DT: Graphics, Resistant Materials & Textiles
Who are we
- Subject leader – Mrs H Startup
- DT technician – Mrs J Appleton
- Teacher of DT – Mr J Padgham
What we do in KS3
Students will experience Design Technology in a carousel and partake in Resistant Materials & Textiles lessons for a cycle of 9 weeks per academic year. In KS3 lessons students explore designing and making skills. They are encouraged to be inventive, creative and produce unique products and enjoy the subject. Students learn a range of manufacturing techniques for both specialisms and become familiar with tools & equipment. They also learn about raw materials.
Students are graded on an 11-point grading system Entry Level to Grade 9. Assessment is based on student research, ideas, making & evaluation. Students also complete a base line test on entry on year 7 and an end of unit test at the end of their cycle in DT.
What we do in KS4
At the end of year 9, students can opt into Fashion & Textiles or Materials Technology Technical Award as a GCSE subject. Students are timetabled two lessons a week for the subject, where the KS3 curriculum is built upon and added to.
In KS3 students are assessed using the National Curriculum framework for Design & Technology and are expected to take end of unit tests.
In KS4 students are assessed using the AQA Design & Technology; Resistant Materials or Textiles Technology Specification. The qualification comprises of 2 units; Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam which is worth 40% of the overall grade. Unit 2 is a 20 A3 page coursework project and 1 manufactured product which is worth 60% of the overall grade.
In KS3 students are given a homework pack for the cycle which includes 8 homework tasks. This should be handed in for marking at least once every two weeks. These tasks bolster the learning that takes place in the classroom.
In Year 10, if chosen as an option, students are given homework to support the practical learning that takes place in the classroom. Again this is set at least once every two weeks.
In Year 11, students are expected to complete any outstanding coursework for homework, the more independent learning they complete, means a greater chance of a high final grade. Homework is set every lesson. Students are also required to complete revision for their exam.
Skills are gained for the future
Problem solving, designing skills, team working, self-management, creative thinking, organisation, communication, planning and development, making, testing and evaluation and communication.
How to find out more information
For more information, please contact Mrs Startup by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org