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Year 5 Overview Year 6 Overview Year 7 Overview Year 8 Overview
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“Tell me and I forget - show me and I may remember – let me do it and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

Purpose of study


Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make 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, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.


Aims


The 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:

Year 5

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:

Food

Art

ICT

The great outdoors. Art and problem solving

Textiles

Drama

Resistant

Materials

Bread Making

Drawing

Painting

Ceramics

Design a waterpark Outdoor art activities and structure building Wall hangings Script writing and performance Wind spinners
 

Year 6

Food Technology - pupils complete a Pizza and Scones project.

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Within this project pupils will:

- learn the fundamentals of hygiene and safety in the food room DTY6 2  
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- 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:

        

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-  learn about tools and how to use them safely and efficiently         Mosaic2
-  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.

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Artists used within this project include: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Georgia O’ Keefe and Henri Matisse

Year 7

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.

Year 7 ingredients shopping list

The Year 7 section of the project includes:

Hot surface caution
 
 tidy kitchen
Safety in the food room
Hygiene and Food Safety
Y7 2 Healthy Lifestyles and the Eatwell plate
Y7 3 Basic Knife Skills (Dips and Dippers)
Y7 1 Using the grill (Pizza Toast)
Y7 7 Sensory Analysis and Product Description
Y7 6 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  safety
- Accessfm (a tool used to analyse existing products)  Clock1
- Generating ideas  Clock3
- 4 x 4 designing  Clock5
- Graphic drawing   Clock6
- Making and decorating   Clock7
- Testing and evaluating  Clock4

 

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.

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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.

Year 8

Food Technology: pupils complete the Licence to Cook Project.

Year 8 ingredients shopping list

Is this section pupils:

Complete a recap of the safety considerations when working in the Food Room

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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
- Designing
- Making
- Testing
- Evaluating

 

Textiles: Progressing from existing skills pupils will be offered the opportunity to design and make a practical product that incorporates embellishments and fastenings.

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Systems and Control: Pupils will complete a project designing and making audio amplifiers where possible incorporating up-cycled materials.

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Research
Designing
Experimenting
Making
Soldering
Programming
Testing
Evaluating