Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

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 Electronics Food
 Product Design    Textiles


Electronics 

Year 7

   

The traditional steady hand game ‘with a difference' is manufactured as an introduction to electronics. The difference is that this circuit contains a capacitor to help prevent cheating! The game design is based on a theme of ‘Pop Art'

Year 8

  

Progression from year 7 is made by introducing pupils to the semi-conductor. In this project a Thyristor is used to make a latching bag alarm circuit.

 

Year 9

  

In year 9 pupils are introduced to the 555 timer IC and the 4017 decade counter. These 2 integrated circuits are used together to make an electronic die. In this photo a 4026 chip was used to drive a seven segment display.

 

 

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Textiles

Year 7 - Learning basic equipment, hand and machine embroidery/decoration techniques, using this knowledge to create a fabric case or container.

   

   

 

Year 8 - The pupils build upon their skills learnt in year 7 by experimenting with a choice of six new decorative techniques and they learn how to insert a zip into a cushion cover.

 

 

Year 9 - Pupils this year have embarked on a mini GCSE project in which they have designed and are currently completing pyjamas. This has been quite a challenge moving onto 3D patterns and construction, however the students have rose to the task and have produced some super garments.

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Food

Year 7 - Learning basic skills and hygiene and healthy eating.  Cooking a range of basic dishes, designing and making a healthy pizza.

   

 

Year 8 - Learning different methods of cake making and decorating. Design and make cupcakes aimed towards children.

 

 

Year 9 - students have the opportunity to have a taste of what GCSE Catering is about.  They will complete a mini project where they will design and develop two dishes suitable for their own café.  As part of this they will also design their own establishment to serve the items in and this will include the shop front, staff uniform and items to be served on the menu.  As part of the cookery development students will carry out a range of both sweet and savoury practical tasks.  This will include:

  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Lasagne
  • Jam tarts
  • Fruit flan
  • Cheese cake
  • Pizza
  • Bread
  • Quiche
  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Victoria sponge

This is just an example of some of the dishes the students will learn to cook.  They will be encouraged to taste and experiment with different ingredients.  The major skills will include pastry making, cake making, bread making, cooking with meat, vegetable preparation and decoration.  The café themes in the past have included; Dairy products (where both final dishes must contain at least one dairy item that is locally sourced), International Cuisine and Afternoon Tea (making two items suitable to be served as treats). 

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Product Design

Year 7

   

This ‘grabber' project is an excellent way to introduce pupils to basic skills in the technology workshop.

 

Year 8

    

This storage project reinforces the skills learned in year 7 and introduces the pupils to the laser cutter.

 

Year 9

    

Pupils are given more independence in year 9. This clock project allows them to experiment with a range of materials and processes to produce a working clock from their own designs.

 

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