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Design and Technology 


Mr M Oakins - Head of Faculty
Ms J Bahra 
Mr A Allon
Mrs S Dowling
Mr C Oskis
Mrs G Trahearn

Design and Technology is a multifaceted department that provides Emerson park students with the opportunity to design and create as well as build up essential skills. All students, during their time at Emerson Park Academy, get the opportunity to work in Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles, Graphics and Construction. The Faculty boasts an excellent team of specialists within their particular subject areas.
All students in Technology are taught in mixed ability groups, allowing students to work in mixed ability teams and learn from each other. More able students are pushed to think independently creating a “skies the limit” approach to design and make activities. We also use fully differentiated resources that can help all students, regardless of ability, to access and enjoy every element of Design and Technology.
During Key Stage 3 all student have the opportunity to take part in Resistant Materials/Graphics, Food and Textiles for a term each year on a carousel basis. We also give students the ability to extend their learning at home. Students are given individual homework projects every rotation that is suited to the individual project studied at that time. This enables students to produce a number of individually designed products in each discipline and gives all students a good basis for choosing a Technology subject at GCSE. We offer a GCSE in Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles and Food Technology. We also offer a BTEC Level 2 award in Construction. It is expected that all students take the time to extend their learning at home at Key Stage 4 through Researching, designing and developing ideas.
Look at the sections bellow to take a closer look at what each course has to offer.
Resistant Materials
Resistant Materials is a subject that involves the design and manufacture of products built from woods, metals, plastics, modern and smart materials. All students take resistant Materials in Key Stage 3 and then will have the chance to take the subject as an option at GCSE.
In Key Stage 3, students will learn basic processes involved with the manufacture of wooden, metal and plastic products. They will also learn how the design process is performed and how to use ICT in CAD/ CAM systems. They will also have the opportunity to work with Systems and Control through electrical systems. Over their time in Key Stage 3 students will create a number of different projects including a Chinese Trinket Box, A Lamp influenced by Bauhaus design and a Pop Art themed travel game.
A Key Stage 4 student will go into a greater depth of study into materials and processes used with Resistant Materials products. The Edexcel course that is taken by the students at GCSE allows students to show a deeper understanding of Design and Manufacture. This culminates in a Personal design and make project along with an end of Key Stage Examination.
 Link to the website for Edexcel:
Food Technology
The Food Technology programme is constructed to provide all students with a basic understanding of nutrition and the importance of a healthy diet. All students will make a variety of practical dishes in order to develop their cooking skills. Food Technology is available as a GCSE option for those students who show an interest and would like to increase their skills and knowledge of the subject.
KS3 students will learn how to use the cooker safety through the accurate use of the oven, hob and grill. They will learn how to make a range of dishes including, soup, bread and lasagne. Emphasis is given to healthy cooking and wise food choices. In year 9 students will examine their own diets and learn how to adapt recipes in a way to make them healthier.
All students will have the opportunity to design and make their own chosen design ideas as well as learn how to evaluate their outcomes through investigations into sensory analysis.
KS4 GCSE students will have the opportunity to research a given design brief. They will be expected to design and make relevant outcomes to show a range of cooking skills. This forms the main body of their course work and makes up 60% of their GCSE with the remaining 40% being the written exam paper set for the end of year 11.
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Graphics is a part of Design Technology that teaches students how communicate design ideas in both 2D and 3D forms. It involves drawing skills, and the use of a range of different media such as card, plastics, computer-aided designing and computer-aided manufacturing. Students in Key Stage 3 will learn a variety of drawing and presentation skills that will, not only result in the design of products (such as packaging), but will also benefit the design aspects of the other Design Technology elements.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt for a GCSE course in Graphic Products. This will be suitable for those that:
  • Think creatively
  • Like to solve problems
  • Like making models
  • Want to design products for the future
The course covers will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to graphic products such as packaging, advertising, architectural design, and point of sale displays.
Link to Edexcel Graphics:
Textiles is a subject that involves the use of fabrics and fibres to design and manufacture products. All students take Textiles in Key Stage 3 and then will have the chance to take the subject as an option at GCSE.
In Key Stage 3 students will have the opportunity to learn new skills involving the manufacture of products using a wide range of fabrics and fibres. They will learn sewing techniques, how to decorate products, attach fastenings and how to incorporate smart materials into their designs. Throughout their time in Key Stage 3 students will create a number of different projects including recycling and reinventing a soft toy, a winter hat, a pencil case using smart materials and a t-shirt influenced by a choice of culture.
At Key Stage 4 students will have the opportunity to design and manufacture products based on a chosen theme. The AQA course will allow students to gain a more in depth understanding of the subject. The course consists of two parts, 60% of which is coursework and 40% an examination.
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Construction BTEC
Although many students get the opportunity to work on their Carpentry and Joinery skills in Key Stage 3, Construction is a Btec course that is taken as an option in Key Stage 4. The Btec is certified by Edexcel and is a level 2 Award that is the equivalent of a GCSE grade C or above.
If students decide to take construction then they will be taught basic principles in Carpentry and Joinery, Brick and Blockwork, and Painting and Decorating. The students who decide to take this exciting course will also gain a firm understanding of the structure of the construction industry, Design in construction and the basic principles of Science and Maths in Construction.
The link to Edexcel construction Btec is below:
SMSC in Design and Technology
  • Design and Technology provides opportunities for students to:
  • Design and produce both functional and aesthetically pleasing items.
  • Manipulate materials, change them and combine them for functional and aesthetic effect.
  • Appreciate the human drive to create, innovate and advance in technological achievements.
  • Communicate ideas and aspirations for the natural and made world.
  • Raise questions about the effects (good and bad) of technological changes on human life and all life.