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Design & Technology

DT Faculty

Mrs D Brockwell- brockwelld@denbigh.net
Mrs G Davies-Fairclough- daviesg@denbigh.net
Mrs K Gilmour- gilmourk@denbigh.net
Mrs A Lanzon-Miller- lanzonmillera@denbigh.net
Mrs G Spittle- spittleg@denbigh.net
Mr M Stott- stottm@denbigh.net
Mrs G Thompson- thompsong@denbigh.net

Faculty Introduction

The Design Technology Faculty is a combination of many disciplines including Product Design,  Resistant Materials (working with woods, metals and plastics), Fashion and Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Hospitality and Catering.

Our Faculty aims to stimulate the curiosity, promote problem solving and critical thinking of the next generation of design and technologists.  Technology is constantly evolving and we want to ensure that every student develops skills for designing for a modern society and prepare them to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies.

We have very good facilities at Denbigh including: specialist workshops for both Product Design and Resistant Materials, Textiles studios and two Food preparation rooms.  These are equipped with state of the art machinery including: 2 x  3D printers, a large laser cutter,  a plasma cutter, CAD/CAM routers, CNC embroidery machines and a dedicated CNC machinery bay.

Key Words for Year 7 Food Technology – Spring

Key TermDefinition
RecipeA recipe is a list of ingredients and instructions of how to make a specific food dish.
Food milesThis refers to the distance that food has travelled to reach our plates. This can often be through different countries if the food is out of season for the UK for examples Italian Lemons.
SeasonalityEating the food that is growing in the season you’re currently in. Food is in season in the UK if it is growing and ready for harvesting when the conditions are right, for example pumpkins are in season in October.
BacteriaBacteria is the correct term for ‘germs’. Some bacteria in food can make you very unwell if you do not cook food to a safe temperature in order to kill it.
Bridge/ ClawThe bridge and claw refer to two ways to hold food that you are cutting.

Key Words for Year 7 Resistant Materials – Spring

Key TermDefinition
CNC routerA computer controlled machine which has a spinning part to carve out channels in a wood/ plastic material. We use this to make maze games in the Y7 Resistant Materials rotation.
CAD/CAMComputer aided design/ Computer aided manufacture. Using machines to design and make products.
Pillar drillA machine on a stand that can be moved up and down to drill holes in your materials.
Tenon sawA saw specifically used for cutting wood. It has tall, flat sides and sharp teeth for cutting straight lines.
Bench hookA wooden block which is hooked on to the surface of the workbench to prevent us from marking to worksurfaces with our saws. We use a bench hook to saw wood and when we push against it we keep it in place with tension.

Key Words for Year 7 Textiles – Spring

Key TermDefinition
Stitch unpickerThis is a sharp tool which we use to unpick stitches. It has a pointed end to help us to get underneath a stitch and it has a sharp curve to cut the stitch when we push down.
NeedleA needle is used to guide thread between fabrics to create stitches, a needle has a hold called an eye which we put the thread through to hold it in place whilst we sew.
PinA pin is different from a needle because it doesn’t have an eye. We use pins to temporarily secure two pieces (or more) of fabric together. It is pointed at one end and It has a flat part at the other end which keeps it in place.
Fabric shearsFabric shears are big scissors which we use to cut through fabrics. Fabric is generally more difficult to cut than paper and requires bigger, stronger or sharper tools.
Seam allowanceWhen we sew two pieces of fabric together, to stop the stitches coming undone, we leave a gap at the edges called Seam allowance. Standard seam allowance is 10mm.

Key Words for Year 8 Food Technology – Spring

Key TermDefinition
NutrientsThe term used to describe the different vitamins and minerals that we consume within our food to keep our bodies healthy.
Cultural dishOften a recipe that originates from a specific area, country or religion. An example of this would be an Indian Curry or Italian Spaghetti Bolognese.
AdaptationsSometimes we need to make changes to our recipes so that more people can eat them if they have allergies or are not allowed to eat a particular meat. These changes are called adaptations.
Food intolerance or allergiesSome people are unable to eat particular food because they can make them unwell. There are food intolerances or allergies. Food intolerances can be less severe than allergies and include things like lactose or gluten intolerance. Allergies are the more severe form which can be things like celiac or peanut allergies.
RouxA roux (pronounced ‘roo’) is a French word for the base of a white sauce in cookery. We would heat up butter and flour to form a paste which we would then make into a sauce by adding milk whilst stirring. We use a roux when making macaroni cheese or the topping for a lasagne.

Key Words for Year 8 Resistant Materials – Spring

Key TermDefinition
LEDLight emitting diode – This is a small light bulb which we solder in place when making our lamps in year 8 resistant materials.
Orthographic drawingOrthographic drawings are used to look at all sides of a 3d object in a 2d form. With orthographic drawing we often look at the front, top and sides of an object.
PCBPrinted circuit board – This is uses a copper strip to divide the steady flow of electricity so that electricity is flowing to all of the devices soldered to it for example LED’s and a switch.
AccuracyWorking with accuracy in DT can mean planning and checking that your measurements are correct before you cut your materials and measuring afterwards to ensure that it is still correct.
Manufacturing specificationThis is a document that we plan, write and use before we make a product. It often tells us what materials, how much, which tools to use and in which order to construct the product.

