Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mrs Mckillop

  • Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people. Thomas J. Watson

    Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. Steve Jobs

    At present the technology department consists of a team of four full time members who are responsible for the delivery of Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The subject is delivered in a suite of six very well equipped specialist rooms. The block consists of: 2 resistant materials workshops; 2 graphics ICT rooms; 1 food room; 1 textiles room; 1 materials preparation area and 1 small office. The team aim to provide an exciting design and manufacture technological experience for all pupils. This involves the use of traditional tools/machinery and techniques along with new cutting edge technology such as the use of the latest CAD software, a range of CNC equipment and machinery and 3D printers.

    The team consists of:

    • Head of Department: Susan McKillop
    • Deputy Head of Department: Emily Doyle
    • Teacher: Jane Dadswell
    • Teacher: Yorgos Tsirkas
    • Technician: Nicky Norton
    • Technician: Jeff Byrne
  • At Key Stage 3 students experience Food, Product Design and Textiles throughout Years 7, 8 and 9. ICT Technology is studied additionally in Year 8 and Control Technology in Year 9. An emphasis is put on problem solving and pupils work through the design process as well as on focused tasks.

    In Product Design Year 7 pupils cover a number of basic graphic skills: Use of a drawing board, parallel motion, set squares and design and manufacture of a softwood propulsion boat. This introduces pupils to the safe use of traditional hand crafting tool, equipment and machinery and gives them an understanding of the properties of timber. Students learn how to use CAD/CAM through the laser project working on modelling and testing and producing an acrylic laser cut pencil holder. The final projects sees the students work with scale model building in their quest to design an eco pavilion, this project is run in conjunction with the EDT (Engineering Development Trust)

    In Food the course covers all the basic skills necessary for pupils to be able to work safely in a domestic kitchen. Students start off by learning how to prepare ingredients for a fresh fruit salad and a range of vegetable salads. They then move on to learning how to use the various parts of the cooker by making scones, pizzas, pasta sauces, soups, and pastry. Other topics covered include healthy eating, food safety, packaging and meal planning.

    In Textiles Year 7 the course covers all basic skills needed to manufacture a resist dye bag and an electronic wrist band. Students learn how to sew by hand and machine, how to manufacture a basic pattern, how to create an electronic circuit using conductive thread and how to produce a mood board. Students work on two products exploring, one focusing on pattern and design and the second working with new developments in Textiles. The electronics project links to skills learnt in Science.

    In Product Design Year 8 pupils design and make a piece of pewter jewellery. The pendant, badge, brooch or key fob has an acrylic insert. This introduces pupils to the casting process, use of metal shaping tools and equipment and to a 2D design software package. The students second design project is to design and make a handheld electronic maze for a specific company, introducing them to designing for a client. Students learn new hand tooling skills through making a selection of joints, making moulds, vacuum forming and soldering of a circuit. Along with design boards and packaging the students get a great insight into the different aspects of the design process.

    In Food Year 8 pupils look at the function of ingredients in food products, healthy eating and the science behind food ingredients. They are introduced to handling meat by making a chicken/quorn risotto, look at how eggs can hold air by making a fatless sponge, consider the preservative properties of fat in a Victoria sponge cake, and look at the role of herbs and spices in flavouring party dip and sauces. Pupils also investigate the nutrient content of food by producing a cheesy pasta dish with the correct protein for someone of their age.

    In Textiles Year 8 design and manufacture a mobile phone holder, this develops their decorative and manufacturing techniques. Students make an individual template for their mobile phone and then decorate and line the holder using a variety of different technique. These include applique, reverse applique, embroidery, couching and applying stones. Students learn how to attach a lining to create a professionally finished item.

    In Product Design Year 9 pupils take part in the Design Museums National Competition, Design Ventura. Here students work on a real life brief and use their previous knowledge to aid them in designing in accordance to the given theme. Students work in design teams allocating different roles to the members. Each team must produce working models of their designs along with branding, packaging and costings for their product to be manufactured (enterprise), researching appropriate materials and projecting profits per unit, finishing the project with a design pitch. Successful students are nominated to represent the school at the finals held at the Design Museum whereby the winners of the competition see their products manufactured and sold in the Design Museum shop. For the second project students design a finger skateboard looking at anthropometrics, user design and manufacturing techniques; making moulds and using the bag press to form ply, measuring and accuracy, metal lathe and packaging design.

    In Food Year 9 pupils are shown how food products are prepared and cooked in industry by comparing how they make a Cumberland pie and a bread product in class with videos of the identical product being made in a factory. They look at the use of standard components such as pasta sauces and make their own lasagne. Smart, or modern foods are investigated by tasting a range of foods.

    In Textiles Year 9 students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create a variety of different print designs; these include placement, repeat and half drop. The designs are then printed using a sublimation printer and a heat press is used to transfer the designs onto fabric. The finished design is then used in the manufacture of a cushion

  • The following subjects are offered at Key Stage 4:

    Design and Technology: Product Design (AQA) Design and Technology: Textiles Technology (AQA)

    In Textiles the pupils produce several small skill based exercises before moving onto their final project. The project is selected from a range of briefs provided by AQA ,this can be something for the home or fashion based. Briefs include producing a garment influenced by the Swinging Sixties, Japanese Street Style, Punk, an Artist or a Culture of the students choice. Students produce a comprehensive folder of their work. Students produce a portfolio of work demonstrating skills in analysis, research, designing, development, time management, making, packaging and evaluating along with their final made product. In Year 11 the students focus on theory and revision for their exam.

