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The John Bentley School

An Outstanding Centre For Learning

ICT & Technology

The world of ICT and Technology is changing constantly and we strive to keep up with the changes, offering an up-to-date curriculum covering a variety of challenging subjects from animation to programming. The ICT department looks to cover all three strands of the Computing curriculum (Digital Literacy, IT and Computing). As a team we have worked hard to build a new curriculum in Technology and are pleased that we have a wide variety of subjects that students can now study: Food, Product Design and new this year Textiles. The department realise that there is an opportunity to create joint ventures between the two subjects and this is something that we,as a team, will be working towards. Our aim is to ensure that by the time our students leave The John Bentley School, they are confident, responsible, creative and skilled users of ICT & Technology.


Year 7: 

Students study a wide variety of topics these include Digital Safety, Animation, Spreadsheet Modelling, Game Design and Programming. Students are taught the importance of keeping safe online and in particular focuses on Cyber Bullying, Social Networking, Group Chats and Reliability of information which is then put into a podcast. Students then learn about Animation and the different forms this can take. They then create their own animations based on a selection of different scenarios. During the year students also look at Spreadsheet Modelling and then move on to Game Design and Programming, in particular, Python.

Year 8: 

Due to the importance of Digital Safety and its prevalence in today’s society, students start the year looking at different areas of this subject. The focus moves to Blogs/Vlogs, Instant Messaging, shopping online, downloading music, spam and the correct use of emails and this is then presented in a Desktop Publishing format to show their understanding. Following on from this, students look at Graphics and produce their own CD Cover for their favourite artist or band. This also allows us to explore the idea of airbrushing and how ‘Photoshop’ is used in society. Students then study Computer System which include the components of a computer, binary and how a computer works and lastly look at Databases.

Year 9: 

At the beginning of the year students look again at Digital Safety, but to ensure it is targeted the focus moves to the following areas: Legislation, Chatrooms, Downloading/Illegal File Sharing, Online Gaming, Hacking, Inappropriate Images (Sending / Receiving), Privacy Settings and Grooming. Students then move on to study a range of different topics to help prepare them for their GCSEs should they choose this subject. Students look at the idea of designing their own restaurant and look at financing, booking systems and marketing. This allows students to use a wide range of software to accomplish these tasks. Students will then spend some time looking at Computational Thinking, Multimedia and Programming.

Design & Technology

Year 7 Food

An introduction to food and healthy eating. We all know the importance of eating healthily and it's always good to learn what makes a healthy diet. In Year 7 Food Technology students start to learn about what makes a healthy diet and then apply the theory to the practical work that they complete. Students will make a variety of products like fruit salad, muffins and pizza. By the end of the module students should be confident in the Food Technology room, be able to manage their own work station, understand the importance of food hygiene and independently complete practical work.

Year 7 Product Design 

Students start the year by looking at the importance of Design and complete a variety of different activities based around this idea. Students then get taken into the workshop where they are assessed on their practical skills and their ability to use a range of different tools and equipment safely. Students then complete two different projects throughout the year which focus on using Wood based materials.

Year 7 Textiles  

Design and make an Apron. Students creativity for design is encouraged through this interesting and current project about "All things British". Students complete a variety of research and investigation tasks in order to understand their own meaning of what is British. This is then used to help them create their design ideas for a universal project, an apron. Students begin to explore the differences between hand embroidery and machine work. By the end of the module students will have learnt how to use the sewing machine with confidence, be able to identify different pieces of equipment, understand the basics of sewing construction and have built the skills to complete hand embroidery.

Year 8 Food  

Multicultural Sauces. It is important to think about designing food for people who might have different needs. In this module students start to think about different groups of people and how food products can be changed to meet their needs. As sauces accompany many different main meals, the focus is on producing a sauce based main course meal that could be suitable for a family. Students will make products like bolognaise sauce, cheese sauce and curry. This will teach them a variety of skills including food handling, processing and cooking. Students should build on their food hygiene knowledge and become more independent when completing practical.

Year 8 Product Design 

During the year students focus on numerous different projects throughout the year. There is a focus on Designing, Creativity, Skills and Techniques. Students work with a variety of materials, including Pewter and Wood to create a functioning product. Students learn how to work with a variety of different materials in the workshop as well as more advanced tools from Year 7.

Year 8 Textiles  

Cushion Project. The focus of the Year 8 Textiles module is to get students to start to think about how pattern pieces are drafted and how to follow them to make a product. During this project students explore existing products, ready to help them design their final product but they also start to consider colour pathways and trend forecasting. Students draft their own pattern for their cushion and have to choose an appropriate fastening to use. Their machine skills should be improved, as the product needs to include a variety of decorative techniques and students have the freedom to decide the theme of their cushion.

Year 9 Food  

School Meals Project. Students start to understand the restrictions that some designers face when developing new products. The School Meals project makes use of the School canteen and the products they have to offer. We use this as inspiration to start to learn how to modify products and how to get them to fit with a specification. Students make a variety of sweet and savoury products like macaroni cheese, cheesecake, apple pie and quiche. Once they have completed their practical, students then evaluate their work, understanding the importance of sensory testing.

Year 9 Product Design 

Students continue their journey in Product Design by looking at the importance of Design and why it is such an important element before designing a product. Students are then assessed on their ability to use more advanced tools in the workshop before moving on to creating two different projects over the year. The students use a variety of materials ranging from Metal to Wood.

Year 9 Textiles  

Students really start to develop their independent working skills in this module. They start off by completing some product analysis research and completing a variety of machine samples. This is to help students have an improved understanding of the construction of their chosen products. Design work is completed and students are then expected to produce both paper and fabric prototypes of their idea. As they complete this, students start to develop their product and solve any problems with their construction. Once they have prototyped in two different materials, students start to create their final product.