Art, Design and Technology

KS3 Art and Design

Key Stage Three Art and Design

Art and Design at KS3 consists of a variety of different artistic approaches, skills and experiences. Students will have the opportunity to work in both 2D and 3D using paint, collage, photography and clay.

All students will get the opportunity to learn about different artists and art movements and learn how to analyses and annotate to show levels of understanding.

 

Course outline

Students will produce three units of work of work in their own sketchbooks over the course of an academic year. These will consist of artist research and the students own response to that artist’s work in a variety of materials.

Year 7

Understanding colour & Hundertwasser

Pop Art

David Hockney Landscapes

Year 8

Steampunk

Graffiti

Tim Burton

 

Key Skills:

  1. Observation drawing
  2. Pastel
  3. Clay
  4. Pencil shading
  5. Watercolours
  6. Photography
  7. Stencils
  8. Enlarging
  9. Collage

Assessment and Progression

Grading system:

CAR Marking- Comment, Action, Response.

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

Assessment will take place three times a year, at the end of each Art unit of work. This will also include observational drawing tests.

 

Extra-Curricular:

Year 7- House Competition

Year 8- House Competition

 

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

KS3 Design and Technology

Key Stage Three Design & Technology

Design and Technology at KS3 consists of a variety of different disciplines. Resistant materials including woods, plastics and metals are covered. Students also get the opportunity to use metal work lathes, drills and C&C machines like the Laser cutter. Food practical and theory is a further discipline covered under D&T banner during KS3.

 

Course outline

The Course is constructed on a carousel system where each discipline is covered for 12 weeks. This gives the students the opportunity to cover each aspect of D&T over the two years.

Year 7

Pewter Key ring

Tangram puzzle

Food

 

Year 8

Pizza Cutter

Picture frame

Food

 

Key Skills:

  1. Research skills
  2. 2D Designer experience
  3. Design and rendering skills
  4. Laser Cutter experience
  5. Finishing and refining skills
  6. Pillar drill
  7. Lathe
  8. Casting
  9. Wood joints
  10. Hard and soft woods
  11. Metals

Assessment and Progression

Grading system:

CAR Marking- Comment, Action, Response.

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

Assessment will take place three times a year, at the end of each D&T discipline.

 

Extra-Curricular:

Year 7- House Competition

Year 8- House Competition

 

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

 

GCSE 21st Century Design

21st Century Design offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems.  Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environ mental and economic factors.

Course outline

Technical principles - 50% Examination

Core knowledge and understanding is presented in five clear and distinct topic areas:

• Design and technology and our world

• Smart materials

• Electronic systems and programmable components

• Mechanical components and devices

• Materials

 

Learners are required to study all of the content in these five areas, to ensure they have a broad knowledge and understanding of design and technology and that they are able to make effective choices in relation to which materials, components and systems to utilise within design and make activities.

 

Design and making principles – 50% Coursework

Core knowledge and understanding that the learners are required to develop and apply is presented in ten clear areas:

 

  • Understanding design and technology practice
  • Understanding user needs
  • Writing a design brief and specification
  • Investigating Challenges
  • Developing ideas
  • Investigating the work of others
  • Using Design strategies
  • Communicating ideas
  • Developing a prototype
  • Making decisions

Students will have the opportunity to design and build the following; jewellery box, speaker, pad lock, night light, paper weigh, fabric toy

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

WJEC

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

50% Coursework

50% Examination

 

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Product Design.

 

Future career links:

Product Designer

Carpenter

Joiner

Furniture Maker

 

Contact:

 

Mr Hudson, Head of Art, Design and Technology - rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Miss Cottrell, Teacher of 21st Century Design - rcottrell@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

This is an established course which is highly successful where 100% students achieved A*-C in 2017. Many students have since gone on to study Art and Didcot 6th Form College.

Course outline

During the GCSE Art course the students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and media including painting and drawing, 3D work and digital media. Many of these skills will be attained through various workshops that they will undertake throughout Y9. They will then use the skills attained in future units of work.

 

They will complete three units of work over the remaining two years which will culminate in a portfolio of work. The units may include focus on ‘The Moving Figure’ ‘Food and Drink’ and ‘The Natural World’. This portfolio of work will equate to 60% of their GCSE.

 

The students will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits to museums and art galleries as well as taking part in visiting artist workshops.

 

During Year 11 students will undertake their Art exam. This will take place over four months and culminate in two days off timetable to complete their finished piece in exam conditions. Exam questions are decided by the exam board and the students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of seven. Examples of questions could be ‘Landscape’ or ‘Light and Dark’. This exam unit is worth 40% of the GCSE.

 

  

 

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

A portfolio of work consisting of three separate units of work (60%).

 

Exam based unit set by AQA produced over four months of Y11 (40%).

 

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Art and Design.

 

Future career links:

Illustration

Artist

Graphic Design

Print maker

Architect

 

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Miss Gooch

cgooch@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

GCSE/BTEC Engineering

GCSE/BTEC Engineering

 

St Birinus School is able to offer bespoke Engineering courses for all individual students. In year 9 students undertake a ‘foundation’ year in which all students gain a broad range of skills and knowledge which equip them to then progress to either the Btec or GCSE qualification.

GCSE Course outline

Non Exam Assessment (40%)

  • A brief is set by the exam board which students respond to.
  • Students produce a body of work which solves the problem through drawings, written work and a finished product.

 

Exam Assessment (60%)

  • Students complete a two hour exam.
  • Some questions in the written exam will relate to practical contexts and students will need to apply their understanding within these contexts.
  • There is a mathematic component to the exam.

 

Btec Course outline

 

Coursework (75%)

  • Analysis of an engineered product, evidenced through a booklet.
  • Students produce an engineered product, learning how to use; holding devices, tools and machinery.

