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27/03/20

Look at this amazing collage produced onto perspex by one of our students in school this week! https://t.co/Tw8mbvKcx9

27/03/20

Science home learning – A task involved making a model of the Earth’s structure from plasticine. https://t.co/nw4EvJUioC

26/03/20

Look at this amazing Hospitality & Catering home learning. Well done - someone's family are in for a treat this evening! https://t.co/vQw189m22D

17/03/20

Money raised for Sport Relief totals £991.31 – Well done everybody and thankyou! https://t.co/USEAlVXQfG

17/03/20

The art department is celebrating the brilliant Frank Stella inspired sculptures from our Year 7 students. https://t.co/wGl7eEHnfq

13/03/20

Look at the amazing work of our Year 11 Masterchefs! https://t.co/6b1SHHy09j

13/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm

13/03/20

Remember that the Art Department are collecting bottle tops to complete a project with recycled material. Please save and send in! https://t.co/e6Pu1KwPLM

12/03/20

Year 9s visited Kent University for a campus day yesterday. They had a skills based session on what they need in University and toured the site. They completed a photography workshop and took photographs of items and places they thought represented University life. https://t.co/VIM0osETVQ

12/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Netball result against RHA - Year 7 win 9-0 Year 8 win 21-0 Well done CDS girls!

11/03/20

Reminder: Year 9 Parents’ Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm - Ensure appointments are being made or contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson dshepperson.kent.sch.uk or Mrs Knight lknight.kent.sch.uk

11/03/20

A small mixed group of students are working on a sculptural piece relating to “places and spaces” for entry into the Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition – entries due by end of March. https://t.co/rMnYKKoOlK

11/03/20

“Grease is the word…” Rehearsals continue for July’s musical performance. Every Thursday after school 2.50pm-4.30pm.

10/03/20

Deadline for Year 8 Options forms - Friday 13 March 2020. Please get these in on time or you run the risk of losing out on your preferred options.

10/03/20

Reminder: Year 7 & 8 Netball at CDS v RHA tomorrow, Wednesday 11 March.

10/03/20

Reminder Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm. Ensure your child is making appointments and any problems contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson or Mrs Knight.

10/03/20

Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th, some of our Year 9 students visit Kent University - An opportunity to explore the campus and take part in University workshops.

09/03/20

Year 9 Kent University Workshop – Confidence in Public Speaking Students were given a character and had to prepare an argument for keeping their place on a hot air balloon, which was then presented to the rest of the class. These included Walt Disney and Donald Trump! https://t.co/4gqBeVpLHQ

09/03/20

Sport Relief – This week a “dance off” is being held daily. Students can go along at lunch time and “bust some moves” with Tik Tok for a small donation to this worthy cause. Watch this space for the total raised at the end of the fundraising! https://t.co/x3t3sLCjKw

09/03/20

Year 7 Rugby at Sandwich tomorrow, 4pm against Sandwich, King Ethelbert, RHA, Dover Christ Church

09/03/20

Year 7 & 8 Girls Netball at home against RHA on Wednesday. Girls, check the team sheets please!

06/03/20

Countdown to CDS Cultural Capital days 2nd and 3rd April: Year 7 visit Kent County Cricket ground Year 8 visit Howlett's Wildlife Park Year 9 Historians visit Leeds Castle Year 9 Geographers visit the O2 and QE Park, London Year 10 visit the Olympic Park, Stratford

06/03/20

"Grease is the Word" Countdown to Grease the musical at CDS in July. Rehearsals every Thursday 3pm-4.30pm

05/03/20

Countdown to Year 9 Parents' Evening, Monday 16th March 4.30pm. Ensure that your child is making appointments! Any problems, contact the Year team.

05/03/20

World Book Day focused on “reading is power” and “get social”. Homework is set on ShowMyHomework for Y7-9 to write a review of one of the reading texts that they have read. Closing date, last day of term. Prizes on offer! https://t.co/d8KUr5iC4Z

05/03/20

Year 10 students took part in a ‘Degree in a Day’ with CCU. They undertook a variety of activities to experience how they would study and research the psychology of video game addiction. Students then presented their work and findings to the group. https://t.co/cCgipJ5bLu

05/03/20

7 Things You should know about the teenage brain https://t.co/cTNfPfCxgn

05/03/20

Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25 https://t.co/enUzC4N6L3 https://t.co/CDgvMBeO6P

04/03/20

CDS have a daily Mindfulness Club that runs at lunch times. Students should speak to Mrs Knight for more information.

04/03/20

Support your child with anxiety issues. https://t.co/z2W7rO9oYe

04/03/20

Need help understanding your teenager's brain? Check this out ... https://t.co/EZlawDUjZA

04/03/20

Support your child with developing strong self-esteem. https://t.co/tMOxSrnNLW

04/03/20

At CDS we have a team of Peer Mentors in Year 10 and 11 that support, and mentor, Year 7 and 8 students. https://t.co/n1w7FTwcSG

03/03/20

Rugby update: Year 7 & 8 played training games against Royal Harbour – results were very close!

03/03/20

Support with ensuring your child is safe online https://t.co/sa29vsHcTi Get tools and tips to support your child's digital wellbeing on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

03/03/20

At CDS we have a Mindfulness Club that runs every lunchtime in our school safe-space

03/03/20

At CDS we have a wellbeing club every lunchtime run by the Headstart Team https://t.co/mJFrMttcp2

03/03/20

As a ‘Headstart’ school we have access to some great support resources for parents – check out the Kent Resilience Hub to support your child’s wellbeing https://t.co/1ILUMsR6z1

02/03/20

International Women’s Week – CDS are hosting assemblies raising awareness.

02/03/20

Upcoming Sport fixtures: 3 March – Year 7 Rugby at Dane Court 11 March – Year 8 & 9 Netball against RHA (home game)

Design Technology

Examination Board: AQA

Exact Course Title: GCSE Design Technology

Why should I choose to study Design Technology?

This GCSE allow students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of modern materials, contemporary technologies, materials techniques and processes.  Students will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles and materials in greater depth. The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. 

What will I learn?

Students will learn to solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.  Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes and final outcomes, experimenting with modern technology and a wide range of materials and processes.

What will be expected of me?

The new GCSE content has a greater emphasis and link to Science and Mathematics within Design Technology. A passion for these subjects alongside a deeper level of knowledge and understanding will be essential to access the new content of the course, ideally you will be in set 1 or 2 in these subjects. You must be able to meet deadlines, be creative by thinking outside the box and practically minded.

What skills will I develop?

Identifying and investigating design possibilities, producing a design brief and specification, generating and developing design ideas, realising design ideas by producing 2d drawings, 3d modelling and prototypes, analysing and evaluating your outcome against the criteria.

How will I be assessed?

Non exam assessment (NEA): 30-35 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Substantial design and make task, with a prototype and portfolio, based upon a contextual challenge undertaken in Year 11.

Written examination paper: 2 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE

Divided into three sections based on Core technical principles (20 marks) assessing a breadth of knowledge and understanding, Specific technical principles (30 marks) requiring extended responses and in depth knowledge and designing and making principles (50 marks) a mixture of short and extended response questions.

Where will this qualification lead me?  E.g. What further studies are available at Level 3, What career opportunities are there? A level Product Design and Design focused university courses. Opportunities in Engineering, Design and STEM careers.