Welcome to Key Stage 3 Design Technology at Cefn Hengoed! Here, pupils have the opportunity to explore, develop and embrace their creativity through a range of practical experiences. Design Technology covers: Resistant Materials, Food and Nutrition, Graphic Design and Textiles. During your time in Key Stage 3, you will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy all of these subject areas. As well as developing technical skills and knowledge, Design Technology also provides pupils with practical life skills that helps them develop into healthy and resourceful young people. Whether it’s the sawing and sanding in woodwork, designing and developing in graphics or whisking and weighing in food, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
In Resistant Materials, pupils have the opportunity to use hand tools, machinery and computer aided design software to create their designs. They are encouraged to work independently and use problem solving to overcome design issues when creating their projects. Things learnt in these lessons not only enables pupils to complete the projects, but helps them build confidence and equips them with skills for life.
What will I be making?
· Wooden Box
· Money Box
What equipment will I be using?
· Pillar drill
· Laser cutter
· Hand tools such as files, saws
· 2D Design software
Food and Nutrition
In Food and Nutrition, pupils will learn how to cook a range of delicious and healthy dishes. They will also learn about healthy eating, hygiene and safety, food science and where food comes from.
What Will I Be Making?
Follow us on Twitter @CHCSFood for updates on ingredients lists and information about when you will be cooking.
Pupils will also have the opportunity to win the coveted Star Baker Award!
In textiles, pupils will learn how to use a variety of stitches and safely use the sewing machine. They will design and create their own pencil case. They will also learn about the properties of different fibres and fabrics.
What skills will I learn?
· Running stitch
· Back stich
· Chain stitch
· Blanket stitch
· Set up and thread a sewing machine
· Inserting a zip
Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their drawing and shading techniques during their Graphic Design lessons. The lessons are focussed on creative processes that combine art and technology.
What is Graphic Design?
It is part of everyday life, from small things like gum wrappers, to huge things like billboards to the T shirt you’re wearing. Say you want to announce or sell something, amuse or persuade someone, explain a complicated system or demonstrate a process. In other words, you have a message you want to communicate. How do you send it?
You could tell people, broadcast by radio or loudspeaker. That is verbal communication. But if you use any visual way at all – if you make a poster; type a letter; create a business logo, a magazine ad, or an album cover; you are using a form of visual communication called graphic design.
What will be covered in Graphic Design?
· Different drawing techniques
· Shading techniques
· Different packaging and materials
· DVD and CD designs
· Logo design and corporate identity
· T-shirt design
· Creating models from different materials