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Textiles at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils at KS3. It is an optional subject at KS4.

Staffing

We have 1 full time member of staff who delivers the full Textiles curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and GCSE Textiles to year 10 and 11 at Key stage 4:

  • Mrs Moss (Teacher of Design & Technology)

Facilities

Textiles is taught in a specialist room containing 12 good quality sewing machines, recently new to the department, along with an Embroidery machine, a heat press and sublimation printer and use of various other tools and equipment specialist to Textiles.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in four periods per fortnight, during a nine week project in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils work individually during practical activities with a strong emphasis on supporting and helping one another.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • How to work safely in Textiles, including when using tools and equipment.
  • Research a chosen theme to help in designing.
  • Gain an understanding of the different decorative techniques used and how to apply them.
  • Use research and skills to develop design ideas for a product.
  • Develop skills in evaluating products throughout and on completion.

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Introduction to a variety of new equipment.
  • Research and make choices about designs based on the research.
  • Use of CAD/CAM within designing and making to produce quality products.
  • Build on skills, more complex and challenging to build confidence.

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Collaboration work to take other ideas into consideration and build on working as a team.
  • Develop understanding of the basics of making a product from scratch and be able to visualise a 2D drawing as a 3D product.
  • Sustainability and how it affects us and the world in which we live. They will learn how to be more responsible when disposing of Textiles.
  • How to work more independently and therefore gain more satisfaction by doing so.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

  • Pupils can opt to study a full GCSE in Textiles which runs throughout year 10 and 11.

GCSE Textiles (Year 10)

Pupils in year 10 will study:

  • A variety of decorative techniques
  • A variety of construction techniques
  • Creating a 3D Textiles product
  • Fabric Construction
  • Sustainability
  • Smart materials

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical skills that have been learnt through KS3. They will be expected to work more independently and eventually with increased confidence, in using all tools and equipment.

GCSE Textiles (Year 11)

Pupils in year 10 will:

Pupils are taught to design and make commercially viable Textiles products. Pupils will be expected to contribute to the cost of materials for the final 3D product. The Textiles GCSE course is a mixture of practical and theory work.

In preparation for the exam pupils will study a range of topics such as:

  • Fibres, fabrics and their finishes
  • Health and Safety in Textiles
  • Modern materials/nanotechnology
  • Quality assurance/quality control
  • Using ICT in Textiles
  • Manufacturing
  • Sustainability

Non-Exam Assessment is worth 60% of the GCSE in Textiles. It is made up of two distinct tasks.

1. A folder of coursework in which they work towards a plan of how to research, design and make their 3D product.

2. A 3D product will be realised by using the information gained when completing various tasks for their folder of work.

Pupils will sit a two hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth 40% of their final GCSE grade in Textiles. There are no tiered papers in Textiles and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In Year 10 pupils will get the opportunity to visit a local Textile manufacturer and see first-hand what happens in the industrial environment. They will also get the opportunity to visit the Harris museum to see an exhibition about the history of fashion, particularly linked to Lancashire.

Resistant Materials at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils at KS3. It is an optional subject at KS4

Staffing

We have 1 full time member of staff who delivers the full Resistant Materials curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and GCSE Resistant Materials to years 10 and 11 at Key stage 4:

  • Mr Goring (Teacher of Design & Technology)

Facilities

Resistant Materials is taught in a comprehensive workshop and Computer Aided Design (CAD) Suite. This allows a full class of 24 pupils to learn practical skills ranging from; using hand tools, solving real life problems and using powerful 3D software like Solidworks©. The department is well resourced and pupils can output their designs using Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) such as the CNC router, laser cutter and 3D printer.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in four periods per fortnight, during a nine week project in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils work individually during practical activities with a strong emphasis on supporting and helping one another. Pupils produce tangible outcomes they can keep upon receipt of a donation.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • Development of a range of CAD skills and techniques through the production of an introductory CAD/CAM project.
  • The safe use of a variety of equipment and tools, including; Coping saws, hacksaws, pillar drills and finishing equipment.
  • Safety in a workshop environment, including using the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    Understanding the properties of plastics.
  • Evaluation skills

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Development of ideas and further exploration of the design process allows pupils to demonstrate increasingly innovative ideas.
  • Greater independence to apply practical workshop based skills, to make a sports figure trophy from mild steel. Which is assembled using brazing hearths and the peripheral equipment.
  • Introduction to sustainable and renewable materials.
  • Further develop evaluation skills.

