Aims and Philosophy
In Technology we have been personalising learning for a long time; students take responsibility for their choice of practical activity, preparation and presentation. Students self and peer assess regularly which creates an effective learning commentary based on improvements and progression.
The Faculty strives to engage and motivate students in all their work. A ‘can-do, will-do’ attitude is expected which gives students the freedom to try new skills independently without being afraid to make mistakes.
- GCSE results – 54% of students achieved a grade A*-C in 2013. 100% of students achieved A*-G.
- Military personnel have worked with students and have given whole class demonstrations showcasing their practical skills, bringing their knowledge and expertise from their workplace into the classroom.
- Health and Safety in the workshop, working with tools and equipment.
- The Puppet project allows students to understand the basic principles of product analysis, properties of materials, hand tools and equipment, joining techniques and risk assessment techniques.
- The Structures project allows students to develop their understanding of structures, loads, forces, triangulation and. Students will be required to design a bridge; suspension bridge, cable stay, a girder bridge or their choice.
- The jewellery box project allows students to understand basic principles of isometric Drawing, Timber Theory, joints and the use of tools/machinery.
- The night light projects aims to introduce pupils to vacuum forming, simple circuitry and to understand the methods used in industry to mass produce products from prototypes.
- Health and Safety in the workshop.
- Students will investigate biomimicry and sustainability. Through nature as inspiration, we can solve problems through the research and development that has already been completed. Biomimicry studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.
- The Wooden Toys project can be researched using different cultures to influence their wooden toy design. This project allows students to understand the principles of product analysis, soft/hard wood properties & wood joints, hand tools and equipment, joining techniques, mechanisms, SMART materials, health & safety and risk assessment techniques.
- The Architecture project requires students to design and model a building based on a different culture using architectural methods. Basic principles of perspective drawing, architect drawings, anthropometrics and ergonomics will be studied.
Students will study the BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction. They will learn the basics selected from the following: bricklaying, carpentry, joinery, plumbing, plastering, electrical installation, painting, decorating, drawing and building maintenance. There are also opportunities to understand more about what it means to work as part of a team, and to work safely.
Students will study: Food hygiene, health and safety, Taste testing, Raising Agents, Different cooking methods, Measuring and Weighing ingredients, Different types of flour, Sweet v Savoury, Healthy Eating, Balanced Diets and being physically active, Oral Health, The Seven Food Groups.
Students will study: Nutrients and Lifestyle choices, Recipe adaptation, Different cooking methods, Proteins, Dietary needs and nutritional profiling, Hydration, Energy and Carbohydrates.
Students will study: Nutrition / Diet and Health Needs, Carbohydrates, Special diets, Food Hygiene and Standards, Functions of Food, Aeration techniques, the science of gelatinisation, Making Sauces, High risk foods, comparing Festival foods / ready meals and cook kits.
Years 10 and 11
Students study the WJEC Catering GCSE. Students will study the Catering industry: accommodation; food and beverage; front of house, the types of products and services provided, a range of customer groups, job roles, career opportunities and relevant training needs, appropriate forms of communication within the industry, the importance of record keeping and the range of equipment used in the catering industry. Students will be required to sit two practical assessments and one written exam. Task 1 practical assessment will be sat in Year 10 and students have to prepare and serve four dishes to a restaurant standard. These dishes will consist of two savoury and two sweet dairy dishes. The Task 2 practical assessments will be sat in Year 11 and students have to cook a two course meal for two people from an international cuisine of their choice. Students will have to research and prepare for both practical assessments and take photographs of all their practical cooking. The written exam will be sat at the end of Year 11.