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Design Technology 

Design Technology at Framingham Earl aims to develop young people’s thinking skills and practical capability. All students study Design Technology in Years 7, 8 and 9. Design Technology at Framingham Earl encompasses four areas:  

  • Product Design 

  • STEM 

  • Textiles 

  • Food Technology 

 

At the end of Year 9 the students have the option to continue to study GCSE Product Design, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition or GCSE Art and Textiles. The subject works on a rotational system whereby all students complete one unit of each subject in each year. So, across the Key Stage 3 curriculum there are 12 units of work. Every unit is based around developing the student capability to problem solve, whilst increasing their skills within the specific area of study. 

 

The content of the units has been deliberately chosen to stimulate young minds and achieve our curriculum aims to create young designers who have experience in a wide range of practical skills. The study of Design Technology at Framingham Earl is about increasing our knowledge of the world around us, meeting needs of individuals and gaining skills which will support us throughout our lives. Each unit is assessed before the end of the rotation. This piece of work will often be practically based.  

 

Key Stage 3 

Year 7 

Term 

Content 

Assessment 

Product Design 

Blockbot: Students will produce a wooden articulating robot that can promote a museum. 

 

Students are assessed on the quality of investigation, designing and development work as well as their practical work. They will also be assessed on their technical knowledge and evaluation skills. 

STEM 

“Mission to Mars”: Students will investigate the science involved in space travel and the colonisation of another planet. They will use this knowledge to solve a range of engineering problems linked to space exploration. 

Students are assessed via the quality of their practical work, research tasks, and their ability to apply this knowledge in context. 

Textiles 

‘Under the Sea’: Students are introduced to basic textiles techniques through creating a sea creature themed windsock.  Health and safety and the origins of fibres and fabrics are covered within the project.  

Students are assessed via the quality of their practical work, research tasks, peer assessment and self-evaluation. 

Food 

“The Skilful Cook”: Students are introduced to the basic practical skills, nutrition, health and safety. Students will gain an understanding of the nutritional requirements to maintain a healthy diet whilst building up their knowledge of practical skills within the kitchen environment. 

Students are assessed on completion of the cookie making assessment. 

 

 

 

Year 8 

Term 

Content 

Assessment 

Product Design 

Zootangles: Students will design and make a pewter and acrylic accessory designed to help a charity raise awareness about endangered animals. 

Students are assessed on the quality of investigation, designing and development work as well as their practical work. They will also be assessed on their technical knowledge and evaluation skills. 

STEM 

“Robotics”: Students will build and program robots using the creative power of Lego Mindstorms EV3. They will also work in groups to complete a ‘dragons den’ task – developing and presenting plans for a novel product utilising robot technology.  

Students are assessed on their ability to build and program robots to solve specific problems. Their design, research and presentation skills are assessed as part of the product development task. 

Textiles 

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’: Students design and make a bag or case of some sort (e.g. a pencil case or wallet) using recycled/reused sweet wrappers, clear sticky-back plastic and cotton fabric. 

Students are assessed via the quality of their practical work; research, analysis and planning tasks; design ideas; and peer assessment. 

Food 

“Italian Cuisine”: Students complete a series of practical tasks and study the food from Italy. Whilst completing this work, students will look at bread and pasta making, along with various Italian dishes. 

Students are assessed via the Bolognese making assessment where they will work independently and carry out a sensory analysis and a peer assessment. 

 

 Year 9 

Term 

Content 

Assessment 

Product Design 

Don’t just sit there: Students work from the context of sitting to consider what design problems they can solve. They also make a USB powered light. 

Students are assessed on the quality of investigation, designing and development work as well as their practical work. They will also be assessed on their technical knowledge and evaluation skills. 

STEM 

“Drone Technology”: Students will learn the science involved in flying and communicating with quadcopter drones. They will use design software to design and 3d print their own microdrone chassis. 

Students are assessed on their understanding of drone technology, their design ideas and the production of a drone chassis to fit given criteria. 

 

Textiles 

‘Down in Africa’: Students design and make a Malawi/African themed patchwork cushion using different decorative techniques (e.g. tie dyeing and batik).   

Students are assessed via the quality of their practical work; research and analysis tasks; design ideas; and peer assessment. 

 

Key Stage 4 Textiles is taught within the Art curriculum. The Year 9 project is designed to allow students to explore some of the concepts required for GCSE Art Textiles. 

Food 

“Food around the World”: Students complete a series of practical tasks and study the food science behind dishes when making food from around the world. They will look at recipe adaptation and key skills throughout this course. 

Students are assessed via the sweet and sour making assessment and will also complete a control point assessment whilst completing this work. 

 

 

Key Stage 4 PRODUCT DESIGN  

At GCSE we study a wide range of areas relating to design. In Year 10, pupils will cover theory content which consists of the following core topics: 

  • New and Emerging Technologies  

  • Energy Generation and Storage  

  • Development in New Materials  

  • Systems  

  • Mechanical Devices  

  • Materials 
    and one specialist area which is: Timbers. 
     

Students are assessed for the GCSE with coursework and a written exam taken at the end of Year 11. The coursework, or Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of set tasks provided by the exam board in June 

 
Throughout the course students are assessed against exam style questions.  

 

Year 10 

Term 

Content 

Autumn Term  

Global Goals Investigation: investigating a Global goals issue and exploring the potential problems and solutions. 
Convenience and Eating: developing materials and processing knowledge to make a product that can make eating more convenient. Including exploring users with additional needs and requirements. 

Spring Term  

Design Problems: investigation into real problems in the local area and exploring the solutions. 

Buildings of the Future: a mock NEA based on the theme of architecture. 

Summer Term  

Buildings of the Future: a mock NEA based on the theme of architecture. 

Starting NEA written portfolio and practical work on June 1st. 

 

Year 11 

Term 

Content 

Autumn Term  

NEA written portfolio and practical work. 

Spring Term  

NEA written portfolio and practical work. 

Summer Term  

Revision for the exam. 

 

Exam board: AQA 
Exam title: GCSE Design and Technology 
AQA Website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552 
Specification code: 8552 
 

Key Stage 4 FOOD PREPARATION AND NUTRITION 

At GCSE we study the syllabus content through five core topics; 

  • Food, Nutrition and Health  

  • Food Science 

  • Food Safety 

  • Food Choice  

  • Food Provenance. 

There is a high level of practical work in this course which is supported by the science of food. There are two NEA (Non-Examination Assessments) worth a total of 50% of the final grade. 

 

Year 10 

Term 

Content 

Autumn Term  

Basic practical skills and nutrition. Food science linked to key ingredients. 

Spring Term  

Food provenance and food safety. Appropriate practical sessions will be included. 

Summer Term  

Year 10 examination. Food choice with appropriate practical skills. 

 

Year 11 

Term 

Content 

Autumn Term  

NEA 1 (science-based task). Mock examination.   

Start NEA2 (practical based task). 

Spring Term  

NEA2. Practical exam and revision. 

Summer Term  

Revision and exams. 

 

Website for exam board with specification and other material  

Exam board: AQA 

Exam title: GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition 

Specification code: 8585 

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