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Creative technology

Our vision…

The Creative technologies faculty is a faculty that: fosters creativity, independence and individuality where pupils can demonstrate knowledge and skill and have a desire to produce exemplary work. We seek to work in innovative ways and embrace new technologies responsibly. We value individual personal taste as a strength and support the expression of this and we create an environment where progress and the gaining knowledge are natural activities

Subject Areas

  • Art
  • Construction
  • Food technology
  • Photography
  • Resistant materials
  • Textiles

Year seven technology

Course overview

During year seven in creative technology students rotate around food technology, resistant materials and art.

Whilst studying food technology students learn the basic skills of mixing, chopping and dicing, which will allow them to safely use a range of tools and equipment and produce a range of dishes. Students will begin by learning how to identify and avoid potential hazards in a food preparation area.  All students then go on to learn how to use the different areas of the grill, hob and main oven.

Whilst studying resistant materials students learn how to work safely in the workshops, and how to cut materials accurately using a range of tools and machines. Students also learn about sustainable design and manufacturing. 

In art, students learn about the formal elements where they will study line, tone, colour and shape and how to apply these to their work. They will get the opportunity to work with a wide variety of media within one or more of the following projects: underwater, still life, shoes or aboriginal art.

Useful information

'Technology student' is a great website which contains many different relevant resources to assist year seven pupils during their time in key stage three. The BBC recipes website has useful ideas for how to adapt and modify recipes within the food technology rotation and all students should research into different presentation techniques for serving up food.

Encouraging your child to visit art galleries and museums will give them the opportunity to see a wide range of artistic styles that could influence them within their own artwork. www.nottinghamartmap.co.uk represents a collective of visual arts venues and artist led spaces and galleries from across Nottingham that host a programme of public events throughout the year.

Year eight technology

Course overview

During year eight in creative technologies, students rotate around three different areas – art, food technology and resistant materials.

In art students will complete a mask project where they will study different cultures and design and make a mask.  In their second art rotation students will study Cubism/Futurism. This will give students the opportunity to study movement, looking at human figures, animals and vehicles. They will build on their skills from year seven focusing on the formal elements.

Food technology students will focus on looking at the science behind how food reacts the way that it does, looking at its chemical properties. Students will look at topics such as fortification, macro-nutrients, fibre in the diet and protein and complete a series of theory tasks linked. Assessment will be divided between practical core skills in which students work on chopping, reducing of a sauce, rubbing in, creaming and decorating to make a range of products, noting areas of their properties as they are cooked. Students will have their dishes photographed and review them via an evaluation form. Final assessment will involve students completing a piece of extended writing, showing understanding of the government’s healthy guidelines and showing a range of literacy techniques.

In resistant materials students will make a small wooden storage box using traditional joints.  They design the lid and the interior of the box and create these using a variety of techniques.  As part of this project students investigate sustainable design, different design movements, materials and finishing techniques for wooden products.

Useful information

Students need to revise key terms and keep up to date with their homework. They develop their drawing skills by practising sketching and shading. Students need to bring an apron for their food lessons.  Encouraging your child to visit art galleries and museums will give them the opportunity to see a wide range of artistic styles that could influence them within their own artwork.  There are also a number of programmes on TV based on art that pupils could try to watch.  www.nottinghamartmap.co.uk has a collective of visual arts venues, artist led spaces and galleries from across the city of Nottingham that host a programme of public exhibitions and events.

 

Year nine art

Course overview

In Year nine, art has been chosen as a specialism by students where they will have one lesson a week for the whole year. They will study two projects, both of which will help develop observational drawing skills and allow students to experiment with a range of media. The first project is based on bugs, beetles and butterflies where students will work towards designing and creating a mixed media final piece. The second project is based on sweets and treats, where the emphasis is on developing drawing skills and experimenting with different media. They will also work towards creating a 3D final piece.

Useful information

Encouraging your child to visit art galleries and museums will give them the opportunity to see a wide range of artistic styles that could influence them within their own artwork. www.nottinghamartmap.co.uk has a comprehensive list of 18 galleries that can be visited in Nottingham. Students need to be well organised and prepared for their work by collecting resources and materials that they might want to use within their projects. Homework time needs to be used wisely to complete critical analysis and annotation of students' work, leaving lesson time for ensuring a well-executed final piece.

 

Year nine food technology

Course overview

In year nine students will have a whole year to study the bank of twelve technical skills needed to access GCSE including dough making, making a variety of complex pastry dishes, French led knife based skills such as cutting julienne and working with a variety of cuts of meat/ fish. The course is will consist of two projects. One will be centred around food science, looking at the art of how ingredients chemically react and why and will involve a series of group based experiments and a portfolio of research and investigations. Project two will be practically based, studying world cuisine and working with a wide range of ingredients and equipment in order lead up to a practical application or exam which involves making a two course menu. 