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Continued focus on independence to ensure that pupils are able to work independently whilst designing and making a CAD/CAM clock, for a specific customer and market with limited adult support.
  • Pupils research a variety of renowned British designers incorporating British values.
  • Develop a greater awareness of producing high quality commercial quality products with consideration of quality control processes.
  • Understand how designers have to emphasise with particular audiences to produce successful products.
  • Learn to improve their designs through critical evaluation.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils can opt to study a full GCSE in Resistant Materials (year 10 and 11) which consists of:

GCSE resistant Materials (Year 10 & 11)

Pupils in year 10 will study ‘Sustainable Materials’ through 2 focused practical projects involving:

  • The Design Process
  • Use of CAD/CAM
  • Enhanced use of hand tools
  • Creating and communicating using technical drawings
  • Manufacturing processes

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical workshop skills along with a strong understanding of theoretical knowledge of materials, tools and relevant manufacturing processes. The tangible outcomes of projects can be taken home upon payment of a small contribution.

Pupils will be formatively assessed as they progress on the projects. Pupils will begin a controlled assessment task at the beginning of the summer term that will continue into year 11. This controlled assessment will contribute to 60% of their GCSE grade.

GCSE Resistant Materials (Year 11)

Pupils in year 11 will study and be assessed in the following areas:

  • Investigation of the design context
  • Development of design proposals
  • Making
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Communication

The course is largely practical with an emphasis on the design process, selecting and understanding appropriate materials and manufacturing techniques. Pupils are taught to design and make commercially viable products. Pupils are provided with basic materials.

Pupils will sit a two hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth 40% of their final GCSE grade in Resistant Materials.

A controlled assignment is worth 60% of the GCSE in Resistant Materials. Pupils are able to demonstrate their designing and making skills to investigate, develop and produce a finished product, supported by a detailed design folder.

There are no tiered papers in Resistant Materials and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades A*-C.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to visit a leading commercial vehicle manufacturer and learn in more depth about modern production processes.

Graphic Products at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils at KS3. It is an optional subject at KS4

Staffing

We have 1 full time member of staff who delivers Graphic Products to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and GCSE Graphic Products to year 10 and 11 at Key stage 4:

  • Mr Smith (Assistant Principal Teacher of Design & Technology)

Facilities

Graphic Products is taught in a recently refurbished specialist room that allows a full class of 24 pupils to use specialist computer software at the same time. The room is very well resourced and has Apple computers to ensure that pupil work can be made to a near professional standard.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in four periods per fortnight, during a nine week project in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils work individually during practical activities.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • Development of a range of ideas using a specification.
  • Training and using specialist Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing software to make a product.
  • Research a number of ethical and social considerations related to their product, including the environment and age appropriateness.
  • The safe use of a variety of equipment and tools.
  • Evaluation skills

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Greater independence to apply practical CAM skills to make a different product.
  • Selecting and following their own ideas to design and make a product.
  • Focus on using their CAM drawing file to create their product using computer controlled machinery (CAM).
  • Research further the ethical and social considerations related to their product.
  • Continue to develop evaluation skills.

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Continued focus on independence to ensure that pupils are able make a range of different practical products based on their own specification and ideas.
  • Focus on expanding their practical skills to include CAD/CAM and specialist photo editing software to make their products independently.
  • Pupils are encouraged to research and use their own to achieve high levels of attainment.
  • Research a number of further environmental, ethical and social issues related to their products, including copyright, certification and age ratings.
  • Develop a greater awareness of the roles of the client and customer in the design process.
    Continue to develop evaluation skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils can opt to study a full GCSE Graphic Products (year 10 and 11) which consists of:

GCSE Graphic Products

  • Pupils in year 10 will study the following projects:
  • Corporate Identity
  • Point of Sale and Advertising
  • Typography
  • Card Mechanism and Construction Techniques
  • Packaging Design

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical skills along with a strong understanding of the design process and development key drawing skills. Pupils are expected to produce their own design briefs.