Key Words for Year 8 Textiles – Spring

Key TermDefinition
End userAn end user is the person/ people that you intend for your product to be made for. For a bag for life inspired by a festival, you might design for festival goers or people who aspire to go to festivals. You would nee to ensure that you have researched what these people like/ don’t life so that you can design a product that is suitable to meet their needs.
Design specificationA design specification is a document that we write before starting design work. It often contains information such as, who the design should be suitable for and what their needs are, how much it should cost, which materials you want to design with etc. We use this like a checklist when we design products to ensure that we are on track.
HemA hem is used on the bags we make in year 8 to create strong top edge for the tote bag and protect the edges of the fabrics. To sew a hem, you have to fold the fabric over twice accurately, pin the edge down and sew with a sewing machine. You have a hem at the bottom of your skirt or trousers for example.
Smart materialsSmart materials react and change in response to an external stimulus. This can mean a fabric that changes colour when exposed to sunlight or hot/ cold temperatures. Smart materials can be useful in indicating the presence of hot temperatures and can warn of a hazard to someone’s safety. An example of use for a temperature responsive smart material is in baby products for milk or bathwater.
BiomimicryBiomimicry is an approach to designing products which focuses on solving problems by using some of the strategies that nature has already come up with. An example of this is the structure of burrs (plants with spiky curs on them) and how they stick themselves to animal fur but can be removed easily too. This inspired the creation of hook and loop tape (brand name ‘Velcro) which is a semi- permanent solution for joining materials together. People often have hook and loop tape on their school shoes to fasten them without laces.

Design & Technology

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termLamination & Woodwork Skills
Autumn 2nd half termMaterials & Processes
Spring 1st half termPractice Non Examined Assessment
Spring 2nd half termHuman Factors Theory
Summer 1st half termNEA & CAD skills
Summer 2nd half termManufacturing & PPE

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termFusion 360 (CAD) skills
Autumn 2nd half termShort practical skills project
Spring 1st half termMaterials & Manufacturing techniques
Sustainability and the Environment
Spring 2nd half termProducts in Society
Energy Generation & Storage  
Mechanical Devices, Forces & Stresses
Summer 1st half termProject/Practical Skills
Summer 2nd half termNon Examined Assessment (Coursework)

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termNon Examined Assessment (Coursework)
Autumn 2nd half termNon Examined Assessment (Coursework)
Spring 1st half termNon Examined Assessment (Coursework)
Spring 2nd half termExam Preparation – Core technical principles & specialist technical principles
Summer 1st half termExam Preparation – Designing & Making Principles
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Product Design

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termPractice skills based project
Non-Examined Assessment
Case Studies
Materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems
The selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices
Demonstrating technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
Autumn 2nd half termPractice skills based project
Non-Examined Assessment
Case Studies
Materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems
The selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices
Demonstrating technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
Spring 1st half termPractice skills based project
Non-Examined Assessment
Case Studies
Materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems
The selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices
Demonstrating technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
Spring 2nd half termPractice skills based project
Non-Examined Assessment
Case Studies
Materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems
The selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices
Demonstrating technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
Summer 1st half termPractice skills based project
Non-Examined Assessment
Case Studies
Materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems
The selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices
Demonstrating technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
Summer 2nd half termPractice skills based project
Non-Examined Assessment
Case Studies
Materials, components, process and their selection and uses in products and/or systems
The selection and use of the above in industrial commercially viable products and practices
Demonstrating technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termNon-Examined Assessment completion
Iterative design project
Exam Preparation
Applying knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products to given situations and problems
Demonstrating higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions
Autumn 2nd half termNon-Examined Assessment completion
Iterative design project
Exam Preparation
Applying knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products to given situations and problems
Demonstrating higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions
Spring 1st half termNon-Examined Assessment completion
Iterative design project
Exam Preparation
Applying knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products to given situations and problems
Demonstrating higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions
Spring 2nd half termNon-Examined Assessment completion
Iterative design project
Exam Preparation
Applying knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products to given situations and problems
Demonstrating higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions
Summer 1st half termExaminations
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Textiles – AQA GCSE Art & Design

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termProject 1 Skill Development Project – Surface pattern
Autumn 2nd half termProject 1 Skill Development Project – Surface pattern
Spring 1st half termProject 2 Skill Development Project – Print and Dye
Spring 2nd half termProject 2 Skill Development Project – Print and Dye
Summer 1st half termProject 3 Skill Development Project – Cultures
Summer 2nd half termProject 3 Skill Development Project – Cultures

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termProject 1 – Identity
Autumn 2nd half termProject 1 – Identity
Spring 1st half termProject 2 – Textiles Skills
Spring 2nd half termProject 2 – Environments
Summer 1st half termProject 3 – Environments
Summer 2nd half termProject 3 – Sustained Project

