The Technology Faculty at Wath Comprehensive School is focused on ensuring that all students, regardless of ability, achieve their full potential in Technology. The designing and making skills are integrated throughout all key stages to allow students to develop their flare and natural aptitude for Technology. Furthermore, the Faculty hopes to inspire a love of Technology and its application in society and, where necessary, prepare students for university-level study.
Students typically receive two lessons of Technology a week in years 7 and 8, three lessons per week at GCSE, rising to six at A level. Classes are organised by ability sets in Key Stages 3 and 4, though the exact structure varies depending on the year group and needs of the students.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is comprised of Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food with designing and practical skills integrated throughout.
In Year 7 and 8 students rotate around three areas of Technology every 10 to 13 weeks. The topics covered include: - a pewter casting and presentation case, a LED torch and pen, mobile phone or tablet holder, wind chime, tangram puzzle, structures and a design movement clock, in Food Technology we cover food room safety and basic oven and knife skills cooking dishes such as fruit salad and pinwheel pizza. In Y8 Food technology, food safety and hygiene cooking dishes such as stir fry and chocolate cheesecake.
Students will complete a variety of activities including practical work, use of ICT, numeracy and literacy skills, all of which will develop their technology skill base in preparation for GCSE.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity of selecting from the following Technology subjects to study as their GCSE option choice: Art and Design Graphics, Resistant Materials (Design and Technology 1 – 9), or Food.
Year 9 is focused on securing students’ skills to establish a secure foundation for the GCSE before moving onto completing the required controlled assessment and examination preparation in Years 10 and 11.
GCSE Art and Design Graphics
In Year 9 students will work on a series of mini projects. These projects will focus on a number of packaging techniques, methods of manufacture and graphical processes, looking at different design influences and designers.
In Years 10 /11 students will focus on the controlled assessment, GCSE coursework. They will be given the opportunity to choose from a number of projects set by AQA. This will enable them to demonstrate the knowledge and experience gained in Year 9. This will be taught through a series of practical tasks and industrial visits. Controlled Assessment (60%) and Examination (10 hours 40%)
GCSE Resistant Materials
Resistant Materials is concerned with redesigning the environment in which we live. It provides an opportunity for problem solvers who are concerned with the reorganisation of known materials by using established techniques to produce new solutions to existing problems. During this three year course students will study all aspects of the design process; from recognising the problem to be solved to the testing and evaluation of the finished model.
Study within this course will include:
- an understanding of the design process
- a study of a famous designer
- research and analysis of products, materials and processes
- design and market influences
- an understanding of the design principles of line, form and colour
- ICT, CAD and CAM
- Manufacturing processes and techniques in industry
- Environmental and social issues
The course is divided into two units: 50% written exam and 50% Non-examination assessment (Y11 Only), completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.
GCSE Food Technology
Food preparation and Nutrition is a vibrant fast paced course studied over three years. Students will study a wide variety of complex practical skills such as portioning poultry and making fresh pasta, alongside food science where students will be encouraged to experiment with different foods to understand the functional and chemical properties. The course is 50% coursework which is completed in year 11, and comprises a food science investigation and a food study culminating in a three hour practical exam. From Easter of Year 11 students will focus on preparation for the written exam. (50%)
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 students can opt to study an AS/A Level qualification in Product Design.
The AQA Product Design course offers students an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and appositive experience from working with a variety of materials. The practical problem solving process will encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation. The A2 courses will reflect the real world of the product designer. Students will be openly encouraged and given the opportunity to visit exhibitions, manufacturers and designers when possible to support their learning.
Current extra-curricular opportunities within Technology include a weekly Jewellery club and design competitions. In addition many opportunities within school are available to students including cross curricular activities making and launching rockets within Science & Technology week, which is celebrated each year.
Throughout the year, the Faculty holds a number of targeted catch up and revision sessions, both after school and during holidays to support the progress and attainment of all students on Technology courses.
The Technology faculty is comprised of 4 members of teaching staff. The team is supported by a dedicated technician team of two and a Departmental Support Assistant. Technology is currently taught within 3 workshops, 1 food room and 1 graphics / ICT room. The faculty also has a technician preparation room and CAD / CAM is used extensively to make full use of the two versa laser machines we have at present.