Welcome to the Design and Technology department at Bexley Grammar School!
At Bexley Grammar, we seek to encourage creativity, empathy and innovation in our students, through a user centred design and real world problem solving approach. All this is with a view to potential career paths in the ever increasing spheres of Design, Engineering or Architecture, where the process of design has changed and developed greatly.
Our KS3 schemes of work and year 9 projects prepare our students really well for the new specification Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSEs.
The GCSEs in Design and Technology and Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE then lead extremely well into IB Design and Technology and IB Food Science and Technology.
In recent years, many of our pupils have received awards and commendations and every year our students’ work is celebrated in one way or another. Recently some of our KS4 students won the Starbucks Challenge by designing a regeneration project which involved the use of solar power and wind turbines and another won the annual Arkwright prize for Design and Technology.
As a department, we have a very good reputation for promoting Design and Technology within the school and in supporting local schools in their delivery of the subject. In addition to this we have a particular link to the science department who are also a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and so jointly run a STEM club as an enrichment.
As well as highly qualified staff we benefit from having excellent facilities and equipment, with two Food Prep rooms, two large workshops and an additional Design Studio which is equipped with higher spec PCs and design software including Solidworks, electronics equipment and work benches making it ideally suited to ongoing product design and development.
We are fortunate enough to be able to utilise centre and wood lathes, laser cutters, vacuum forming equipment, 3D Printers, a brazing hearth and crucible, multiple saws, drills and every piece of equipment required to develop an in depth understanding of processing techniques and manufacturing systems. We see this as crucial in order for students to develop exciting and feasible projects that are well thought out, planned, manufactured and presented and we feel that our expertise and facilities enable our students to develop commercially viable user centred designs and IB projects that can attract the very best marks available.
key stage 3
Year 7 begins by working on the fundamentals of CAD, RM and Food Prep and Nutrition.
Food Preparation and Nutrition
We study the core principles that will enable students to enhance their knowledge. All students also complete a unit of work which helps them understand how to maintain and improve their dietary health and fitness. 3 Dishes are prepared: Fruit Fusion, Vegetable Pasta Salad and a Burger from scratch (Vegetarian option is also offered). Additionally we run the Burger Packaging Project, where we create the corporate identity for our homemade burger.
Year 7 students learn how to develop computer aided design skills and use CAD software Techsoft 2D Design. This is build on in Years 8/9 and forms a solid foundation for Technology within the school.
In RM pupils are introduced to using wood, metal and plastic to create a variety of outcomes in response to the design briefs set. This unit is connected with the CAD unit, where virtual creations are translated into real prototypes in a variety of materials.
Food Preparation and Nutrition
In this Unit we learn about cooking balanced meals for our families using seasonal food. Year 8 make Pizza, Pasta Bake, A Roux, Scones, Pancakes (sweet and Savory) and Vegetable Rice.
Here we learn about how design is used to influence. We create a promotional charity usb mood light for a cause we believe in. To promote our prototypes the students create marketing literature to advertise their designs globally.
In this unit we learn about structures and their importance in bridge building. We build in a range of materials from paper, card to jelutong. We are shown how to mark out, use hand tools and how to create high quality finishes.
Year 9 Foundation Year
There are 3 rotations in this year: Food, Textiles and RM with the common theme of sustainability.
Food Preparation and Nutrition
We learn to cook International food using seasonal produce: A frittata, flapjacks, meat plait, spaghetti bolognese, Thai green curry, roulade and a stir-fry. Additionally we look at the context of junk food marketing and how marketers skillfully target young people with imagery and language designed to make them want a product by redesigning our flapjack packaging.
Life isn’t fair!
Some of us have very little. We need to work to develop a fairer world where everyone has access to the things they need. We learn about how extreme weather and natural disasters can kill or injure millions each year, but not everybody can afford the products designed to protect us from them. Students create a prototype protective suit. This suit will use only everyday materials and improvised building techniques.
Students learn which properties various materials have to ensure the suit can withstand cuts, cold, impact or sinking.
The suit can be made for little or no cost, regardless of where the user lives. Students learn that through smart design and use of everyday materials, cost and distribution cease to become a barrier to fair access to lifesaving design.
For this unit students learn about the iterative design process. Independent Research is completed, a market is established and a prototype product suitable for a specific user is modelled, adjusted and modified until it meets the clients’ specification.
key stage 4
There are 2 routes here:
AQA DT or
AQA Food Prep and Nutrition
The KS4 courses are based on the AQA GCSE 1-9. Both involve a balance between practical and theory (50% /50% split) and are a natural extension to the work undertaken at KS3. For students that continue with these options, skills and knowledge are built upon and extended to help students achieve the top grades of 8-9 at GCSE.
Here you are able to specialise in a material of your choice after you have worked with them all including: metal, timber, acrylic, paper, board or textiles. A coursework project is started in Year 10 which addresses a real world need.
Food Prep and Nutrition
This course equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety. It will inspire and motivate students, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.
key stage 5
There are 2 options here:
1. Design and Technology offered at Standard and Higher
2. Food Science and Technology offered at Standard
Our two-year course is designed to introduce students to the range of topics under the Design Technology subject, and to provide multiple opportunities to learn and apply design strategies, skills, and theories to real-world contexts.
Students work on a range of projects that explore ergonomics, sustainability, business, research skills, and materials. Assessments in the course are modeled around the Design IA and Final Exam formats. For each unit of inquiry students will complete a Project Portfolio. This portfolio is modeled on the Design IA format, and assessed using the same criteria.
Students also examine case studies and write reports and tests that model the type of questions on the Final Exam.
Term Grades and Predicted Grades are calculated using the 60/40 percentage of the Final Grade.
Food Science and Technology STANDARD
Food Science and Technology is a global endeavour, with the international exchange of information leading to the development of new food knowledge, processes and products. The emergence of new pathogens, environmental changes and the developments of modern biotechnology offer both threats and opportunities to world food production. Globalisation of food has impacted on lifestyle in most parts of the world both positively and negatively. The study of food science and technology aims to develop internationally minded people whose enhanced understanding of food science and technology can facilitate the development of creative and appropriate solutions.
In DT we are using Zappar. This connects the digital world with the things round about you. All you have to do is get the app and Zap! It's like opening a window to another dimension...