Year 10 have completed a mock NEA1 (non-exam assessment). This is where students conduct a food investigation which includes a written report. Their brief was to investigate the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of raising agents in baked products. Year 10 have now started their mock NEA2. This mock task this year is to plan, prepare, cook and present a range of dishes from British or International Cuisine. They will make their 3 final dishes in June.
Food Preparation and Nutrition Teacher
Years 11 have now successfully completed their NEAs (non-exam assessments). This will go towards their GCSE grade. Their first task was to conduct a food investigation which included a written report about understanding the working characteristics, function and chemical properties of ingredients. Their second task was to create a written portfolio of knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of food. They also looked at the application of nutrition related to their chosen task. Students prepared, cooked and presented a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours. Year 11 students were very successful in the practical, creating some very professional dishes. Just the written exam in June to go! You can do this!
Food Preparation and Nutrition Teacher
On Monday 5th December, 14 GCSE Design & Technology, Art and Photography students visited Newman College to take part in a range of Textiles, Art and Photography workshops. They learnt all about the courses available and got to experience some of the techniques and skills which they can develop whilst studying A-levels and BTECs at Newman College. A massive thanks to past PGHS student, Chloe Forshaw, who is currently in her second year of her Art & Design BTEC at Newman College. Chloe shared her amazing work and discussed her experience at Newman, as well as the path she has chosen to take since leaving PGHS.
Mrs R Freer
Curriculum Lead for Technology
Year 10 students have learnt about dietary needs and have planned and prepared a vegetarian pizza, complete with pizza box to take home. Students are now looking into the science of making the pizza dough and bread by conducting a science investigation.
The pop up – popcorn club after school was a great success. Students made their own popcorn and then flavoured it with a variety of ingredients. A firm favourite were the marshmallows, sugar and cinnamon!
Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition
On Wednesday 19th November, Year 10 GCSE DT students visited UCLan to take part in fashion, textiles and interior design workshops. Students learned about the different courses that UCLan offers, the university in general and information about recent upgrades. They also had a chance to experience what it would be like to study at UCLan through the different workshops. Students created some amazing outfits by dressing a banana and produced some prototypes of different furniture solutions based on a client’s needs.
Our Literature and Languages Festival took place from 10th October to the 21st October. A variety of activities, competitions and events took place and it was a huge success. Please click the link below to view the newsletter articles about the festival.
Literature and Languages Festival Newsletter – Friday 4th November 2022
This week across Technology, students have been learning about the importance of health and safety in a technology environment. Students have looked into the different types of PPE used in the workshops. They have also learnt how to work safely and hygienically when handling food, by exploring a ‘grime’ scene set up in the food room.
Curriculum Co-ordinator of Technology
Year 7 Textiles
Throughout year 7, students have been designing and creating a range of children’s soft toys, based on a well-known ‘childhood adventure’ character. Students were asked to incorporate a smart material into their design, whilst providing some educational element to the product. Over the year, students have produced a range of imaginative ideas, which meet the needs of their chosen client.
Year 8 Textiles
Students have been busy creating their ‘festival’ themed bags. Students have developed a repeated pattern using CAD and then printed the pattern using Dye Sublimation. Throughout the unit, students developed a range of skills, including how to use the sewing machine, how to use CAD in Textiles and how to adapt a pattern based on the needs of the client. Students have produced a range of multi-use bags suitable for someone attending a festival.
Year 9 Textiles
Students in year 9 Textiles, have created a range of ‘upcycled ’decorative cushions, inspired by a well-known artist or designer. Students have explored how the Textile industry effects the environment and how we can promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of making and purchasing our clothes. Students re-used old clothes to create a range of original and unique cushions, which meet the needs of the client.
Textiles / STEM
Year 9 BTEC Media Group visit to Media City/Salford University
On the 27th June, the new year 9 option group had a fantastic day out visiting Salford University at Media City. They worked in two groups to research, produce and present either a radio or TV news programme.
The girls worked really hard to write and research before rehearsing and presenting in the TV and radio studios. They were given the chance to use industry standard equipment throughout the day in order to make their final news bulletins. They were then given a short tour of the area. This included seeing where a variety of TV and radio programmes such as ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Granada News’ are produced. It was wonderful to see so many of the students enthusiastic about career possibilities in the media sector and many asked some great questions to gain a better insight into university courses that they could apply for.
Mrs L. Gornall
Design and Technology
The group have just completed their final mini project, a child’s night light. There have been some wonderful examples made and the students have embraced the use of CAD/CAM equipment including the laser cutter and vinyl cutter, as well as using vacuum forming and soldering all the electronic components. This mini project has built up both their skills in the workshop and also their knowledge of materials, manufacturing process, health and safety and quality control.
Design and Technology