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Herefordshire

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Design and Technology

Design and technology at John Kyrle is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make a range of products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science and engineering. Students learn how to be creative, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact and are inspired to design and manufacture innovative solutions.

The Design & Technology area is a busy, vibrant and popular department.  Continuing investment has resulted in modern workshops equipped with the latest machinery for design and manufacture. In addition to graphical and practical skills, students are encouraged to embrace CAD-CAM, including laser technology and 3D Printing.

The Food classrooms offer excellent facilities, including interactive white boards, state of the art equipment including a blast chiller and a wide range of specialist tools.

Students develop a range of skills to enable them to design and make high quality products. They are encouraged to strive for excellence and are free to be experimental in order to unleash their creative potential.

Student projects, including supporting folder work and finished products, are of the highest standard. Research, design/development and critical evaluation are the bedrock of a department which has produced consistently high examination results at BTEC, GCSE and A level.

​​Teaching Staff

Mr J Nieuwoudt  –Head of Design & Technology – KS3 Construction/Wood focus email: DandT@jkhs.org.uk

Mr J Morgan - Second in Department - KS3 Construction/Paper & Board/Metal Focus

Mrs J Bartlett – KS3 Food/KS3 Textiles/Food Preparation and Nutrition

Mrs S Ferguson – KS3 Food/KS3 Textiles/Food Preparation and Nutrition

Miss N Power - KS3 Food/KS3 Textiles/Food Preparation and Nutrition
Mrs N Harvey - Furniss – KS3 Construction/KS3 Food/Paper and Board
Mrs V Burley –  KS3 Construction/Wood Focus
Mr R Brehony – KS3 Construction/BTEC Construction/Constructing the Built Environment

Mrs C Clarkson – KS3 Construction

Mr Johan Nieuwoudt

Head of D&T

Mr James Morgan
Second in D&T

​​Key Stage 3

Key Stage - Three courses

All students in Years 7 – 9 study design and technology.  The subject is all about learning to design and make, using a range of equipment and technological activities.  In Years 7, 8 and 9 students visit three focus areas, which include food, textiles and construction (wood, metal, plastics, electronics, systems and control, and graphics).  In these areas students are taught how to design and make a variety of products, using a range of materials and equipment. 

 

Currently, Years 7, 8 & 9 students have 2 hours of design and technology per week.

 

Students will be working busily within their lessons, learning about materials and the safe use of equipment.  They will also be taught to come up with their own design ideas and to produce finished products.

 

What do you need to be ‘good’ at Design and Technology?

Successful students will be alert and interested in their surroundings – looking at the design of items and being curious about what they are made from, and how they are made.  They need to be good at listening to instructions and working to a time limit.  They also need to be able to work positively and to be proud of the things that they produce.

​​Key Stage 4

We currently offer:

Year 10

EDUQAS Design and Technology - Wood Focus

 

The subject will contain a coursework task which includes a design folio and manufactured practical element(s). This is worth 50% of the final mark with a 2-hour examination worth the remaining 50%. The examination will test students’ subject knowledge and understanding.

A vast range of theoretical and design & make tasks are carried out through most of Year 10. Each element aims to develop students’ understanding of the core and specialist subject content, preparing them for the non-exam assessment (NEA) and exam.

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and making activities.

  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and their properties.

  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of practical and industrial processes, using a variety of machine and hand tools.

  • Industrial considerations including scales of production, prototyping and finishing   techniques.

  • Environmental & social issues e.g. sustainability.

  • Design & technology in the 21st century. 

The remaining time in Year 10 is devoted to starting students’ NEA task which is continued throughout Year 11. Further thorough exam preparation is carried out prior to the exam.

 AQA Design and Technology – Paper and Boards Focus 

The subject will contain a coursework task which includes a design folio and manufactured practical element(s). This is worth 50% of the final mark with a 2-hour examination worth the remaining 50%. The examination will test students’ subject knowledge and understanding.

A vast range of theoretical and design & make tasks are carried out through most of Year 10. Each element aims to develop students’ understanding of the core and specialist subject content, preparing them for the non-exam assessment (NEA) and exam.

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and making activities.

  • 2D and 3D drawing and computer aided drawings.

  • Knowledge and understanding of material properties and their uses.

  • Knowledge of modern manufacturing methods, finishes and industrial considerations.

  • Environmental, social, cultural and ethical considerations.

The remaining time in Year 10 is devoted to starting students’ NEA task which is continued throughout Year 11. Further thorough exam preparation is carried out prior to the exam.

AQA Design and Technology – Metal Focus

The subject will contain a non-exam assessment (NEA) task which includes a design folio and manufactured practical element(s). This is worth 50% of the final mark with a 2-hour examination worth the remaining 50%. The examination will test students’ subject knowledge and understanding.

A vast range of theoretical and design & make tasks are carried out through most of Year 10. Each element aims to develop students’ understanding of the core and specialist subject content, preparing them for the non-exam assessment (NEA) and exam.

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and making activities.

  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and their properties.

  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of practical and industrial processes, using variety of machine and hand tools.

