Fashion Café. A Sawtry Community College Experience. Introduction The Theme & Subjects Involved The Role of the Subjects What Happened in Each Area The Companies Involved The Clothes Cross-Curriculum The Evenings AQA Specifications Evaluation Next Time How to use this CD Thank You.
A Sawtry Community College Experience
One of the problems faced in Design and Technology is the students understanding of the different areas of the department. It is often not seen as a full department, with different areas being segregated away from the rest, and sometimes (except from department meetings) teachers do not get the opportunity to discuss ideas and strategies to bring things forward. This maybe due to facilities, or the time available to staff to be able to get together.
At Sawtry, we decided to try and see whether it would be possible to put together a project that allows students to work independently in separate subjects in the Department, yet be able to pull all the work into one large scale project. This is where the Fashion Café came about. The idea was to incorporate every student in a year group, work with them and produce an event with real, useable and viable products that have a purpose. There was a deadline, with paying customers that expected a certain standard/level of service.
This CD will allow you to understand the work for this project, and allow you to use the materials that we have produced, and perhaps encourage you to try out this new venture in your own school. The work can be adapted or used as it is…For us, the project took 4 months in Year 10 with the students having 3 hours of Design and Technology a week.
To consider their own health and safety and that of makers, manufacturers, individual users and society at large.
To design for manufacturing in quantity.
To plan for quality control and quality assurance when designing.
To use graphic techniques and ICT, including CAD to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals.
To be flexible and adaptable in their designing, in order to respond to problems, changing circumstances and new opportunities.
To ensure that the quality of their design solution will be suitable for intended clients and consumers.
To match materials and components with tools, equipment and processes to produce quality products.
To use tools and equipment safely, accurately and efficiently to achieve an appropriate fit, finish and reliable functioning in products that match their specifications.AQA Specifications
To simulate production and assembly lines
To be adaptable in their working practices, in order to respond to changing circumstances and new opportunities.
To ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users and devise modifications where necessary that would improve performance.AQA Specifications
All of the Design and Technology areas can be involved as part of the Fashion Café, at Sawtry, we involved:
Each area was responsible for manufacturing different parts of the Café that was subject specific to them… This therefore enabled an easy link to the specifications for each subject at GCSE (AQA).
The first job was to put the students into groups of 5 or 6, ensuring that each group had a variety of students of different sexes and abilities.
The café had an overall theme that D&T staff decided upon - MUSIC - Folk, Dance, Classical and Rock.
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The students worked together with Graphics in order to produce 3D menu displays. Each display had a circuit inside that lit up various points of the menu.
Mass production was the main part of this area. Students were given a broad outline of what they needed to make, then developed it themselves to make it into a new product. All students came up with different ideas, and then discussed these ideas in each group, deciding what flavours, colours and textures were the best. Other major factors that had to be considered were time and space. The food arrived and had to be stored in a safe area. It had to be prepared and cooked and then stored again and reheated. The final parts of the cooking were completed in the school canteen during each evening.
Most of the ambience was created by Graphics. We bought large MDF boards (7ft by 4ft) and used them as a backdrop to the stage for the fashion show. Students designed what they thought would suit the theme, and translated that onto the boards. The students also designed 3D menus that again reflected the atmosphere, as well as the tickets.
In Resistant Materials, the students were going to manufacture condiment sets that were going to be in musical shapes. This idea was then changed because the ideas were getting to be too complicated and were going to be too difficult for the students to manufacture, and be of usable quality. It was therefore decided to mass produce plain, yet identical shapes that could be used for salt and pepper, as well as a candleholder of a similar design.
Textiles gave the waiters/waitresses a corporate identity. They made corporate clothing that was worn on each evening. They also mass-produced beanie buddies that were related to the different types of music that was used as part of the theme to the evenings.
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The Fashion Café could have only been a success with all the different areas contributing in their own ways. All the areas contributed equally to the Fashion Café, these areas are:
A student working on his PCB.
The only difference being was that the salts, had a slant on the design and the peppers had several holes in the top.Resistant Materials
The fashion café lasted for 4 evenings, 6pm until 8.30pm. People came in, were seated and ordered their main course. The order went through to the kitchen staff who prepared the meals.
The food was taken to the tables, and then the plates were cleared at the end of their meals. At 7pm was the first half of the fashion show with students showing off the clothes from Marks and Spencer’s. The first half was to a background of rock and folk music.The Evenings
At 8pm the second half of the show got under way with classical and dance music as the background. We also hired a smoke machine that enhanced the experience for the customers and the students as the show went on.The Evenings
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Marks and Spencer