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Park Hall Academy

Park Hall Academy

Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. B36 9HF

Telephone:0121 748 0400

Fax:0121 748 0414

Contact:Mr Cox

Design Technology

Key Stage 3 

CAD/CAM

  • Leadership – leading other pupils within certain components of the lesson ie demos in the use of software.
  • Advanced work skills on software being used.
  • Use of more advanced software programmes.
  • Look to design more complex end results through the choice of designs.

Woodwork

  • Extension tasks that push your learning – making of advanced features for practical tasks using different tools and machinery.
  • Choice of wood joints to use – choose the more complex wood joints in order to construct your practical pieces.
  • Use of different materials to advance understanding of their uses and capabilities.
  • Leadership – leading other pupils within certain components of the lesson ie demos in the use of tools/equipment.

Food

  • Technical recipes challenges – choose the recipes with some stages/instructions missing so that you have to ‘fill in the gaps’ and work it out for yourself.
  • Additional dish components – bring in extra components for your dish e.g. icing for cakes, in order to enhance the overall presentation of the final dish.
  • More technical presentation challenges – try a different way of presenting elements of your dish to what you have been shown, e.g. piping mashed potato on a shepherd’s pie.
  • Research different recipes at home using the skills learnt in class and experiment with new or different ingredients you would usually use.
  • Leadership – leading other pupils within certain components of the lesson ie demos in the use of tools/equipment.

Key Stage 4 

Food

  • Research different recipes at home using the skills learnt in class and experiment with new or different ingredients you would usually use.
  • Organise’ Come Dine with Me’ style dinner parties.
  • Research multicultural foods and experiment using more unusual ingredients.
  • Research and use ethical product manufacture e.g. fair trade and organic items.

Product Design

  • Recycle, reuse and repair as much as possible to develop creativity alongside economically and environmentally minded responsibilities.
  • Research and use ethical product manufacture e.g. fair trade and organic items.
  • Enter external competitions relating to Design and Technology.
  • Watch films charting key design or technological advances.
  • Identify technologically related articles in newspapers, websites and magazines.
  • Embrace opportunities to enhance knowledge of cultural design and manufacture.
  • Research smart materials looking at how they could be integrated into your product.

Resistant Materials

  • Help with DIY and using tools at home - gives an awareness of tools, equipment and machinery e.g. you could help assemble flat pack furniture to understand what is needed to make it and how each component is used.
  • Research smart materials looking at how they could be integrated into your product.
  • Identify technologically related articles in newspapers, websites and magazines.
  • Embrace opportunities to enhance knowledge of cultural design and manufacture.
  • Research and use ethical product manufacture e.g. fair trade and organic items.

Here are some useful books:

  • 9 Heads: A guide to fashion drawing by Nancy Riegelman
  • Exploring Textile Arts by Elaine Perry
  • Experimental Textiles by Kim Thittichai
  • Techno Textiles 2 by Sarah E Braddock Clarke and Marie O’Mahony
  • Manual Of Nutrition-HMSO
  • Desserts-James Martin
  • Cooking Explained-Barbara Hammond
  • The Hairy Bikers Family Cookbook (Mum knows best) Si King and Dave Myers
  • Cook With Jamie-Jamie Oliver
  • Jamie’s Dinners Jamie Oliver
  • The Naked Chef-Jamie Oliver
  • How To Eat-Nigella Lawson
  • Complete Cookery Course-Delia Smith
  • The Cookery Year-Readers Digest
  • Real Food-Nigel Slater
  • English Bread and Yeast Cookery-Elizabeth David
  • Best Kept Secrets of the Women’s Institute Series

Here are some useful websites:

  • www.ted.com
  • www.technologystudent.com
  • www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/REVdt.htm
  • www.brainpop.com/
  • www.design-technology.info/home.htm
  • www.coolmax.invista.com
  • www.vogue.com
  • www.design-council.org.uk
  • www.bbcgoodfood.com  - numerous ideas and recipes
  • www.jamieoliver.com  –Jamies campaigns, ideas and recipes
  • www.nigella.com  -recipes
  • www.foodafactoflife.org.uk – a wide range of information on food and nutrition
  • www.eatwell.gov.uk – the Governments guide to healthy eating, food hygiene, current ideas
  • www.hairybikers.com - recipes
  • www.schoolfoodtrust.org.uk – information on all aspects of school meals

Here are some useful films / TV programmes that could help with your research:

  • Project Catwalk/Runway (Sky)
  • The Secret World of Haute Couture (BBC)
  • ‘Textiles’ (YouTube)
  • Masterchef
  • Come Dine With Me
  • Celebrity Chef shows (Jamie Oliver etc)
  • River Cottage (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall)
  • The Hairy Bikers

Here are some designers that could help to inspire your work:

  • Ross Lovegrove
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Gerrit Reitveld
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Matthew Williamson
  • Yohji Yamamoto
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Karl Lagerfeld

Here are some trips and visits that may be useful to you to gain primary research:

  • The BBC Good Food Show – NEC
  • The Gadget Show Live – NEC
  • The Clothes Show Live – NEC
  • The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair - NEC
  • Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition - NEC
  • Cake International – NEC
  • Grand Designs Live – NEC

Further afield

  • Design Museum – London
  • The Crystal – London
  • Theme Parks – Alton Towers and Thorpe Park both offer talks on how Design Technology is used within their theme parks.
  • Madame Tussauds – London, there are downloadable activity packs for KS3 available through the website.
  • Car production plants – Tours are readily available throughout the year to understand the manufacturing process of vehicles.
  • New Designers – London, graduate design exhibition.

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