Art, Design and Technology

We are an enthusiastic and dedicated curriculum area of specialist teachers. We are committed to encouraging and developing creative flair and a passion for problem solving in our young people at Saint Michael’s.

Art and Design inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We want pupils to think critically and understand how art and design both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture and creativity of our nation.

Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world. We want every child to experience the thrill of having an idea, being encouraged to develop that idea and persevere to produce a final outcome that they can be proud of. This subject takes the place of Graphics and Product Design as both subjects have been merged along with others such as Resistant Materials and Electronics to combine the best parts of all courses.

Food Preparation and Nutrition is about cooking which is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others, now and in the future. It also helps to develop independence in later life.

Textiles aims to foster talent and encourage independent learning by nurturing creativity and imagination. We seek to inspire students to acquire the skills and knowledge to enable them to achieve their full potential and develop a love of Textiles, Art and Fashion.

KS3

In Year 7 and 8 pupils follow a carousel system where they spend several weeks within in each of the following areas:Art, Design and Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition and Textiles. The high quality facilities enable all pupils to work to a professional standard, whatever the material or medium being used. The pupils have the opportunity to experience all areas before opting at the end of Year 8.

Art and Design

The Art and Design Department is located in two purpose built art rooms. The rooms are light and spacious, giving the pupils an excellent working environment. The students have access to a wide range of materials and equipment.

The department is well resourced with a kiln for ceramic work, laptops for independent research and the use of Photoshop, a sewing machine, scroll saw and a range of more traditional art materials.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils embark on a programme of study which covers a wide variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, collage and ceramics. Students are introduced to a variety of artists and art movements and develop their skills through a series of mini projects.

The aim is to develop their observational drawing skills and confidence when using a range of different techniques and materials.

Creativity is encouraged and pupils work in sketchbooks to record information, develop their ideas and evaluate their work.

Extra Curricular: There is an Art Club for Years 7 & 8

Learning Scheme

Art and Design Learning Scheme Years 7 and 8

Art and Design Learning Scheme Years 9 - 11

Design and Technology

D and T is part of the Art, Design and Technology carousel in KS3 and pupils follow the subject twice in the year for 6/7 weeks at a time. In the rotations pupils will have the opportunity to learn in both a workshop and computer suite.

The pupils will answer a complete live brief in Year 7 of designing a menu and menu stand for a new café set in an eco-friendly visitors’ centre. They will be encouraged to work in an independent manner and will develop skills such as using Adobe Photoshop to manipulate images, develop a suitable typeface and layout in order to create a menu. They will also learn traditional workshop skills such as laminating hardwood veneers and cutting softwood shapes by hand and use machinery including the belt sander, scroll saw and pillar drill to produce the stand.

In Year 8 the pupils focus on solving a problem in a creative way by developing an earphone tidy. They create card models to test and improve their ideas before learning CAD software such as Techsoft 2D design and Autodesk 360 Fusion. This leads to the manufacture of a final outcome using the laser cutter or 3D printer. Research is done into suitable packaging before designing their own using the vacuum former to form a commercial style blister packaging. Again the links between the two subject areas helps the pupils to create a complete product and brand. 

The projects have been designed to flow into the GCSE work seamlessly where pupils will be expected to work in multiple disciplines creating professional standard products. 

Learning Scheme

KS3 Long Term Plan - 2018

KS4 Long Term Plan - 2018

Textiles

The Textiles room is well equipped with a range of sewing and design equipment. Pupils are encouraged to experiment with traditional and new textiles techniques and processes.

Fashion and textiles workshops are regularly run afterschool and at lunchtimes to allow pupils to develop their skills further and learn a wider variety of techniques.

By experimenting with a wide range of different techniques children learn through practical experiences, developing their knowledge and understanding of different processes. Teacher demonstrations inform pupils of the correct methods and approaches when using techniques. Students work independently and in groups to complete set tasks. They learn about commercial practices and work to set design briefs.

At Key Stage 3 pupils follow set design briefs which guide them through the designing process and on to creating final products. They explore a range of textiles techniques and develop making skills. During the course of study pupils learn about the textiles industry past, present and future. They also consider environmental and ethical issues related to design and manufacture.

Learning Scheme

Textiles Learning Scheme Years 7 and 8

Food Preparation and Nutrition

We provide pupils with the opportunity to cook a range of savoury and sweet dishes. They will gain skills in using utensils and electrical equipment, and build confidence in their own ability to adapt and use recipes.

Pupils will learn through a range of approaches including individual work, cooperative learning, peer assessment, self-assessment, interactive whiteboard activities, practical activities, experiments, sensory evaluation, demonstrations and written work. 

Pupils are encouraged to use a range of techniques to express ideas and conclusions, such as bullet points, mind maps, discussion and written work.

Pupils who are particularly interested in cooking can attend the Cookery Club. These sessions are always fun and have proved to be extremely popular.

During their time in Food, pupils learn how to prepare, cook, and present a range of dishes. They also learn about healthy eating, nutrition, food choice, and food safety and hygiene. 

Learning Scheme

Food Preparation and Nutrition Learning Scheme Years 7 and 8

KS4

At the end of Year 8 pupils can opt to take any of the following courses for GCSE. They will benefit from having three further years to develop their understanding of the subject.

