KS4 Design and Technology

GCSE Textiles
GCSE Resistant Materials
GCSE Graphic Design

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Students in Year 11 are sitting the AQA Textiles Technology GCSE, will use year 11 to complete both practical and theory modules. The first term is dedicated to writing a Specification, Ideas and developing a final design. This equals to approx. A3 sheets by October half term. Students should be using the second half of the term to begin creating their practical element. The course is split into 2 sections.

  • Unit 1: A 2 hour examination - 40% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2: A coursework portfolio - 60% of the final grade

Coursework Deadlines/Assessment dates for this half term.

Assessments are on-going. By the end of this half term (27th  October) they should have the following sections completed-

  • Investigation- research gathered and analysed
  • Design and development-ideas created and possible techniques/fastening/fabrics explored.

Recommended

It is useful if students purchase the Lonsdale Essentials GCSE Textile Technology Revision Guides from school as they contain information that will support them through each section in their design coursework and includes vital information for when they revise for their examination in June.

To attend extra after school workshops to keep up to date with deadlines and extend their design and written work.

Homework Tasks/Projects this term

  • Students will design a range of products suitable to their chosen brief. They will select and modify the garments/furnishing products.
  • They will explore and sample suitable techniques of adding decoration or fastenings in preparation for making their final product.
  • Students will need to interview and collect constructive feedback from their client on their designs/techniques.
  • Students will need to obtain suitable fabric samples that they will test and finally use when they begin to make their final product.

How can you help?

To check that they are keeping to deadlines.Support the students with researching and purchasing fabrics/fastening, etc.To practice on BBC bite size.They practice past papers especially section B.

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Autumn Term

Course overview

Students will use year 11 to complete both practical and theory modules. The first term is dedicated to writing a Specification, Ideas and developing a final design. This equals to approx. A3 sheets by October half term. Students should be using the second half of the term to begin creating their practical element.

The course is split into 2 sections.

  • Unit 1: A 2 hour examination - 40% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2: A coursework portfolio - 60% of the final grade.

The Specification can be downloaded in the right.

Recommended

Students should try to attend extra after school workshops to keep up to date with deadlines and extend design and written work.

Catch-up and additional sessions offered,  

Lunchtimes: Thursday and Friday.

After school: Thursday 3-4   (workshop and coursework)

Coursework Deadlines/Assessment dates for this term

The focus of this term is to complete the practical element of the course. This is a twenty hour controlled assessment so cannot be continued at home.  The workshops are open on a Thursday to allow extra time if students fall behind or make mistakes.

Coursework can be completed at home and is listed below

Coursework sections that should be completed

All research should be complete by the second week of September. Please check with your child this section is now closed and any outstanding work has to be completed either at home, or in additional sessions.

  • Pages 1-6        All research and Specification sheets
  • Page 7-9          Initial Ideas
  • Page 10           3D Cardboard development
  • Page 11           Design Review
  • Page 12-13      Material Development

The following sheets will be completed this term:

Please ask to see the Research A* guide sheet to what makes a high standard of coursework.

The websites on the right are fantastic resource for information or to set home based tasks. To practice exam questions on BBC bite size. They practice past exam papers especially section B. If possible, please purchase the Lonsdale Essentials GCSE Resistant Materials Guides from school as they contain information that will support them through each section in their design coursework and includes vital information for when they revise for their examination in June.

Spring Term

Course overview

Students will undertake four projects in Yr11, based around a practical outcome for each, alongside theory and coursework learning appropriate to the AQA GCSE Resistant Materials specification.

The course is split into 2 sections.

  • Unit 1: A 2 hour examination - 40% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2: A coursework portfolio- 60% of the final grade.

The Specification can be downloaded in the right.

Coursework Deadlines/Assessment dates for this term

The focus of this term is to complete the practical element of the course. This is a twenty hour controlled assessment so cannot be continued at home.  The workshops are open on a Thursday to allow extra time if students fall behind or make mistakes.Coursework can be completed at home and is listed below

Coursework sections that should be completed

All research and design work should be complete, please check with your child this section is now closed and any outstanding work has to be completed either at home, or in additional sessions.

