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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 recently refurbished specialist room containing 12 good quality sewing machines, recently new to the department, along with a high specification 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 various different decorative techniques used and how to apply them whilst producing a product.
  • 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.
  • Developing 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 Design & Technology (Textiles) which consists of:

GCSE Design & Technology (Textiles)

 Pupils in year 10 will study:

  • A variety of decorative techniques
  • A variety of construction techniques
  • Creating various 3D Textiles products
  • Origins of fabrics and their Construction
  • Sustainability and Upcyling
  • Smart materials
  • Use of CAD/CAM

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical skills along with a strong understanding of the theory of core Design and Technology principles, the design process, selecting the appropriate tools and materials and the development of key drawing skills. Pupils are expected to produce their own design briefs from a supplied context.

Pupils in year 11 will complete a final non-examined GCSE project:

 This non-exam assessment is worth 50% of the GCSE in Design & Technology (Textiles). It is made up of three distinct tasks.

  1. Investigation
  2. Ideas, Development and Making
  3. Evaluation and Modifications

Pupils will also sit a two-hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth the remaining 50% of their final GCSE grade in Design and Technology.

There are no tiered papers in GCSE Design & Technology and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 1-9.

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 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 Design & Technology (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 Design & Technology (Resistant Materials) which consists of:

GCSE Design & Technology (Resistant Materials)

 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
  • Forming and shaping timber
  • Manufacturing processes

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical workshop skills along with a strong understanding of core Design & Technology principles, 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 also learn how the iterative design process works.

Pupils in year 11 will complete a final non-examined GCSE project:

 This non-exam assessment is worth 50% of the GCSE in Design & Technology (Resistant Materials). It is made of three distinct areas of study.

  • Investigation
  • Ideas, Development and Making
  • Evaluation and Modifications

Pupils will also sit a two-hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth the remaining 50% of their final GCSE grade in Design & Technology.

There are no tiered papers in GCSE Design & Technology and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 1-9.

 Extra-Curricular Activities

  • In Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to visit and take part in a team project based on Cadbury World 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 visit Leyland Trucks to see how CAD/CAM and other modern manufacturing methods are used in industry.
  • Pupils may also be entered into an annual BAE Rotary Technology Tournament team where they will compete against other schools in a STEM challenge.

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 Design & Technology (Graphics) which consists of:

GCSE Design & Technology (Graphics)

 Pupils in year 10 will study the following projects:

  • Corporate Identity, typography and colour
  • CAD Design and Layout
  • Selecting Materials and making with CAM
  • Hand Tools and Construction Techniques
  • Advanced Packaging Design

There is a strong focus on developing and applying practical skills along with a strong understanding of the theory of core Design and Technology principles, the design process, selecting the appropriate tools and materials and the development of key drawing skills. Pupils are expected to produce their own design briefs from a supplied context.

Pupils in year 11 will complete a final non-examined GCSE project:

This non-exam assessment is worth 50% of the GCSE in Design & Technology (Graphics). It is made up of three distinct tasks.

  1. Investigation
  2. Ideas, Development and Making
  3. Evaluation and Modifications

Pupils will also sit a two-hour examination at the end of Year 11, worth the remaining 50% of their final GCSE grade in Design and Technology.

There are no tiered papers in GCSE Design & Technology and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades 1-9.

 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 about investigation and design techniques in more depth.
  • In Year 10 Pupils also visit Leyland Trucks to see how CAD/CAM and other modern manufacturing methods are used in industry.

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 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

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

 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.

 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 Mrs V Smith – VSM@olchs.lancs.sch.uk