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Worthing High School

End of Autumn 1 - start of October half term

Design Technology & Food

The DT department experience at Worthing High School involves: -

  • High quality teaching from enthusiastic and highly motivated staff
  • Innovative and creative projects to enthuse and excite students in all year groups.
  • Fun but purposeful lessons, where students are given the space and knowledge to develop their practical and theory skills.
  • Support and guidance to ensure all students reach their full potential.

 

Information about the DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Department

Curriculum Vision 

All students will learn from a range of positive practical and theoretical experiences linked to life skills and creativity. With good career links related to student’s learning, we try to develop our students to be independent problem solvers with a good awareness of how our subject fits into the world both culturally and economically.  

  • What principles underpin it? 

We plan to deliver fun but purposeful lessons, where students are given the space and knowledge to develop their practical and theory skills. We believe that the theory will help support the pupils to be better designers and more conscious consumers. 

We want to support and guide all students to reach their full potential, giving them more cultural capital and essential life skills regardless of their ability. 

  • Preparation for work? 

We want lessons that are linked to career paths and to make additional partnerships with employers. We believe that our lessons link to careers and soft skills. 

  • Social justice? 

Where possible we look to make cultural links and to develop understanding about how our subjects relate to the world through the exploration of inclusivity, religious and cultural issues. 

Curriculum Intent 

Pupils can experience and work with a range of practical techniques working not only on the theory through chalk and talk methods. We use a range of metacognitive techniques to break down the content and offer numerous opportunities for pupils to revisit and develop their knowledge in a constructivist method.

  • Within FOOD and DT pupils physically produce and make outcomes, learning practically whilst studying the supporting theory. All the subjects and topics teach life skills from creativity to problem solving and link to numerous job roles within industry. 

  • The three areas are always developing and skillsets are changing as technology progresses, which allows us to teach pupils current content. 

  • All of our subjects relate to issues and content covered within every subject, however we are able to let pupils apply and explore the topics practically. 

  • Pupils can experience and work with a range of practical techniques working with a variety of materials and ingredients. We rotate so that pupils learn from specialists from each discipline and have tried to incorporate a multi-disciplinary approach within DT where possible to cover a range of subjects (Systems, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphics and Food). They learn important career related skills and soft skills/ life skills. 

  • Pupils can problem solve, have opportunities to be independent and learn through enquiry 

  • Pupils get to discuss and debate current themes relating to FOOD, DT and Art and their impact on the products that they make. 

  • Regular active learning and formative testing to help pupils prepare for their GCSEs. 

  • Within DT and FOOD industry links have been made and we try to ensure that we hone those skills whilst ensuring that we also cover the key criteria identified by the AQA DT, FOOD and Art specifications. 

 

 

Curriculum Sequencing DT Summary 

Curriculum sequencing 

Year 7 Biomimicry unit  

Students will learn about Electronic Systems, Resistant materials, Design influences and will work their way through a nature inspired light design and build task. Working with a range of wood joints and manufactured boards students will gain more knowledge of health and safety within the workshop through this unit. 

Year 7 Action Figure Unit 

Students will learn about Graphics, Vacuum forming, Thermoforming plastics, Design influences and will work their way through an action figure design and build task. Working with a range of plastics students will gain more knowledge of Polymers, papers and boards. 

Year 7 Food Unit 

Pupils will learn about food and nutrition through various practical tasks. 

Year 8 Sustainable textiles unit 

Students will learn about Textiles, Sustainability, CAD/CAM, Design influences and will work their way through a textiles design and build task. Working with a range of techniques from applique’ to trapunto, students will increase their ability to work safely with textiles. 

Year 8 Mechanisms project 

Students will learn about Mechanical systems, Resistant Materials, CAD/CAM, Design influences and will work their way through a mechanism design and build task. Working with pine students will gain more knowledge of hardwoods and softwoods. 

Year 8 Food Unit 

Pupils will learn about foods from different cultures and how to source sustainable foods. 

