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The Technology curriculum at All Hallows aims to give all pupils the opportunity to explore their creative and innovative side in a fun and interesting way. Every learner is encouraged to develop their independence and become resilient when developing ideas. Open ended projects are designed to encourage pupils to be intrinsically motivated according to their own interests and strengths and all are challenged to reach their potential.
Pupils are provided with an excellent range of opportunities to investigate, design and make realistic, innovative products using a wide variety of equipment and materials. Pupils work with a variety of materials, combining practical and intellectual skills. Pupils are encouraged to analyse and evaluate as an iterative part of the design process and they consider Moral Environmental Social and Sustainability issues in the development of their products.
Our multipurpose facility is well resourced with ICT equipment, a laser cutter and 3D printers. Electronics equipment, sublimation print area with a flat heat press and mug press, a new foundry and brazing facility for metalworking are all situated alongside traditional workshop tools and machinery. The department is committed to continual development in terms of resources and opportunities for pupils to engage with the world of work. New projects with realistic briefs have been introduced at KS3, these continue to be evaluated and improved to match pupil needs and to make best use of our facilities. Our established links with the Manufacturing Institute and an International Manufacturer provides pupils and staff the opportunity to collaborate with external professionals on live briefs alongside pupils and staff from other schools in the region.
Key Stage 3
Students are provided with the opportunity to design and make realistic, innovative products using a broad range of processes, materials, techniques and equipment.
During Year 7 pupils spend half the year in DT and the other half in Food Technology (Food Preparation ad Nutrition) and this cycle repeats in Year 8. Over the two years pupils will cover an integrated Product Design course which covers key aspects of:
CAD/CAM: Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture
Resistant Materials: Designing and making with plastics, wood & metals
Systems: Students consider Input, Process and Outputs mainly through their CAD/CAM Mechanisms and Electronics focused projects
Graphic Products: designing and marketing for printed products such as packaging, mugs and t-shirts
Electronic Products: exploring the use of electronics and sensors, movement, light and sound into functional technology products.
Year 7 are currently designing new products to solve the problem of tangled earphones. They consider Sustainable Design, Bio-mimicry and Up-cycling through this project. Wood and plastics are the main material focus. Pupils then explore the wider aspects of manufacturing such as a product range, packaging and marketing their product. At this stage their practical focus will be on 2D and 3D printed Graphic Products.
In Year 8, students are investigating how machines work by looking at Automata and mechanical toys before using CAD software to design their own wooden toys with mechanisms. These will then be cut from sheet materials using the laser cutter alongside traditional equipment. Later students will develop manufacturing plans, British Standard Working Drawings and the packaging for their toys and will look at marketing strategies as would happen in a real situation in industry. Promotional design ideas may incorporate electronics at this stage.Small mini projects also provide introductory opportunities to use electronics and metals.
Metals and Pewter Casting is the focus of the first project for our new Year 9 Design Technology students who will be the first candidates to undertake the new Design Technology GCSE specification at KS4. Students use 2D Design CAD software to design their own moulds which are then cut on the laser. These are then used in the foundry area to cast pewter jewellery, emblems and key fobs. Students will be able to work through all production processes to finally ensure a high quality bespoke finished product. Y9 Projects aim to begin to prepare students for the rigours of the GCSE coursework and examination.
Key Stage 4
AQA Graphic Products Technology - 2 year course
60% coursework (approx 45 hours) 40% 2 hour examination (written and design tasks)
This is the final cohort for the GCSE Graphic Products. Our Year 10s design Mood Lighting in 2D and 3D using CAD and traditional drawing techniques. Laser cut Transparent Acrylic is used with colour changing LED lighting to produce a beautiful finished product. Students learn the basics of working with a range of electronic components and practise soldering with a high level of accuracy as an integral part of their practical work. Pupils also develop manufacturing expertise in designing successful moulds for the vacuum former before using thermoplastics to produce the base of the ‘Mood Light’. Pupils will explore and experiment with typography and a range of print methods in preparation for GCSE coursework.
The GCSE coursework tasks will be provided towards the end of y10 to enable students to begin to research their chosen task.
Coursework should take approximately 45 hours and students undertake a design and make assignment for the chosen task. They are required to produce a folder of evidence for research, design development, and planning, alongside a made product to fit their design brief.The remainder of Year 11 is then spent on examination preparation and revision.