  • Pages 1-7        All research and Specification sheets
  • Page 8-9          Initial Ideas
  • Page 10           3D Cardboard development
  • Page 11           Design Review
  • Page 12-13      Material Development

The following sheets will be completed this term:

  • Page 14            Final Design with cutting list & manufacturing specification.
  • Page 15            Flow chart
  • Page 16            Diary of manufacture.
  • Page 17            3rd Angle orthographic drawing

Please ask to see the Research A* guide sheet to what makes a high standard of coursework.

The following sheets will be completed this term:

Please ask to see the Research A* guide sheet to what makes a high standard of coursework.

The websites on the right are fantastic resource for information or to set home based tasks.To practice exam questions on BBC bite size. They practice past exam papers especially section B.If possible, please purchase the Lonsdale Essentials GCSE Resistant Materials Guides from school as they contain information that will support them through each section in their design coursework and includes vital information for when they revise for their examination in June.

Examination Board: AQA

Links & Resources

Autumn Term

Students in Year 11 are sitting the AQA Graphic Design GCSE. Will use year 11 to complete both practical and theory modules. The first term is dedicated to writing a Specification, Ideas and developing a final design. This equals to approx. A3 sheets by October half term. Students should be using the second half of the term to begin creating their practical element. The course is split into 2 sections.

  • Unit 1: A 2 hour examination - 40% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2: A coursework portfolio - 60% of the final grade.

The specification can be downloaded on the right

Recommended:

Students should keep up to date with deadlines and extend design and written work.

Students will learn:

  • All work completed will be included in the coursework portfolio which makes up 60% of their final GCSE.
  • Students will be completing design work including logos, packaging ideas, point of sale production and menu design and manufacture.
  • Students will then begin development work/modelling of their chosen final products.
  • By Christmas, students will have completed all the main design elements and development.

Research Coursework deadline

  • Assessments are on-going. By the end of this half term (27rd October) they should have the following sections completed-
  • Investigation- research gathered and analysed
  • Design and development-ideas created and possible techniques/printing/shapes explored.

How can you help?

  • Ensure that students attend catch up sessions if necessary.
  • Collect take away packaging and discuss what is a good/bad packaging and why?
  • Help students revise by buying a revision guide and answer booklet (available from school - £5 for both) and by using BBC Bitesize.
  • Encourage students to discuss what stages they are at and give positive feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Technology Student is a fantastic resource for information or to set home based tasks.

Homework

Coursework is worth 60% of the final Grade. Pupils are given weekly tasks to complete and deadlines for re-marking. A4 feedback sheets are always given with advice, examples and targets. Weekly theory work is now also being given to help with the exam.  Please encourage your son/daughter to keep up to date with deadlines so that they do not fall behind. Catch up sessions will run Wednesday and some Thursdays after school.

Spring Term

Students in Year 11 are sitting the AQA Textiles Technology GCSE. Will use year 11 to complete both practical and theory modules. The first term is dedicated to writing a Specification, Ideas and developing a final design. This equals to approx. A3 sheets by October half term. Students should be using the second half of the term to begin creating their practical element. The course is split into 2 sections.

  • Unit 1: A 2 hour examination - 40% of the final grade.
  • Unit 2: A coursework portfolio - 60% of the final grade.

The specification can be downloaded on the right

Recommended:

Students should keep up to date with deadlines and extend design and written work.

Students will learn:

  • All work completed will be included in the coursework portfolio which makes up 60% of their final GCSE.
  • Students will be completing design work including logos, packaging ideas, point of sale production and menu design and manufacture.
  • Students will then begin development work/modelling of their chosen final products.
  • Students will have completed all the main design elements and development.

How can you help?

Homework should take around 60 minutes. Please help with spelling & keywords. Check presentation and have lots of detail in both written and design work, and all work to be handed in on the next lesson.  Please check it is ready to hand in on the right day.

Support your child by discussing environmental issues and the positive aspects of using renewable energies. Look at how products are made or work.  

All practical skills are beneficial, maintaining his/her own bike, Have a go at mending broken products around the house.

Share your own practical skills (If you have a trade introduce and involve your child.)

Technology Student is a fantastic resource for information or to set home based tasks.

Homework

This is set on a weekly basis should take one hour to complete. It will mainly involve research, designing and planning or theory based tasks relating to the on going product to make the following week. Students will be given guidelines to follow to design products to GCSE standard and will be given GCSE grades for homework.

Examination Board: AQA

Links & Resources

Links & Resources

Links & Resources

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