Learners will be encouraged to reflect on the skills and knowledge they have gained at primary school. The first four weeks LS’s are designed to ignite learner’s curiosity about Product Design and the design process. Learners will be offered experiences in the different subject areas to develop their understanding of different skills and their applications.
In Food technology your child will be focusing on Healthy Eating. They will learn a variety of life skills along with nutritional information, the Eatwell Guide and will use a selection of recipes available on [email protected], to learn different skills for example knife skills, rubbing in technique and all in one method along with using kitchen equipment. Your child will choose a basic recipe for either a crumble or pizza and try to adapt it to their own needs and wants and make the final dish.
In Textiles your child will be creating a storage holder, they will learn how to use the sewing machines along with hand stitching techniques by teacher led demonstrations. There is a bank of resources on [email protected] for extra guidance and inspiration. Your child will be shown how to screen print using stencils, alongside other decorative techniques, so that they may incorporate into their final products.
In Resistant Materials your child will be making a note holder that will allow learners to combine metal, wood and plastic. Your child will develop a good range of practical skills and we hope that these products will give them an insight into how you can combine materials.
In Electronics your child will be building a Jitter Bug. Your child will be shown how to use the soldering equipment safely to construct an electronic circuit, they will also learn the symbols, names and jobs of each component to give them an understanding of electronics. Your child will have to identify a target market and design for them, and consider how they will package their product.
In Graphic Products your child will be using Design software packages to create a cultural influenced box. We would like your children to see new technologies and understand what is meant by the terms CAD/CAM it will be cut out on the laser cutter. Your child will identify what they would consider a culture to be and then find inspiring imagery to then develop their sketching skills and replicate them onto our computer packages.
Your Child will learn through a wide range of activities, we have created a large selection of resources that have been uploaded on to our Product Design pages on [email protected] Your child will be shown practical demonstrations which are also supported with physical examples and printed laminated sheets to help guide them. We continue to circulate the room guiding and supporting when needed, we will respond to the class or individuals needs to bring learners back and address any misconceptions.
Learners will again be offered opportunities in a variety of subjects/materials and will build on the skills and knowledge from cohort 7. Learners will be able to rotate around the subject areas that we offer as GCSE options.
In Food technology your child will be focusing on foods from different cultures, alongside factors that influence food choice. Whether it be dietary or lifestyle choices, learners will develop knowledge on how to adapt and modify recipes making them suitable for that group. They will develop their knowledge of ingredients and techniques by carrying out experiments and group challenges. Your child will choose from the recipes on [email protected] that focus on similar techniques, they will be undertaking a sensory analysis and we will teach them how to safely handle and cook raw meat and then finally they will choose between a Swiss roll or choux pastry basic recipe that they will adapt for their own target market.
In Textiles your child will be given the following design brief, design and make a textile monster by up-cycling an existing product or recycling materials. Your child will develop their sewing machine, hand sewing skills and also be introduced to a variety of new printing and decorative techniques. Your child will have to design their product but also create paper templates to ensure a high quality outcome. There are a large bank of resources on [email protected] for extra guidance and inspiration. This unit makes links with maths in developing scaling and dimension work to help strengthen the curriculum links across the school.
In Resistant Materials your child will be designing and making a piece of Jewellery or a keyring, the design brief will be ‘A famous Theme Park/Music/Sporting Venue has asked you to design and make an item of jewellery or a keyring to be sold in their gift shop’. Your child will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials, including wood, metal and plastic and will be shown new techniques including pewter casting, bending and shaping acrylic and how to laminating wood.
In Graphic Products your child will be creating a nature inspired laser cut clock. Your child will be developing their sketching skills focusing on patterns and textures that will be developed on our 2D Design software. We would like your children to see new technologies in practice that they could incorporate into their GCSE’s if they choose a Product Design course.
Your Child will learn through a wide range of activities, we have created a large selection of resources that have been uploaded on to our Product Design pages on [email protected] Your child will be shown practical demonstrations which are also supported with physical examples and printed laminated sheets to help guide them. We continue to circulate the room guiding and supporting when needed, we will respond to the class or individuals needs to bring learners back and address any miss conceptions.
Food: Food, Preparation and Nutrition teaches learners about the development and production of food products. Youngsters learn about how food products are manufacturer and carry out design and make tasks to enable them to develop their own ideas. They are given the opportunity to make quality products using a wide range of skills from the foundation laid in KS3. Youngsters will learn about the ever changing food industry as it develops products to meet consumer trends and demands.
Graphics: As learners commence the course in Cohort 9, they will learn about the subject and gain the necessary skills through a range of design and make projects using paper based materials and decorative techniques. Throughout the GCSE course, youngsters will learn about a variety of materials and processes including smart materials, CAD/CAM and image processing with programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. They design and make models of their own products using a range of equipment and develop an understanding of how to be innovative and how to problem solve when developing products.
RM: Learners will learn to design and make products with creativity and originality using a wide range of materials, mostly wood, metal and plastic and have the opportunity to use a wide range of tools and equipment to manufacture quality products. During the course, learners are able to develop their skills on computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM), quality control environmental issues and sustainability of physical resources.
Textiles: The Textile course is designed to give learners an understanding of the design and manufacture of textiles through practical projects and theory lessons. They have the opportunity to make quality products using a wide range of equipment and build upon practical skills initially developed in KS3. Learners study areas such as designing skills, making, materials and components, finishing processes, design and market influences, product analysis, environmental issues, process and manufacture including CAD/CAM.
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