Fairfield High School

      Art, Design & Technology

      The Study of Technology at Fairfield is covered by a variety of subjects including Art, Food Technology, Textiles, Product Design, Electronics and Business Studies.

      Technology is constantly changing and evolving and it is our job as designers to work with that technological change, embrace it and to improve products and ideas. In ADT we encourage pupils to become creative but also to take risks as we embrace these technological changes.

      Issues such as sustainability, global warming, landfill, and cultural considerations all form a part of designing and making in today's society and will become more increasingly important in the future.

      We want girls to be open to new ideas but also to be able to analyse products and processes to enable them to make informed choices, with the creativity to adapt and problem solve for themselves.

      Although women form about 50% of the workforce, only a fraction of them actually embark on careers in engineering, architecture, designing or become entrepreneurs. We see it as one of our roles to encourage pupils to consider these careers as viable options and ones in which they can excel.

      Year 7

      ​Introduction to subject

      Using equipment, materials and components

      Health and safety

      Basic skill practise

      ​Projects:

      Textiles: ​Aliens! - developing a soft toy suitable for a young child using basic machine and hand sewing skills.

      ​Food: ​Basic cooking and food preparation skills

      ​Product Design: ​Moving display - developing a moving display focusing on wood and plastic skills as well as using levers and linkages.

      Electronics: Night light - designing for a client and introduction to basic circuitry.

      Art: ​Self-Image and Colour.

       

      Year 8

      Skills building

      Further materials research and knowledge

      Designing to client specifications

      Research into designers and influential movements

      Projects:

      ​Textiles: Lunch bags - using applique and embroidery to develop a bag for a given client

      ​Food: ​Healthy eating - skills building practicals

      ​Product Design: ​Picture frame - development of wood working skills to design a frame for a client taking their needs into account.

      Electronics: ​Steady hand game - further development of circuit knowledge, working with wood, plastic and graphics.

      Art: ​Natural Forms, Cubism and Patterns in Nature.

      ​Business Studies:  ​Manufacturing, External Impacts on Business and Business Ownership.

       

      Year 9

      ​Further skills development

      Introduction to new skills and techniques

      Designing to client specifications

      ​Projects:

      ​Textiles: ​Play cube - designing and making for children's needs, development of more complex and varied techniques, inclusion of smart materials.

      Food: ​Main meals - more complex skills introduced in double lessons to allow for more advanced 'whole' meals to be made, local sourcing and sustainability considered.

      Product Design: ​Illuminated mirror project - further development of wood skills and/or plastic skills, use of CAD/CAM and electronic components.

      Art: ​Record Cover Design, Aboriginal Art and Islamic Art.

      ​Business Studies:  Business Finance

       

      Year 10

      ​Theory - split over Years 10 and 11 - all subjects cover the topics below, which are contextualised:

      Knowledge

      Understanding and application of materials/ingredients/primary and secondary components

      Methods of production - one off and industrial manufacturing methods

      Sustainability

      Cultural design

      Ethical production

      Projects:  Controlled Assessment Projects - as appropriate, as dictated by the new specifications

      ​Textiles: NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Crafts

      Link: 

      NCFE Creative Studies Craft

      Food: ​AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

      Link:

      AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

      ​Product Design: ​Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology

      Link:

      Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology

      Art:  AQA GCSE Art and Design

      Link:

      AQA GCSE Art and Design

      ​Business Studies:  AQA Business Studies

      Link:

      AQA GCSE Business StudiesLink:

      Edexcel BTEC Level 2 in Business


      Year 11

      ​Theory - all subjects cover the topics below, which are contextualised:

      Knowledge

      Understanding and application of materials/ingredients/primary and secondary components

      Methods of production - one off and industrial manufacturing methods

      Sustainability

      Cultural design

      Ethical production

      Disposal

      Controlled Assessment Projects - as appropriate, as dictated by the new specifications

       

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