AQA GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

This two unit specification enables students to develop their ability to actively engage in the processes of Art and Design – to build creative skills through learning and doing, to develop imaginative and intuitive ways of working and develop knowledge and understanding of media, materials and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

Assessment is by Unit 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60 per cent and Unit 2: Externally Set Task 40 per cent

Design Technology (Resistant Material)

Resistant Materials is taught as a discrete subject within Design Technology in Y7-9. The students receive 12 hour per year, 36 hours over Y7-9. The focus of the curriculum is to give students an opportunity to study a breath of materials, metals, plastic and woods and to prepare them with the practical skill for the Design Technology GCSE

The Curriculum encourages students to explore real life problems through design and modelling and find feasible solutions to enhance peoples lives

Year 7

Wind Chime Project
Materials Properties; softwood, aluminium, MDF (learnt through practicals and research)
Health & Safety
Working with hand tools
Working with workshop machinery
Introduction to CAD CAM (2D Design and Laser cutter)

Year 8

Trinket Box Project
Analysing at existing products
Selecting suitable wood joint
Making a softwood box, using a joint which they selected
Plastic memory (learning the properties of thermoplastics)

Year 9

Iterative Design Project
Analysing existing products Analysing the needs of the end users and other stakeholders
Designing a public space product to suit students, staff, management and governors.
Modelling, evaluating and remodelling Team work

Design Technology (Textiles)

Fibres and textiles is taught as a discrete subject within Design Technology Y7-9. The students receive 12 hours tuition per year, 36 hours Y7-9. The focus of the curriculum is to give students an opportunity to study a breath of topic and grain practical skills in textiles to prepare them for the Design Technology course.

The curriculum encourages students to use knowledge to solve real design problems that impact on individuals.

Year 7

Draw string bag project
Material properties and fibre origins
Manufacturing skills and Health and Safety
Planning manufacture
Introduction to CAM

Year 8

Hat Project
Interactive, Smart and Modern materials
Analysis of existing products
Iterative design, designing to meet a brief
Surface decoration

Year 9

Zippi bear Project
CAD CAM fabric
E-Textiles
Performance textiles

Year 10 & 11

Food Technology

WJEC GSCE Food and Nutrition

During Year 10 the pupils will have 6 commodities they will study in depth. These will be Fruits and vegetables; Milk, cheese and Yogurt; Cereals; Meat, fish, poultry and eggs; Butter, oil, margarine and syrup and Soya, tofu, beans, nuts and seeds. Students will study one commodity per half term and will cook dishes related to each commodity weekly. At the end of each half term the pupils are given a brief related to the commodity where they must research, plan and cook a dish of their own choice which relates to the brief. They will also under take an experiment based practical task where we will plan an experiment with background research, variations and hypothesis before completing the experiment and recording the findings.

Throughout year 10 there are a range of education visits to gain knowledge about food production.

During year 11 the pupils will complete their two coursework pieces and continue to revise for their exam. They will begin with their 15% Experiment coursework where they will plan their own experiment with detailed back ground research, variations and hypothesis before completing the experiment, recording their findings and concluding their experiment. They will then go on to complete their 35% coursework. Pupils are given a brief where they will have to research in detail the key points of the brief before planning and making a three course meal. Their planning will include trial recipes, reasons of choice, shopping list, equipment list and time plans. They will prepare, cook and present their three course meal within a 3 hour silent exam. Once this is complete students will evaluate their meal. To complete the course the pupils will be refreshed of all commodities taught in year 10. This will mostly be through theory lessons but some practical lessons will be included to revise visually for their exam.

Design Technology

Design and technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. Key Stage 4 concentrates on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They’ll learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

AQA GCSE Design and Technology

Specialist Areas: Wood

Y10 focuses on the delivery of the core elements through a series of short focused making tasks.
Y11 focuses on the practical course work in the specialist area.

AQA Technical Award in Materials Technology

Our Technical award give students the opportunity to develop high making skills in and manufacturing quality products using wool, metal and polymers.

Students will make a range of products, models and samples using tradition skills and new technologies.

