Technology

Technology: Food

Across KS3, Food students will have the opportunity to gain new skills and learn about key elements of the course, for example, food science, nutrition and a balanced diet. They will have an understanding of the importance of diet in maintaining good health and well-being. Throughout KS4, our students will understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health. They will explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional British and International) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.

Through the study of food, all students will develop their creativity and a range of skills in food preparation. They will have the confidence to work independently and the knowledge to make appropriate food choices, to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

Technology: Textiles

KS3 Fashion and Textiles offers learners a range of projects to develop their hand and machine sewing skills. Students explore the basic principles of designing, working with a design brief and specification. We offer an afterschool club where students are able to extend their learning further, through producing exciting and challenging fashion and textile products.

Technology: Product Design and Engineering

During KS3, Engineering students will gain a plethora of new skills, enabling design and development of various products. Students will design and manufacture their own products in our fully equipped workshop, they will be able to identify and use hand/power tools safely and independently. Students will investigate the relationship between design generation and prototyping, using a combination of traditional and digital methods to produce an outcome they can use and keep. Within the programme learners will also cover mechanical properties/mechanisms, CAD (computer aided design), CAM (computer aided manufacture), reading and interpreting technical engineering drawings and evaluating methods of manufacture. The aim is to equip learners with the skills to respond to design briefs through planning, designing and manufacturing viable solutions.

Technology: Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a form of visual communication. It is the process by which visual information is given form and structure to communicate a message. Being a Graphic Designer is the profession of visual communication that combines images, words and ideas to convey information to an audience. Students will be challenged to develop a series of outcomes that involves designing packaging, books, websites and advertisements. Students will gain an understanding of design principles and develop skills using industry standard software. Bodmin College offers Engineering Design and Graphic Design as GCSE options

KS3 Overview

Technology: Food

Year 7

Throughout Year 7, students will learn about the importance of a balanced diet, classifications of fruit and vegetables, yeast production in bread, vitamins, mineral and nutrients etc. Students will be able to recognise the importance of health and safety in the food room and what each piece of equipment is used for.

Practical dishes:

  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Fruit Crumble
  • Bread Rolls
  • Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
  • Fairy Cakes
  • Leek and Potato Soup
  • Rainbow Pasta Salad
  • Scones
  • Muffins

Year 8

Throughout this rotation students will learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, have an understanding of how our food choices are influenced by social, economic, cultural and environmental factors. Students will be able to recognise the importance of health and safety in a kitchen and revisit skills and use equipment learnt in Year 7.

Practical dishes:

  • Shortbread
  • Spiced Fruit Buns
  • Flapjack
  • Pizza
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Butterscotch Buttons
  • Thai Chicken Curry
  • Carrot Cake Muffins
  • Sausage Rolls

Technology: Textiles

Year 7

Kite Project:

Students are introduced to using a sewing machine through creating a range of samples. Research is used to create a range of designs to meet their specification. Students create their final piece using the sewing machine skills that they have learnt.

Felt Badge Project:

Students are introduced to hand sewing skills through creating a range of samples. They look at the properties of natural fibres and their uses, then produce their own felt fabric for their final piece. Students use research to create a range of designs to meet their specification. The final piece will involve the use of hand sewing skills that they have learnt across unit.

Year 8

Bag Project:

Students develop their sewing machine skills through creating a prototype bag. The area of study covers topics like upcycling and how to recycle products. Students use research to create a range of designs to meet their specification and create their final piece.

Monster Project:

Students develop their hand sewing skills through creating a range of samples. This would then lead onto a final piece which would meet their specification and demonstrate hand sewing skills and techniques.

Technology: Product Design and Engineering

Year 7

Pencil Box Project:

This project will introduce students to the engineering design process, encouraging creativity and product development to produce a product they can keep and be proud off. In addition to design a product, students will manufacture their chosen design using both hand tools and machine tools to product an accurate and functional pencil box. Technology is a fundamental in industry, therefore students will also learn to use computer aided design (CAD) to design and manufacture components using computer aided manufacture (CAM) via laser cutting.

Mechanical Toy Project:

Students will design and manufacture a unique automata toy through the application of a working mechanism, manufactured to specific tolerances. This will include the accumulation of practical and theoretical skills and applying these to produce a mechanical toy. Students will create and interpret technical engineering drawings, identify product requirements within a technical specification calculate mechanical travel and assemble a working prototype.

Year 8

Photo Frame Project:

In year 8 students will use a wider range of hand tools and machine tools to produce a very accurate, finished and aesthetically pleasing photo frame to celebrate an important event that is personal to the learner. The focus will be using datum edges, creating technical drawings and being creative and expressive within given boundaries to fulfil a technical specification.

Technology: Graphic Design

Graphic Design Project:

This project will give students a taste of Graphic design and build a foundation of transferable skills to enable a smooth transition if Graphic Design is taken the following year. The project will focus on creating either a range of pop-up cards or a pop-up children’s book. The emphasis will be on fulfilling a design brief and specification as well as identifying and planning to please a specific client/user. The students will develop an aesthetically pleasing style, investigate colour theory, practice the art of kirigami and origami and produce a finished item to present to family and friends.

KS4 Overview

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KS5 Overview

Bodmin College Sixth Form

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