Design Technology

Welcome to Evelyn Grace Academy’s Design Technology Department

Our department includes Food Technology and Resistant Materials

Our Head of Department is Mr Gayle

EGA Food Technology Mission Statement 

To creatively design and safely prepare healthy dishes to suit different lifestyle needs.

EGA Food Technology Aims:

  • Enthuse students about being creative and making new food products for the market, develop their knowledge and gain cooking skills. Most of this will involve learning-by-doing
  • Enable students to explore the properties of ingredients when designing
  • Be able to identify suitable ingredients for making food products, taking into account appearance, function, safety and reliability
  • Studied the nutritional aspects and values, sources and functions of a variety of foods in relation to healthy eating
  • Made decisions about conflicting demands such as balancing cost and aesthetic appeal against the performance of ingredients
  • Be able to use appropriate vocabulary to describe the characteristics of food

KS3 Food Technology Curriculum

Students study Food and Resistant Materials in rotation with ICT, Art and Textiles 

Year 7 Food

  • Health and Safety in the kitchen
  • Basic food preparation and cooking skills.
  • The environment, sustainability, cultural and moral issues of food
  • Healthy eating and nutrition
  • The eat well plate
  • Types of ingredients and their functions.

Year 8 Food

  • Health and Safety in the kitchen.
  • Nutrition and nutrients (macro & micro)
  • Special dietary needs.
  • Recipe engineering to suit different target groups.
  • Methods of cooking.
  • Safe storage of food.
  • Sensory analysis.

Year 9 Food

  • Health and Safety in the kitchen
  • Properties and functions of food.
  • Legal requirements on food packaging and labelling.
  • Product analysis
  • Multicultural foods.
  • Modifying recipes for different target markets.
  • Environmental considerations

KS4 Food Technology Curriculum

This WJEC course involves the study of food and its functional properties. The production of high quality and tasty food products relies upon a good understanding and working knowledge of the ingredients being used. During the two year course opportunities will be given to gain knowledge and understanding of the functions, working characteristics and processing techniques when designing and making food products.

The Project Briefs for the Controlled assessment are set by the exam board and student produce a portfolio of work based on the brief they have chosen. The project is worth 60% of the GCSE whilst 40% is assessed through a written exam at the end of year 11.

Year 10 Food

Autumn 1: Investigating food
Autumn 2: Investigating food
Spring 1: Food processing
Spring 2: Systems & control
Summer 1: Design & make assignment
Summer 2: Introduced to coursework assignment

Year 11 Food

Autumn 1: Design and Make task (Controlled Assessment) Investigating design opportunities
Autumn 2: Design and Make task (Controlled Assessment) Investigating design opportunities
Spring 1: Ideas into production/Sensory testing/ Product development
Spring 2: Ideas into production/Sensory testing/ Product development
Summer 1: Development and making of design proposal
Summer 2: Development and making of design proposal

KS3 Resistant Materials Curriculum

EGA Resistant Materials Mission Statement

Our vision is to be enriched by the world around us and embrace our rich inheritance of British Design by encouraging young people to express their imagination and creativity. We aim to promote risk taking in a safe environment, allowing students to make mistakes as well as learning from them.

EGA Resistant Materials Aims:

  • For all pupils to reach their potential within Resistant Materials
  • To develop hand and eye coordination
  • To develop pupils’ understanding of how to think openly
  • To develop pupils’ creative problem solving skills and their ability to think as an independent learner
  • For every pupil to develop the confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • To integrate Resistant Materials with other subjects in the curriculum
  • To involve parents and tutors in the school, inviting them to participate as volunteers in diverse activities
  • To create a culture of questioners more than a culture of responders
  • For pupils to be able to access Literacy and Numeracy across the curriculum
  • For every pupil to fully appreciate the importance of Resistant Materials as a subject

Year 7 Resistant Materials

  • Health and safety
  • Accurate marking out
  • Hand Tools
  • Properties of materials (manufactured boards)
  • Use of finishes: acrylic paint
  • Mechanical systems

Year 8 Resistant Materials

  • Electrical
  • Properties of materials (woods, manufactured boards)
  • Joining wood
  • Quick modelling and CAD
  • Drawing Techniques
  • Using ICT as a Design Tool
  • Adhesives
  • Plastics
  • Quantity Production

Year 9 Resistant Materials

  • Product Analysis
  • Evaluating your ideas
  • Planning your manufacture
  • Surface preparation
  • Applied finishes
  • The 6Rs
  • Sustainability

KS4 Resistant Materials Curriculum

Year 10 Resistant Materials

Autumn 1: Metal based project/ Workshop safety/Property of materials/ Sketching/Rendering/ Investigate designing techniques through short design tasks
Autumn 2: Metal based project/ Workshop safety/Property of materials/Sketching/Rendering/ Investigate designing techniques through short design tasks
Spring 1: Wood based project/ Natural timber/Manmade boards/Sustainability of wood/Investigate design periods through history
Spring 2: Wood based project/ Natural timber/Manmade boards/Sustainability of wood/Investigate design periods through history
Summer 1: Plastic based project/ Thermosetting plastics/Sustainability of plastic/Investigate the work of the client, the designer and the manufacturer/The 6Rs/Designing for maintenance
Summer 2: Plastic based project/ Thermosetting plastics/Sustainability of plastic/Investigate the work of the client, the designer and the manufacturer/The 6Rs/Designing for maintenance

Year 11 Resistant Materials

Autumn 1: Investigating the design context
Autumn 2: Investigating the design context
Spring 1: Making (ii) - The type of project undertaken will determine the making activities that the student will encounter/Testing and evaluation
Spring 2: Making (ii) - The type of project undertaken will determine the making activities that the student will encounter/Testing and evaluation
Summer 1: Final examination (i)
Summer 2: Final examination (i)

We provide access to a range of enrichment activities for all year groups including: