DTVA

 

YEAR 7 & 8 PRODUCT DESIGN

Students complete a design and make project over 15 weeks. They complete a variety of activities that develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed within the design and technology subjects offered in year 9 and key stage 4.

 

The students will complete assessment activities within the following topics:

  • Product Analysis
  • Design Idea Generation
  • Design Idea Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Evaluation

 

These topics have been identified as essential to progress at key stage 4 as well as providing transferable skills which the students can apply to other subjects.

 

 

YEAR 9 PRODUCT DESIGN

The students complete a variety of design and make activities over the course of the year. At this point they will have selected which design technology subjects to progress in and the learning is tailored towards providing the knowledge and skill to progress in their chosen subjects at keys stage 4. Product Design leads the student into Resistant Materials or Engineering GCSE course at key stage 4. Applying all learning to design projects keeps the curriculum relevant and engaging for the students.

 

 

a level product design

Students studying A level product design follow the AQA Product Design specification available here.

 

During year 12 the students complete a design and make project and sit and externally assessed exam. The design project consists of the students responded to a brief they have been set. They are offered freedom with how the respond to the brief in order for them to build an engaging and relevant portfolio of work. Regular lessons and activities focussing on exam content provide the technical knowledge required to pass the exam.

 

Once again in year 13 students complete a design and make project and an exam at the end of the year. The structure is much the same as during year 11 but students have complete freedom of their design projects. This is in order to provide the opportunity for students to complete a project which will not only be sufficient for them to develop the skills necessary to complete the course but also to allow them to progress into their chosen areas of the creative or practical industries. Regular lessons are provided which focus on the technical knowledge the students require to pass the exam.

 

Topics covered during the course:

  • Investigating a design context.
  • Analysing user need.
  • Examination and analysis of existing products
  • Understanding of material properties.
  • Generation of innovative design ideas.
  • Design Idea Refinement.
  • Use of CADCAM during design and manufacture.
  • Manufacturing Skills.
  • Testing and evaluation of products.
  • Project Evaluation.

 

 

GCSE RESISTANT MATERIALS

Students follow the AQA Resistant Materials specification. The specification for this course can be found here. The course is assessed 60% controlled assessment and 40% Exam.

 

In year 10 the students complete 3 hours per fortnight of design project work and 2 hours a fortnight of exam knowledge. The design project work consists of a the students completing a variety of design challenges, such as bird boxes and docking stations, in order to provide them with the ability to complete their controlled assessment in year 11. During the exam content lessons the students complete a series of activities aimed at providing them with the technical knowledge required to successfully complete their exam.

 

During the first 2 terms of year 11 the students spend 3 hours per fortnight completing their controlled assessment design project and 2 hours per fortnight completing exam content lessons. After the controlled assessment is complete students focus solely on the knowledge required to pass their exam.

 

Topics covered during the course:

  • Analysing existing products
  • Identifying and analysing the needs of target markets.
  • Developing a specification for a new product
  • Generating design proposals
  • Product planning and development
  • Ability to identify materials and work with tools and equipment
  • Applying CAD CAM to the design and Manufacture of products.
  • Working practically with materials and components
  • Testing products that have been created.

 

 

btec engineering

Year 11 students studying engineering follow the Edexcel BTEC specification available here.

 

The students complete 4 units of work:

  • Unit 1: The engineered world - Provides the students with an overview of the various engineering sectors and knowledge of factors, issues and processes associated with them.
  • Unit 2: Investigating an engineered component - Provides the students with the ability to identify the requirements a product must meet, the materials it must be made from, the manufacturing techniques it uses and the quality assurance/ control issues which must be considered during its manufacture.
  • Unit 5: Engineering Materials - Provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of materials commonly used in engineering.
  • Unit 6: Computer Aided Engineering - Provides students with the opportunity to develop their ability to use computer aided design and systems when designing their own engineered products.

 

Unit 1 is externally assessed. Units 2,4 and 5 are externally assessed through controlled assessment.

