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Design and Technology

Design and Technology

At Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy Design and Technology at KS3 develops technical knowledge and places increased emphasis on design methodology. Students are taught to use iterative design techniques to develop solutions to design problems and to utilise computer aided design as part of this process.  Students develop their skills and knowledge of food preparation and nutrition fostering their enthusiasm for such essential life skills.  In refining their skills and knowledge they will become increasingly able to work with confidence and precision when using a broad range of machines and tools to produce products that reflect their designs.

The department is well equipped for teaching across the curriculum area with specialist rooms that provide a broad range of creative opportunity.  We also use networked computers throughout the department to support design practice by using our CAD and CAM resources. 

Design and Technology lessons at KS3 are based around the delivery of the following subject areas:

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Resistant Materials
  • Design and Communication
  • Drawing and rendering skills for communication and creative design strategies

Content and Learning

Year 7 –

  • Food & Nutrition
    • Learn and apply the principles of The eat well plate and the 8 tips for healthy eating.
    • Demonstrate a range of food preparation and cooking techniques
    • Adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook a range of dishes
    • Recall and apply the principles of food safety and hygiene
    • Identify how and why people make different food and drink choices
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  • Resistant Materials
    • Jigsaw puzzle – Ergonomic design developed through iterative design process leading to making with precision when machining and shaping wood and metal.
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  • Design and Communication
    • Cereal box – the use of packaging nets to improve drawing and rendering skills for communication and creative design strategies.

Year 8 –

  • Food & Nutrition
    • Adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook a range of more complex dishes;
    • Demonstrate a wider range of food preparation and cooking techniques;
    • Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making in a range of contexts such as home, health and agriculture.
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  • Resistant Materials
    • Mechanical Toy – This involves designing and making a toy suitable for children to play with, developing practical and knowledge of materials and mechanisms.
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  • Graphic Communication
    • Super Heroes – Students design and create a superhero using computer aided design and modelling materials and use the 3D printer to create a promotional USB memory stick.

Year 9 –

  • Food Technology -
    • Develops the student's ability to plan and prepare a series of nutritious home-cooked meals for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, and helps them understand how to cook economically.
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  • Resistant Materials
    • Sweet dispenser – Students focus on joining materials and shaping their own designs to a high standard of finish.
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  • Graphic Products
    • Pop Up Book – students will study the work of Robert Sabuda, they will create pop up books for a young audience. This will enable students to explore their creativity through card mechanisms and interactions.

Year 10 -

Over this year students will develop the research, designing and manufacturing skills they require to complete their Controlled Assessment. They will also develop a concise theory knowledge to enable them to complete their exams. Students are expected to practise the skills they learn outside of the classroom and to read around the curriculum.

 

Year 11 -

Students in Year 11 will complete their GCSE in Design and Technology. The GCSE courses follow the AQA specifications. Over this year students will be working independently on their Controlled Assessment (60% of final grade) which have been issued by the exam board and preparing for their final examinations.

Innovation Club

Innovation club where students will get an opportunity to learn how to use 3D & 2D software andlearn more about Electronics and Engineering.