Design & Technology - Graphics

Aims

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

We aim to:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently.
  • To build and apply knowledge and understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products for a wide range of users
  • To be able to evaluate and test their ideas and work of others
  • To understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn to cook a wide range of dishes

 

Teaching and Learning

A range of methods and teaching styles are used to deliver exciting lessons. The skills and knowledge components associated with the course are delivered through project work. They may work individually, in small groups or teams to solve problems. Students learn theory details of products and processes by understanding the activity first hand. ICT is used to supplement this process – students are issued with a range of work sheets designed to improve understanding of each topic. Power Points and video clips are also used. Girls will also use 3D printers, a laser cutter and scanners.

Assessment for learning                            

Students will start Year 7 with a baseline assessment. This will be followed by giving regular feedback using ‘closing the gap’ sheets on each unit of work that is marked. Students will be able to improve and reflect on their work.

Success criteria for assessment will be clearly explained to the students. Students will be actively involved in the assessment process through self and peer assessment.

Home Learning

Students are issued with differentiated homework challenges and are able to select the task. They are closely related to classwork. These challenges involve different kinds of activities, such as research, discussing a topic, designing, drawing, learning and preparing ingredients.

Homework is recorded in the student planner and on ‘Show my Homework’ website.

Equipment

Aprons are required for Food Technology and Graphics/Resistant materials.

Containers to take food products home

An accurate set of scales for weighing ingredients in preparation for lessons

Key Stage 3

Design & Technology

Programme of Study

 

Aims

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make high quality products for the future that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. 

Teaching and Learning

A wide range of teaching strategies are used to deliver exciting lessons. The skills and knowledge components associated with the course are delivered through project work. They may work individually, in small groups or teams to solve problems. Students learn theory details of products and processes by understanding the activity first hand. ICT is used to supplement this process through CAD/CAM and girls will have the opportunity to use a laser cutter, 3D printers and scanners. 

Assessment for learning                            

 Students are assessed at regular intervals throughout the year and given both verbal and written feedback according to the task. Pupils are encouraged to self-assess and peer mark work where appropriate, setting individual targets. Chances are given for reflection and improvements to be made to work.   

Home Learning

A variety of homework is set on a regular basis to reinforce classroom learning. Homework is recorded in the student planner and on the ‘Show my Homework’ website.

Equipment

 All students are expected to have the usual equipment for learning with them.

All GCSE materials are provided for the student.

 

Key Stage 4

Graphic Products

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel Design and Technology: Graphic Products syllabus.

Specification number: 5GR01, 5GR02

Link to the specification website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-graphic-products-2009.html

Unit 1

Unit 2

Creative Design and Make controlled assessment

 Knowledge and Understanding of Graphic Products

 

Accreditation Structure

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

 

 

1

Design and make task controlled assessment

This unit is internally and externally assessed through an Edexcel-set task to be completed under controlled conditions.

 

 

40 hours

 

 

 

60%

 

2

Written examination

The exam paper consists of 10 multiple choice questions and a series of short and long answer questions.

 

1 hour 30 mins

 

40%

Additional Information

Revision and controlled assessment sessions held after school and during the Easter holidays.

How Parents/ Carers can help

It is very helpful if parents can support their daughters with private study, ensuring course work deadlines are adhered to. Parents can also encourage girls to practise past exam papers from the Edexcel website to become familiar with the structure of the paper.

Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology Graphic products ISBN:978 1 84690 754-8

Graphic Products Revision guide ISBN: 978 1 903068 465

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

       Mrs Jackson or Mrs Hadley

 

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