AQA Resistant Materials 2014 Specification

At the start of Y10 students select the task for their coursework. Resistant Materials course work is worth 60% of the final qualification. Students tend to work predominately in wood and often choose to make seating and storage units. In the autumn term student analyse the task and research the context. Students are taught the role the designer and the moral and ethical decisions that designers make regarding the environment and the fair and equal treatment of workers

During the spring term students design and evaluate their proposed products. Students are expected to undertake questionnaires and evaluate models to manufacturing specifications. They will also investigate suitable woods their working properties. They also sit the first of three two hour mock examination, taken under examination conditions, the other two mock examination being in Y11

The summer of Y10 and autumn term of Y11 are used for the manufacture of their final outcome. Students are encouraged to demonstrate highly demanding practical skills and produce a refined professional finish on their final outcome. Outcomes are tested and evaluate against design and manufacturing specifications. Students are encouraged to compare their work to the work of commercial manufactures and make constructive comments.

Y11 Spring term is used for examination preparation and revision.

As part of this course students have the opportunity to visit Rolls-Royce, the University of Derby Degree Show and Nottingham University’s Engineering Department.

Design Technology

AQA GCSE Textile Design 2014 Specification

At the start of the autumn term in Y10 students learn the manufacturing skill required to produce a high quality skilfully constructed outcome for the coursework. Theory is based around identification of construction methods and fibre properties and fabric finishes and modern and smart fabrics. All units of work are tested though the use of AQA examination question.

Spring term is the start of the coursework, which is worth 60% of the qualification. Spring term 1 Research and analysis, spring term 2 Design and evaluation. The theory lesson is used to learn and practice the analytical skills required for the course work. Students will also sit the first of three mock examinations in this subject.

In the summer term student develop their designs through pattern making and 3d modelling. Theory is linked directly to the knowledge required to successful complete the development. Students learn about pattern making and lay planning, fabric specifications, components choices and sustainability principles in the international textile industry. Theory knowledge is tested through its successful application to the coursework and the successful completion of AQA examination questions.

Y11; for the duration of the autumn the students manufacture their product and evaluate the final outcome using appropriate testing. Students are encouraged to use manufacturing skill that have a high demand of skill to enable them to access the higher grades. They are expected to keep a photographic diary using mobile phones and I pads to log progress and modify their manufacture to independently correct working errors. The students learn about industrial manufacturing processes, quality assurance and quality controls and health and safety in industry.

The spring term is the start of examination preparation and revision.

The students will sit two mock examinations in Y11, under examination conditions, for them to practice the skill necessary to be successful in the summer exams

AS part of this course students have the opportunity to visit the clothes Show Live, the University of Derby Degree Show and the BTEC and Foundation Degree Fashion Show at Chesterfield College.

Art and Design

GCSE Art and Design provides students with a wide range of creative, exciting and stimulating opportunities to explore their interests in ways that are both personally relevant and developmental in nature.

AQA GCSE Art and Design, Three-dimensional Design

Year 10 Autumn Term Students investigate a range of primary and secondary research, visiting The Chatsworth Sculpture Exhibition in October. They draw from first hand observation looking at the form, structure and surface texture of natural forms such as bones, fossils, shells, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds

Spring Term Students investigate sources such as work of artists, craftspeople and designer to stimulate the development of 3d designs. The initial ideas are developed into three dimensional forms which are covered in material such as, tissue paper, fabric, steel mess, mod-rock, clay. The sources of inspiration will include Peter Randall-Page, Charles Hancock, Rachel Whiteread, Zaha Hadid

Y10 Summer Term and Y11 Autumn Term the students start a sustain project looking at identity. The students will research appropriate sources and consider a range of solutions. They will develop working drawings, refining and recording ideas prior to construction. Students need to record the progression of ideas with written annotations, observations and insights.

The final piece could be full size. The students will write and evaluation at the conclusion of their creative journey to explain how their work is a suitable and meets the brief.

There is a ten hour sustain work examine in Art. The students start to prepare for this in the Y11 spring term. They exhibit their work at the end of year 11.