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St Francis Xavier

Design & Technology

In design and technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively to improve quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Curriculum Team

Ms. Bradley – Curriculum Leader, Product Design

Mrs Boland – Food & Nutrition

Mr S Lister (Technician) 

Key Stage 3 Topics

Product Design

Year 7-9

Students are taught 2 lessons per fortnight.

Our aim is to enable each pupil to be the best that they can be so they can fulfil their potential.

Technology is taught in a suite of purpose built, well-resourced and equipped rooms. Including CAD/ CAM in the form of a state of the art laser cutter, an industrial styled kitchen, computerised sewing machines, industrial over lockers, a CAD/CAM sewing machine, Arc welding and a heat treatment area.

Students are involved in designing and making products taking into account aesthetics, materials, production and construction constraints.

The main topic areas covered are Timbers, Textiles, CAD/CAM using CorelDraw the Laser Cutter and Polymers.

Key Stage 4 / GCSE Topics

Product Design

Students are taught 5 lessons per fortnight.

In Year 10, pupils cover a wide range of topics, including Energy and systems and the 5 base materials (Timber, Polymers, Metals, Textiles and Paper and boards)

Theory is covered to prepare students for the summer mock exam and the Non Exam Assessment during Year 11. Small projects are undertaken to build upon the theory covered giving students the opportunity to experience extended project work. These projects allow students to dictate the outcome of the project within laid down guidelines so they gain ownership and have to, increasingly, undertake self-directed learning.

In Year 11 students put into practice all the skills and understanding gained in Year 10. A Non Exam Assessment project is undertaken, the context of which is set by the exam board. This takes the form of an A3 folder of research, design, development and evaluation, and a working prototype of their design.

Theory topics covered this year are New and emerging technologies, Designing principles and Making principles

Exam board – AQA Design Technology (8552) https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

NEA (coursework) = 50%

Exam = 50%

Wider curriculum

We have strong links with local industry and draw on expertise in these fields to influence and widen our students’ creativity.