We split year 7 and 8 to cover Product Design and Food / Textiles projects as detailed below. In year 9 we have a carousel where the students experience each of the 7 GCSE options subjects giving them a greater awareness enabling them to make appropriate option choices. In addition to this we also deliver STEM to year 7 with the intention to expand this in year 8.
U Light – Making a mini torch and learning about simple circuits and components
U Juice - Designing the graphics for drinks carton and learning about technical drawing
U End – Making a bookend whilst learning about types of wood and fabrication techniques
U Grab – Designing and making a grabber from levers and linkages.
Food is all about learning new skills through the following projects
Pack It - Packed lunch ideas
Cook It - Simple recipes using the hob, oven and grill
Textiles - learning hand sewing and basic machine sewing skills through:
U Carry - small hand sewn purse or MP3 holder
U Cover - basic machine sewing skills to make a cushion cover
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. A few years ago the government recognised that students in
U Hang – Learning about plastics, there properties and material abilities through making an acrylic mobile phone holder.
U Frame – Learning about metals and the processes used to waste and finish through making an aluminium picture frame.
U Store - Learning about more complex wood joints through making a decorative wooden storage box as used in industry.
U Test – Learning about smart materials through making a simple circuit with smart materials and designing the case for create a finished prototype.
Food - U Eat - building on skills learnt in year 7 making a variety of snacks, main meals and desserts culminating in a two course meal
Textiles - U Hold - making a bag using batik for decoration and U Care - making 3d structures recycling old plastic bags
U Model U Design – Learning about iconic designers and using them as inspiration to design and model an innovative chair using a range of modelling materials
U Light me up – learning about control systems as the basis of electronics and soldering together a light sensing mood light that automatically changes colour.
U Mechanise – learning about cams and cranks through making a moving mechanical toy.
Food - U Skill - learning more advanced skills to prepare for KS4 - practicals include swiss rolls and bread making
Nutrition and Health
Hospitality - U Takeaway - learning more advanced skills to prepare for KS4 - practicals include pizza, burgers and spring rolls
Textiles - U Gimick - making a promotional character using the sewing machine
Fashion and Clothing - U Formula 1 - designing clothing for a formula 1 racing driver