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Technology

Subject Leader:

Mrs E. Thirkell

About the subject:

Interacting with the modern world is just one of the major aims of the Technology Department at Lathom High School. Students are helped to develop creative and problem solving skills and gain experience of working in the key areas of Food, Resistant Materials, and Textiles. It enables pupils to use a multitude of tools and equipment to craft their designs and develop skill with machining and make their imagination a reality.

Technology offers two main study areas at GCSE: Food Preparation and Nutrition and Design and Technology with specialisms in Resistant Materials and Textiles.

KS3 overview

Year 7 acts as the introduction to basic equipment and skills used in all areas. Throughout the year, students will study a range of projects including:

  • Jitterbug project
  • Stationary holder
  • Pencil case project
  • Designing and making a healthy packed lunch for a school child

The year 8 scheme consolidates the learning in year 7; students are expected to be more confident in terms of using equipment and will carry out more challenging projects including:

  • Art Deco Jewellery and box
  • Ipad case project
  • CAM toys
  • School Food Plan - Designing a hot School meal

KS4 overview

GCSE Design and Technology

This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics, fabrics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new and emerging technologies is also encouraged.

The GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Students are offered the option of Design and Technology with a Resistant Materials or a Textiles focus.

Assessment:

This course has 50 per cent Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

The remaining 50 per cent of the course is a written exam with three sections. Including: core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

The AQA GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

This specification has been designed to enable centres to concentrate on innovative delivery of the course whilst creating a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding.

Assessment

This course has 50 per cent Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

The remaining 50 per cent of the course is a written exam with five sections including: Food Nutrition and Health, Food Science, Food Safety, Food Choice and Food Provenance.

What we’re PROUD of

The Technology department is proud of the achievements of Lathom students within the department. The student’s perseverance and determination demonstrated to produce outcomes which exceed their own expectations.

The aspirations of the students are fulfilled through their commitment and resilience to achieve the very best they can.

Exam board used for GCSE:

AQA GCSE Design and Technology
AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

Link to specification from the exam board:

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