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Gilbert Inglefield

Design Technology 2021-2022

Head of Art &  Design Technology: Ms. E. Hopkin
Email Address: ehopkin@gilbertinglefield.com

Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that includes Product Design, textiles and Food Technology. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and resilient citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Design and Technology prepares pupils to think, design and manufacture creatively to enhance the quality of life in an ever-changing world. The subject encourages pupils to become resourceful, independent and creative problem solvers, as individuals and as members of a team.

We have a fully equipped specialist Design Technology department including a workshop and food room.

In Year 5 Pupils immerse themselves in Creative Technology which is closely linked to the Year 5 curriculum this feeds into Year 6. Across the Key Stage all pupils are taught the basics of designing, making and evaluating as well as learning new skills and knowledge using a variety of materials, ingredients, techniques and processes.   

In Year 7 and 8 we expand on the technical skills and knowledge learnt in Key Stage 2 by extending projects and adding constraints to design briefs. Projects are often based on a design era or artistic movement to give a theme to the project and help pupils to avoid fixation and encourage research. Food technology also becomes more challenging combining different skills and elements of dishes and having to adapt and change recipes to suit different dietary needs.

In all Key Stages pupils are taught how to be safe within the practical working environment of their Design Technology discipline. This is re-enforced every year as the pupils rotate through each of the subject areas. 

To ensure a successful post-lockdown recovery curriculum, some skills are being run simultaneously for both year groups in a Key Stage. This is to ensure adequate curriculum coverage and lessons will be adapted to suit the differing attainment levels of the children.

Year 

Subject

Typical Projects

Year 5

Design Technology

 

Pupils will:

  • Explore visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
  • Explore levers, linkages, and other mechanisms.
  • Develop making skills.
  • Construction methods for assembling 3D objects.
  • Develop measuring and marking skills.

Textiles

Pupils explore:

  • Health and safety when using textiles processes.
  • Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
  • A range of textile working techniques.
  • To accurately combine, assemble and join materials and components
  • Marking and measuring accurately.
  • Fabric construction, dying and decoration.

Food Technology

Pupils will explore

  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • Where food comes from.
  • How food is planted, harvested, reared and caught.
  • What is a balanced diet and compare different diet choices.
  • How and why food is preserved and processed.
  • How food is prepared and skills needed such as peeling, chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, spreading, kneading and baking
  • How to adapt and change recipes according to taste, diet and personal requirement.

Year 6

Design Technology

Pupils create a cardboard automata learning about simple machines.

  • Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
  • Levers, cams, cam followers, linkages, and other mechanisms.
  • Develop making and problem-solving skills.
  • Construction methods for assembling 3D objects.
  • Introduction to measuring and marking accurately.

Textiles

Pupils create a simple LED E-Textiles piece using conductive threat creating a sewn circuit.

  • Health and safety when using textile processes
  •  Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes
  • Introduction to a range of textile working techniques
  • Introduction to design and make
  • Develop making and assemblage skills  

Food Technology

. Pupils will revise and explore

  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • How seasons affect the food available
  • How healthy food and drink are needed to provide energy
  • How a range of nutrients are needed for health
  • How food is prepared and skills needed such as peeling, chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, spreading, kneading and baking
  • How to adapt and change recipes according to taste, diet and personal requirement.
  • An introduction to cooking a variety of dishes safely and hygienically, using ovens and hobs

Year 7

Design Technology

Design and make and LED steady hand game based on a Pop Art theme

  • Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
  • Work in a variety of materials introducing their different properties.
  •  Develop making skills with both hand and machine tools.
  • Construction methods for assembling 3D objects.
  • Measuring and marking accurately.
  •  Apply safe working practice to new machinery.

Textiles

Design and make a textile product for the home..

  • Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
  • Develop existing knowledge and skills.
  • Develop making skills with both hand and machine tools
  • Introduce a range of knowledge of textile processes and techniques.

Food Technology

Pupils will revise and explore

  • The importance of a healthy and varied diet
  • Why food energy and nutrients are important for a healthy functioning body
  • The importance of composting, and recycling
  • How to prepare and cook foods hygienically and safely
  • How to select and prepare ingredients
  • How to prepare and cook a range of recipes to suit individual needs, wants and values
  • How to affectively use utensils and electrical equipment
  • How to adapt and use their own recipes
  • How to cook a variety of dishes safely and hygienically, using ovens and hobs

Year 8

Design Technology

Design and make a clock inspired by the Memphis Design movement that includes multiple machinery and hand techniques, materials, and a working mechanism.

  • Visual communication skills, drawing, design and research, modelling and prototypes.
  • Develop making skills across a range of machinery
  • Work in a variety of materials introducing their different properties.
  • Develop making skills with both hand and machine tools.
  • Apply safe working practice to new machinery.

Textiles

Design and Make a Cushion cover.

  •  Produce a complex shape using a pattern which student can design for their own client.
  • Develop existing knowledge and skills
  • Explore a range of new techniques
  • Develop making skills with both hand and machine tools
  • Provide a relevant and engaging product to inspire focus and creative response.

Food Technology

Pupils will revise and explore

  • The importance of a healthy and varied diet and the implications of dietary excess or deficiency
  • How to read nutrition and allergy information on packaging
  • How to use date marks and storage instructions
  • How to modify recipes to promote healthy eating
  • How to use a broad range of preparation and cooking techniques
  • How to use the senses to season dishes and combine different ingredients
  • How to cook a variety of dishes safely and hygienically, using different heat sources