Year 7 Design & Technology
Resistant Materials / Electronics
In Resistant Materials, year 7 students are exposed to the multi-material workshops, some for the first time. This involves having specialist training with tools and key machinery to enable them to access the curriculum sufficiently. Year 7 is divided into 3 sections; a small introduction to the workshop project, a graphic design project and a product design project.
ID TAG / Pull strip
This project tasks the students to be introduced to the school workshops, identifying key tools and equipment and how to follow safety procedures within a workshop. As students are engaging with their environment they are taught about different types of plastic, the origins and the creation of plastic. By the end of the project students will have created a range of twisted acrylic key rings that they can proudly attach to their pencil cases or bags to truly show off their workmanship.
Road Sign Project
Students are not only taught about graphic design within this project but the morality and ethical issues within design. Each student engages in active lessons that involve difficult design tasks and complex problem solving. The project is themed about the work of Jock Kennier and Margaret Calvert who have all impacted on our lives through the outcome of a design challenge of re-designing the British road signs. Students are tasked to design and make a small bedroom door sign in the theme of the Highway Code.
Angry Bird Project
This is the more complex of the three projects that challenges the students to draw upon their numeracy and literacy skills to make a small angry bird toy that jitters across the table top. Students are taught about simple electronics, mechanisms and how numeracy works side by side with Design and Technology.
In year 7 textiles, students design and make fabric juggling bags which are decorated with op art inspired patterns (optical illusion art). Students are encouraged to develop their drawing skills by producing their own optical illusions using a variety of media before being introduced to a range of decorative techniques such as foam block printing, bubble wrap printing and using fabric paint with masking tape resists. In year 7, students will be given the opportunity to pass their 'sewing machine driving test' which will ensure they know how to use equipment safely and helps to develop accurate control of a sewing machine. The combination of 2D work and samples will aid students in creating a range of personalised designs for their juggling bag/bags, which they will produce by the end of the project as a prototype of their design.
‘Finding Out About Food’
This scheme of work has been developed to enable pupils to learn where food comes from, how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically and to apply their knowledge of healthy eating.
Pupils will have the opportunity to work through the following contexts:
- Domestic and local (home and health);
- Industrial (food and agriculture).
- Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of ingredients and healthy eating;
- Pupils will develop food preparation and cooking techniques;
- Pupils will develop their knowledge of consumer food and drink choice;
- Pupils will be able to apply their knowledge to make informed choices;
- Pupils will develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently;
- Pupils will build an apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products for a wide range of users;
- Pupils will evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
Learning outcomes overview
Through this scheme of work, pupils will:
- Recall and apply the principles of The Eatwell plate and the 8 tips for healthy eating, to their own diet;
- Demonstrate a range of food preparation and cooking techniques;
- Adapt and follow recipes using appropriate ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook a range of dishes;
- Recall and apply the principles of food safety and hygiene;
- Identify how and why people make different food and drink choices;
- Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making;
- Be given regular opportunities to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of food science;
- Be given regular opportunities to consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by using them purposefully in order to learn.
- Track their progress using the Y7 homework booklet (cooking, nutrition, ingredients and creativity).