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Ralph Thoresby School

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Design Technology

The aim of the Design Technology Department at Ralph Thoresby High School is to offer equal opportunities to all students. We achieve this by offering a broad balanced curriculum, including Food, Product design, Resistant Materials at KS4, Electronics at KS3 and an Advanced Level course in Product Design which allows all students to achieve their maximum potential. Schemes of work are differentiated to match the ability, attitude and developmental level of individual pupils.

We aim to inform all pupils of their current working level and ensure they have ownership of their targets for improvement. We offer feedback at regular intervals to allow pupils to complete their work to the best of their ability and use positive encouragement and the school credit system to reward high standards of work.

We aim to enthuse pupils and excite them through the Designing and Making process and allow them opportunities to be creative in a safe supportive environment.

As a department we promote high standards of behaviour and academic achievements throughout the design process. We work together as an enthusiastic team and promote an environment where pupils can work responsibly but consider the needs and achievements of others.

Links to SMSC and British Values

As designers we will consider how products will be made and used. We will aim to be aware of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to society. We will also need to consider value, cost, and quality. We also discuss product and design provenance, heritage and legacy as well as celebrating the work of designer 9in the UK and beyond.

We will also consider how and where products are made and the impact this has employment and the economy. Will reducing costs to make products in countries where labour costs are low mean conditions for workers in these countries are far below UK standards? Pollution may also be higher. There is also an environmental cost in transporting goods all over the world.

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5:

  • KS4: Students can opt to study AQA GCSE Design Technology or AQA GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition. These are popular courses and over the past years has produced some outstanding work and results.
  • KS5: We run AQA A Level Design where we have a positive uptake of 6th form students opting for the courses.
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will complete a transition course to guide them into Technology at Ralph Thoresby. This will take the first few 2-3 lessons and will explain our staffing, health and safety procedures, assessment methods and expectations. At the end of this short course we will carry out a short test to give us a starting point for our Technology education journey.
      Learners will then follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    www.technologystudent.com

     

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please share your child’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject and discuss what they have studied (as a parent I know this can be difficult information to illicit from teenagers)!

     

    Homework Information

    Examples of homework may include elements of:

    Research work, such as collecting information.

    Extension tasks ,such as graphic presentation work.

    A means to practicing or developing skills.

    Literacy tasks, which are related to the subject.

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Food, Product design, Resistant Materials or Textiles

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Learners will follow a range of courses covering skills in Food, Product design, Resistant Materials and Textiles. These courses will vary in length from 9-18 weeks and will cover research, designing creative ideas, health and safety, social moral spiritual and cultural awareness, design values and the work of designers, making skill and evaluating skills. Students will be able to work as individuals or in small groups and teams.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please share your child’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject and discuss what they have studied (as a parent I know this can be difficult information to illicit from teenagers)!

     

    Homework Information

    Examples of homework may include elements of:

    Research work, such as collecting information.

    Extension tasks ,such as graphic presentation work.

    A means to practicing or developing skills.

    Literacy tasks, which are related to the subject.

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Skills building in all material areas

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      There are a number of making skills that must be introduced. These will be assessed and evidenced by your teacher. The vehicle for this teaching and assessment will be a range of focused tasks various material and skill areas.

      The study of materials and how we use them to design and make products. It will also include looking at how products are made in industry.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please share your child’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject and discuss what they have studied (as a parent I know this can be difficult information to illicit from teenagers)!

     

    Homework Information

    Examples of homework may include elements of:

    Research work, such as collecting information.

    Extension tasks ,such as graphic presentation work.

    A means to practicing or developing skills.

    Literacy tasks, which are related to the subject.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Design and making skills, materials and processes

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      There are a number of making skills that must be covered. These will be assessed and evidenced by your teacher. The vehicle for this teaching and assessment will be a range of focused tasks various material and skill areas.
      Study of materials and how we use them to design and make products. It will also include looking at how products are made in industry.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Design and making skills, materials and processes

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      There are a number of making skills that must be covered. These will be assessed and evidenced by your teacher. The vehicle for this teaching and assessment will be a range of focused tasks various material and skill areas.
      Study of materials and how we use them to design and make products. It will also include looking at how products are made in industry.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA: Extended making project

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      You will make a single product that showcases a range of technical skills.
      In addition to the practical outcome you will provide evidence of planning and development and of testing and evaluation. This evidence and the final made outcome will be accessed for moderation purposes.
      This major project will allow you to investigate, design, prototype and make a final product that is innovative and interesting. This will be a chance for you to show your intellect as a designer and your skills as a maker.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please share your child’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject and discuss what they have studied (as a parent I know this can be difficult information to illicit from teenagers)!

