Design & Technology
Design & Technology
The aim of teaching Design and Technology is to help pupils solve problems by designing and making. Whilst doing so, we aim to promote the individual's designing and problem solving skills as well as their making or manufacturing skills.
Pupils will learn...
- Use current technologies.
- Solve problems.
- Be creative thinkers.
- Present ideas.
We aim to give pupils the opportunity to experience and develop a variety of different skills, accessing a range of materials and processes that can be formed to make a range of products. Typically pupils are encouraged to work with woods, plastics, metals or any combination of these materials.
Year 7 - Bug Troch Project
Content: Pupils will follow the Bug Torch scheme of work, which involves researching, planning, designing, making & evaluating. They make use of a range of hand tools to shape & form materials, creating a functioning LED torch as well as its packaging.
Year 7- Honey Pot
Content: Pupils will follow the Honey pot scheme of work, which involves researching, planning, designing, making & evaluating. Pupils will work with clay constructing a honey pot making reference to the designers Clarice Cliff and Stephanie Pace. They will work out their ideas with some precision, taking into account how the product will be used. They will develop their understanding of designing and making and expand their practical skills. Pupils will use a range of tools with a high level of accuracy gaining knowledge of clay processes and mark making techniques. They will use a range of tools and equipment safely with a high degree of accuracy. The project allows pupils to understand the importance of processes such as the importance of wedging, scoring and slipping when joining clay to clay in order to construct a 3 dimensional functional pot.
Year 8 - Pencil Case Project
Content: Pupils will follow the Pencil Case scheme of work, which involves researching sustainability, planning an initial specification, designing, developing, making & evaluating. They are introduced & use different hand tools to create a box using a range of materials. Pupils are also introduced to CAD/ CAM, using computers & machines to create a vinyl sticker as a part of their design.
Year 8 - CAD/ CAM Phone Holder
Content: Pupils will follow the CAD/ CAM Project scheme of work, which involves making use of various researching methods, analysis of production, independently planning a specification, designing, developing through modelling, making & evaluating. Pupils develop their use of CAD/ CAM, designing a product made using the laser cutter & other workshop tools.
Year 8 - Trinket Box
Content: Pupils will follow the Trinket scheme of work. This project allows pupils to understand the importance of recycling, how to produce a material out of recycled products, and includes the techniques of embossing & various stitching processes in order to construct a 3 dimensional functional box. Pupils will research designers Jennifer Collier and Pricilla Jones who use recycled products as a material to construct new products.
Assessment: All KS3 work is assessed through a range of teacher, self & peer assessment tasks, in line with the current banding System.
At Key Stage Four, GCSE Design & Technology is offered. The course is set up to work on a develop skills taught at Key Stage three, working on a range of projects with a variety of materials that can be formed to make a range of products. Typically pupils are encouraged to work with woods, plastics, metals or any combination of these materials to create a variety of products.
Year 09 & 10 – Design & Technology – AQA
Content: Students focus on developing & improving their practical & creative skills, building on what was introduced during KS3, through a series of ‘design & make projects’. Pupils follow a variety of schemes of work, carrying out projects that involve working with a range of materials & techniques.
Assessment: Work is assessed through a range of teacher, self & peer assessment tasks in line with the current AQA Design & Technology Specification.
Year 11 - Resistant Materials – AQA
Content: Students are required to carry out a design & make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of developing a made outcome & concise design folder. The focus of the folder is to carry out a range of investigations, planning a thorough specification, designing, developing through modelling, technical drawing, making & evaluating.
Assessment: Pupils are assessed by Controlled Assessment & by an end of year exam. Course work is internally assessed through a range of teacher, self & peer assessment tasks, it is then externally moderated.
Unit 1: Written Paper: 2 hours, 120 marks, 40% of the total marks.
Unit 2: Controlled Assessment: 90 marks, 60% of the total marks – A design & make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of made outcome & concise design folder.
Collins: GCSE AQA Design & Technology Revision Guide
Collins: GCSE AQA Design & Technology workbook
Although the course is following a new specification, using the previous specifications examination papers will help prepare for examinations.
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For further information about Design & Technology please contact the Mr O Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org