 

 

GCSE ENGINEERING

Students studying engineering from current year 10 onwards study the AQA GCSE Engineering specification available here. The change in course was to allow a more flexible and engaging curriculum for the learners, particularly upper ability and boys.

 

In year 10 the students complete 3 hours per fortnight of engineering project work and 2 hours a fortnight of exam knowledge. The engineering project work consists of a the students completing a variety of design challenges, such as toffee hammers and lamps, in order to provide them with the ability to complete their controlled assessment in year 11. During the exam content lessons the students complete a series of activities aimed at providing them with the technical knowledge required to successfully complete their exam.

 

During the first 2 terms of year 11 the students spend 3 hours per fortnight completing their controlled assessment engineering project and 2 hours per fortnight completing exam content lessons. After the controlled assessment is complete students focus solely on the knowledge required to pass their exam.

 

Topics covered during the course:

  • Investigating engineered product.
  • Identifying user needs of engineered products.
  • Understanding of the properties of materials.
  • Producing engineering specifications.
  • Generation of innovative engineered products and systems.
  • Use of CAD CAM in engineering.
  • Engineering Manufacture Techniques.
  • Testing of engineered products.

 

  

GCSE FOOD PREPARATION & NUTRITION

SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition
Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
(50% of qualification)


This component consists of two sections both containing compulsory questions and assesses the six areas of content as listed below ('Subject Content').


Section A: questions based on stimulus material


Section B: structured, short and extended response questions to assess content related to food preparation and nutrition.


Component 2: Food Preparation and Nutrition in Action

Non-examination assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
Assessment 1: 8 hours
Assessment 2: 12 hours
50% of qualification


Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment - A scientific food investigation which will assess the learner's knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food.


Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment - Prepare, cook and present a menu which assesses the learner's knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food.

 

SUBJECT CONTENT

1. Food commodities
2. Principles of nutrition
3. Diet and good health
4. The science of food
5. Where food comes from
6. Cooking and food preparation

 

Students will sit mock examinations throughout the two year course to assess their understanding and progress. We follow the EDUQAS syllabus for GCSE http://eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/food-preparation-and-nutrition/index.html#qualSearch

 


 

KS4 Art

BASIC EQUIPMENT

Students need to bring the minimum of a pencil, eraser and sharpener. GCSE students can purchase a portfolio from the Art department for £1.50 and a sketch book for £4.00 or £6.00. Students are also able to borrow art materials to complete their work at home. Extra sessions are also available to use the equipment in school.

 

ASSESSMENT

GCSE students are assessed using the OCR Fine Art Assessment Objectives.

 

PROJECTS

Year 10 - Students will explore and experiment with media using the topic of Natural Forms as stimuli.

Year 11 - The main coursework project is a personal investigation into the students own chosen theme. An exam project will start in January that is set by the exam board. Students will have a choice of 8 different starting points.


 

KS5 Art

WHAT IS STUDIED?

Fine Art which includes drawing, painting, ceramic sculpture mix media printing, 3D construction and printmaking. Students will be expected to work from both primary and secondary sources, develop an understanding of art vocabulary and Contextual research is also a very important element, where both traditional and cutting edge artists are explored.

 

 

AS - EXTERNALLY SET PROJECT - 100% OF AS

This is an externally set assignment from OCR that has a choice of 7 starting points. Students will have from the start of January to research one of the topics before taking the 10 hour exam where they will produce their final piece/s in May.

 

 

A2 - PERSONAL INVESTIGATION - 50% OF A2

Students will develop work on a personal investigation. They are required to produce a portfolio of work in response to a project of their choice. They will also have to write between 1,000 and 3,000 words based on their investigations and produce a final piece/s to conclude their work. 

 

 

A2 - EXTERNALLY SET PROJECT - 50% OF A2

This is an externally set assignment from OCR that has a choice of 7 starting points. Students will have from the start of February to research one of the topics before taking the 15 hour exam where they will produce their final piece/s in May.


