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

Transition project Key Fob (composite material), design and make a pencil/pen holder for a specific gift shop (natural & manufactured timber), moisture sensor (electronic introduction), design and make in Acrylic. 

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), laminating wood and thermoforming acrylic,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

Art & Design (3d Art & Design)

Aim

3D Design  & Graphic 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

 

Portfolio based skill development through drawing, modelling and manufacturing in a wide range of materials using specialist tools and equipment.

Students study two topics over 2 years (Architecture & Body adornment)

Students will conduct and present contextual research including artists etc.

The theme for GCSE coursework varies from year to year and is set by teachers based on exam board suggestions. 

Homework

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

Assessment

There are two units: Architecture - Body adornment, 

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 exam.  This is 40% of the GCSE.

YearS 10 & 11

Art & Design (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 2 year course and a foundation to progress to higher education. 

Topics covered

Passive Speaker (understaking 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 in negoatiation with teachers. 

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