Design and Technology:
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
Here at Birchensale, we want to inspire your child and allow them to develop in their own way. We solve design problems, construct and evaluate while picking up lots of technical skill on the way.
We have two full time DT teachers: Mrs. Bowles teaches Food and Textiles while Mr. Grant leads Resistant Materials and Electronics lessons. Pupils focus on two DT disciplines per year so study all 4 subjects at each key stage. Longer study times of 20 weeks gives more time for in-depth learning.
Year 5- Textiles/ Resistant Materials with electronics
Year 6- Food/ Resistant Materials
Year 7- Textiles/ Resistant Materials
Year 8- Food/ Resistant Materials with electronics
Key Stage 2 Design and Technology Work
Key Stage 2
Year 5 pupils make bunting inspired by Scandinavian design. They acquire a range of decorative textile techniques; colourwash, felting, colour-transfer and stencilling. Pupils stitch by hand and learn a range of stitching methods and decide with is best suited to purpose.
They then go on to construct a "Mr Blockhead" from wood and further improve measuring and cutting skills. They produce orthographic projection drawings. They learn how to drill wood and stain/colour it.
In Year 6, pupils focus on Food Technology. The prime aim is to learn how to cook balanced, nutritious and tasty products that they want to eat. Pupils also spend time in the garden learning where our food comes from. They plant, nurture and harvest a range of fruits and vegetables. We then use these foods to cook with in the kitchen. Pupils develop safe knife skills, use electrical kitchen equipment and cook in the oven and under the grill. They also learn how to wash up properly - there are no dishwashers in our kitchen!!
Year 6 pupils later study 'Resistant Materials'. They make a jitterbug and learn basic soldering techniques. They modify adapt and improve their ideas throughout.
Key Stage 3 Design and Technology Work
Key Stage 3
In year 7 pupils study textiles and are taught how to use the sewing machine. They learn about the design process and use elements from this process to design and make a zippered pouch for a target group. Pupils learn a range of techniques including decorative CAD/CAM stitching, applique and sewing in a zip. They learn about textile artist Mathew Harris and use home study time to complete an in-depth project about him and his work.
In resistant materials, students design and make a wooden box. They develop more advanced woodworking skills and find solutions to problems by hands on experimentation. They take inspiration from vintage Portmeirion ceramic designs to decorate their boxes with a burning tool. They learn to safely use more complex tools and equipment in the workshop
Year 8 pupils study 'Food' for their first module. They learn advanced preparation techniques. The focus is on safe handling of high risk foods (eggs, raw meat). Pupils also spend time in the garden learning where our food comes from. They plant, nurture and harvest a range of fruits and vegetables. We then use these foods to cook with in the kitchen. Pupils develop advanced knife skills, use electrical kitchen equipment and cook in the oven and under the grill and on the hob.
The final module for pupils in Year 8 is 'Resistant Materials'. They make a 3D 'Memphis' clock using a range of materials. They use the design process to achieve a high quality useable item, targeted at a chosen group. They further develop skills using woodworking machinery and hand tools. Some may use CAD/CAM to further embellish their design.