Design and Technology
Introduction / Overview
Design & Technology at Goffs
Design and technology is about inventing practical solutions to problems through imaginative thinking. Learners use a range of tools, materials, skills and techniques to explore, design and make products and systems that meet human needs. Working in stimulating contexts they engage in a continuous course of personal development, learning to use today's technologies so they can participate in developing tomorrow's.
In D and T at Goffs we aim to provide all pupils with a stimulating ‘hands on’ experience of a wide range of D and T materials and skills. Each pupil is encouraged to develop their talents and achieve their potential in a safe and supportive environment.
The staff work closely as a team, meeting regularly to develop relevant courses and skills which meet the needs of our students.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 & Year 8 Students have one lesson per fortnight in either Food, Product Design or Textiles. In Year 7 they will study one of the above disciplines, and in Year 8 wil have the option to re-opt for another. Students also have one period of Technology Skills on their timetable, where they will learn core technical skills needed across the disciplines.
Key Stage 4 - Year 9 to Year 11
GCSE courses are offered in each technology; please see individual subject tab
Year 12 & Year 13
We run A level ‘Product Design’ and ‘Textiles’ courses. These are popular with excellent results & many of our students go on to study Design courses at University.
Each material area has prefects who play an important role in the smooth running of the department, helping out in lower school lessons, preparing resources and mentoring individual GCSE pupils.
The Fashion & Textiles department is well equipped with a range of machines, printing presses and PCs.
PCs are connected to the school network and the Internet giving pupils easy access for any related research and design work needed to produce their work.
All pupils are reminded that they are welcome to attend catch up sessions most days 3pm- 4pm in F05. 6th form Textiles students are positively encouraged to spend some of their study time in the department.
Key Stage 3
Year 7 & 8 students who have opted for the subject are currently learning a vast range of Textiles based skills once a fortnight. Skills such as; dyeing & printing, computerised embroidery & applique.
Key Stage 4
Year 9- Edexcel (Pearson) Design and Technology (Textiles focused)
4 lessons a fortnight
Students will learn a variety of Fashion and Textiles processes & skills in the first term which will help prepare them for the NEA tasks at the end of year 10.
Next, they will choose their own theme and design & create a corset using skills learnt in term 1. Below are some exemplars from 2017- 18.
Year 10- Edexcel (Pearson) Design and Technology (Textiles focused)
4 lessons a fortnight
Students will complete a mock NEA (worth 50% of the GCSE) and choose from one of 3 tasks.
Students are required to produce a portfolio and final prototype which meets the assessment criteria laid
out by the exam board. It is important that students bring their A3 portfolio to every lesson and have access
to creative materials such as colouring pencils, watercolours and/ or colouring pens (e.g. Winsor & Newton Brushmarker).
Once a fortnight students will be a taught a theory lesson which will cover component 1 (1DT0/1E – Textiles.
A link to the exam board specification can be found here; https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/design-and-technology/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-GCSE-L1-L2-in-Design-and-Technology.pdf
It is important that students bring a ring binder and sketchbook/ exercise book to every theory lesson.
Year 11- WJEC Creative and Media (Contemporary Textiles)
5 lessons a fortnight
Units 2 & 3 are due on 1st April 2019.
Unit 1 (exam) is on Monday 11th March at 9am and students must bring 4 pages of handwritten names
into the exam.
Key stage 5
8 lessons a fortnight
From September 2018 both year 12 and 13 groups will be taught in tandem.
Year 12- AQA Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles (linear)
Year 13- AQA Design and Technology: Fashion and Textiles
This enjoyable course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as Fashion Design, Science
and Technology and Marketing and Advertising in the Textiles industry. Students find this course is a
good foundation for A’ Level Textiles Technology. Many of our students go on to secure places at the top
Universities in the UK & EIRE.
GCSE Pupil questionnaire comments
‘Good teacher support’
‘Felt able to ask for help and gained confidence’
‘Can work more independently now’
‘Had lots of fun but still work hard’
‘The deadlines set helped throughout the coursework’
Textiles Year 12
Textiles Year 13
Food Preparation and Nutrition at Goffs Academy
Key Stage 3
Year 7 and 8 students will have one lesson a fortnight for the academic year. This equates to 20 lessons. The lessons are mostly practical based and introduce the students to how to chop correctly, use of the grill, oven and hob. They will have the opportunity to make ten different dishes and learn about what balanced Nutrition is and why it is important. They will learn about special dietary needs and how different Religions have different beliefs surrounding food. Home learning will consist mainly of organising ingredients ready for their practical lessons. They will also have two projects which will last for two terms each.
Key Stage 4 Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition
The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the
knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food
science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook, enables them to
make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire
knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and
nutritiously, now and later in life.
By studying food preparation and nutrition learners will:
- be able to demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment
- develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks
- understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health
- understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food
- understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.
The course consists of two NEA s (Non Examined Assesment) and one one hour and 45 minute written exam. The NEA’s are split into two:
NEA 1 is worth 15% of the GCSE and is a written Food Science investigation.
NEA 2 is worth 35% of the GCSE and is this is worth 50% of the GCSE.
This enjoyable course can lead to a wide range of career opportunities such as
- Food Product Designer
- Food Journalist
- Food and Nutrition teacher or Lecturer
Students find this course is a good foundation for studying A level in Biology and catering courses at College. Many of our students go on to secure places at the top Universities in the UK & EIRE.