Design Technology

Year 7

DT Curriculum

Aim

Students will learn about different materials, tools, equipment and processes as well as designing and making products.  Throughout the three years there will be opportunity to develop these skills using wood, metal, plastic and electronic components.  Students will also be taught the importance of safety in specialist rooms as well as time management, individual and group working skills.

Topics covered

There are three examinations.  The examinations are: Modelling physics - (2 hour and 15 minutes paper, 37% of the course), Exploring physics - (2 hours and 15 minutes paper, 37% of the course) and Unified physics – (1 hour and 30 minutes paper, 26% of the course).

In addition, students will be internally assessed for the Practical Endorsement in Physics qualification, which is separate to the A Level Physics qualification.

Homework

This is set according to the school homework policy. It will be relevant to each project, being undertaken and at least twice per term.  This may be research, knowledge and understanding exercises, drawing or preparation of designs for project work.

Assessment

  • continual feedback as projects develop
  • formally at the end of each project

Year 8

DT Curriculum

Aim

Students will learn about different materials, tools, equipment and processes as well as designing and making products.  Throughout the three years there will be opportunity to develop these skills using wood, metal, plastic and electronic components.  Students will also be taught the importance of safety in specialist rooms as well as time management, individual and group working skills.

Topics covered

Copper pendant (metal working skills), Gravity racer (Designing and applying specialist skills), Print design (Graphic products), Packaging design (Applying graphics knowledge)

Homework

This is set according to which project is being undertaken and at least twice per term.  This may be research, knowledge and understanding exercises, drawing or preparation of designs for project work.

Assessment

  • continual feedback as projects develop
  • formally at the end of each project

Year 9

DT Curriculum

Aim

Students will learn about different materials, tools, equipment and processes as well as designing and making products.  Throughout the three years there will be opportunity to develop these skills using wood, metal, plastic and electronic components.  Students will also be taught the importance of safety in specialist rooms as well as time management, individual and group working skills.

Topics covered

LED lighting design, Laminated plywood media stand, architectural modelling, print design.

Homework

This is set according to which project is being undertaken and at least twice per term.  This may be research, knowledge and understanding exercises, drawing or preparation of designs for project work.

Assessment

  • continual feedback as projects develop
  • formally at the end of each project

YearS 10 & 11

D & T product design

Aim

Product Design covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms.  As well as hand skills, a range of processes are used to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the two years a whole range of creative, designing and making skills, technical knowledge, problem solving and time management will be developed.

Topics covered

 

Skill based projects may include: clock design and make, a wood and metal project and design and drawing skills including CAD, which also support knowledge and understanding topics.

The theme for GSCE coursework varies from year to year and is based on the Edexcel specification.

Homework

Initially fortnightly in year 10, then weekly. Homework will include knowledge and understanding exercises, research and design problems.

Assessment

There are two units:

Unit 1: Creative Design & Make coursework.  This makes up 60% of the GCSE and involves a comprehensive design portfolio and a substantial practical product based on the design work.

Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding written exam.  This is 40% of the GCSE.

YearS 10 & 11

D & T Graphic Products

Aim

Graphic Products cover a wide range of products including packaging, point-of-sale display and 3D product design.

Over the two years, a range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding will be developed and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.

Topics covered

Skill based projects may include modelling (shop front design & clocks), application of colour (rendering), printing techniques and a range of drawing  techniques including isometric, orthographic and axonometric projections by both hand and CAD to support knowledge and understanding.

The theme for GSCE coursework varies from year to year and is based on the Edexcel specification.

Homework

Initially fortnightly in year 10, then weekly. Homework will include knowledge and understanding exercises, research and design problems.

Assessment

There are two units:

Unit 1: Creative Design & Make coursework.  This makes up 60% of the GCSE and involves a comprehensive design portfolio and a substantial practical product based on the design work.

Unit 2: Knowledge and Understanding written exam.  This is 40% of the GCSE.

Year 12

Product Design

Aim

Students are encouraged to develop their capacity to design and make products appreciating relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing.  This is a foundation to progress to higher education.

Topics covered

Counter-top point of sale display and a novelty item (undertaking manufacturing process techniques)

Unit 1: PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

Unit 2: PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

Homework

Research and design related problems connected with PROD2

Knowledge and Understanding questions

Assessment

Unit 1:  2 hour written paper

Unit 2: Coursework approximately 50 hours

Year 13

Product Design

Aim

Students are encouraged to develop their capacity to design and make products appreciating relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing.  This is a foundation to progress to higher education.

Topics covered

Students are encouraged to explore and develop a personal project of their own choice.

Unit 3: PROD3 Design and Manufacture

Unit 4: PROD4 Design and Making Practice

Homework

Research and design related problems connected with PROD4

Knowledge and Understanding questions

Assessment

Unit 3: 2 hour written paper

Unit 4: Coursework approximately 60 hours