Useful information

Students must prepare for the course by looking up a series of recipes from around the world on bbc good food and getting practical to experience in cooking with a wide range of ingredients in the home. The course will lead into a GCSE course of food preparation and nutrition in the future. Students can begin to visit a number of world cuisine restaurants taking on board cooking methods, traditional dishes and staples. 

Year nine photography

Course overview

During the course, students will learn what makes a good photograph, looking at a variety of subjects as a starting point and applying a range of techniques, such as: rule of third, composition, lighting and depth of field. They will learn to edit their photographs and how to experiment onto them in a creative way. The course also teaches students about a variety of photographers and how to interpret and analyse the work of others, which will follow the assessment objectives used at GCSE and help prepare them for Years ten and eleven.

Useful information

Encouraging your child to visit art galleries and museums will give them the opportunity to see a wide range of artistic styles that could influence them within their own artwork. www.nottinghamartmap.co.uk has a comprehensive list of 18 galleries that can be visited in Nottingham. Ensure that pupils are well organised and prepared for their work by collecting resources and materials that they might want to use within their projects. You do not need to go out and buy materials. Being thoughtful by using reclaimed items often creates the most thought provoking work. Homework time needs to be used wisely to complete critical analysis and annotation of students' work, leaving lesson time for ensuring a well-executed final piece.

Year nine technology

Course overview

Over the course of the year students will look at the different materials designers use to manufacture the products we use every day.  This will include looking at where they come from, how they are supplied and processed and the moral, ethical and environmental issues that may surround their use.

We will examine basic electronic and mechanical systems and explore structures.  Students will build a gravity racer to explore friction and aerodynamics.  They will make a simple automata to explore mechanisms and will complete an extended design project similar in nature to those completed by GCSE students.

There will be a stronger focus on the theory behind the manufacture than may have been experienced in previous years to help prepare students for GCSE at key stage four

Useful information

There will be a stronger focus on the theory behind the manufacture than may have been experienced in previous years to help prepare students for GCSE at key stage four.  We currently follow the new specification for GCSE design and technology from AQA, which started teaching from September 2017.  All the new GCSE D&T specifications place greater emphasis upon design skills and technical knowledge, over pure making skills than previous ones.

Online knowledge can be found at WWW.TECHNOLOGYSTUDENT.COM which has excellent resources.  Youtube/Television resources such as HOW ITS MADE provide good background knowledge.

Year nine textiles

Course overview

During the textiles course pupils will learn how to use the sewing machine to create various techniques, processes and final pieces. Research will be collated in a sketchbook which will demonstrate their critical knowledge and understanding. They will be taught to refine their work by showing that they can explore ideas and experiment with various textile media, materials, techniques and processes. This depth of understanding will give pupils the confidence to build on these skills during GSCE.

Useful information

Encouraging your child to visit art galleries and museums this will give them the opportunity to see a wide range of artistic styles that could influence them within their own artwork. www.nottinghamartmap.co.uk has a comprehensive list of eighteen galleries that can be visited in Nottingham. Ensure that pupils are well organised and prepared for their work by collecting resources and materials that they might want to use within their projects. You do not need to go out and buy materials. Being thoughtful by using reclaimed items often creates the most thought provoking work. Homework time needs to be used wisely to complete critical analysis and annotation of students' work, leaving lesson time for ensuring a well-executed final piece

Year ten art

Fine art

Exam board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification: 8204/C and 8204/X

Final assessment: Component one (60%) is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of work. Component two (40%) is a project chosen from an externally set paper and includes a ten hour practical exam.

 

Year ten course overview

Pupils begin work on their component 1 portfolio, which consists of observational drawings and artist research based on a range of different themes. Pupils will then use this work to make an informed choice of which theme to take further and complete an extended project covering all 4 assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Autumn term

Introduction to themes for component 1

Spring term

Development and exploration of ideas, experimenting with media.

Summer term

Further development of ideas, using different techniques and processes to create a personal response.

Internal assessment

Pupils will be assessed throughout year ten and receive regular personalised feedback. Deadlines will be set for the completion of different elements of the portfolio each term. As part of the end of year ten examinations, pupils will sit a practical exam where they will be required to produce a final piece for their portfolio.

Year ten food technology

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8585

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through two components, a written exam paper (50%) based on their theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition, and Controlled Assessment (50%) which involves food investigations and preparation.

Course Overview

GCSE food preparation is a food science course that involves a blend of practical along with chemistry and biology based elements that link to the science of how ingredients work and why. The subject content within the course will cover a wide range of elements from food science such as the chemical reasons why mixtures are thickened down to the natural process that occurs when sugar is browned or caramelised. Over the breath of the course pupils will cover twelve essential technical cookery skills.

Year 10

Autumn Term            

Key terminology within food science

Meat and fish preparation.

Sauce making

Spring Term               

Raising agents: Steam, air, mechanical.

Buying and storing of food (Food safety)

Healthy eating

Summer Term           

Food and the environment

Food choices

Sustainability

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout Year 10. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the End of Year 10 Examinations.

