Design Technology

We believe that Design and Technology stimulates creativity, imagination and innovation. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of responding to the world. Through Design Technology activities, students learn to make informed value judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions and become actively involved in shaping environments.

At Castle Hall Academy all students take Design and Technology in Years 7 and 8. In each year group they gain a range of skills through producing a number of different projects. They revisit different areas, such as Food preparation and nutrition, Visual Communication, throughout Key Stage 3. This builds on their knowledge and experience before making an informed decision as to which subject or subjects may provide them with a successful outcome at the end of a course which they would find enjoyable.

Through Design and Technology students learn to combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Year 7 – Students will study each subject area on a module rotation.
• Food Preparation and Nutrition
• Fashion and Textiles
• Materials Technology
• Visual Communication

Year 8 – Students will study each subject area on a module rotation.
• Food Preparation and Nutrition
• Fashion and Textiles
• Materials Technology
• Visual Communication

Year 9, 10 & 11 – Option Choices
Students can specialise in the following subjects as an option choice. Each subject is a 3-year course.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE (9-1)
Our GCSE specification in food preparation and nutrition will equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and encouragement they need to cook. It will give them the ability to apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

Exam Paper
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
100 marks
50% of GCSE

Non-Exam Assessments
Task 1: Food Investigation (30 marks)
Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment (70 Marks)
50% of GCSE

AQA Design and Technology GCSE (9-1)

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.

This course runs on the new GCSE levelling of 1-9 and covers core content in all material areas. Students will be able to specialise in their chosen subject area.

Exam Paper
Written exam: 2 hours
100 marks
50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment – 30–35 hours approx
100 marks
50% of GCSE

Extra-Curricular
3.00pm – 4.00pm

The curriculum area offers after school activity clubs in all areas on regular basis, through which students secure further individual attention

Subject Staff

Head of Department

Mr D Fairclough – Materials Technology Teacher   DFairclough@castlehall.com

Second in Department

Miss K Middleton – Food Preparation and Nutrition, and Textiles Teacher – Kmiddleton@castlehall.com

Teaching Staff

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Miss K Middleton

Mr L Redfearn

Mrs R Duguid

Miss J Tremere

Mr M Rawlinson

Fashion & Textiles

Miss K Middleton

Ms J Machin

Miss A McGill

 

Materials Technology

Mr D Fairclough

Mr J Wright

Mr L Redfearn

Visual Communication

Mrs L Malik

Mr J Wright

Support Staff

Mr P Norcliffe – Design Technology Technician

Mrs M Smaling – Food Preparation and Nutrition Technician