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Design and Technology: Dylunio a Technoleg

Design and Technology: Dylunio a Technoleg

The Design & Technology Department at Abersychan School has two dedicated classrooms, an ICT suite, a Resistant Materials workshop, a Construction area and a Food Technology kitchen in the main building. All rooms are well equipped with specialised equipment and ICT facilities (Computers, Laptops and Learn Pads) for pupils to use.

The department offers a number of courses, which are delivered on a carousel system in Key Stage Three and as option choices in Key Stage Four.

Assessment and homework

  • Key Stage 3

There will be at least two pieces of homework to complete at home for each unit of work/project. There are two assessment focus areas for each project being taught.  Pupils will need to assess their own work, as well as the teacher who will give a level and feedback.  It will be important to act upon the feedback and suggestions on how improve the work to ensure success and the best possible elevel.

All homework will be set via classcharts to help pupils and guardians keep track of work.

  • Key Stage 4

Pupils will regularly be set past paper questions to complete in school, during lesson time and at home for homework. Pupils will also sit a mock exam under exam conditions in the main hall.  Pupils will also complete specific coursework assignments that count towards the final grade (see information below).

All homework will be set via classcharts to help pupils and guardians keep track of work.

Department Structure

Key Stage 3

Throughout the year the classes will be on a carousel, meaning that the pupils will have three specialist teachers in one year. The classes will rotate topics every 12 weeks.  This will ensure that the national curriculum is met and that the pupils experience a broad and exciting range of experiences, skills and tasks through the year.

Year 7

Textiles: Sock Monkey

Resistant materials: LED light

Food technology: Healthy eating and skills

Year 8

Textile: Fuzzy Foods

Resistant materials: CAD CAM wooden box

Food technology: World food

Year 9

Textiles: Souvenir

Resistant materials: Desk Tidy

Food technology: Come dine with me challenge

Key Stage 4

BTEC Engineering

This course will include four units. One which is an external exam, the other three will be internally assessed units. Two units will be taught in year 10, and then two units in year 11. All deadlines must be met.

Units include:

  • Engineering world (exam unit)
  • Investigating engineered products
  • Engineering materials
  • Health and safety in engineering

WJEC GCSE Child Development

Unit 1: Principles of Child Development (40%)

Written Paper: 1½ hours

One paper which will be externally set and marked, targeted at the full range of GCSE grades.

 

Unit 2: Child Study (30%)

Controlled Assessment 60 marks

One task to be selected from a bank of three tasks set by WJEC, to include investigation and production focusing on a child's development.

 

Unit 3: Child Focused Task (30%)

Controlled Assessment 60 marks

One task to be selected from a bank of two tasks set by WJEC, to include researching, planning, making and evaluating.

WJEC GCSE Health and Social Care

The course is studied over a two year period. There are two units of work to complete. Unit one is worth 60% of the course and is a controlled assessment completed over 45 hours. Unit 2 is an exam which is sat at the end of year 11. This is worth 40% of the overall grade. 

BTEC Hospitality

This course will include four units. One which is an external exam, the other three will be internally assessed units. Two units will be taught in year 10, and then two units in year 11. All deadlines must be met.

Units include:

  • Introducing the Hospitality industry (exam unit)
  • Working in the Hospitality industry
  • Planning, preparing, cooking and finishing food
  • Food safety and health and safety in Hospitality

WJEC GCSE Product design

The course is studied over a two year period; Year 10 will be modular, whereby you will undertake many small design and make tasks which you can relate to a theme or interest of your choice. These projects will develop your designing and making skills which you will use in Year 11 for your final assessed piece of work.

You will be assessed in Year 11 on the basis of your Controlled Assessment Task; this is a 35 hour major project (50%). You will be required to design and make the product – An A3 design portfolio which will be no longer than 15 pages along with a sketchbook. The exam board will set the task. Also, a written examination (50%) testing your knowledge of the subject will be sat in year 11.

After school sessions

Throughout the year there will be additional after school sessions to complete work to the best possible standard. Each subject will have a dedicated day as per the revision timetable. It would be beneficial for the individual to attend to ensure the best possible outcome.

Teachers

Mrs James – Subject Leader – jennifer.tyler@abersychanschool.co.uk

Miss Jones – Teacher of Textiles – beth.jones @abersychanschool.co.uk

Mrs Richards – Teacher of Food technology – amanda.richards@abersychanschool.co.uk

Mrs Parfitt – Teacher of textiles – hannah.parfitt@abersychanschool.co.uk

Useful links

Technology student - http://www.technologystudent.com/

BBC bitesize - https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zfr9wmn