Year 10 resistant materials

Design and Technology

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8552

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through two Units. Unit 1 is a written exam (50%) focusing on technical principles, designing and making principles. Unit 2 is controlled assessment (50%) and involves a substantial design and make task with a portfolio and design ideas, developments and evaluation.

Course Overview

The GCSE Design and Technology course will prepare pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Pupils will 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.

Year 10

Autumn Term            

Material Investigations

Focused Practical Tasks

 

Spring Term               

Focused Practical Tasks and Portfolio

                                   

Summer Term           

Focused Practical Tasks and Portfolio

 

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout Year 10. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the End of Year 10 Examinations.

Year ten textiles

Art Textile

Exam board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification: 8204/C and 8204/X

Final assessment: Component 1 (60%) is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of work. Component 2 (40%) is a project chosen from an externally set paper and includes a 10 hour practical exam.

Year ten course overview

Pupils begin work on their Component 1 Portfolio, which consists of observational samples and artist research based on a range of different themes. Pupils will cover art textiles, fashion design and illustration, costume design, constructed textiles, printed and dyed textiles, surface pattern, stitched and/or embellished textiles, soft furnishings and/or textiles for interiors, digital textiles and installed textiles.

Pupils will then use this work to make an informed choice of which theme to take further and complete an extended project covering all 4 Assessment Objectives. 

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Autumn term

Introduction to themes for Component 1

Spring term

Development and exploration of ideas, experimenting with media.

Summer term

Further development of ideas, using different techniques and processes to create a personal response.

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be assessed throughout Year 10 and receive regular personalised feedback. Deadlines will be set for the completion of different elements of the portfolio each term. As part of the End of Year 10 Examinations, pupils will sit a practical exam where they will be required to produce a final piece for their portfolio.

Year eleven art

Fine Art

Exam board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification: 8204/C and 8204/X

Final assessment: Component 1 (60%) is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of work. Component 2 (40%) is a project chosen from an externally set paper and includes a 10 hour practical exam.

Year eleven course overview

In the autumn term, pupils will complete the final aspects of their component one portfolio. In January the exam board release the component two exam paper, the paper consists of seven questions and pupils will choose one to respond to. Their component two project will include observational drawings and artist research relating to their chosen question. They must develop their ideas through a range of techniques and different materials and media. The final element is a ten hour practical exam (split over two days) during which pupils will produce a final piece of work developed and refined from their project. Pupils will be assessed against all four assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Autumn Term

Completion of Component one portfolio

Spring Term

Selection of question from the externally set exam paper. Development and exploration of ideas in response to their chosen question. Experimenting with different techniques and different media.

Summer Term

Completion of component two project portfolio. Practical examination.

Year eleven food technology

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8585

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through two components, a written exam paper (50%) based on their theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition, and Controlled Assessment (50%) which involves food investigations and preparation.

Course Overview

GCSE food preparation is a food science course that involves a blend of practical along with chemistry and biology based elements that link to the science of how ingredients work and why. The subject content within the course will cover a wide range of elements from food science such as the chemical reasons why mixtures are thickened down to the natural process that occurs when sugar is browned or caramelised. Over the breath of the course pupils will cover twelve essential technical cookery skills.

Year 11

Autumn Term            

12 practical food skills

Learning about foods around the world

Spring Term               

Practical exam 3 hours (controlled assessment)

Summer Term           

Exam preparation and Revision

Year eleven resistant materials

Design and Technology

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8552

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through two Units. Unit 1 is a written exam (50%) focusing on technical principles, designing and making principles. Unit 2 is controlled assessment (50%) and involves a substantial design and make task with a portfolio and design ideas, developments and evaluation.

 

Course Overview

The GCSE Design and Technology course will prepare pupils to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Pupils will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

Pupils will 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.

Year 11

Autumn Term            

Focused Practical Tasks and Portfolio Development

 

Spring Term               

Focused Practical Tasks and Portfolio Completion

Theory and Technical Principles   

                            

Summer Term            Exam Preparation and Revision

 

Year eleven textiles

Art Textiles

Exam board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification: 8204/C and 8204/X

Final assessment: Component one (60%) is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of work. Component two (40%) is a project chosen from an externally set paper and includes a ten hour practical exam.

Year eleven course overview

In the autumn Term, pupils will complete the final aspects of their component one Portfolio. In January the exam board release the component two exam paper, the paper consists of seven questions and pupils will choose one to respond to. Their component two project will include observational samples and artist research based on a range of different themes.

Pupils will then use this work to make an informed choice of which theme to take further and complete an extended project covering all four assessment objectives. 

  • AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

The final element is a ten hour practical exam (split over two days) during which pupils will produce a final piece of work developed and refined from their project.

Autumn term

Completion of Component 1 portfolio

Spring term

Selection of question from the externally set exam paper. Development and exploration of ideas in response to their chosen question. Experimenting with different techniques and different media.

Summer term

Completion of component two project portfolio. Practical examination.