  • Industrial considerations including scales of production, prototyping and finishing techniques.

  • Environmental & social issues e.g. sustainability

The remaining time in Year 10 is devoted to starting students’ NEA task which is continued throughout Year 11. Further thorough exam preparation is carried out prior to the exam.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition

This qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills and gives them a strong understanding of nutrition. The subject will contain two non-exam assessment (NEA) tasks worth 50% and a final 1hour 45 minutes examination worth the remaining 50%, which will test knowledge and understanding.

NEA Tasks:

  • Task 1 - Food Investigation (15% of GCSE)

Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.  Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this task.

 

  • Task 2 - Food Preparation (35% of GCSE):

Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes.

 

 

Level 1 – 2 Constructing the Built Environment

This course will lead to a Level 2/1 Constructing the Built Environment qualification. Students opting for this course should enjoy working in an outdoor environment and have a vested interest in the construction industry.

 

The units covered are:

  • Unit 1:  Health and safety on the construction site (exam).

  • Unit 2:  Developing construction projects (written assessment).

  • Unit 3:  Practical skills including brick laying, plastering and carpentry.

 

Practical skills are assessed by the tutor. Written assessments are externally verified. Course culminating in a one hour 15min written paper exam.

Year 11

 

EDUQAS Design and Technology - Wood Focus

 

The subject will contain a non-exam assessment (NEA) task which includes a design folio and manufactured practical element(s). This is worth 50% of the final mark with a 2 hour examination worth the remaining 50%. The examination will test students’ subject knowledge and understanding.

A vast range of theoretical and design & make tasks are carried out through most of Year 10. Each element aims to develop students’ understanding of the core and specialist subject content, preparing them for the non-exam assessment (NEA) and exam.

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and making activities.

  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and their properties.

  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of practical and industrial processes, using a variety of machine and hand tools.

  • Industrial considerations including scales of production, prototyping and finishing   techniques. 

  • Environmental & social issues e.g. sustainability.

  • Design & technology in the 21st century. 

The remaining time in Year 10 is devoted to starting students’ NEA task which is continued throughout Year 11. Further thorough exam preparation is carried out prior to the exam.

AQA Design and Technology – Paper and Boards Focus

The subject will contain a non-exam assessment NEA task which includes a design folio and manufactured practical element(s). This is worth 50% of the final mark with a 2 hour examination worth the remaining 50%. The examination will test students’ subject knowledge and understanding.

A vast range of theoretical and design & make tasks are carried out through most of Year 10. Each element aims to develop students’ understanding of the core and specialist subject content, preparing them for the non-exam assessment (NEA) and exam.

 

Topics include:

  • Designing and making activities.

  • 2D and 3D drawing and computer aided drawings.

  • Knowledge and understanding of material properties and their uses.

  • Knowledge of modern manufacturing methods, finishes and industrial considerations.

  • Environmental, social, cultural and ethical considerations.

The remaining time in Year 10 is devoted to starting students’ NEA task which is continued throughout Year 11. Further thorough exam preparation is carried out prior to the exam.

AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition

This qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills and gives them a strong understanding of nutrition. The subject will contain two non-exam assessment (NEA) tasks worth 50% and a final 1 hour 45 minutes examination worth the remaining 50%, which will test knowledge and understanding.

NEA Tasks:

  • Task 1 - Food Investigation (15% of GCSE)

Students’ understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.  Practical investigations are a compulsory element of this task.

  • Task 2 - Food Preparation (35% of GCSE):

Students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task. Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes.

 

 

BTEC Construction

Using a purpose built outside area, our aim through this course is to provide a balanced overview of the construction industry; whether you want a skilled tradesman, such as a bricklayer, or an architect. The course covers four units:

 

Unit 1 Construction Technology

Unit 2 Construction and Design

Unit 3 Scientific and Mathematic application in construction

Unit 7 Exploring brick work and blockwork principles and techniques

 

Unit 1, consisting of an hour long written exam, which is worth 25% of the final grade. The remaining 75% will be made up with completing three specialist units.

​​​Key Stage 5

 

We currently offer:

EDUQAS A Level Product Design

 

The A level is split into two sections. A three-hour written exam is sat at the end of Year 13 and is worth 50% of the qualification. Students are questioned on design and technology in the 21st Century. The remaining 50% is achieved by completing a comprehensive design and make task. It is expected that students will spend 80 hours producing a detailed design folio and practical piece which answers a set brief both creatively and innovatively.

Students will be taught the following theoretical topics, on which they will be questioned in the written exam:

  • Designing & Innovation

  • Materials & Components

  • Processes

  • Industrial & Commercial Practice

  • Product Analysis and Systems

  • Human Responsibility & Public Interaction

 

Various mini projects will be completed in Year 12 to allow students to explore a range of ‘design and make’ activities. The projects will develop students’ modelling, CAD/CAM, graphical and practical skills. Students will then be set a design brief moving from Year 12 into 13, which will, where possible, relate to their personal interests and ambitions. A ‘design and make’ approach will be followed to achieve a creative and innovative solution to those briefs.