Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)
At Forest Gate Community School we follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology. Year 7 and 8 students follow a termly rotation between Resistant Materials, Textiles, Food Technology and Product Design with Systems and control. Our projects across KS3 include: Making pencil cases out of recycled materials, making an ugly doll, desk tidies, pencil holders and pencil boxes, mini light key rings, night lights, toy cars, hanging dragons and mobile phone holders. In Food Technology we are learning how to make a wide variety of savoury dishes, like baking bread, tomato pasta sauce, soups, curries, stir fry, Jambalaya, quiche and frittatas. For the sweet tooth we learn how to make sponge cake, fruit tarts with custard and mixed fruit crumble. Our projects offer the opportunity to develop many skills. These include: soldering, transfer printing and –painting, sewing, batik, embroidery, drilling, sawing, making wood joints, using the belt sander, pillar drill, vacuum former, laser cutter, computer aided design and manufacture, bending acrylic, assembling models, painting, polishing, using hand tools like hammers, files, craft knives, bench hooks, tri squares and various cooking and baking techniques and tools and equipment from the kitchen.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)
During KS 4 students can currently follow two courses, GCSE Design and Technology or Food Preparation and Nutrition. Both courses have a 50% Controlled Assessment unit and a 50% written exam unit. Students spend their first two years, developing and building on practical skills and studying the theory for the course. The final year consists mainly of completing the controlled assessment and revising theory for the written exam. Controlled Assessment tasks include designing and making a variety of complicated dishes, textile products like cushion covers, clothing and wall hangings and also products like educational toys, decorative lamps, clocks, MP3 docking stations and jewellery. We hold a D&T exhibition at the end of each academic year to display the wonderful work students have made during the year.
In Design and Technology we try to arrange trips for students that will support and enhance their learning. Our KS4 students have visited the Design museum, V&A museum, William Morris Gallery and Camden Market.
Students frequently visit the department during lunch and after school to complete projects and make something for themselves or someone else.
Revision classes are available for Year 10 and 11 students on Wednesdays and Fridays after school. Students should contact their teachers to confirm specific arrangements.