Design & Technology

Our ethos is that all pupils learn about this exciting subject through a wide variety of skills and experiences. This new knowledge will support their future in an ever growing world of Technology.

The department covers four classrooms over two floors in the D&T and Art Block.  There are specialist facilities including a Design CAD room, laser cutter and Sublimation printing equipment. There are four members of the department-

  • Mrs Hallas- Subject Lead,
  • Mrs Neary- Food Specialist Teacher
  • Ms Hart- Food Technician
  • Ms Moores- D&T / Science technician.

The projects in D&T have been updated with the recruitment of a new Subject Lead from Sept 2017. The aim is for pupils to cover aspects of the new GCSE qualifications by building in the technical theory that is needed from Year 7 right through to Year 11.

All aspects of Materials and Food will be reviewed and updated in July each year.

 

Key Stage 3

Currently, Year 7 and 8 are allocated half of the year experiencing projects using mixed Materials and the other half of the year they gained knowledge and skills though Food.

Each pupil’s progress in individually tracked and regular one to one feedback is discussed. Pupils are aware of their target grades and through AFL can identify how areas to build on and improve.

All pupils are expected to provide their own ingredients for Food lessons. For safety pupils are expected to wear aprons, goggles and tie back long hair when appropriate. At the end of Year 8 pupils decide if they would like to study Design and Technology at KS4 level, having three years to cover the subject in more detail.

 

Extra-Curricular in Design and Technology

We aim to encourage pupils to participate in extra competitions and/or clubs after school to build on their enthusiasm and ability in the subject. Each year we offer a range of competitions and trips to related companies/ events. We also organise the Rhyddings ‘MasterChef’ competition during the Spring Term for Years 7-9.

Travel & Tourism Curriculum

Travel and Tourism Overview

At Rhyddings, BTEC Travel and Tourism is part of the options curriculum for students in Years 9, 10 &11.

The aim of the course is to inspire and enthuse students to consider a career in the travel and tourism sector, give students the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the travel and tourism sector.

Mrs Dutton – Lead Subject Teacher

 

  September – February ½ Term February ½ Term –
Year 9  

Introduction to Travel and Tourism

•          Holiday Destinations – UK

•          Holiday Itineraries

•          Adapting holidays

•          Effect of climate

•          Time zones

•          Travel health

•          Extreme events, natural disasters, emergency situations

 

Introduction to Travel and Tourism

·         Mapping Skills

·         Planning Trips by road, air and rail

·         Holiday Destinations – European and Worldwide

·         Visitor Types

·         Sources of information

 

Year 10 Unit 2 – UK Travel and Tourist Destinations

·   Assignment 1 – Travel and Tourism Gateways in the UK (P1, P2, P3, M1)

 

Unit 4 – International Travel and Tourism Destinations

·         Assignment 1 – The major international travel and tourism destinations and gateways

 

Unit 2 – UK Travel and Tourist Destinations

·         Assignment 3 – Sources of Information and UK Holiday Planning (P5, M3, D2)

 

Unit 5 – Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

·         Assignment 1 – Climate and Time Zones (P1, P2 M1, M2, D1, P3,M3)

 

 

Unit 4 – International Travel and Tourism Destinations

·         Assignment 3 – What’s the Appeal?

 

 

Year 11 Unit 4 – International Travel and Tourism Destinations

·         Assignment 3 – Where in the World?

 

Unit 1 – The UK Travel and Tourism Sector (Preparation for exam January 11th 2018)

·         Understand the UK travel and tourism sector and its importance to the UK economy.

·         Know about the industries, and key organisations, within the travel and tourism sector, their roles and interrelationships.

·         Understand the role of consumer technology in the travel and tourism sector.

 

 

Unit 5 – Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

·         Assignment 1 – Climate and Time Zones (P1, P2 M1, M2, D1, P3,M3)

 

 

Unit 5 – Factors Affecting Worldwide Travel and Tourism

·         Assignment 2 – Key Factors of Travel

 

 

Unit 4 – International Travel and Tourism Destinations

·         Assignment 2 – What’s the appeal?

 

 

Geography Curriculum

The Geography department sees its distinctive contribution to be related to stimulating within the students an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. Geography helps students to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.

Students look at where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environments interact, and how a diverse range of economics, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on student’s own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

 

Staff in Geography

Mr Barnes – Lead Subject Teacher
Miss Masefield – Teacher
Mrs Dutton – Teacher

The Geography Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Pendle power!
  •  What is the weather going to be like next week?
  • Green field or brown field?
  • Fantastic places

Year 8

  • Adventure landscapes 1
  • Adventure landscapes 2
  • Risky places
  •  Impossible places

 

GCSE – Edexcel A

Year 9

The Physical Environment

  • Changing landscapes of the UK
  • Coasts
The Physical Environment

  • Rivers
  • Weather hazards and climate change
The Physical Environment

  • Ecosystems, biodiversity and management

Year 10

The Human Environment

  • Changing cities

 

The Human Environment

  • Global development
The Human Environment

  • Resource management

Year 11

Geographical investigations

  • Fieldwork
  • UK challenges
Completion of any outstanding topics from Y9-10.
  •  Revision

Useful Geography links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills

Art Curriculum

It is our aim to deliver a syllabus that encourages the acquisition of knowledge, skills and concepts appropriate to the age group. It is also of huge important to us to nurture a Growth Mindset in our learners, that is, the belief that an individual does not have a pre-defined level of skills, but that by being challenged and by trying hard, we can always get better. We endeavour to “get it”.

