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Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent

In the Design and Technology department your child will experience a curriculum rich in challenge and excitement. We aim to introduce students to a variety of materials and technologies in lessons, all of which take place in our Design and Technology block.

Please read on for a description of the projects that your child may complete in the Design & Technology department. At Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8) students complete projects on a rotation, experiencing different aspects of design and technology.

Facilities

The department consists of one Product Design workshop & classroom, one Engineering workshop & classroom, one Food Technology room & classroom and a CAD computer suite.

We are equipped with an A2 laser cutter and numerous 3D Printers.

The department is particularly well equipped with a full range of traditional tools and machines for working in wood, metal and plastics. We also have the equipment to deliver teaching for Systems, Graphics and Food Technology.

Our Expectations:

  1. Arrive to lessons on time.
  2. Bring the correct equipment.
  3. Exercise Book
  4. Pen
  5. Pencil
  6. Rubber
  7. Ruler
  1. Present work to a high standard:
  • Draw a margin on every page
  • Underline the date and title
  • Draw a line through any mistakes with a ruler
  • Write in pen and draw in pencil

      2. Follow the taught health and safety guidelines:

  • Line up quietly outside the classroom at the start of a lesson
  • Follow all health and safety rules of the workshop / food room
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Wear an apron
  • Always wear the personal protective equipment provided when using machinery.

      3.Demonstrate positive behaviour for learning:

  • Respect people, place and property
  • Be polite
  • Behave responsibly so that others can learn and feel safe
  • Listen and follow instructions

Events/trips/Visits applicable to department

  • Festo
  • Bake Off Challenge

Online learning resources with links

Use the links below to visit our favourite sites.

http://www.flying-pig.co.uk/

Paper automata models

http://www.technologystudent.com/

D&T learning resource

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design

D&T learning resource

http://designmuseum.org/

The history of design and much more!

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

The history of design and much more!

http://www.stephensinjectionmoulding.co.uk/

Learn about injection moulding

Courses/subjects offered

KS3 (Years 7 and 8) Design Technology

The topics covered by years 7 and 8 along with projects are detailed in the table below.

 

Years

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

 

 

Year 7

Topic:

Timbers

Topic –

Metals

Topic –

Polymers

Topic –

Papers/ Boards

Topic –

Systems/ Textiles

 

Project:

Racing Car

Project:

Coat Pegs

Project:

Blister Packaging

Project:

Music Festival

 

Project:

Mood light

 

 

 

Year 8

Topic:

Timbers

Topic –

Metals

Topic –

Polymers

Topic –

Papers/ Boards

Topic –

Systems/ Textiles

 

Project:

Maze Design

 

Project:

Metal structures

Project:

Laser cut rulers

Project:

Scene in a box

 

Project:

Animal door weights

 

Assessments: End of unit test, Practical work and design process portfolio

KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Year 9 will develop and hones the skills necessary to fully prepare them for DT in years 10 and 11. This will be done through the delivery of a variety of projects where students will focus on both practical and knowledge based skills.

Year 10 Key topics to be taught this year:

GCSE Year 10 Product Design

Terms

Topic

Further details about the topic

Skills

 

Term 1

  • Energy consumption, Emerging technologies, Smart modern materials, mechanical devices, electronic systems, ferrous and non-ferrous metals

 

  • Polymers, Fabrics and Fibres, Timbers, Structures, Paste and present designers, Design strategies

 

Theory based work with focused practical tasks

Practical and analysis skills

 

Term 2

  • Specialist material area

(at teacher’s discretion)

Theory based work with focused practical tasks

 

Practical and analysis skills

 

Term 3

  • Specialist material area

(at teacher’s discretion)

Theory based work with focused practical tasks

 

Practical and analysis skills

Term 4

  • Re-cap on ‘core’ theory

 

 

Theory based work with focused practical tasks

 

Practical and analysis skills

 

Term 5

  • Contextual Challenge NEA

 

Investigation, Specification and design

Specification and initial ideas for chosen contextual challenge

 

 

Year 11 Key topics to be taught this year:

GCSE Year 11 Product Design

Terms

Topic

Further details about the topic

Skills

Term 1

Contextual Challenge NEA

Investigation, Specification and design

 

Specification and initial ideas for chosen contextual challenge

Term 2

Contextual Challenge NEA

Design, review, develop

 

Design ideas for chosen contextual challenge

Term 3

Contextual Challenge NEA

Manufacture and Evaluation

 

Making and evaluating for chosen contextual challenge

Term 4

Exam preparation for exam theme

Recap theory and work on exam style questions and practice papers.

 

Practice questions

 

Understanding how to achieve higher marks

Term 5

Exam preparation for exam theme

Recap theory and work on exam style questions and practice papers.

 

Refining techniques, working through complete past papers

 

We also offer NCFE VCERT Level 2 in Engineering.

KS5 (Years 12 & 13)

We offer OCR A Level Engineering at KS5. This follows on from and further develops skills that were introduced at GCSE.

Career links

Qualifications in Design Technology can lead to a wide variety of careers, including:

- Fashion Designer

- Architect

- Product designer

- Civil engineer

- Software engineer

- Teacher/University lecturer