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Welcome to Technology

Design Technology encompasses Food and Resistant Materials. All pupils study both subjects throughout KS3 after which they may choose to follow either to GCSE level. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills and an understanding of the design process from concept to production and marketing. In Food, students not only learn a wide variety of practical cooking skills but develop an understanding of the relationship between a balanced diet and good health.

Protective equipment – aprons, goggles etc – is provided but students are required to bring their own ingredients for practical cooking lessons. There is also a small charge for materials used in the workshop should students wish to take their projects home.

Year 7

Resistant Materials: Students will develop measuring, marking out and making skills using wood, plastics and basic electronics.
Homework is given to encourage the development of independent learning.

Food: This series of lessons aims to teach the importance of hygiene and safety when preparing food, the relationship between a balanced diet and good health and basic cooking skills and storage of food products and ingredients. Practical lessons take place fortnightly.
Students complete twelve pieces of homework over the period of lessons.

Year 8

Resistant Materials:Students will develop further their measuring, marking out and making skills. They will complete two projects; a mechanical toy and an electronic game.
Homework is through on-line programmes designed to encourage the development of independent learning.

Food: This series of lessons aims to further develop students understanding of healthy eating it also aims to teach students about multi-cultural food and develop an awareness of why people follow a vegetarian diet. Students also undertake a design and make project which gives them the opportunity to follow a design brief and create their own pasta dish. Students are required to bring their cooking ingredients into class once per week.
Students complete a project based learning task about a popular chocolate bar

Year 9

Resistant Materials: Students will follow a series of Design and Make tasks which are assessed using GCSE criteria. They are expected to show a range of techniques working with a range of materials; wood, metal and plastic.
Homework is through on-line programmes designed to encourage the development of independent learning

Food: This series of lessons aims to develop the students’ practical skills in food preparation. Part of the Year 9 course is aimed at students achieving a Jamie Oliver home cooking skills level 2 BTEC certificate. This aim of this course is to give students the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy cooking meals at home.
Students are required to bring their cooking ingredients into class once per week.

Year10

Resistant Materials: Students are working towards GCSE, developing their Design and Make skills. Additionally they are gaining knowledge and understanding of Components, Materials and Processes required for their final examination.

Food: Students begin their GCSE course which is AQA Home Economics Food and Nutrition. In year 10 they complete two units focusing on Nutrition and Food Hygiene and safety. Students also complete a research task under controlled assessment which represents 15% of their final GCSE mark.
Students are required to bring their cooking ingredients into class once per week.
Homework is given to students on a fortnightly basis.

Year 11

Resistant Materials: Pupils are required to produce an artefact based on a design task set to meet GCSE criteria and standards. They complete this in the workshop as a controlled assessment. There is also a terminal exam taken in June.

Food: Students continue with their GCSE as they carry out an Investigative task which is 45% of their final GCSE mark .This is completed in the practical room under controlled assessment. Students also complete three further units which include the physical and chemical properties of food, techniques in food preparation and cooking and factors which influence consumer choice. There is also a terminal exam in June which represents 40% of the final mark.
Students are required to bring their cooking ingredients into class once per week
Homework is given to students on a fortnightly basis.

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About the NLC

NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.