Design and Technology

The Design & Technology team at Richmond Park Academy encourages students to adopt an imaginative, creative and practical approach to problem-solving. This is achieved through designing, making and evaluating products.

It is important that students experience a wide range of technological challenges which will encourage them to think through practical problems before developing potential solutions.

One of the most popular elements of design and technology at Richmond Park Academy is the making of practical outcomes. We pride ourselves in our ability to get the best out of our students who, year after year, produce stunning products after going through the all-important design process.

We currently study three areas at Key Stage 3 (KS3) ; these are textiles, food and resistant materials. This year students can study GCSE Textiles and Level 1& 2 Hospitality and Catering.

Each year we aim to enrich our students' learning with visits and extracurricular opportunities. Due to COVID 19 we may need to adjust our arrangements for visits at this time but will certainly look for other ways to broaden our students' awareness of DT outside of the classroom. We also always look to develop cross-curricular links with other subject areas within the school and will continue to do this where possible.

Teachers

Ms S Alexis - Subject Leader

Mr J Chevous - Technician and Teacher of Construction

Mr S Holness - Food Technician

Key Stage 3

  • Year 7

In Year 7,students study design and technology on a carousel.They will have a 120 minute lesson, once a week for 9 weeks in each subject area. During this time they will complete three DT projects, these projects are:

  • Food: Healthy snacks
  • Textiles: Mini me
  • Resistant Materials: Wood
  • There will also be a Computer Science topic within the Yr 7 carousel

Year 8

In Year 8, students study design and technology on a carousel.They will have a 120 minute lesson, once a week for 9 weeks in each subject area. During this time they will complete three DT projects, these projects are:

  • Food: Meals in Minutes
  • Resistant Materials: Plastics
  • Textiles: Tote Bag
  • There will also be a Computer Science topic within the Yr 8 carousel

Year 9

In Year 9, students study design and technology on a carousel. They will have a 120 minute lesson, once a week for the 7 weeks in each subject area.. The areas of study are:

  • Food: Cooking methods.
  • Resistant Materials: Mechanisms
  • Textiles: Recycling Wall Art
  • There will also be two additional topics within the Yr 9 carousel, these will be Computer Science and Music

Each project set will focus on building key skills needed for KS4 within each subject area.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students can take exams in GCSE Art Textiles and Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering.

Art Textiles (AQA)

  • Decorative techniques
  • Garment construction
  • Investigating, researching the work of others
  • Generating designs
  • Producing final products such as cushion covers, wall hanging, costumes etc.

Hospitality and Catering (WJEC)

  • Knowledge and understanding of the hospitality and catering industry
  • Safely plan, prepare, cook and present nutritional dishes

Students in KS4 have two 120 minute lessons a week. All will receive homework on a regular basis. Due to the nature of the practical subjects there will often be project work to do and students will be expected to work on this in class and in their own time. Students will be regularly assessed using the GCSE and vocational award assessment criteria throughout Year 10 and 11, practice exam questions and past papers will be used where appropriate.