Pupils in year 11 will complete a final GCSE project:

This non-Exam Assessment is worth 60% of the GCSE in Graphic Products. It is made up of two distinct tasks.

1. A Practical Outcome
2. A Design Folder

Pupils will also sit a two hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth the remaining 40% of their final GCSE grade in Graphic Products.

There are no tiered papers in GCSE Graphic Products and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades F-A*.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • In Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to visit and take part in a team project based on Cadbury Word in Birmingham.
  • In Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to take part in a Young Entrepreneur team competition to setup and run their own business.
  • In Year 10 pupils have the opportunity to visit the National Media Museum in Bradford and learn in more depth about design techniques.

Food at Our Lady’s is taught to all pupils at KS3. It is an optional subject at KS4

Staffing

We have 1 full time member of staff who delivers the full Cooking and Nutrition curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition to year 10 and GCSE Food Technology to year 11 at Key stage 4:

  • Mrs Smith (Principal Teacher of Design & Technology)

Facilities

Food is taught in a recently refurbished specialist room that allows a full class of 24 pupils to cook at the same time. The room is very well resourced and has a blast chiller to ensure that all pupil work is stored at the correct temperature.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in four periods per fortnight, during a nine week project in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Pupils work individually during practical activities with a strong emphasis on supporting and helping one another. Pupils are expected to provide their own ingredients.

In Year 7 pupils study:

  • Development of a range of basic cooking skills and techniques through the production of a number of products suitable for a child’s packed lunch.
  • The safe use of a variety of equipment and tools, including, ovens.
  • Safety in a practical environment, including the chilling and storage of food.
  • Healthy eating and current dietary advice.
  • Evaluation skills

In Year 8 pupils study:

  • Creativity to ensure that practical choices allow pupils to demonstrate increasingly complex practical skills.
  • Greater independence to apply practical skills to make a range of snack products.
  • Selecting and following their own recipes to make a product.
  • Focus on the science of pastry making.
  • Continue to develop evaluation skills.

In Year 9 pupils study:

  • Continued focus on independence to ensure that pupils are able to follow a recipe with limited adult support to make a range of multicultural products.
  • Pupils are encouraged to research and use their own recipes to endeavour to achieve high levels of attainment.
  • Research a number of environmental, ethical and social issues related to food, including, Fairtrade, British Values and Food Miles.
  • Develop a greater awareness of healthy eating in order to make healthier food choices.
  • Continue to develop evaluation skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Pupils can opt to study a full GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition (year 10) and Food Technology (year 11) which consists of:

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (Year 10)

Pupils in year 10 will study:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food Provenance

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical cookery skills along with a strong understanding of nutrition. Pupils are expected to provide their own ingredients.

Pupils will sit a one hour, forty five minute examination at the end of Year 11, worth 50% of their final GCSE grade in Food Preparation and Nutrition.

Non-Exam Assessment is worth 50% of the GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition. It is made up of two distinct tasks.

1. The Food Investigation task – worth 15% of the GCSE
2. The Food Preparation task – worth 35% of the GCSE

There are no tiered papers in Food Preparation and Nutrition and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 1-9.

GCSE Food Technology (Year 11)

Pupils in year 11 will study:

  • Food, nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety & hygiene
  • Food production
  • Labelling and packaging
  • Product development

The course is largely practical with an emphasis on the industrial production of food products. Pupils are taught to design and make commercially viable food products. Pupils are expected to provide their own ingredients.

Pupils will sit a two hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth 40% of their final GCSE grade in Food Technology.

A controlled assignment is worth 60% of the GCSE in Food Technology. Pupils are able to demonstrate their designing and making skills to investigate, develop and produce a finished product, supported by a detailed design folder.

There are no tiered papers in Food Technology and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades A*-C.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Year 10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to use break and lunchtime to complete/enhance their work. This is a very popular option that most pupils will take full advantage of.
Pupils in year 10 are taken on restaurant trip to experience fine dining as a method of gaining inspiration for their own practical work.

All year 7 Design & Technology pupils are given the opportunity to visit Cadbury World for a research trip that helps them with a departmental competition.

If you require further information about this curriculum area please contact the Principal Teacher Miss K Worthington – kwo@olchs.lancs.sch.uk