Overview

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Aims and Objectives

Within the department we cover a broad range of subject areas throughout key stage three to five. The department aims to encourage and ensure that all pupils develop transferable learning skills which they can use throughout their education at Aberdare Community School and beyond. The wide variety of subjects on offer allows our pupils to develop into independent, creative thinkers.

The core experience in Technology is essentially about providing opportunities for pupils to develop their capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products and preparing young people for citizenship in a technological society.

Technology provides excellent opportunities for pupils to apply value judgements of an aesthetic, economic, moral, social, and technical nature in their designing and to existing products and their applications.

Pupils will use a range of communication skills, including verbal, graphical and modelling skills, to help their thinking and ability to take action in the process of designing. Technology also provides excellent opportunities to develop their teamwork skills.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” Albert Einstein

Key Stage 3

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Year 7

Technology at Key Stage Three enables pupils to explore the diverse world of design and technology through a variety of projects. Within Technology we acknowledge the importance of our pupils developing practically and academically and have therefore designed projects to enhance and develop these elements to their full potential.

The introductory year is split into three different assignments which are designed to provide a good insight into the various aspects of Technology.  Each assignment has a different focus to enable pupils to experience a wide range of processes and skills based activities.

Our curriculum, at this level, caters for and has been designed to open pupils’ eyes to the subject area and incorporates theory, design and opportunities to undertake practical tasks as well as cross curriculum links with numeracy, literacy and ICT.

Pupils will have Technology three times a fortnight when they will be introduced to:

  • Food Technology
  • Textiles
  • Product Design

Year 8

The projects are technically more advanced in order to provide an appropriate level of challenge for pupils. Pupils will continue to study a range of Technology focus areas.

Pupils will have Technology three times a fortnight when they will develop their knowledge of:

  • Product Design
  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Products

Year 9

The aim of this year is for pupils to progress and study areas which they may pursue into further study at Key Stage Four. Through taster day events and Key Stage Four work being incorporated into the curriculum, pupils are better equipped for making the right choice and decisions when it comes to subject choices later on in this year.

Projects are completed in:

  • Product Design
  • Food Technology
  • Graphic Products

These compliment the opportunities in hospitality and catering, engineering, resistant materials, textiles and graphic products currently available at Key Stage Four. This ensures that they have the knowledge and experience to make educated decisions about their future career paths.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE) - years 10 & 11

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GCSE Graphic Products

WHAT is the subject about?
The course gives you an opportunity to explore a wide range of graphics including printing processes, materials, typography, colour and graphic designers. By the end of the course you will understand how products are made in industry and will be able to design a range of products such as marketing materials and packaging
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
You will have end of topic tests after every module in year ten. You will then complete a controlled assessment, worth 60%, in year eleven that will be marked by your teacher and a moderator. A final two hour examination, worth 40%, will be sat in year eleven.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may wish to study Technology or Art based A Levels and then study for a design related degree. Graphic Products can help with careers in Engineering and Architecture as well as more graphic-based careers like Product Design, Advertising and Graphic Design.

GCSE Food Technology

WHAT is the subject about?
Food Technology is a starting point for many career options and is a good foundation for further education courses concerned with nutrition and diet, food safety, quality control, product development, food science and catering. The course is designed to provide opportunities for investigation, designing, making and evaluation, which focus on the use of food as a material.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
You will have end of topic tests after every module in year ten. You will then complete a controlled assessment, worth 60%, in year eleven that will be marked by your teacher and a moderator. A final two hour examination, worth 40%, will be sat in year eleven.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may wish to study Food Technology for A Level and then study a further course in university or college. Food Technology can lead to a number of food based careers such as a nutritionist, chef or a job in the catering industry.

GCSE Child Development

WHAT is the subject about?
The course will extend and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of the development and care of children from conception to the age of five years within a variety of contexts.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
You will have end of topic tests at the end of the six modules that you will cover. You will complete on examination at the end of year eleven, worth 40% of your overall mark. You will also complete two controlled assessments, each worth 30%.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may wish to study for an A Level in Children’s Play, Learning and Development. This course would help you pursue a career within the care industry or the profession of education.

BTEC Engineering

WHAT is the subject about?
Engineering would provide you with the practical skills that reflect the needs of employers and higher and further education. The course is set up in a work-related context to give you a clear idea of what it is like working in industry. The core units are highly valued in the engineering sector.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
You will complete four units, one of which will be externally assessed. After you have completed each unit, you will be provided with feedback and given an opportunity to make improvements. At the end of the course you will gain a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *. The course is available at Level One or Level Two, depending on your ability.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may wish to study for a Design and Technology A Level and then a design related degree. The subject can contribute to careers in the manufacturing, automotive, electrical and mechanical sectors.

Key Stage 5 (‘A’ level) - years 12 & 13

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AS/A Level Design Technology: Product Design, Graphics and Textiles

WHAT is the subject about?
The content of the course covers Resistant Materials, Engineering, Textiles and Graphic Products. It gives you the opportunity to respond to a design brief through your preferred area of Technology. You will also learn how products are made in industry and learn about key materials and manufacturing processes.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
You will have end of topic tests at the end of each of the four theory modules. You will then sit one examination in year twelve and one in year thirteen which is worth 40% of your final mark. You will also complete two pieces of coursework which is worth 60% of your final mark – this will be marked at the end of each section.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may wish to study for a design related degree or apply for an apprenticeship. The subject can contribute to careers in fashion, graphics, engineering and product design.

