Design Technology

Year 7 students learn about traditional and modern materials and manufacturing through making a wooden desk tidy, an acrylic polymer mobile device stand and a composite keyring.

Year 8 students develop the skills and knowledge learned in year 7 through manufacturing a simple mechanical toy, an Art Deco inspired passive speaker and an acrylic polymer table lamp.

In year 9 students are encouraged to creatively apply their skills and knowledge to the manufacture of a multi material picture frame, an aluminium animal toy and a laminate wood desk lamp.

YEARS 10 & 11

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (PRODUCT DESIGN)

Aim

Product Design covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products 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

Year 10 is devoted to building student knowledge and skills base through traditional teaching and through making projects. Students will be regularly assessed on their progress.

Year 11 is, in the main, given over to the Non-Examined Assessment component of the GCSE. This requires the students to develop and make a prototype product, this is evidenced through an extensive design portfolio and a physical product.

Homework

Will be set weekly. Homework will include knowledge and understanding exercises, research and design problems.

Assessment

There are two parts to the GCSE assessment

Component 1: Creative Design & Make coursework. This makes up 50% of the GCSE and involves a comprehensive design portfolio and a substantial practical product based on the design work.

Component 2: Knowledge and Understanding exam. This is 50% of the GCSE.