     

    Homework Information

    Examples of homework may include elements of:

    Research work, such as collecting information.

    Extension tasks ,such as graphic presentation work.

    A means to practicing or developing skills.

    Literacy tasks, which are related to the subject.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA: Extended making project Identifying & investigating design possibilities Producing a design brief & specification

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      You will make a single product that showcases a range of technical skills.
      In addition to the practical outcome you will provide evidence of planning and development and of testing and evaluation. This evidence and the final made outcome will be accessed for moderation purposes.
      This major project will allow you to investigate, design, prototype and make a final product that is innovative and interesting. This will be a chance for you to show your intellect as a designer and your skills as a maker.

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA: Extended making project Generating design ideas

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      You will make a single product that showcases a range of technical skills.
      In addition to the practical outcome you will provide evidence of planning and development and of testing and evaluation. This evidence and the final made outcome will be accessed for moderation purposes.
      This major project will allow you to investigate, design, prototype and make a final product that is innovative and interesting. This will be a chance for you to show your intellect as a designer and your skills as a maker

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA: Extended making project Developing design ideas Realising design ideas

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      You will make a single product that showcases a range of technical skills.
      In addition to the practical outcome you will provide evidence of planning and development and of testing and evaluation. This evidence and the final made outcome will be accessed for moderation purposes.
      This major project will allow you to investigate, design, prototype and make a final product that is innovative and interesting. This will be a chance for you to show your intellect as a designer and your skills as a maker

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA: Extended making project Realising design ideas Analysing & evaluating

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      You will make a single product that showcases a range of technical skills.
      In addition to the practical outcome you will provide evidence of planning and development and of testing and evaluation. This evidence and the final made outcome will be accessed for moderation purposes.
      This major project will allow you to investigate, design, prototype and make a final product that is innovative and interesting. This will be a chance for you to show your intellect as a designer and your skills as a maker

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Revision via workbooks and past papers

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please share your child’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject and discuss what they have studied (as a parent I know this can be difficult information to illicit from teenagers)!

     

    Homework Information

    Examples of homework may include elements of:

    Research work, such as collecting information.

    Extension tasks ,such as graphic presentation work.

    A means to practicing or developing skills.

    Literacy tasks, which are related to the subject.

  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Design theory Design and making skills, materials and processes.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Materials and their working properties
      Papers and boards
      Natural and manufactured timbers
      Metals and alloys
      Polymers
      Textiles

      Completion of short focused practical tasks in all material areas to upskill for NEA

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Design theory. Design and making skills, materials and processes.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Modern materials
      Smart materials
      Composites
      Technical textiles
      New and emerging technologies: industry and enterprise

      Completion of short focused practical tasks in all material areas to upskill for NEA

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Design theory. Design and making skills, materials and processes.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      People, culture and society
      Sustainability and the environment
      Production techniques
      Critical evaluation of new and emerging
      Technologies
      Energy generation: fossil fuels
      Energy generation: nuclear power

      Completion of short focused practical tasks in all material areas to upskill for NEA

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Design theory. Design and making skills, materials and processes

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Renewable energy
      Energy storage systems
      Inputs and outputs
      Processes and microcontrollers
      Types of movement, levers and linkages
      Rotary systems

      Completion of short focused practical tasks in all material areas to upskill for NEA

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      NEA
      Identifying and Investigating Design Possibilities

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      NEA
      Producing a design brief and specification

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please encourage reading around the subject.

     

    Self-study Information

    Please encourage reading around the subject. This can include both design books and the text books available from school.

  • Year 13 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      NEA
      Development of design proposals

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      NEA
      Development of design proposals

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      NEA
      Development of design proposals
      Analysing and Evaluating

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      NEA

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      NEA
      Analysing and Evaluating

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Revision via workbooks and past papers

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Revision via workbooks and past papers

      Assessment

      Assessments will be carried out using PINS tasks located in student workbooks. These tasks will feedback what has been achieved and where improvements need to be made.

    How can I support my child?

    Equipment required:

    Please try to ensure your children are prepared with the correct equipment. A pencil, black pen, ruler and pencil crayons will be useful.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Please try and aid us in fostering an enquiring nature about the made environment and how and why things are deigned and made.

    Try to discuss if products are desirable or essential and how this has impacted on their design.

    Question the environmental issues that relate to the product in terms of material and energy use, useful life, product obsolescence and recycling, reuse or disposal opportunities.

    Please support us aiding learners to record and complete homework.

    Please encourage reading around the subject.

     

    Self-study Information

    Please encourage reading around the subject. This can include both design books and the text books available from school.

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