Design and Technology

Head of Design Faculty: Miss J Hewitt

The design technology faculty is a range of many technology subject including food technology, resistant materials (working with woods, metals and plastics) and textiles.

At Putteridge  we value the importance of preparing students to actively participate in a rapidly changing technological world. The subject calls for pupil’s to become autonomous and creative problem solvers, both as individuals and as members of a team. Our faculty aims to stimulate the curiosity, promote problem solving and critical thinking skills. Technology constantly evolves and we want to ensure that our students develop skills for designing and preparing them to participate in our new society.

We have  very good facilities at Putteridge including: specialist workshops for resistant materials, two excellent textiles rooms with new sewing machines and two large food technology rooms with new ovens.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8 student cover three subjects during the three terms, experiencing different areas of technology within the year. Course subjects include food technology, textiles and resistant materials. The students have the opportunity to produce quality practical outcomes, with the relevant theory work to support the national curriculum requirements. Students have one double lesson a week to produce practical items and theory work.

In year 7 students are currently producing a clock, pencil box, and a tangram game in resistant materials using the scroll saw, pillar drill, and other cutting and heat bending equipment. In textiles a place mat using the decorative sewing machines and in food technology make a variation of food products and understand and follow health and safety rules and standard procedures for food practical lessons to ensure that the food room is a clean, safe and enjoyable environment to work in.

In year 8 the current projects are a key holder, a beach hut, and a bird box using more of the equipment to produce accurate quality finish on the items. In textiles decorative cushions cover using batik, applique, and tie - dye techniques. In food technology we cover a theme of the seaside and make a range of food products improving their skills and knowledge of ingredients.

In key stage 3 marking and assessment follows the national curriculum requirements and students are awarded progress descriptors at the end of each rotation. Progress will be aggregated at the end of the key stage.

At the end of year 8 students choose their GSE subject in DT, food technology, textiles or resistant materials. All these areas cover the basic ground level of skill building to aid transition from KS3 to KS4 GCSE coursework.  They design and make items in each area and also have their controlled assessment project at the end of year 9.

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 we currently offer GCSE courses in resistant materials, textiles and food technology using the examining board: AQA    The assessment of all the subject have two units one a written paper worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade  the other a design and making practice coursework worth 60% of the overall GCSE grade.

In year 10 the students will follow a program of focused practical task, theory-based lessons and experimental lessons. Various projects are undertaken to allow the student to improve their researching, designing, modelling, making and evaluating skills.  At the end of year 10 all students will have started the main coursework given a theme on which to base their controlled assessment design portfolio. This portfolio itself will be approximately 25 A3 sheets of research, designs, development, making and evaluation. 

In year 11 students continue with the portfolio and a high quality prototype product will be made by the students once the final design is completed. The skills developed in year 9-10 will have prepared and developed student to a level where they can work independently on their exam task. Once the design portfolio is completed, the student will then prepare for the written exam paper which accounts for 40% of the final grade.