledge and understanding of the GCSE unit with a more in depth focus on materials and components. The written examination and coursework have an equal weighting of 50%.
A2 Product Design (Textiles Technology)
The A2 course enables candidates to further develop their knowledge and understanding of materials and components, design and marketing influences and processing.
Design and Technology Enrichment