Design Technology at Leicester Grammar School is a lively and exciting subject, demanding enthusiasm and commitment from students from the start. Stimulation of interest and enthusiasm are key teaching outcomes and projects, which are mainly product based, are carefully designed to ensure this. Much of the workshop equipment has deliberately been acquired from industrial sources where this is suitable, this enhances their understanding of the real design and manufacturing world. From entering the school, students as young as nine are also expected to develop project management skills, which support their work elsewhere in the school.
In years six through to nine we concentrate on introducing skills, materials and processes to the students through carefully structured projects.
At GCSE and A Level students are encouraged to model their designs on the computer and adopt a more professional finish to their design folders. They are expected to work closely with the mark schemes and guidance provided by AQA, ensuring they take personal responsibility for the development of their folder, product and overall result. Students at this level are encouraged to develop the specialist skills required to manufacture their product to a high standard. In so doing, they achieve a standard of work which reflects the best of their ability.
Design and Technology provides students with an opportunity to develop a broad set of skills; those who have followed it to A Level have gone on to University to study, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Product and Industrial Design, Multimedia Design, Architecture, Computing, Computer Games Design, Art Foundation Courses, (leading to a degree in Art and Design) and Education.
In years six to eight Design Technology is taught alongside Food Technology and Textile Technology.
The students have one double period a week and complete projects in Food Technology, Textiles, DT and IT.
- FT - Healthy eating - basic food preparation and practical cooking skills
- Textiles – Pencil case
- DT – Pewter cast pendant
The students have one double period a week and complete three projects in DT. They also have lessons in Food Technology and Textiles. Current projects in DT are:
- 'Chuckles' - Electronics project
- 'Vase project' - Graphics and laser cutter
- Toy car - Wood based project
The students have one double period a week and rotate between Food, Textiles, CAD CAM and DT.
Each project lasts eight weeks.
- DT - Balancing Toy - metal based project
- CAD CAM - CREO 3D Modelling and printing LEGO type figure
- Textiles – Door sign
- FT - Sensory Analysis, Food Preservation and Food Additives
The students have one double period a week. Year 9 students complete four projects. Each project lasts eight weeks.
- DT - Clock project - CAD based project investigating Pop Art using Creo, Corel draw and the laser cutter.
- DT – mechanisms - Workshop based project solving a given problem and working in small groups.
- DT – Sustainability. CAD based project recycling vinyl records
- DT – Aroma fan. Workshop based project combining vacuum forming, electronics, jigs and templates and dye sublimation printing
TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY OPTION
In this course, students continue to develop the skills and knowledge acquired during their time in the lower school. Students will also begin to examine the future of textiles offered by some of the exciting changes offered by modern technology. Various workshop tasks enable them to explore different techniques for developing, presenting and manufacturing ideas. ICT, sketching and modelling are used to explore designs before realising them in practical sessions.
- Fibres and Fabrics – traditional and new developments such as Biofibres and Nanotechnology
- Recycling and Eco fabrics
- SMART materials & electronic textiles – an insight into how these materials are enhancing the function of existing products & creating new product areas
- Use of patterns
The students have two double periods a week. In Year 10 the course consists of:
- Drawing Practice
- USB Memory Stick Project - refresher course in CREO/3D Printing
- Theory - Theory lessons are delivered using power point and demonstrations with notes which build up into a folder of work
- Lighting project
In Year 11 the course consists of:
- Major Project - This takes two terms and the project is selected from a choice of set tasks. Projects which have been made in the past are: Hammock, Tree Seat, Garden furniture, Giant Chess Set, Coffee Tables, Water Features, a Cot, Lights, Chairs, Toys, Jewellery Boxes, Jewellery, Bird tables, Bicycle stand etc.
- Theory and revision lessons
This is the start of a new two year A level course. During the Lower Sixth, the students have eight periods a week. the lower sixth will complete a range of short design and make projects to develop their skills. Theory lessons will be delivered weekly.
In the Upper 6th the students have nine periods a week. They will continue to follow the old A level course.
UNIT 3 WRITTEN EXAMINATION
The content in Unit 3 has been divided into three sections:
- Section A: Materials and Components
- Section B: Design and Market Influences
- Section C: Processes and Manufacture
UNIT 4 COURSEWORK - DESIGN AND MAKING PRACTICE
This will be a single, substantial designing and making activity.
Products that have been made are: sound and lighting desks for the Drama Department, a stand for a cross in Leicester Cathedral, design technology work stations for a primary school, a cross for Barlestone C of E Primary School, a hat for Ascot, teaching aids for primary schools and special schools, gym equipment, a can crusher, a method of transporting picture frames in a car boot, bicycle trailers, trailers for transporting trails motorbikes, dinghies and windsurfing equipment, aids for disabled people including a seat for a dinghy, a gardening aid and a walking aid with built in table, a storage system for car hard tops, an adjustable easel for an artist, an Altar and Bishops Chair for St Nicholas Chapel, a wooden cross for the Junior School, storage for bicycles, and a surf board carrier for a bicycle.
In Year 11 students may be entered for the Arkwright Scholarship which offers work experience in prestigious engineering companies. This year one student gained an Arkwright Scholarship.
Rotary Club Technology Challenge – a days’ problem solving activities for groups from Year 8 – Upper sixth. This also involves groups from other schools. This is the third year we have hosted this event, seven schools and De Monfort University sent teams to take part.
Rotary Young Designer Competition.
Selected sixth form projects are entered into this competition which was held at De Montfort University in June 2017. A Level pupil Oliver Warner was awarded a first prize for his A Level project and became the ‘Rotary Young Designer of the Year’. His design was a portable Go Cart lift which enabled the user to work on a Go Cart at a suitable height.
Lower Sixth Students visit the Jaguar factory.
Visit to Architects Pick Everard and Hodges and Drake
Part of the Rotary Club Challenge prize was a visit to Architects Pick Everard, who sponsored the Challenge. A team from Leicester Grammar were amongst the winners and enjoyed a day being shown projects Pick Everard had been involved with in Leicester city centre followed by lunch at their offices. In the afternoon the students visited the design studio of Hodges and Drake.
A residential trip to Copenhagan in Denmark - February 2017
This was a joint trip with Art and we visited The Danish National Gallery of Art, The Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, The Danish Design Museum, The Carlsberg Glyptotek and the Ikea Museum in Älmhult Sweden.
A residential trip to Amsterdam in Holland is planned for February in 2018.