Design Technology Department

Head of Faculty & Director of ICT: Mr S Verma

The subjects in the Technology Faculty include Art and Design, Design Technology, Food Technology and Information and Communications Technology (I.C.T.) and Business Studies.

Pupils are allocated 2 periods per week in KS3 for the study of Art and Design and 4 periods per week for the other subjects in the technology group.

In KS4 we offer a range of G.C.S.E. courses in all the technology subjects, some of which may also be studied at A/S and A2 level.


THE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

Computer Science

The Computer Science department at Urmston Grammar School aims to provide a broad and exciting curriculum during KS3. Pupils have opportunities to develop their coding and application knowledge throughout their three years at KS3.

Some units that pupils will work on include:-

  • Python programming
  • Appshed (Creating apps for smart devices)
  • Web development (Including HTML 5 and CSS)
  • Using BBC MIcrobits
  • Kodu development
  • Graphic Design using Photoshop
  • Gamemaker

Design Technology 

is taught in modern, fully equipped rooms where pupils work with a variety of tools materials within the subjects Food Technology and Product Design.

Pupils are taught to plan, develop communication skills, work safely in teams and to evaluate their work and the work of others through a series of projects and activities.

The Design Technology curriculum is arranged in units or modules with ICT, Food Technology and Product Design being taught at different times of the year.

In Product Design lower school pupils have the opportunity to work with Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphics, CAD and CAM.

Food and Nutrition

Lower school pupils are given opportunities to develop their practical skills and understanding of food science, nutrition and food hygiene through an exciting and challenging curriculum.  The department follows the national framework of skills and knowledge around food, diet and physical activity.   Throughout the key stage, these skills are extended, allowing pupils to become more autonomous in their written and practical abilities.


THE KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

Design Technology 

Years 10 and 11 (KS4).  The Faculty offers GCSE courses in Food Technology or Graphic Products at this key stage which the pupils may study as an option.

Computer Science

We offer two courses at GCSE:-

Edexcel Cida:-

This course comprises of two units and is based on web development (25%) and using Gamemaker (75%) to tackle a project brief.  This course is suited for students who can work independently and enjoy practical work.

Edexcel Computer Science:-

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science

Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes 40% of the qualification

Content overview:-

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understand the requirements for writing program code.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking

Written examination: 2 hours 40% of the qualification

Content overview:-

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

Component 3: Project

Non-examined assessment: 20 hours

20% of the qualification

Food Preparation and Nutrition

This course is available as a GCSE option following the Eduqas specification.  The course equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. 50% of the qualification is a written examination and 50% non-examination assessment (NEA). The NEA is composed of two assessments that are set by EDUQAS in Year 11.  The first assessment is a Food Science Investigation worth 15% and the second is a Food Preparation Assessment worth 35%.  This assessment requires students to plan, prepare, cook and present a selection of dishes, to meet particular requirements such as a dietary need. This involves a three hour assessed practical.  The Food Department is highly successful, with three students being placed top in the country during the last four years.


Key Stage 5

We offer an Edexcel A Level Computer Science that comprises of­:-

Paper 1 (40%)

Computer Systems

5 theory modules to cover

Assessed by exam

2 Hour 30 Minutes

Paper 2 (40%)

Algorithms and Programming

3 Theory modules and Practical Programming lessons

Assessed by exam

2 Hour 30 Minutes

Programming Project (20%)

This will be a board set assignment that is tackled in school using a programming language that is specified by us.


Mr S. Verma    -  Head of I.C.T

Mrs S Rowlands    -  Head of Food Technology

Mr T. Barber    -  Head of Resistant Materials Technology

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