We change our words to change our Mindset – if it’s difficult, we’re learning and if we don’t think we can’t do it at that point, we add the word…YET. We set challenge, encourage co-operation, respond to the work of others, learn new techniques and work in a variety of media. We strive to build confidence, resilience and creativity.

Staff in Art

Mrs Hopkins – Lead Subject teacher
Mr Windle – Teacher

 

The Art Curriculum

Our themes vary depending on events at the time, but coverage doesn’t. We keep a balance of aspects of the subject. The overarching aim for Year 7 is to deliver a Syllabus that builds confidence. In Year 8, it is “Drawing for Purpose” that underpins our themes.

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 7 Do you “get it”?
Natural Forms, Media & looking at the work of others***
Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/*** Constructing drawings, colour  and Still Life. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Fantastic & Strange / Cultural influences.

 

Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Graphics-themed topic.
Year 8 “Drawing for Purpose” & responding to the work of others*/*** the Human Figure, Faces. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/*** Abstraction. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Technical drawing – illusion. Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/*** Landscape.

 

Year 8 Students opt for the subject to take in Year 9. Work continues to build on previous study, making further steps into understanding GCSE expectations and training students to deliver evidence through sketchbooks, prep sheets and using the media in their Art packs to continue work at home through to Year 11.

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 9 Component 1: topic 1 – Poetry Stones & War Art. Component 1: topic 1 – Poetry Stones & War Art Understanding the Assessment Objectives. Component 1: topic 2 – Assessment Objectives – Cultural Influences. Component 1: topic 2 – Assessment Objectives – Cultural Influences.
Year 10 Component 1: topic 3 -Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response*** Natural Forms. Component 1:  topic 3 – Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response*** Natural Forms. Component 1: topic 4 – Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response***

Fine Art.

Component 1 topic 4 – Assessment Objectives, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response***

Fine Art.

Year 11 Component 1 –

Printmaking.

Component 1&2 – Consolidation of Component 1 and Delivery of Component 2 (“the Exam”). Component 2 – “the Exam”.

The GCSE assessment descriptors can be found here.

* Artists, designers, photographers, architects, sculptors, craftspeople.

** Art from other cultures

*** SMSC

Useful Art links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills document

Media Studies Curriculum

Today we’re surrounded by media wherever we look. There’s the internet, TV, film, radio, magazines, papers … the list goes on.

Not only is Media Studies interesting and relevant, it gives you valuable skills to help understand the world around you. You can apply many of these skills to GCSE English too – students often do better in English when they take Media Studies as well.

Hoping for a career in the exciting, innovative and competitive entertainment and media industries? GCSE Media Studies will give you a great head start.

 

Staff in Media Studies

Mr Sanna  – Lead Subject Teacher

 

Media Curriculum

All students choosing Media Studies as an option subject from 2016-17 will be sitting the Eduqas (WJEC) 9-1 GCSE.

Current Year 11 students will be the last to sit the AQA GCSE A*-G qualification.

In Year 9, we focus on basic subject terminology and building practical skills required for the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) component of the GCSE. In Year 10 and 11, students will study the key concepts in depth, discuss and analyse the set texts and complete the NEA component.

Current Year 11 students work on their final assignment until Christmas before preparing for this year’s exam topic – Serial Television Drama.

Eduqas GCSE – From 2016 

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 9 Introduction to Media

Students look at the four key concept areas of Media Studies – Language, Institutions, Audience and Representation

One Minute Film Project

In this unit, students learn some of the media language used specifically for moving image. They then apply these terms practically in planning and producing a one minute film.

Newspapers & Magazines

Students will look at the forms and conventions of print media, consider ownership and institutions

Advertising & Marketing

This topic will also include a look at the first of the set products from the exam board (50s Quality Street print ad vs. This Girl Can campaign)

Year 10 Core Unit 1

Media Language

An in-depth look at the theory and terminology required for the course

Core Unit 1

Media Language

 

Exam Specific
Unit 1

A study of the set products that will feature in the exam

Core Unit 2
Media Representation
Exam Specific Unit 2
Core Unit 3

Media Audience

 

Exam Specific Unit 3

Year 11

 

Core Unit 4
Media Institutions
 NEA
Core Unit 5
Media Values
 NEA
Exam Specific Unit 4&5

 

Exam Revision

 

Current Year 11 – AQA GCSE

Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 11

 

Assignment 3 Assignment 3

 

Exam topic prep

Exam topic prep

Useful links

Why study the media?

GCSE Bitesize

One of our students has just braved the Velocity Zip Wire in order to raise money for Wil’s Wishes.
On Sunday Ciara Hatch was accompanied by Mrs Crawshaw, Mrs Stevens and Miss Jackson, where they travelled to Wales to undertake the challenge of ​being able to travel at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, on the longest Zip and fastest Wire in Europe.
Ciara did it as a part of an effort to raise money for Wil’s Wishes. Wil’s Wishes have supported a number of our students over this academic year and will be continuing to support us over the next year.
Ciara has so far raised £370 as part of her sponsorship – a big well done from Mrs Crawshaw, Mrs Stevens and Miss Jackson!

Prom Photos

Professional photographer David Hargreaves was at the prom taking photos of students arriving in their various forms of transport. He also took some portrait shots inside the venue.

If you would like to purchase a copy of any of these photos, details are available on his website.