Curriculum Leader of Creative Technology - Mrs Laura Grace

Subject Overview & Intent

The study of Creative Technology, requires students, over time, to develop a secure knowledge of materials, and use specialist tools and machinery skilfully and safely to design and make a range of products.

Students will cover a variety of areas in Creative Technology that often overlap but consist of-

  • Engineering - Measuring accurately and using specialist tools and equipment.
  • Product Design - Designing and making innovative products.
  • Food Technology - Creating a range of dishes and be aware of the nutrients they provide and food provenance (where our food comes from).
  • Computing - Use a range of software including CAD, CAM.

As students progress through the Key Stages, they will continually revisit the very important points (VIPs) from the topics that they study, consolidating key knowledge of materials and processes they continue to use.

Students will have termly Key Piece assessments; This will combine theory knowledge imbedded with the very important points (VIP’s) and application of knowledge through practical skills, students will be marked on their finished artefacts and products, and in Food they will have a practical exam making a food product.

What Will I Study

Year 7

  • Select materials taking into account their properties, mainly plastics.
  • Select from and use specialist tools, equipment and machinery precisely, including CAD/CAM.
  • Design, test and evaluate a clock and sweet dispenser with a chosen theme.
  • Understand how the eat well guide helps to provide a balanced meal.
  • Be able to cut vegetables safely and complete the ‘rubbing in method’.

Year 8

  • Select materials taking into account their properties, plastics and wood.
  • Select from and use specialist tools, including soldering circuits, CAD/CAM.
  • Design, test and evaluate a USB light and coat hook inspired by Memphis Design Movement.
  • Identify macro nutrients and their main food sources
  • Be able to cook a variety of savoury dishes including stir fry’s and pasta dishes.

Year 9

  • Select materials taking into account their properties, plastics, wood and card.
  • Select from and use specialist tools, including soldering circuits, casting for moulds, CAD/CAM.
  • Design, test and evaluate a solar light and pewter product inspired by organic design.
  • Identify key nutrients and how they are needed by specific groups.
  • Be able to cook a variety of dishes using pastry and develop bread making skills.

Link to KS4

  • Btec Technical Award Engineering - In Engineering, students will explore the different sectors, products and interconnections within the industry, investigate what various engineering organisations and functions do, in addition to potential career paths. Students will also follow the engineering design and manufacture processes.
  • Technical Award Hospitality and Catering - In Hospitality and Catering, students will investigate the hospitality and catering industry understanding the environment in which they operate. They will also demonstrate practical cooking and baking skills completing coursework linked with a local establishment.
  • GCSE Design Technology - Students will develop skills and knowledge gained during Key Stage 3 in Resistant Materials, Graphics, and Electronics. Students will develop their practical skills to design and make a variety of products using plastics wood and metal and select appropriate materials and manufacturing processes.

Design Technology LTP Year 7

Design Technology LTP Year 11

Food LTP Year 11

Design Technology LTP Year 8

Engineering LTP Year 9

Design Technology LTP Year 9

Engineering LTP Year 10

Design Technology LTP Year 10

Engineering LTP Year 11