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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Technology

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - FOOD

Introduction to course
Taking this course will give students an insight into the food industry including catering through designing and making food products. Students will also have the opportunity to develop further their culinary skills and knowledge of food.
 

Syllabus content

KS3
Food & Nutrition is part of the Design and Technology programme we offer at RGS. In years 7 to 9, Design and Technology works on a rotation basis. Each student will experience a module of Textiles, Food and Graphics led by a specialist teacher.
 
KS4
food

Pupils will follow WJEC Catering GCSE syllabus. The focus of the syllabus is the use of food as a material in order to investigate and develop products for a specific task. This will involve putting the use of food into practical situations and developing knowledge of appropriate food sciences and hygiene and safety.

Typical lesson activities
●     Practical sessions developing skills using a variety of commodities
●     Individual research
●     Group presentations
●     Tasting panels and food analysis
●     Use of varied media including ICT
●     Industrial links
 
SMSC
Food Technology contributes to our students’ SMSC development through:
  • Giving the opportunity to examine cultural differences in food and diet.
  • Reflecting on the social issues around food such as price and income.
  • Acknowledging government guidelines for health and dietary requirements.
  • Reflecting on the moral issues concerning food production in third world countries.
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DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY - GRAPHIC PRODUCTS

Introduction to course
We are surrounded by graphic products: books, magazines, posters and televisions are everyday examples we take for granted. Graphic products communicate ideas, messages, pure aesthetics or visual statements in the terms of pictures and words. Students will be able to learn about the range of materials, manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies used in the delivery of graphic products. Students will build on work carried out at KS3 to produce products in two and three dimensions using common materials such as paper, board and plastic.
 
KS3
Graphics is part of the Design and Technology programme we offer at RGS. In years 7 to 9, Design and Technology works on a rotation basis. Each student will experience a module of Textiles, Food and Graphics led by a specialist teacher.
 
Typical lesson activities
●     Research and analysis
●     Product investigations
●     Planning and development
●     Design and modelling
●     Realisation of designs
●     Test analyse and evaluate development of design
●     Practical skills
●     CAD/CAM
●     Creativity
●     Advertising skills
●     Technical drawing skills
 
SMSC
Design and Technology makes a contribution to students’ SMSC development through:
●        Reflecting on products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which
●        design can improve the quality of our lives.
●        Awareness of the moral dilemmas created by technological advances.
●        How different cultures have contributed to technology.
●        Opportunities to work as a team, recognising others strengths, sharing equipment.
 
DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY – TEXTILES
 
Introduction to course
Students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills through experimentation with new textile techniques and processes.  Students will Design and Make and evaluate a textile product for their assessment .  Throughout the course, students will also study fabrics and textile manufactures and fashion.
 
Syllabus content:
KS3
Textiles Technology is part of the Design and Technology programme we offer at RGS. In years 7 to 9, Design and Technology works on a rotation basis. Each student will experience a module of Textiles, Food and Graphics led by a specialist teacher.
 
KS4
●     All aspects of Fibres and Fabrics – fibre content, fabric construction (weaving, knitting), fabric finishes including smart and modern materials.  Also links to nanotechnology
●     Creative use of textiles – colouring, dyeing, printing, decorative techniques
●     Use of tools and equipment
●     Designing with textiles – commercial patterns, planning designs, choice of fabrics
●     The textile industry – fashion, manufacturing textile products, CAD, CAM, health and safety
●     Textile processes – decorative finishes, functional finishes, construction techniques
●     Recycling/reusing/reduce/repair of fabrics and all aspects of the environment and industry
●     Cultural, Moral and Social issues through manufacture
 
Typical lesson activities
Theory and practical lessons are alternated. Theory lessons are conducted using textbooks or worksheets on specific topics with relevant questions set or notes made. Practical lessons may include individual or group work and take the form of short focused tasks or experimenting with new fabrics and techniques.
 
SMSC
Design and Technology makes a contribution to students’ SMSC development through:
●        Reflecting on products and inventions, the diversity of materials and ways in which
●        Design can improve the quality of our lives
●        Awareness of the moral dilemmas created by technological advances
●        How different cultures have contributed to technology
●        Opportunities to work as a team, recognising others strengths, sharing equipment