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Our next open evening for students moving to secondary school in September 2020 is on Thursday, Sept 26, 5.30 - 7.30pm
 

Technology

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Technology Teaching Staff

  • Mr D Biles: Curriculum leader, Technology
  • Mr D Evans: Catering
  • Mr S Murray: Engineering
  • Mrs S Henstridge: Art
  • Miss R Sultana: Art

Why Design and Technology is Important

Two words that describe an area of study which touches so many aspects of our lives. At the heart of Design Technology lies the design process; a place where the imagination is put to use solving problems and developing opportunities to improve our lives.

From year 7 onwards you will be investigating, making and testing your ideas with a range of projects; providing opportunities to work in different materials using a range of tools and equipment.

The department now offers Motor Vehicle Studies, Art and Design, Catering, Design and Technology and Engineering, all situated in The Base.

Our art, photography and technology department has an Instagram account, where it showcases and celebrates students’ work. You can find them @saacreative

Design and Technology

Research, drawing, modelling, “making” (in wood metal and plastics), evaluating and improving. Design and Technology develops skills that can lead to careers in Manufacturing, Engineering, Architecture, Building trades, and many more besides. The problem solving and communication skills are but two of the many invaluable qualities that this subject will nurture; qualities highly regarded by colleges universities and employers.

At key stage three students work on six weekly projects; practical and hands-on from the start, students learn by doing; gaining direct experience of the available materials and tools. Students practice with small exercises; building skills and confidence, before tackling their project brief.

Students will undertake drawing exercises and will have the opportunity to develop their ICT skills with Computer Aided Design; this is all part of the skills needed to communicate ideas.

Year 7

Projects include:-

Amplifier Speaker

Picture Frame

Year 8

Art Deco Clock

Desk Tidy

Mobile Phone Holder

Key Stage 4

Design Technology

A practical approach that encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality.  This includes a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials are required but other materials may be used in addition

50% Controlled assessment (students undertake one design and make project, choosing one design brief from a prescribed list)

50% Exam (two hour duration)

WJEC Engineering

Engineering Level 1 / 2 Award provides a more practical alternative to GCSE. The qualification is based around the world of engineering and aims to introduce students to the various strands available within the field. This qualification offers students the chance to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through tasks set in realistic work-related contexts

Unit 1 Engineering Design 25%                           Internal Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 Producing Engineering Products 50%    Internal Assessment

Unit 3 Solving Engineering Problems 25%        External Exam

Art

We first explore why art is important and look at all the skills art teaches you.

Year 7 Art
T1 – Focus on drawing skills
We focus on a range of still life drawing skills exploring the 7 key visual elements. Line, shape, colour, tone, pattern, texture, form.
Students become familiar with the structure of lessons and our expectations in a practical lesson.

T2 – Feet Project
Drawing, designing, colour and pattern
T3 – Mark Making Landscapes
Experiments with media, wax resist, sgraffito, marbling, collage
T4 – Mark Making Landscapes 3D
Clay tiles, textiles, collagraph prints
T5 – Portraits
Drawing, proportions, identity
T6 – Distorted Portraits
Drawing, collage, 3D sculptures

Year 8 Art

T1 – Revisit drawing skills
We focus on a range of still life drawing skills exploring the 7 key visual elements. Line, shape, colour, tone, pattern, texture, form. Students are encouraged to become designers and introduce their own ideas to drawing.
T2 – Food project
Drawing and mono-printing
T3 – Food project cont.
Painting and Pop Art
T4 – Narrative project
Drawing on photographs, Anti Bullying Campaign
T5- Narrative project cont.
Paper cuts, silhouettes, shadows and Photography
T6 – 3D Workshops

Year 9 Art
Year 9 is a skills based year to prepare students for their GCSEs in Y10/11.
Throughout the year art students study…
T1 – Formal elements in art
T2 – Distorted Portraits
T3 – Text in Art
T4 – Printmaking
T5 – Masks around the world
T6 – Final Pieces

Year 9 Photography
Year 9 is a skills based year to prepare students for their GCSEs in Y10/11.
Throughout the year photography students study…
T1 – Compositional rules (Urban Project)
T2 – The Camera (Play project)
T3 – Black & White Photography (Portrait project)
T4 – Drawing, Prints and Collage (Portrait project cont.)
T5 – Working with Independence (Objects project)
T6 – Creating Final pieces (Alphabet project)

Our Y10 &11 projects vary from year to year. This year we are teaching…
Year 10 Art
T1/2 – Natural Forms
T3/4 – Textures
T5/6 – Landscapes

Year 10 Photography
T1 – White/Colour Exploration
T2 – Natural Forms/Textures
T3/4 – Beginning and/or End
T5/6 – Messages

Year 11 Art
T1/2 – Teacher led project/Mock exam
T3/4 – Externally set Assignment/10 hour exam
T5/6 – Improve portfolio/exhibition

Year 11 Photography
T1/2 – Teacher led project/Mock exam
T3/4 – Externally set Assignment/10 hour exam
T5/6 – Improve portfolio/exhibition

Additional Support for Technology

After School Revision Wednesdays 3.45 – 4.15pm

Useful websites

www.technologystudent.com

www.davidbiles.co.uk

 

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