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Technology

In Years 7, 8 and 9 Technology comprises of three main areas: Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles. All students experience the three areas throughout the three years. Food Technology involves using knowledge and skills to design and make good quality products. All year groups undertake tasks which involve them in planning work carefully, carrying out research, learning about ingredients, food products, using tools and equipment accurately and timing. It is important to note that in Years 7, 8 and 9 due to demands on resources, students will study Food, Resistant Materials and Textiles in different terms. Therefore these courses cannot be broken down into termly units of work.

FOOD

YEAR 7:
Safe working practice and use of equipment is an important part of the module. Students learn a variety of skills and processes which enable them to be confident in the kitchen environment. The theme for this module is to design and make a recipe book suitable for young children. This must include recipes and a range of instruction sheets to support their classroom experience.
 
YEAR 8:
Students look at the need for a healthy, balanced diet and how recipes can be adapted to meet current guidelines. They will also learn about meal planning and basic nutrition. Students will also look at the changes in our diet over the past few years and what has influenced this change. They will investigate the importance of standard commodities and will design and make a final practical task. The assessed task for this year is to produce a family meal to show a good range of all 5 nutrient groups and meets the needs of an Eatwell Plate.
 
YEAR 9:
Students cook in the majority of sessions and will look at table lay, presentation and the range of catering establishments available. They will be assessed through a terminal test on basic catering terms and written recipe write-ups.
 
Method of Assessment: 
All areas of Technology assess students work formally at the end of each project. This is recorded in their Technology folders.
 
Independent Learning
Relevant topics are given to students to help consolidate their learning.
 
RESISTANT MATERIALS
 
YEAR 7:
In the “Mechanisms in Motion” module students will focus on one resistant material, designing and making an artefact that has motion using a crank or a cam. The students will learn about types of motion and the mechanisms that are used in everyday life. The emphasis in this module is accuracy in marking out and fabrication as well as detail in finishing. Again students will develop their knowledge and skills in the use of tools and machines. There is also a reinforcement of workshop practice and safety.
 
YEAR 8:
All students cover two resistant materials modules “Mechanisms” and “Jewellery”. Mechanisms builds on the work covered in Year 7 and allows students to develop a greater understanding of types of motion and how mechanisms can be used for specific tasks. Students work in pairs to develop (using Lego Technic kits) a slow moving vehicle. The module is run with a competitive spirit and students aim for their vehicle to take the longest time to travel one metre. The module is assessed on the practical work produced and a short written test. Jewellery allows students to involve themselves in investigating and designing for a specific purpose. They use a range of metals and decorative processes to produce jewellery of their choosing. The emphasis is on quality and accuracy of finish and allows students the opportunity to be quite creative in their design ideas.
 
YEAR 9:
All students cover two resistant materials modules “Electronics” and “Product Design”. In Electronics, students will build and electronic circuit as part of a ‘steady hand game’. This is a focused practical task with an emphasis on producing quality practical work and deals with simple systems. In Product Design students will work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) to produce a set of 2 dimensional parts to make up a 3 dimensional product that is a souvenir for a local/national visitor attraction. The parts are machined on a computer aided manufacturing (CAD) router. This gives students an insight to manufacturing products in the ’real world’.
 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
All areas of Technology assess students work formally at the end of each project. This is recorded in their Technology folders.
 
INDEPENDENT LEARNING
Relevant learning topics are givent to students to help consolidate their learning.
 
 
TEXTILES
 
YEAR 7:
The design task has cross-curricular links with Geography. The sustainability of indigenous cultures is considered by focusing on artefacts produced by Australian Aboriginal people. Practical work is centred on learning to use a sewing machine with accuracy. Simple designs are produced. Safe working practice and use of equipment are highlighted throughout the course.
 
YEAR 8:
Students will explore the area of structure and forces, seeing where these apply to real-life situations, before taking on a ‘kite’ project. They are shown a variety of kite designs that they will judge on artistic and structural merits. A brief history of kites is given and students are asked to think of possible future uses.
 
We also look at a variety of natural and man-made materials for kite making, to see which ones are most effective. This knowledge is used to design and make a simple decorated kite with Ripstop Nylon. Students are judged on the variety of their design ideas, the accuracy and depth of their research, and the care and attention to detail in their practical work.
 
YEAR 9:
Year 9 work focuses on the environmental impact of the production and use of textiles. Students examine ways in which textile manufacture impacts on the environment. They learn the process of foundation piecing patchwork and create a product by recycling materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Students also consider the aftercare of their product and create a suitable care label using the internationally recognised symbols.

 

Curriculum Maps

For further information on what is taught in each year group and in each Technology component, please click on the links below. Please note that as Technology is taught in a carousel, not all students will study the same technology component at the same time. During the course of an academic year, all students will have spent an equal time in each Technology component.

 

   Year 7 Technology Carousel programme
   Year 8 Technology Carousel programme
   Year 9 Technology Carousel programme

 

 

 

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
All areas of Technology assess students work formally at the end of each project. This is recorded in their Technology folders.
 
INDEPENDENT LEARNING
Relevant learning topics are givent to tudents to help consolidate their learning.

 

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