AS/A Level Design Technology: Food Technology

WHAT is the subject about?
It gives you the opportunity to respond to a design brief through the medium of food. You will also learn how products are made in industry and learn about key materials and manufacturing processes. You will gain detailed knowledge about food designers, food safety and hygiene and the nutritional and sensory characteristics of food.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
You will have end of topic tests at the end of each of the four theory modules. You will then sit one examination which is worth 40% of your final mark. You will also complete one piece of coursework which is worth 60% of your final mark – this will be marked at the end of each section.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may want to study for a food related degree or a vocational course in college. Food Technology can lead to a number of food based careers such as a nutritionist, chef or a job in the catering industry.

BTEC Engineering

WHAT is the subject about?
These BTEC qualifications in Engineering have been designed to give pupils that are new to the engineering sector the underpinning knowledge and specific skills needed to meet the needs of modern mechanical engineering industries.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through a combination of coursework activities, theoretical and practical assignments, assessment tests, and case studies. All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
The mechanical engineering course provides an entry route to engineering related degrees and HND/HNC Diplomas such as in mechanical, manufacturing, mechatronics, product design and computer aided design. This course provides an excellent basis for entry to a wide variety of employment opportunities in industry.

BTEC Child Development

WHAT is the subject about?
The Subsidiary Award will teach you about child development and play in the early years setting. If you complete the full Award you will learn how to meet children’s physical and health needs, health and safety practice in early year settings and collaboration with parents, colleagues and other professionals in early years.
WHEN and HOW will I be assessed?
For the Subsidiary Award, you will complete two units, one of which will be externally assessed. For the full Award you will complete another three units. You will have feedback after every unit and given an opportunity to make improvements.
WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
You may want to study for a related degree. It can also help lead to a career in teaching, social work, paediatric nursing or in a crèche.

Teaching methods

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Pupils are assessed at each phase of the design and make task using a combination of formative and summative assessment methods.

Learning ladders are use within each focused area to provide a checklist of things which learners must satisfy in order to achieve a particular level. It is expected that within Key Stage Three, learners will progress at a rate of at least half a level each school year.

A thorough tracking system is in place to ensure each pupil is on course to reach their target grade. Each pupil is made aware of their target so that they can track their own progress too. Progress is reviewed at the end of every half term.

Homework is set regularly to correspond with subject knowledge requirements and the application of literacy and numeracy within Technology.

“The key to success is failure. Success is made up of ninety-nine percent failure” James Dyson.

Extra Curricular Activities

The department offers a range of extra –curricular activities to all key stages for all focus areas. The table below lists some of the competitions and enrichment activities that are on offer in Technology at Aberdare Community School.

FOCUS AREA YEAR GROUPS ACTIVITY
Textiles 7 & 8 Eco Promise Tree
Food 7 & 8 Young Chef Club
Graphics 8 & 9 I Graphics
All 11/12/13 Coursework Clinic – all areas
Resistant Materials 7-13 F1 in Schools
Food 10 Future Chef National Competition
All 12 Design Museum – Designer of the Year
Food 7-13 Great Aberdare Bake Off
Resistant Materials 9 STEM Alternative Energy Box
Graphics 9 & 10 PrintIT! Competition
Resistant Materials 10 MakeIT! Competition
Resistant Materials 10 AutoCAD Accreditation
Engineering 10 STEM Manufacturing Industrial Components
Food 10 Jamie’s Food Revolution
Engineering 10-13 National Science and Engineering Competition
Food 9-13 Catering for School Events
Food 7-9 Transition events for feeder schools
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The department also offers the opportunity to partake in numerous trips which will link to courses being studied. These include:

  • GCSE/AS/A Level Textiles Technology: Clothes Show Visit

    Pupils are immersed into one of the UK industries most highly rated and significant fashion event. Pupils experience the forefront of fashion design and are able to communicate with leading professionals - gathering useful information, which they can use to create original and innovative designs.

  • GCSE/AS/A Level Graphics: Museum of Brands

    The Museum of Brands in London allows pupils to discover how well-loved brands have evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising. It gives pupils the opportunity to use the timeline of designs to inspire their own work.

  • AS/A Level Design and Technology: Headstart Cymru

    Headstart Cymru provides an opportunity for students in Year 12 to spend three days at university prior to making their UCAS application. Students will work closely with lecturers and postgraduates from several engineering departments. There is an opportunity to attend hands-on laboratory sessions to explore practical principles in engineering, as well as participating in group-based design, build and test projects.

  • AS/A Level Design and Technology: Design Museum Designs of the Year

    Designs of the Year gathers together a year of cutting-edge innovation and original talent, showcasing the very best in global Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphic, Product and Transport design.

“Creativity is more important than knowledge”Albert Einstein.