Design Technology in Scissett Middle School allows pupils to be creative problem solvers, both as individuals or as members of a team. The subject allows them to participate in a world of rapidly changing technologies. They respond to challenges by determining need and constraints, developing a range of ideas and making quality products. The department is committed to the continued development of a pupils’ design and making skills, through a range of basic hand tools, machinery and CAD/CAM activities. Pupils also develop their understanding of aesthetics, ergonomics, social and environmental issues as well as current industrial practices.
Design Technology provides pupils with a practical application of knowledge that they have acquired in subjects such as Mathematics, English, Science and Art.
Pupils currently participate in a half yearly rotation between the technology disciplines – Food and Textile Technology and Resistant Material Technology.
Pupils design and make a novelty coat hook using aluminium. They learn how to set up and use a pillar drill, junior hacksaws, files and abrasive papers.
Introduction to structures including loads, forces and triangulation. Pupils continue to develop their making skills and learn how to use the jigsaw and disc sander as well as other woodworking hand tools. Using this knowledge they work in groups to beat three challenges:
Pupils design and make a novelty clock using acrylic.
Introductory mini project using CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture) to create an engraved key fob from laminated acrylic.
Some of the ingredients will be provided by the department and the students will need to contribute to costs. Other ingredients will need to be brought in from home.
All food is stored appropriately at school so it is able to be taken home and eaten.
The ethos for the department is to provide the knowledge and confidence for young people to cook healthy home made products that the whole family can enjoy.
This is an introduction to Food technology and the food room. The students will be taught about safety awareness in a kitchen environment and good food hygiene, which includes personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment and working areas, food handling, cooking and storage.
During this project the students will learn how to use equipment correctly and safely. The students will learn about healthy eating and how to make food which they have designed themselves. In line with the national curriculum the majority of the food will be healthy and savoury.
The Practical Outcomes:
The Practical Outcomes:
Focused Practical tasks:
This is the re-introduction for pupils to Food Technology in the Food and Textile Technology room. Pupils will be reminded of safety awareness within a kitchen environment and good hygiene practice, which includes personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment and working areas, food handling, cooking and storage.
With the emphasis in the New National Curriculum being on cooking predominantly savoury dishes that are healthy, students having the ability to adapt and use their own recipes, and for students to understand the sources and seasonality of the ingredients, they are going to learn about LOCAL and SEASONAL PRODUCE, FAIR TRADE, WORLD FOODS, AND DIETARY REQUIRMENTS (religious and for health reasons).
Focused practical tasks:
This is the re-introduction for pupils to Food Technology in the Food and Textile Technology room. Pupils will be reminded of safety awareness within a kitchen environment and good hygiene practice, which includes personal hygiene, cleanliness of equipment and working areas, food handling, cooking and storage. With food poisoning cases on the increase it is essential that students develop an understanding of the risks of food poisoning and preventions. During this project students should develop and increase their understanding, attitude and awareness of the need for a high personal and collective standard in food hygiene.
Focused practical tasks:
The students will work on a 9 week project each year and produce a practical outcome – we ask for a donation at the beginning of the year to contribute to materials and the students can take their finished work home.
The students are given a design brief to design and make a party bag for a celebration of their own choice. The students will then decorate the bag using Tie Dye, Polystyrene printing, Sublimation (heat press) printing, Appliqué and sewing using machines.
The practical outcome will be a party bag and the students will learn how to Tie dye, design, hand sew and use a sewing machine independently.
The students are given a design brief to design and make a pencil case inspired by Pop art. To students will decorate their pencil case using Screen printing, Batik and Sublimation (heat press) printing.
The practical outcome will be a pencil case and the students will learn how to use the Sublimator (heat press), they will learn how to thread up a sewing machine and use different stitches independently. The students will learn how to screen print and use a wax pot to produce Batik work.
The design brief for Year 8 is to produce a cushion cover using recycled material. To use inspiration from our local landscape and David Hockney’s art work. The students are expected to make designs, templates, patterns and use the sewing machines with independence. The students will learn how to use different stitches and add buttons to their work. Design work will be applied to cushions using Sublimation printing, Silk painting and Appliqué.