Year 9 Travel Game unit 

Students will learn about Resistant Materials, Wood Joints, Wood finishes, Design influences and will work their way through a travel game design and build task. Working with a range of techniques from a more open brief pupils will develop their own innovative ideas to a given design problem. 

Year 9 STEAM unit 

Students will learn about STEAM, Problem solving, Structures and will work their way through a series of design and build tasks. Working with a range of briefs students will develop their ability to problem solve and respond to a Brief. 

Year 9 Food Unit 

Pupils will develop a range of practical and life skills to allow them to create their own nutritious dishes.  

In KS4 Students can go on to study:   

GCSE AQA Design and Technology in which pupils can specialise in  

  • papers and boards 

  • timber based materials 

  • metal based materials 

  • polymers 

  • textile based materials 

  • electronic and mechanical systems. 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552 

or 

GCSE AQA Food preparation and Nutrition 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/food/gcse/food-preparation-and-nutrition-8585  

 

Curriculum Sequencing Food (more information) 

Food – Curriculum Sequence

At Key Stage 3 students currently have 2 half terms of Food (approximately 20 lessons) as part of the Design Rotation.

In year 10 and 11 students can choose to study GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition as one of their option subjects.

 

Term 1&2 (Rotational Subject)

Year 7

Hygiene & Safety in the Food Room.

Healthy Eating:

Eat Well Guide

5 A Day

Safe use of the cooker, knife skills and the use of other basic kitchen equipment.

Simple recipes that are predominantly savoury and with a focus on eating a balanced diet

Year 8

Recap of Food Hygiene & Safety.

Nutrition – Key nutrients in food

Sustainable Food Issues:

Fair Trade

Organic

Food Miles – promoting UK seasonal foods and buying local produce

Food Around the World

Safe use of kitchen equipment with use of some specialist tools.

More complex recipes based on family meals from around the world.

Year 9

Nutrition & Food Choice:

Energy balance

Healthier cooking methods

Nutrition – Macro and Micro Nutrients

Recipes with some choice of ingredients to suit dietary needs.

 

Food Science:

The function of different ingredients in recipes to give a quality product.

Experiments and recipes that explore food science eg cake making and bread making (pizza)

 

 

 

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 10

Principle of Nutrition

Nutrition

Macronutrients

Micronutrients

Complimentary actions

Water

Dietary Fibre {NSP}

Diet & Good Health

Energy balance

RDIs, BMR, PAL

Life-stages

Special diets

Healthy diets

Dietary health issues

Planning diets

Adapting recipes

Calculate nutritional value

Food Safety

Micro-organisms

Positive uses & food spoilage

Growth conditions

Food storage

Contamination

Food poisoning

Preservation

Food Labelling

 

The Science of Food

Cooking methods

Heat transference

Function of ingredients

Working characteristics:

Protein

Carbohydrates

Fats/Oils

Fruit/Vegetables

Recipe remedies

Mock NEA 1

Food science experiment

 

Year 10 Mock

Written exam

Practical exam

 

 

Food Commodities

Dairy

Meat & Fish

Poultry & Eggs

Alternative proteins

Beans, nuts, pulses

Fats & oils

Sugar & syrups

Cereals, bread, pasta, potatoes

Fruits & vegetables

Year 11

Food Preparation

Factors affecting food choice

Sensory analysis

Food testing

 

NEA 1 FOOD SCIENCE

INVESTIGATION

15% exam – 8 hours

1,500-2,000 words

Food Provenance

Food origins

Food miles

Sustainability

Food security

Culinary traditions

 

Year 11 Mock exams:

Written exam

Practical exam

NEA 2 FOOD PREPARATION ASSESSMENT

35% - 12 hours, including 3 hour practical

15 pages (30 sides)

Research

Planning

NEA 2 Practical Exam

Evaluation

 

Food Manufacturing

Primary processing

Secondary processing

Affects of food processing on foods

 

Food Manufacturing

Food Additives

Fortification

Modified Foods

Food Packaging

 

Revision

 

Revision &

Exams

 

Curriculum Sequencing DT (more information) 

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 7

Biomimicry Project:

