The King's (The Cathedral) School

Peterborough

Design and Technology forms an area of the curriculum that develops skills of quite a different nature from other subjects. Design and Technology enables students to develop their awareness of the world around them, to develop an understanding of, and capability in, the technological world. Instead of theoretical problem solving, design is about the creative application of science and technology to solve everyday problems.

‘the creative application of science and technology to solve everyday problems’

Design and Technology at The King’s (The Cathedral) School is being developed year-on-year to provide the most up-to-date and relevant design and manufacturing methods. Students are taught around a basis of equipping them with new skills and then asking them to apply these skills to a design problem. Students are always encouraged to develop their drawing, CAD and CAM skills independently so as to enhance their design work.

KS3

All students study Design & Technology in Years 7 to 9, completing four projects per year covering Textiles, Food & Nutrition, Systems & Control and Product Design respectively:

Year 7

All students complete a baseline test at the beginning of the course to assist with the setting of flight path grades. Skills of Product Analysis, Weighing and Measuring and Graphics are assessed.

  • Best of British - Windsock: Using the Sewing Machine, Safety, Applique, British Designers
  • Eat Well: Using a Knife, Hob and Oven, Food Hygiene, Nutrients, Methods of Production
  • Test Tube Vase: CAD using Techsoft 2D Design, CAM using the Laser Cutter, Modelling, Polymers
  • Gadget Box: Using Basic Hand Tools and Machinery in the Workshop, Timber Groups, Timber Joints and Finishing Techniques

Year 8

  • Culture Cushion: Adding Colour and Pattern to Fabric (Tie-dye, Silk Painting, Printing, Computerised Embroidery)
  • Bakery Products: Functions of Ingredients, Bread Making, Traffic Light System on Food Packaging, Caramelisation and Enzymic Browning, Food Provenance, Product Analysis
  • Mood Light: Soldering, Basic Electronics, Line Bending, Acrylic and Polypropylene
  • Clocks: Batch Production, Production Methods, Sustainability, Design Movements, Types of Motion

Year 9

  • Gadget Storage: Biomimicry, Fabric Decoration, Use of Interfacings, Pockets
  • European Cuisine: Coating and Binding, Pasta and Sauce Making, Researching European Cuisine, Making Two Dishes (own choice) using different skills for each one
  • Pewter Cast Pendant: Metals Properties, Pewter Casting, Creating a Die using CAD/CAM, Purpose of Packaging
  • Birdhouse/Feeder: Contemporary Architecture, Independent Work on Workshop Machinery, Use of Hand Tools, Finishes

GCSE Tasters

  • E-Textiles: Non-woven Fabrics, Stitched Electronic Circuit, Pop Art, Sublimation and Transfer Printing
  • Food Science: Function of Eggs, Additives and Preservatives, Raising Agents
  • Design Ventura C: 'Working as a business to design and prototype a product to be sold in the Design Museum Shop, pupils must budget, source materials and create a 3-minute sales pitch'
  • Desk Tidy: Materials Research, Joints, Fixings, Finishes for Wood

All KS3 students complete projects that develop iterative design process. In project booklets they design, make and evaluate, whilst developing their knowledge of materials and processes. Students complete a range of designs and make focused practical tasks in all material areas.

KS4

GCSE Design and Technology (AQA 8552)

Students specialise in either Product Design or Textiles.

Throughout Year 10 they will cover a range of theory and work on sample non-examined assessment (NEA) projects such as Cutlery, Body Adornment, Outdoor Living, etc. In June of Year 10 they will start their NEA, choosing 1 of the 3 contexts set by the exam board; this is worth 50% of the GCSE and will be completed by February of Year 11. The exam is also worth 50% and will be taken at the end of Year 11.

Year 10 Theory

Core Technical Principles

  • Energy Generation and Storage
  • Materials and their Working Properties
  • Material Categories
  • Material Properties

Specialist Technical Principles

  • Selection of Materials or Components
  • Ecological and Social Footprint
  • Sources and Origins
  • Using and Working with Materials
  • Stock Forms, Types and Sizes
  • Specialist Techniques and Processes
  • Surface Treatments and Finishes

Designing and Making Principles

  • Investigation, Primary and Secondary Data
  • The Work of Others
  • Design Strategies
  • Communication of Design Ideas
  • Prototype Development
  • Selection of Materials and Components
  • Material Management

Year 11 Theory

Core Technical Principles

  • New and Emerging Technologies
  • Developments in New Materials
  • Systems Approach to Designing
  • Mechanical Devices

Specialist Technical Principles

  • Forces and Stresses
  • Scales of Production

Designing and Making Principles

  • Environmental, Social and Economic Challenge
  • Selection of Materials and Components
  • Tolerances
  • Specialist Tools and Equipment
  • Specialist Techniques and Processes

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (AQA 8585)

Year 10

5 modules covered:

Food Nutrition and Health

  • Nutrients Macro and Micro
  • Nutritional Needs and Health
  • Making Informed Food Choices
  • Carrying out Nutritional Analysis
  • Diet, Nutrition and Health

Food Science

  • Why is Food Cooked?
  • Cooking of Food and Heat Transfer
  • Selecting Appropriate Cooking Methods
  • Functional and Chemical Properties of Food

Food Safety

  • Food Spoilage and Contamination
  • Micro-organisms and Enzymes
  • Micro-organisms in Food Production
  • Bacterial Contamination
  • Principles of Food Safety
  • Buying and Storing Food
  • Preparing, Cooking and Serving Food

