Design Technology

Design Technology encourages pupils to think in a creative way, both individually and as members of a team, to solve problems. Pupils have the opportunity to design and make products for different consumer groups using a variety of tools, materials and equipment. There are five key areas in which pupils are assessed: designing, research, making, planning and evaluation, which are covered by working through a series of projects.

Many areas of design technology are covered, through a range of short projects. All pupils at KS3 will work through tasks to develop their technological skills in Resistant Materials, Systems and Control, Product Design and Graphics.

CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture) is an area of technology that always excites pupils. All pupils from Year 7 will have the opportunity to use this as part of the curriculum. The Laser cutter enables pupils to produce quality products which they have designed on the computer. The cutting plotter allows pupils to design and produce motifs cut from self-adhesive vinyl to embellish their products. The design of the curriculum at KS3 has been reorganised to allow pupils to use CAD/CAM as an integral part of the design and make process.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Pupils work through a series of projects to develop their designing and making skills.  Project one, ‘Clip it!’ is a short focused task working with plastic. Pupils learn how to work safely in a workshop to produce a small quality item. The second task, ‘Hold it!’, requires pupils to build on their experiences of working with plastic to design and make a product to hold items of their choosing. A short computer based project will introduce pupils to 2D Design, the software package linked to the CAM machines.

Year 8 - The Year 8 project, ‘Light up’, broadens the pupils’ Technology experience. In this project they develop their Product Design skills to design and make a working novelty light.  Pupils assemble a working circuit, work with resistant materials to construct a container for the circuit, and design on the computer an illuminated insert which will be manufactured on the laser cutter.

Year 9 - The Year 9 project, ‘Amped!’ sees pupils design and make a working mini audio amplifier. Pupils are introduced to a range of electronic components and put together a working PCB. They build on their skills and experiences throughout Key Stage 3 to develop their designs for their own amps and model them before creating their final product. They use both practical workshop skills and also have the opportunity to use CAD/CAM if they choose.

Homework.- At Key Stage 3, homework is given every lesson. Pupils are set an extended homework project each year lasting approximately 5-6weeks.


Key Stage 4

Resistant Materials is offered at GCSE, Pupils choosing this as one of their options develop their skills and knowledge across a range of resistant materials.

In Year 10 pupils run through a series of projects in woods, metals and plastics to gain further experience working with resistant materials. They are required to produce accompanying folder-work which stands them in good stead to start the assessed element of the course. At the end of Year 10, pupils submit a controlled assessment, based around a theme set by the examination board - currently celebrations. This assessment requires them to work through the design process to produce a folder of work and 3D prototype of a finished product. There is also an external examination in Year 10 about sustainable design.

For Assessment in Year 11, pupils are required to produce a folder of work and make a quality product which has been evaluated. They then run through a series of small tasks and theory lessons in order to prepare them for the final examination.

Examination is by Coursework (60%) and written examination (40%)


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