    Coursework: 60% Exam: 40%

    In Product Design the pupils produce a fully functioning product that builds on the skills acquired in KS3. During Year 10 the students choose from a selection of briefs ranging from small scale furniture and lighting following a 20th century design style to children's toys aiding development in early years. Students produce a portfolio of work demonstrating skills in analysis, research, designing, development, time management, making, packaging and evaluating along with their final made product. In Year 11 the students focus on theory and revision for their exam.

    Coursework: 60% Exam: 40%

  • AQA Design and Technology AS and A Level are offered (Product Design and Fashion and Textiles) providing students with a route through to higher education and careers in a variety of design fields and all aspects of engineering and architecture.

    In Year 12 Product Design AS students work a single brief with the context set by the exam board. Students develop new making and materials knowledge through focused practical tasks that builds and develops their skills throughout the year. The project should take around 35 hours and consist of a final product and an electronic supporting portfolio of around 35 A3 sheets. Students design and make a single project that is a choice of three brief these could be any of the following:

    • Design and make a product suitable for a high profile event
    • Design and make a product that addresses the needs of the elderly
    • Design and make a model for a contemporary home

    All of these projects cover design movements, anthropometrics, working to scale, designing for a client and the design concept. The course work is 50% of the AS unit There is one two hour exam at the end of AS worth 50% of the overall grade covering:

    • Core and specialist technical principles
    • Designing and making principles

    Year 13 A Level Product Design students have a free choice as to the theme of their project work. This project is expected to take 45 hours and is a single substantial design and make project supported by a high quality electronic portfolio of 40 -45 A3 sheets. There are two exams at the end of the A Level and these combine to be 50% of the A Level grade Paper 1 30% 2½ hours long Technical Principals Paper 2 20% 1½ hours long Designing and Making Principals Design and Technology Fashion and Textiles is also run at AS and A2 providing a route into Material Science, Fashion Design, Costume Design, Fashion Buying and Fashion Business.

    In Year 12 AS Fashion and Textiles AS students work a single brief with the context set by the exam board. Students develop new making and materials knowledge through focused practical tasks that builds and develops their skills throughout the year. The project should take around 35 hours and consist of a final product and an electronic supporting portfolio of around 35 A3 sheets. Students design and make a single project that is a choice of three brief these could be any of the following:

    • Design a fashion item based on a design movement or artist
    • Design a fashion item suitable for a high profile event
    • Design a fashion item that considers the impact on the environment
    • There is one two hour exam at the end of AS worth 50% of the overall grade covering:
    • Core and specialist technical principles
    • Designing and making principles

    In Year 13 A2 are free to design and produce any item that will allow them to show their creative abilities to their best advantage. This project is expected to take 45 * hours and is a single substantial design and make project supported by a high quality electronic portfolio of 40 -45 A3 sheets. There are two exams at the end of the A Level and these combine to be 50% of the A Level grade Paper 1 30% 2½ hours long Technical Principals Paper 2 20% 1½ hours long Designing and Making Principals

  • A variety of clubs and activities are offered by members of the technology team, some within the department some outside i.e. Badminton.

    A few of the textiles students have recently come to create a new magazine called Latymer Threads, a copy can be found here

    Activities offered within the department are:

    Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Each year students are selected to take part in the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. This scholarship is set up to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering and technical design. Through a rigorous selection process, high calibre students in Year 11 are offered to sit an aptitude paper and if successful are invited to interview. Every Scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions, the Armed Services, Worshipful Companies, industry regulators or personal donors. This is run by Emily Doyle an Arkwright Alumni.

    National Competitions: Each year the department run different clubs in response to competitions that are announced annually. In 2014 we took part in the ‘Great British Make off’ allowing all Year groups to take part in exciting competitions against other schools. These opportunities allow students to work as part of design teams and produce real life projects.

    Design Show Every year Year 11, 12 and 13 pupils (plus Engineering Club students) display their design and practical work done in GCSE Product Design and Textiles and in A level Product Design. This is always a vibrant and exciting show in which pupil and students present their work to the public. It is very well attended show, promoted by the pupils and attended by parents, ex-teachers, teachers from Latymer and other schools, college and university lecturers and other interested parties, many of which support the department in one way or another.

    V&A Visit The Victoria and Albert Museum is a fantastic resource on our doorstep which contains examples of all types of products from wooden tables to the latest textiles products. Year 10 pupils are taken to visit relevant exhibitions and galleries and asked to fill sketch books with notes and ideas of design movements, materials and the latest in design. This helps them to prepare for their final assessment which is to design and make their own product in Year 11

    Design Museum Visit The Design Museum offers and exciting innovative experience to our GCSE students. Year 10 pupils are taken to visit relevant exhibitions and galleries and asked to sketch, photograph and note take, in order to help them in their research and initial design ideation.