Design & Technology

Key Stage 3

Year 7

This year students will embark on a program of study based on the new National Curriculum for Design and Technology. They will learn about the importance of safety in the workshops, before embarking on a number of practical projects including a basic electronic/soldering project of a Moisture Tester before going on to develop basic design communication skills including sketching, drawing controlled lines. 3D sketching and annotation. This year, with the inclusion of laser cutting technology, students will learn how to use CAD/CAM in design and will apply this to the design and make of models, which will include logos and typography in creating signage to develop brands and convey messages. For the final product of the year, students will use CAD software to design and make pewter caste jewellery to a given theme.

Year 8

The theme of designing will continue into this year beginning with analysis of famous or household products to help learn about products and inspire students for their own design work. Students will learn how existing products can be a rich source of information and develop designs using rendering and modelling and CAD to communicate designs. Students will then move on to design and manufacture a small batch of identical lanterns based around a theme. Students work in groups to design and manufacture lanterns to help them understand manufacturing processes including batch and scales of production. For the final product for this year group, they will develop an understanding for a basic product: salad servers and explore how design can improve the product. They will investigate a range of options before producing a specification, making examples and considering finishing techniques.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 will experience a range of opportunities to enhance their skills in CAD/CAM, and advanced modelling to communicate their ideas.

At the start of the year, all students will investigate the Art Deco design era and use the influences of Art Deco in the design of a trinket box that will test the skills of woodworking and joint construction. Learning to apply elements of popular designers and design eras are necessary to develop students in the art of innovation in design.

Students will also design and make an educational product for a child, identifying a ‘client’ (child between 0-5) and understanding her needs, wants and interests; conducting product analysis, generating ideas and a specification, prototyping and planning production, manufacturing and evaluating the product. The opportunity for use of CAD/CAM to model and test the outcomes of the designs is an essential part of the development of the product.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Resistant Materials Technology 2016-18 - Year 11

Course Title Design and Technology – Resistant Materials Technology
Examination Board AQA
Qualification GCSE
Specification 4560 Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) Unit 2: Design and Making Practical (45602)
QN Code 50046093
Link to specification
Summary of course content Candidates will be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Candidates will have a working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials, building on the skills and knowledge gained at KS3. Candidates will gain an awareness of the need to consider sustainability and environmental issues and on the impact of this on their design work The specification provides an excellent route into GCSE Product Design and the Diplomas in manufacturing and product design or engineering at level 3.
How will I be assessed? Unit 1: Written Paper (45601) 2 hours –120 marks – 40% Candidates answer all questions in two sections.  Pre-Release material issued on topic. Unit 2: Design and Making Practical (45602) Approximately 45 hours – 90 marks – 60% Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of tasks set by the exam board
What type of activities take place in lessons? Year 10 is focused on revising skills learnt in KS3 and building the additional knowledge needed for the course.  This will include a design portfolio of information about the key materials and processes.  The portfolio will include:  research tasks and note making, question papers and end of unit tests, which will be used as revision for the final GCSE exam.  Within this portfolio practical tasks are built in which reinforce the learning taking place.   This portfolio is key to the success of the controlled assessment as pupils gain enough knowledge and understanding to be able to work independently and make informed choices about what they develop as their controlled assessment task.  Controlled assessment is started in the summer term of year 10, allowing candidates the full 45hours to complete a high standard of work.
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework will be a range of small projects, research, finishing class tasks and revision.
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How will this help students in the future? The specification provides an excellent route into GCSE Product Design and the Diplomas in manufacturing and product design or engineering at level 3. Vocational careers in practical areas such as construction, building and engineering.
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? It will develop a deeper understanding of all materials and their properties and a deeper understanding of the impact on the environment
What Skills will I develop? Practical Skills Problem Solving Skills Presentation Skills Communication Skills

GCSE Resistant Materials 2017-18 - Year 10 & 11

Course Title KS4- GCSE Resistant Materials
Examination Board AQA
Qualification GCSE
Link to specification
Summary of course content

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

How will I be assessed?

Written exam – 2 hours 100 marks

50% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment (NEA): 30–35 hours approx. 100 marks

50% of GCSE