Design Technology is about making things that people want and that work well.
Designing and Making products can be exciting, inventive and fun.
|Year 5 Overview||Year 6 Overview||Year 7 Overview||Year 8 Overview|
|“Tell me and I forget - show me and I may remember – let me do it and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin|
The Design and Technology Department believe that through the subject all pupils can learn to think
and intervene to improve their lives and environment.
They can develop lifelong practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues and industrial practices. They are encouraged to become the innovators of tomorrow.
The new national curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Department for Education
Pupils at Aston Fields Middle School will complete a carousel of Design and Technology subjects within each academic year. Each project has been developed to give individual pupil the chance to explore, experience and enjoy this creative and versatile subject.
An overview of the carousel for each year group is as follows*:
*all projects are continually reviewed and amended to suit the needs of the pupils at AFMS. The following is an overview of projects that have been completed to date, future projects may be an adapted version of the following:
Expressive Arts Rotation – all year 5 pupils join a 5 week carousel of Expressive Art projects that are designed to give them a taster of all of the Design Technology disciplines, alongside other expressive and creative subjects. The rotation of projects is shown below:
The great outdoors. Art and problem solving
|Design a waterpark||Outdoor art activities and structure building||Wall hangings||Script writing and performance||Wind spinners|
Food Technology - pupils complete a Pizza and Scones project.
Within this project pupils will:
|- learn the fundamentals of hygiene and safety in the food room||
|- complete a session of sensory analysis|
|- use a variety of resources to inform a design|
|- assess and evaluate their products, looking for ways of developing their product further|
|- learn key cooking skills through the completion 4 practical sessions:|
|- a bread based cheese and tomato pizza|
|- sweet scones|
Resistant Materials - pupils create a mosaic project. Within this project pupils will:
|- learn about tools and how to use them safely and efficiently|
|- learn about resistant materials and how to cut and shape wood|
|- study the contemporary artist Cleo Mussi|
|- investigate existing mosaic products/examples by Cleo Mussi|
|- design an original and eye-catching mosaic|
|- produce a quality product|
Textiles – pupils complete a Cushion project. Within this project pupils will:
|- learn about the types and varieties of textiles|
|- will evaluate existing products|
|- experience using a sewing machine safely and effectively|
|- will use felt or create felt using their own unique designs to be applied as an image on their cushion cover|
|- will practice embellishment|
|- complete a usable, attractive and decorative cushion cover|
Art – pupils study an artist in detail and produce art work in their style or inspired by their works of art.
|Artists used within this project include: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Georgia O’ Keefe and Henri Matisse|
Food Technology: Pupils begin the Licence to Cook project, where they are taken through a series of theory and practical lessons that will introduce them to all of the key appliances and principles of basic cookery.
The Year 7 section of the project includes:
||Safety in the food room|
|Hygiene and Food Safety|
|Healthy Lifestyles and the Eatwell plate|
|Basic Knife Skills (Dips and Dippers)|
|Using the grill (Pizza Toast)|
|Sensory Analysis and Product Description|
|Baking (Rock Cakes and layered desserts)|
Resistant Materials: pupils are introduced to a variety of resistant materials and basic mechanisms via a clock project.
|The project includes:|
|- Safety in the work shop|
|- Accessfm (a tool used to analyse existing products)|
|- Generating ideas|
|- 4 x 4 designing|
|- Graphic drawing|
|- Making and decorating|
|- Testing and evaluating|
Textiles: in this project pupils are introduced to a variety of textile materials, techniques and skills. The main outcome is for pupils to research, design and produce a usable, lined bag with embellishments.
Textiles in Art: in this project pupils will be exploring nature and natural form. They will be offered the opportunity to use a variety of materials to produce weaves, prints and othjer textile creations.
Food Technology: pupils complete the Licence to Cook Project.
Is this section pupils:
|Complete a recap of the safety considerations when working in the Food Room||
|Advanced food hygiene and safety|
|Tools in the food room|
|Advanced knife skills (fruit salad or pasta salad)|
|Using the hob (fajitas and bolognaise)|
|Advanced baking (decorated cakes)|
|Designing and making pasta dishes (posh macaroni cheese / pasta bake / chicken and bacon pasta)|
Resistant Materials: pupils complete a wood project that covers the following areas:
|- Safety in the work shop|
|- Advanced investigation of resistant materials|
|- Developing skills and techniques using hand tools and work shop machinery|
|- Product Analysis|
Textiles: Progressing from existing skills pupils will be offered the opportunity to design and make a practical product that incorporates embellishments and fastenings.
Systems and Control: Pupils will complete a project designing and making audio amplifiers where possible incorporating up-cycled materials.