Design and Technology

The legacy courses of Product Design and Graphics will be finishing 2018

Graphics (for those taking exams in June 2018 only)

Pupils choosing Graphics Products will be entered for the AQA Design & Technology Graphic Products exam (www.aqa.org.uk), which has a 60% coursework to 40% single tier final examination split. Their work will continue on from Key Stage 3 and enable them to develop and use the skills they learnt even further.

They will need to be able to work independently as well as in pairs and groups to help develop each other’s ideas. This is done using a wide range of collaborative techniques in class, again developing further the work done at Key Stage 3.

The beginning of Year 10 introduces new techniques as well as giving pupils the chance to enhance the skills they have already learnt. They will also be introduced to a range of designers that have had a big impact on society. They start their assessed coursework towards the end of Year 10 and are given 12 different starting points so there really is something for everyone.

Graphic Products is a very good choice for anyone wanting to do any kind of design or illustrative work as well as careers such as architecture.

Learning Schemes

Graphic Products Learning Scheme Year 11

Product Design (for those taking exams in June 2018 only)

Pupils who choose this subject as an option follow the AQA Design and Technology: Product Design GCSE Course (www.aqa.org.uk). This is split into 60% controlled assessment and 40% a final 2hour exam paper. Pupils spend Year 10 developing their subject knowledge as they further research contemporary design practice and explore the sources and materials available.

Year 11 starts with the pupils choosing a design brief that is particularly matched to their skill set and then developing this into a high quality three dimensional outcome.

Pupils will need to be able to work independently as well as in pairs and groups to help develop each other’s ideas. This is done using a wide range of collaborative techniques in class, again developing further the work done at Key Stage 3.

Learning Schemes

Product Design Learning Scheme Year 11

Design and Technology (NEW from September 2016)

For all new students wishing to cover the Product Design or Graphics subjects the GCSE has changed. This exciting new course covers aspects from both areas as well as looking into core materials and components that feature in previous courses such as Electronics, Resistant Materials and Systems and Control.

Pupils who choose this subject as an option follow the AQA GCSE Design and Technology Course (www.aqa.org.uk). In Year 9 pupils will learn a new range of skills and techniques as well as develop their understanding of material areas, manufacturing techniques and design inspiration. They will be introduced to the system of Iterative Design enabling a more free approach to developing and testing prototypes before beginning manufacture.

Mini projects include pewter cast jewellery and traditional wooden jewellery boxes as well as prototyping and developing ergonomic pizza cutters. Graphic elements will include brand identity as creative packaging.

In Year 10 they will be working on a practice NEA by designing and developing a prototype for a lighting solution. In Year 11 the pupils will begin their Non Exam Assessment (worth 50% of the total GCSE grade.). The final 2hr exam, also worth 50%, will take place in the June of Year 11. This will test pupils’ knowledge of core and specialist material areas as well as their understanding of sustainability, ergonomics, designing and making principles.

Learning Schemes

Design and Technology Learning Scheme 2018 - KS3

Design and Technology Learning Scheme 2018 - KS4

Art and Design

The examination board is AQA (www.aqa.org.uk). Pupils follow the Art and Design (Fine Art- 8202).

This course allows pupils to work in a very creative way whilst exploring a wide range of different media and techniques.

In Years 9 and 10, pupils are taught to develop their ideas through sketchbook work and by using the work of other artists as inspiration. The course begins with a series of teacher led workshops which introduce a whole range of art skills. The pupils then gradually embark on extended projects where they apply and develop these skills and create a portfolio of work.

In Year 11, pupils complete an externally set assignment which is a timed project responding to a chosen starting point. 

Assessment is 60% Portfolio of Work and 40% Externally Set Assignment. At the end of the course all pupils present their work in a final exhibition. 

Extra Curricular: GCSE Pupils are given the opportunity to visit the art rooms at lunchtimes and after school to develop coursework further, receive extra tuition or explore new techniques and ways of working.

Learning Scheme

Art and Design Learning Scheme Years 9-11

Art and Design Textiles

The examination board is AQA (www.aqa.org.uk). Pupils follow the Art and Design Textiles course (4204) (current Year 11) and from September 2016 onwards pupils will study the new AQA Art and Design Textiles Specification (8204).

This course allows pupils to work in a very creative way while exploring a wide range of different media and techniques.  Pupils work on a series of projects and create a portfolio of work. They use sketchbooks to record and develop ideas and create final imaginative textile pieces including garments.

Fashion and textiles workshops are regularly run afterschool and at lunchtimes to allow pupils to develop their skills further and learn a wider variety of techniques.

 In Year 11 pupils complete an externally set assignment which is a timed project responding to a chosen starting point.  Assessment is 60% Portfolio of Work and 40% Externally Set Assignment. At the end of the course all pupils present their work in a final exhibition.

Learning Schemes

Textiles Learning Scheme 2018 - KS3

Textiles Learning Scheme 2018 - KS4

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Pupils who choose this subject as an option study the Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition (http//www.Eduqas.co.uk/) course.

In Year 9 and 10 they explore new ingredients and different ways of cooking, through experimentation and practical cookery skills. They discover the essentials of food science and the principles of nutrition. In Year 11 the course focuses on two non-examination assessments and a written examination.

Success at Key Stage 4 can lead to opportunities in pursuing college courses, apprenticeships or careers in the Food Industry, Hospitality and Catering, or Health.

Learning Schemes

Food Preparation and Nutrition Learning Scheme 2018 - Years 7 & 8

Food Preparation and Nutrition Learning Scheme 2018 - Upper School