Health and safety workshop induction

Woods and Timbers

Wood working tools

Metal working tools

Biomimicry

Systems and control introduction

L.E.Ds, Resistors and switches

Food

Action  Figure:

Health and safety workshop induction

Cultural issues in Design

Logos and Monograms

Typography

Vacuum forming

Perspective Drawing

CAD/CAM

Papers and Boards

Plastics

Year 8

Mechanism Project:

Health and safety workshop induction

Types of motion

Types of cams, linkages and levers

Hardwoods and softwoods

Problem solving

Food

Textiles Project:

Health and safety workshop

Types of Fabrics

Sewing: Trapunto, Applique and embroidery

Sustainability

Cad/CAM in textiles

Obsolescence

Year 9

Travel Game Project:

Health and safety workshop induction

Wood joints

Exploded diagrams

CAD/CAM

Recap

Woods Theory

Food

STEM:

Forces and Structures

Team work

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Responding to a Brief

Prototyping

NEA practice

Ferrous metals, Non ferrous metals and Alloys

Year 10

Core Theory

New and emerging Technologies

Energy generation and storage

Developments in new materials

Systems approach to design

Mechanical Devices

Materials and their working Properties

Specialist Theory

and the start on NEA practice (Speaker project)

Practice NEA continued and introduction to the NEA themes.

Year 11

Coursework

 

Independent study

Coursework and Exam Prep

Exam Prep

Aims of the Design Technology Department

To develop in each pupil:

  • Self-esteem and a feeling of self-worth.
  • An awareness of the modern world, and an environmental and aesthetic appreciation of it.
  • The ability and confidence to communicate effectively. This includes development of the key skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT within Design and Technology.
  • A sound technological understanding.
  • The ability to understand and analyse information.
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills to solve problems.
  • A creative and enquiring mind. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of materials.

 

Departmental Staff

 

Mr Rasarathnam - Lead Subject Leader DT (including Food and Art)

Ms C Whitby - Subject Leader Food

Ms L Sinsbury - Teacher

Mr I Allen - Teacher

Mr R Frape - DT Technician

Mrs J Parkinson & Mrs P Bolger – Food Technicians

Mrs P Bolger - Art Technician

Facilities

Two equipped Design and Technology workshops

Two well equipped Art rooms including a kiln

Two equipped Food Technology rooms

A specialist room for the teaching of Graphics with ICT facilities

Our Philosophy

  • To provide our students with 'real life' problem solving skills relevant to today's environment.
  • To provide our students with the capabilities to communicate and develop their ideas and thought processes using the technological tools of today, whilst reflecting on past practices.
  • We aim to create within the department an environment, which will encourage pupils to achieve high standards, the best of which they are capable, in as many areas as possible and provide the foundations for a happy and successful adult life.   

 Key Stage 3 - Years 7-9

• Students attend 3 DT lessons per fortnight.

• At KS3 students explore a wide range of materials.

• Current design and make projects include:

  1. Year 7- Biomimicry lamps (Wood work and electronics), Polymorph Action Figures (Graphics) and Healthy eating (Food and Nutrition)
  2. Year 8- Mechanical toys (Mechanisms and systems), Soft toys (Textiles)  and Designing a healthy dessert (Food and Nutrition)
  3. Year 9- Travel games (Graphics and Wood work), Architectural models (Graphics) and designing meals for Special diets (Food and Nutrition)

KS4 - Years 10-11

Students attend 5 lessons per fortnight:

 

  • Food Preparation and Nutrition and AQA GCSE Design and Technology (Covers Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphic Products Systems and some Textiles).
  • Both GCSEs are 50% controlled assessment tasks and 50% exam with a mix of long and short answer questions.
  • The controlled assessment in all DT subject areas begins in the summer term of Year 10 and continues through to February half term of Year 11

Additional Sessions

We run intervention sessions for KS4 sessions on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 3.15pm-4.15pm

 Revision Sessions

For Easter Revision Sessions, please see Exam Support and Timetables page - under Teaching & Learning.