Design and Technology at Washington School is a thriving department which is forward thinking in its delivery of both Key Stage 3 and 4. Our aims are to provide opportunities for our students to:

  • Be creative and develop thinking skills
  • Enjoy turning ideas into reality
  • Work independently and develop self esteem
  • To strive for successful outcomes
  • To develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness
  • To experience a range of different discipline areas

We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. We deliver Design and Technology with a consistent and co-ordinated approach.

Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Years 7 and 8?

  • How to cook for yourself and others
  • How to cater for different groups of people.
  • How to work as a team, and under pressure.
  • How to carry out food science investigations.
  • How to make healthy balanced meals.
  • How to cost and shop for ingredients.
  • How to cook on a budget and within season.
  • How to produce quality food.
  • How to produce food for batch production.
  • How to produce food for an event.
  • You will learn about the catering environment.
  • You will also be taught health and safety and food hygiene.
How will I learn?

You will learn by using practical cooking skills and understanding the theory behind the cooking methods, terms and catering industry.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

To succeed you will be expected to:

  • Enjoy a challenge, and we prepared to work on your own initiative.
  • Show flair for high volume fast paced catering.
  • Planning and organisational skills.
  • Provide ingredients for many different practical tasks.
  • Work independently and sensibly.
  • Enjoy the subject, and be creative.
  • Have a keen interest in food and service.
What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • GCSE Catering
  • GCSE Food and Nutrition
  • Continue in full time education e.g. Catering / Hospitality Diploma
  • Train as a chef / apprenticeship course.
  • Work in the catering or hospitality industry.
  • Excellent practical skills.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?
  • How chefs produce food for functions.
  • How to cater for different groups of people.
  • How to serve and cook food for a range of events.
  • How to work as a team, and under pressure.
  • How to make healthy balanced meals.
  • How to cost and shop for ingredients.
  • How to be successful.
  • How to investigate the science of food.
  • Carry out ‘Catering Gastronomy’ investigations.
  • How to cook on a budget.
  • How to produce restaurant quality food.
  • You will learn about the catering environment, and the role of individual staff.
  • You will also be taught health and safety and food hygiene.
How will I learn?

You will learn by using practical cooking skills and understanding the theory behind the cooking methods.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

To succeed you will be expected to:

  • Enjoy a challenge, and we prepared to work on your own initiative.
  • Show flair for high volume fast paced catering.
  • Planning and organisational skills.
  • Provide ingredients for many different practical tasks.
  • Work independently and sensibly.
  • Enjoy the subject, and be creative.
  • Have a keen interest in food and service.
What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?
  • Continue in full time education e.g. Catering / Hospitality Diploma.
  • Train as a chef/ apprenticeship course.
  • Work in the catering or hospitality industry.
  • Excellent practical skills.

Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Years 7 and 8?
  • 5 modules over year 7 & 8
  • To enable you to combine your design and making skills with knowledge and understanding.
  • To give you the opportunity to apply skills, knowledge and understanding from all technology disciplines, where appropriate with options to develop your own thinking and direction.
  • To provide you with opportunities to work independently.
  • To develop your graphical capability through activities which involve a range of themes, materials and processes.
  • To give you opportunities to develop practical abilities and the confidence to design, make and modify products and systems for different purposes and selecting and using materials effectively.
  • To develop ICT skills to use CAD/CAM during designing and making.
What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?
  • An interest in finding out how things are designed and manufactured.
  • Enjoy designing products, modelling prototypes and manufacturing in materials.

 

This course offers you the opportunity to develop all of these skills as well as evaluating products currently available to the consumer.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

GCSE Product Design, A Level and Degree level Product Design, Advertising, Graphic Design and Illustration, Engineering, Furniture and related products, Film Effects, Model Making, and Industrial Product Research.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?
  • Three units over 3 year
  • To enable you to combine your design and making skills with knowledge and understanding.
  • To give you the opportunity to apply skills, knowledge and understanding from other subjects, where appropriate.
  • To provide you with opportunities to work independently.
  • To develop your graphical capability through activities which involve a range of themes, materials and processes.
  • To give you opportunities to develop practical abilities and the confidence to design, make and modify products and systems for different purposes and selecting and using materials effectively.
  • To develop ICT skills to use CAD/CAM during designing and making.
What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?
  • An interest in finding out how things are designed and manufactured.
  • Enjoy designing products, modelling prototypes and manufacturing in materials.

This course offers you the opportunity to develop all of these skills as well as evaluating products currently available to the consumer.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

A Level and Degree level Product Design, Advertising, Graphic Design and Illustration, Engineering, Furniture and related products, Film Effects, Model Making, and Industrial Product Research.