 

Exam Assessment (25%)

  • Throughout the course students build a base of knowledge about the ‘Engineered World’ such as materials and their properties, Engineering sectors and environmental impacts of engineering.

 

Engineering at St Birinus School has strong links with Industry, including the local engineering and science based companies. Engineers will be invited to attend in school workshops and industry based visits. Further to this we hold an annual STEM based careers event – inviting local relevant representatives from these companies to share their passion and insight in to such careers.  Students will be able to experience first-hand what careers are available and what routes in to engineering there are.

 

 

 

 

Text Box: BIG STEM Careers event 2018

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA / Btec

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

Pass, Merit, Distinction

 

Assessment:

2 hour exam in one paper, internal assessed coursework.

1 hour on-screen exam, internal assessed coursework.

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Product Design (Engineering) or Apprenticeship/Further education courses.

 

A-Level Product Design at St Birinus expands on the knowledge gained at GCSE with more complex design and make tasks and a more in depth study of manufacturing processes and industrial experience.

 

Contact:

Mr Brown

sbrown@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

 

GCSE Food

Course outline

The Eduqas GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition course equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating.

 

Component 1: Principles of Food Preparation and Nutrition

This comprises of a written examination (1 hour and 45 minutes) which amounts to 50% of the qualification. This component consists of two sections, both containing compulsory questions and will assess the full range of specified GCSE content.

Section A: Comprises of questions based on specific theme.

Section B: Includes a range of question types to assess the course content related to food preparation and nutrition.

 

Component 2: Food preparation and Nutrition in Action.

Assessment 1: Comprises of a task based on a Food Science Investigation (1,500 to 2000 word plus graphs, charts and photographs) worth 30 marks, 15% of the total marks. This task is covered in an 8 hour Controlled Assessment.

Assessment 2: Comprises of a Food preparation task: to prepare cook and present a menu, on a designated theme  ( No more than 15 pages of A4 content, including  all charts, graphs and photographs). This is worth 70 marks, which is 35% of the qualification. This task is covered in a 12 hour controlled assessment. It includes a 3 hour practical where students will be expected to cook three dishes and accompaniments for their menu.

 

The Specification

 The specification in “GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition” enables learners to make connections between theory and practice so that they are able to apply their understanding of food science and nutrition to practical cooking. This content relates to the study of both food and drinks.

 It encourages learners to cook, enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

 

                 

 

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

Eduqas

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

Component 1:

A written examination at the

end of Year 11 (50%)

Component 2:

Assessment 1: A Food science based investigation (15%)

Assessment 2: A designated themed cookery assessment involving both primary and secondary research. (35%)

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Photography.

 

Future career links:

Hospitality and Catering at Oxford College

Apprentice in the Catering industry

Home Economics

Nutritionist

 

 

 

GCSE Graphics

GCSE Graphics

 

This is an established course which is highly successful where 89% students achieved A*-C in 2017. Many students have since gone on to study Graphics and similar subjects and Didcot 6th Form College.

Course outline

During the GCSE Graphics course the students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and media including printmaking, paper based design skills and digital media through Photoshop. Many of these skills will be attained through various workshops that they will undertake throughout Y9. They will then use the skills attained in future units of work.

 

They will complete three units of work over the remaining two years which will culminate in a portfolio of work. The units may include focus on ‘Movie Poster design’ and ‘Railway Centre merchandise’. This portfolio of work will equate to 60% of their GCSE.

 

The students will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits to The Design museum as well as relevant Art galleries.

 

During Year 11 students will undertake their Graphics exam. This will take place over four months and culminate in two days off timetable to complete their finished piece in exam conditions. Exam questions are decided by the exam board and the students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of seven. Examples of questions could be ‘Cooperate ID’ or ‘Menu Design’. This exam unit is worth 40% of the GCSE.

 

  

Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

A portfolio of work consisting of three separate units of work (60%).

 

Exam based unit set by AQA produced over four months of Y11 (40%).

 

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Graphic Design.

 

Future career links:

Illustration

Web/Game Design

Graphic Design

Print maker

Architect

 

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mrs Cawley

wcawley@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

GCSE Photography

This is an established course which is highly successful where 97% students achieved A*-C in 2017. Many students have since gone on to study Photography at Didcot 6th Form College.

Course outline

During the GCSE Photography course the students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of techniques and media including digital and chemical photography as well as Photoshop skills and how to compose a photograph. Many of these skills will be attained through various workshops that they will undertake throughout Y9. They will then use the skills attained in future units of work.

 

They will complete three units of work over the remaining two years which will culminate in a portfolio of work. The units may include focus on ‘Portraiture’ and ‘Machines and Technology’. This portfolio of work will equate to 60% of their GCSE.

 

The students will also have the opportunity to attend educational visits to The National Portrait gallery as well as other relevant Art galleries.

 

During Year 11 students will undertake their Photography exam. This will take place over four months and culminate in two days off timetable to complete their finished piece in exam conditions. Exam questions are decided by the exam board and the students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of seven. Examples of questions could be ‘Landscape’ or ‘Movement. This exam unit is worth 40% of the GCSE.

 

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Assessment and Progression

Examination Board:  

AQA

 

Grading system:

1-9 (9 is highest)

 

Assessment:

A portfolio of work consisting of three separate units of work (60%).

 

Exam based unit set by AQA produced over four months of Y11 (40%).

 

 

Progression to Post-16:

A-Level Photography.

 

Future career links:

Sports Photographer

Cameraman

Digital editer

Media

 

Contact:

Mr Hudson

rhudson@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

Mr Brown

sbrown@st-birinus.oxon.sch.uk

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