Food Choice

  • Factors that affect Food Choice
  • Food Choices related to Religion and Culture
  • Food Choices related to Ethical and Moral Beliefs
  • Food Intolerance
  • Food Labelling and Marketing

Food Provenance

  • British and International Cuisines
  • Traditional Cuisines
  • Sensory Evaluations
  • Environmental Impact and Sustainability
  • Food and the Environment
  • Sustainability of Food
  • Processing and Production
  • Technological Developments

General Practical Skills, Knife Skills, Preparing Fruit and Vegetables, Use of the Cooker, Use of Equipment, Cooking Methods, Preparing, Combining and Shaping, Dough, Raising Agents, Setting Mixtures

Year 11

NEA 1—Food Investigation task, 15% of final grade, to start in October (10 hours).

NEA2—Food Preparation assessment, 35% of final grade (20 hours). Includes a 3 hour practical assessment. To start  in December

Revision from February until May

Final examination 50% of final grade

1 hour 45 minutes, combination of 20 multiple choice questions and five more in depth questions

KS5

In Year 12 students will cover a range of theory as well as undertake a practice non-examined assessment (NEA) project.  They will start their NEA in April of Year 12 and work on this until February of Year 13. This is worth 50% of the A-Level grade. In Year 13 they will continue to work on theory content alongside the NEA and will sit two exams at the end of Year 13.  Paper 1: Technical Principles is 30% and Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles is 20% of the total A-Level.

Design and Technology: Product Design (AQA 7552)

Year 12

Technical Principles

  • Materials and their Applications
  • Performance and Characteristics of Materials
  • Enhancement of Materials
  • Forming, Redistribution and Addition Processes
  • The Use of Adhesives and Fixings
  • The Use of Finishes
  • Modern Industrial and Commercial Practice
  • Efficient Use of Materials
  • Digital Design and Manufacture
  • The Requirements for Product Design and Development
  • Health and Safety

Designing and Making Principles

  • Design Methods and Processes
  • Design Theory
  • Design Processes
  • Critical Analysis and Evaluation
  • Selecting Appropriate Tools, Equipment and Processes
  • Accuracy in Design and Manufacture

Year 13

Technical Principles

  • Protecting Designs and Intellectual Property
  • Design for Manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair and Disposal
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Enterprise and Marketing in the Development of Products
  • Design Communication
  • Modern Manufacturing Systems

Designing and Making Principles

  • How Technology and Cultural Changes can Impact on the Work of Designers
  • Product Life Cycles
  • Responsible Design
  • Design for Manufacture and Project Manufacture
  • National and International Standards in Product Design

Design and Technology: Fashion & Textiles (AQA 7562)

Year 12

Technical Principles

  • Materials and their Applications
  • Performance and Characteristics of Materials
  • Methods of Joining and Use of Components
  • The Use of Finishes
  • Enhancement of Materials
  • Modern Industrial and Commercial Practice
  • The Requirements for Textile and Fashion Design Development
  • Health and Safety

Designing and Making Principles

  • Design Methods and Processes
  • Design Theory
  • Design Processes
  • Critical Analysis and Evaluation
  • Selecting Appropriate Tools, Equipment and Processes
  • Accuracy in Design and Manufacture

Year 13

Technical Principles

  • Protecting Designs and Intellectual Property
  • Design for Manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair and Disposal
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Enterprise and Marketing in the Development of Products
  • Design Communication
  • Modern Manufacturing Systems

Designing and Making Principles

  • How Technology and Cultural Changes Can Impact on the Work of Designers
  • Product Life Cycles
  • Responsible Design
  • Design for Manufacture and Project Manufacture
  • National and International Standards in Product Design

Design Technology CADCAM Resources

All design courses make use of CAD/CAM where possible; students are introduced to a full package of products as they progress through the school. TechSoft 2D design is introduced to students in Year 7. As students progress into GCSEs and A-Levels they can adapt these skills to use industry standard software such as SolidWorks and Fusion 360. Many of the projects undertaken make use of our CAM equipment, including the laser cutting machine, CNC milling machines, 3D Printer and computer controlled embroidery machine.

Design Technology Student Home Learning Resources

The Design and Technology Department has decided to purchase home use licences for many of the CAD programs taught in lessons. All GCSE and A-Level students studying Product Design are expected to install this software on their home computers to help further their studies. Students in Key Stage 3 are also encouraged to do so, especially if they are wishing to study Design and Technology at GCSE and above.

  • TechSoft 2D Design (available to borrow from the School Library)
  • Fusion 360 (free internet download)
  • Google SketchUp (free internet download)
  • SolidWorks Educational Edition (64-bit only, available to borrow from the School Library)

Design Technology Staff

Miss Elizabeth Dunmore (EJD): Head of Design & Technology Department & SLT Link
Mr Julian Criddle (JDC): Teacher of Design & Technology
Mrs Louise Varty (LAV): Teacher Responsible for Food and Textiles
Miss Catharine Shortt (CJS): Teacher of Textiles, Design & Technology and Food Technology
Mrs Nicola Walsham (NJW): Teacher of Food Technology
Mrs Jane Kennedy (JEK): Art & Textiles Technician
Mrs Sarah Lunn (SXL): Design Technology Technician
Mrs Sue Burt (SB): Food Technology Technician