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KS3 Food Technology

In the left image, a student is mixing ingredients in a bowl.  In the right image, two students working together to measure ingredients.

During KS3 Food Technology students cover a wide range of skills that are used in preparing and cooking food including:

  • Using knives, peelers and safety in the kitchen.
  • Washing and drying dishes.
  • Use of hob, grill, oven, microwave, food processor, and blender/juicer.
  • Methods of cooking – boil, fry, grill and bake.
  • Use of picture / word recipes.
  • Evaluating their final result, assess their performance – what went well and not so well.

Practical tasks could include making the following meal / snacks:

  • The importance of health eating.
  • Making hot drinks.
  • Fruit salad.
  • Smoothies.
  • Soups.
  • Bread / Pizza.
  • Curries (part of food around the world).
  • Breakfasts (English, Continental and American).
  • Social skills such as setting the table, polite table manners are developed.

Food Technology Home Learning

Home learning tasks are set based around the work from the lesson, tasks may include: Identifying dangers, developing products, naming equipment and ingredients and evaluation of products.

KS3 Textiles

 A student sewing.

In textiles, students explore a variety of techniques and topics including colouring fabric, properties and origin of fabric, joining fabric, hand and machine stitching.  Aspects of health and safety are also covered.  They do this through a series of design and make projects, developing and extending their skills in a practical context.

Projects vary depending on the season and the time of year as they are personalised for the different seasons, but they could include:

  • Felt bookmark.
  • Placemat with hand stitching.
  • Mixed media greetings card.
  • Mini bag.
  • Wall hanging using transfer paint and hand stitching.
  • Mixed media book.
  • Stuffed toy.
  • Calico bag using hand dyed fabric and CADCAM techniques for embellishment.
  • Recycled fashion – up-cycling a garment and looking at the ethics of the fashion industry.
  • Mixed media & hot textiles – experimenting with plastics, bondaweb and some of the more unusual aspects of creative textiles, using heat tools safely to create mixed media cards.

Textiles Home Learning

At KS3 we provide Home Learning Booklets which can last for the term. The booklets are designed to reinforce the skills that we have covered during lessons.

KS3 Design Technology

A collage of photos depicting students working on various pieces of woodwork.

During KS3 students work through a range of projects design to cover different skills and tasks such as using saws to cut a range of wood and plastic, use of bench drills and cordless drills, planes and chisels. KS3 projects include:

  • Plastic Key ring.
  • Coat hook (made from a mixture of plastic, metal and wood).
  • Wooden Box that uses finger joints and lap joints.
  • Picture frame (this uses a mixture of wood and plastic).
  • Automata  (a mechanical toy).
  • Clock (based on a theme that the students choose themselves).

Design Technology Home Learning

Students are given home learning booklets at the start of each of the rotations. Each of the booklets is designed to reinforce the learning that the students have covered in lessons. Tasks include: Identifying dangers, developing products, naming tools and materials and product evaluation.

Edexcel BTEC Construction

 A collage of photos depicting student using various tools on their construction projects.

In the BTEC Construction course students work through a series of units that enable them to gain a BTEC Level 1 Award, Certificate or Diploma (depending on the number of credits achieved). KS5 students can choose to take the course over two years, the aim is that if they complete the course over two years they will achieve a Level 1 Diploma (Level 1 Certificate if taken in one year).

Units include:

  • DIY Skills (this can include tasks such as assembling flat pack or putting shelves up).
  • Carpentry (making trays and stools).
  • Plumbing (connecting a working sink).
  • Electrical installation (wiring up lights and sockets).
  • Wall papering & painting.

BTEC Construction Home Learning

Students will be set different home learning booklets that are based on the different units of work that are being covered. These include tasks such as identifying dangers and identifying tools and equipment.

Edexcel Home Cooking Skills

 A collage of photos depicting students preparing their food for cooking.

The course units aim to give learners the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home, developing skills for life. They introduce a range of basic cooking skills and foods, knowledge about sourcing food, transferring skills, kitchen health & safety and the importance of good hygiene are also covered.

Home Cooking Skills Home Learning

Home learning tasks are set based around the work from the lesson, tasks may include: research into products, other uses of ingredients and evaluation of products.

WJEC Textiles - Entry Level Award in Creative, Media and Performance Studies

 A collage of photos.  On the right a student wearing their textiles creation (a bag) and on the right, a selection of t-shirts made by the students.

Students will complete at least 2 units of work focusing on textiles and printmaking. Students will:

  • Be able to research information and ideas appropriate to textiles and printmaking.
  • Be able to develop and record ideas for textiles and printmaking using appropriate materials, techniques and processes.
  • Be able to produce a final piece for textiles and printmaking,  and present their work in response to a theme.
  • A typical project is printing fabric and making a calico bag in response to a theme they have researched.

Through practical lessons students will explore a wide range of media, tools and techniques and learn to develop these in their own work.

Textiles Home Learning

At KS3 we provide Home Learning Booklets which can last for 1 to 2 terms depending on the length of the topic.  At KS4 the Home Learning Booklets are for each unit of the exam course.