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    Technology

    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, Food and Textiles with designing and practical skills integrated throughout.

    In Year 7 students rotate around three areas of Technology every 13 weeks. The topics covered include: - a pewter casting and presentation case, a LED torch and pen, basic food and textiles skills.

    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.

    In Year 8 students again rotate around three areas of Technology every 13 weeks. Topics covered include: - a wind chime, a book-end, fruit & vegetables and a mini monster. Students build on their previous skills to give them a wide opportunity for choosing a Technology option at 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: Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Electronic Products 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 Graphic Products

    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. Each project will consist of three parts, theory, designing and making.

    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%)

    From March of Year 11 students will focus on preparation for the written exam. (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

    GCSE Electronic Products

    Electronic Products are an exciting way to learn about how many everyday electronic gadgets work and how they are built.

    In Electronics students will focus on using existing electronics building blocks and combine them to make fun and exciting products – that work! Students are expected to produce an individual design folder and a functioning electronic prototype for their coursework. The course involves practical application of maths and science theory along with studying the design process and product analysis to discover how products function.

    Course Content

    The course will involve the study of various areas. These include:

    • Electronics and Materials - Designing  
    • Materials and Components - Making
    • CAD - Computer Aided Design
    • CAM - Computer Aided Manufacture
    • Systems and Control, PIC chips e.g. Genie, PicAxe
    • Products and Applications
    • Problem Solving.

    The course is divided into two units: 40% written exam and 60% Controlled Assessment, completed in school under the supervision of the teacher.

    GCSE Food Technology

    Food Technology is an exciting branch of food science which allows students to develop their creative practical skills. In this subject students will have the opportunity to investigate, design, make and evaluate food products for retail outlets related to industrial processes.

    In Year 9 students will produce a series of pieces of work which will give them the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the course.

    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. Controlled Assessment (60%)

    From March of Year 11 students will focus on preparation for the written exam. (40%)

    Key Stage 5

    At Key Stage 5 students can opt to study an AS/A Level qualification in Product Design or a BTEC qualification in Hospitality.

    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. Both the AS and 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.

    The BTEC Hospitality course offers students an opportunity to investigate and explore the diversity of the industry. The problem solving process will encourage independent learning, creative thinkers and self- managers. Students will be encouraged and given the opportunity to visit a hotel and restaurant where possible to support their learning.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Current extra-curricular opportunities within Technology include a weekly Jewellery club and design competitions.

    Each year, the Faculty organises a number of trips, including trips to the Design Museum in London, Cadburys, Tata Steel and ZIZI in Sheffield, Berlin in Germany, Printing Press in Leeds and Holiday Inn Hotel in Wath.

    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.

    Facilities

    The Technology faculty is comprised of 8 members of teaching staff, of which two are part time. The team is supported by a dedicated technician team of two and a Departmental Support Assistant. Technology is currently taught within 4 workshops, 2 food rooms and 2 graphics / ICT rooms , all of which are equipped with an interactive whiteboard, a computer which is linked to the internet and SIMs network for registration and data purposes.  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.