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termComponent 1 – Sustained Project
Autumn 2nd half termComponent 1 – Sustained Project
Spring 1st half termComponent 1 – Sustained Project
Spring 2nd half termExam Preparation – Component 2
Summer 1st half termExam Preparation – Component 2
Summer 2nd half termExam Preparation – Component 2

Fashion and Textiles

Year 12

Autumn 1st half termPractice NEA projects based on sustainable design including:
• Design processes
• Enterprise & Marketing
• Fashion cycles
• Influences of Fashion & History
• Fibres & Fabrics
• Smart and Modern Textiles
• Fabric Finishes
Autumn 2nd half termPractice NEA projects based on sustainable design including:
• Design processes
• Enterprise & Marketing
• Fashion cycles
• Influences of Fashion & History
• Fibres & Fabrics
• Smart and Modern Textiles
• Fabric Finishes
Spring 1st half termPractice NEA projects based on sustainable design including:
• Design processes
• Enterprise & Marketing
• Fashion cycles
• Influences of Fashion & History
• Fibres & Fabrics
• Smart and Modern Textiles
• Fabric Finishes
Spring 2nd half termPractice NEA projects based on sustainable design including:
• Design processes
• Enterprise & Marketing
• Fashion cycles
• Influences of Fashion & History
• Fibres & Fabrics
• Smart and Modern Textiles
• Fabric Finishes
Summer 1st half termPractice NEA projects based on sustainable design including:
• Design processes
• Enterprise & Marketing
• Fashion cycles
• Influences of Fashion & History
• Fibres & Fabrics
• Smart and Modern Textiles
• Fabric Finishes
Summer 2nd half termPractice NEA projects based on sustainable design including:
• Design processes
• Enterprise & Marketing
• Fashion cycles
• Influences of Fashion & History
• Fibres & Fabrics
• Smart and Modern Textiles
• Fabric Finishes

Year 13

Autumn 1st half termAssessment of NEA project
Iterative design – including:
• Surface Decoration & Dyeing
• Embroidery
• Quilting
• Threads
• Major Developments in Technology
• CAD/ CAM Manufacture
• Repair & Disposal
• Social, Moral & Ethical
• Health and safety
Autumn 2nd half termAssessment of NEA project
Iterative design – including:
• Surface Decoration & Dyeing
• Embroidery
• Quilting
• Threads
• Major Developments in Technology
• CAD/ CAM Manufacture
• Repair & Disposal
• Social, Moral & Ethical
• Health and safety
Spring 1st half termAssessment of NEA project
Iterative design – including:
• Surface Decoration & Dyeing
• Embroidery
• Quilting
• Threads
• Major Developments in Technology
• CAD/ CAM Manufacture
• Repair & Disposal
• Social, Moral & Ethical
• Health and safety
Spring 2nd half termAssessment of NEA project
Iterative design – including:
• Surface Decoration & Dyeing
• Embroidery
• Quilting
• Threads
• Major Developments in Technology
• CAD/ CAM Manufacture
• Repair & Disposal
• Social, Moral & Ethical
• Health and safety
Summer 1st half termExaminations
Summer 2nd half termN/A

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 9

Autumn 1st half termBasic skills
Food Safety and Hygiene
Autumn 2nd half termNutrient groups including Micro & Macro and Protein
Spring 1st half termHealth & Safety
Fats and Oils
Adaptation of Recipes
Spring 2nd half termPastry Making
Carbohydrates
Pasta Making
Summer 1st half termEat Well Guide Challenge by British Nutrition Foundation
Heat Transfer and Fat Soluble Vitamins
Summer 2nd half termRaising Agents
Sauce Making
Gelatinisation

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termNutrient’s Revision
Functional and Chemical Protein and Fat
Variety of practical tasks
Autumn 2nd half termFunctional and Chemical Properties – carbohydrates  
Development of Practical Skills
Spring 1st half termRaising Agents
Micronutrients/Macronutrient Revision
Practical Skills
Spring 2nd half termFood Science
• Methods of Cooking
• Food Safety
• Practical Skills
Summer 1st half termFactors Affecting
• Food Choice
• Food Spoilage
• Practical Skills
Summer 2nd half termMock NEA 2 Task
Practical Skills

Year 11

Autumn 1st half termRevision of Nutrients & Functional & Chemical Properties of Food
Exam Preparation
Practical Skills
Autumn 2nd half termFood Science
• Methods of Cooking
• Factors affecting food choice
• Exam preparation
• Practical Skills
Spring 1st half termNEA 2
Spring 2nd half termNEA 2
Summer 1st half termExam Revision
Summer 2nd half termExam Revision

Hospitality and Catering

Year 10

Autumn 1st half termHow foods can cause ill health and developing and improving food practical skills
Autumn 2nd half termHow foods can cause ill health and developing and improving food practical skills
Spring 1st half termUnderstanding nutrition when planning meals
Spring 2nd half termUnderstanding nutrition when planning meals
Summer 1st half termUnderstanding the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
Practical work preparing dishes
Summer 2nd half termUnderstanding the environment in which hospitality and catering providers operate
Practical work preparing dishes