 

Photography

BASIC EQUIPMENT

Students don't need to buy a DSLR camera as the school has 8 which can also be loaned out at weekends to complete project work and photoshoots. GCSE students can purchase a portfolio from the Art department for £1.50 and A3 black sketchbooks for £6, but work can be completed on power points and e-folio's. Extra sessions are also available to use the equipment in school during club time and during the holidays.

 

ASSESSMENT

GCSE students are assessed using the OCR Photography Assessment Objectives.

 

PROJECTS

Skills development - Students will learn how to creatively use DSLR cameras, studio lighting equipment and Adobe Photoshop. They will also explore composition, depth of field, shutter speed and viewpoint through studying the work of other photographers and taking their own images.

 

MINI PROJECT

Undertaken after the skills development work; pupils will develop research and analysis skills by looking at the work of different photographers. They will then develop their ideas to take their own photos on a trip to the local graveyard. Pupils will learn how to select from these images and explore and experiment with their photos using Photoshop techniques.

 

COURSEWORK PROJECT (60%)

The main coursework project is a personal investigation into the theme of their choice. Students produce work that is influenced by photographers / photography movements or cultures. They research and analyse the work of their chosen photographers and then continually develop skills with cameras, lighting and Photoshop as well post production manipulation techniques.

 

UNIT 2 - EXTERNALLY SET TASK (40%)

This is an externally set assignment including an exam lasting 10 hours. They will have from the start of January to research one of around 10 topics before the ten hour exam based on their research.

 

SHOWS

At the end of June a final 'End of Year' show exhibits the students' exam and coursework portfolios.

 

TRIPS

Students are actively encouraged to visit Local and National galleries to look at original artworks. Artist research and analysis are both extremely important components of the GCSE. We also take a visit to the local cemetery to develop their practical photography skills.


 

A Level Photography

WHAT IS PHOTOGRAPHY?

Digital Photography is a creative subject in which you are expected to produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas including portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo-journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation and animation.

 

WHAT IS IT FOR?

It is for those who like to be practical and creative and wish to express themselves in a personal manner. It may be part of your career route or a satisfying alternative to more academic work. It is essential students own their own good quality camera phone, compact digital camera (a minimum 6MP) or SLR.

 

WHAT IS STUDIED?

Students will study the formal elements; line, colour, form, shape, texture and pattern. They will develop image manipulation ICT skills and how to create dynamic compositions through a number of themes. They will consider the work of artists, designers and photographers to enhance their learning and creative understanding, as well as photography in an historical context.

 

AS

Skills development - Students will learn how to use DSLR cameras, lenses, filters, studio lighting, lighting attachments and Adobe Photoshop in a creative and imaginative way to a high level. They will also explore composition, depth of field, shutter speed and viewpoint through studying the work of other photographers and taking their own images. They will study photography in relation to surrealism, narrative photography, abstraction, photojournalism and commercial application.

 

UNIT 2 - EXTERNALLY SET PROJECT (100% OF AS)

This is an externally set assignment including an exam lasting 10 hours. They will have from the start of January to research one of around eight topics before the ten hour exam based on their research.

 

A2 - PERSONAL INVESTIGATION (60%)

Students will develop work on a personal investigation. They are required to make a personal response relating to a theme of their choosing and then write between 1,000 and 3,000 words based on their investigations into the work of other artists and photographers. They will then create a portfolio of work exploring this theme in depth culminating in a final outcome.

 

A2 - EXTERNALLY SET TASK (40%)

This is an externally set, assignment including an exam lasting 15 hours. The choice of themes is given out prior to the exam at the start of February to allow in-depth preparation.

 

SHOWS

At the end of June a final 'End of Year' show exhibits the students' exam and coursework portfolios.

 

TRIPS

Students are actively encouraged to visit Local and National galleries to look at original artworks. Artist research and analysis are both extremely important components of the A-Level course. We also take visits to either local photography studios so that students can work alongside professional photographers or to local places of interest to photograph. We also take a trip to London to visit the galleries each year and encourage students to join staff in viewing University degree shows.

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