Design and Technology

What students will learn? 

Year 7

Pupils will experience a range of projects through modules of Computer Aided Design, Systems & Control, Food Technology & Resistant Materials. They will undertake a range of projects including:

Bridges project: Team building exercise in which pupils will learn how to design and make a tower and bridge. There will be a focus on team working, problem solving, knowledge of materials & structural processes.

Flower Holder: Design & make task that allows pupils to develop and apply their knowledge of machines and materials to create a flower holder.

Acrylic Key ring Project: Creatively exploring design opportunities’ within which to create a product for a specified target market.

Sustainability Project: Developing ethical and environmental awareness with a focus on creating a sustainable product.

Food technology: Understanding the importance of a balanced diet, nutrition and ingredients

CAD/CAM: Using 2D design, Google sketch up and Pro Desktop to produce outcomes via the laser cutter

Systems and control(electronics): Developing soldering skills and understanding the function of components used in electronic sub systems. 

Year 8

Pupils will experience arrange of projects through modules of CAD, graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control and food Technology. They will undertake a range of projects including.

• Graphics based project – Students will learn skills in orthographic and isometric drawing.

• The moving Toy Project – Understanding of mechanisms.

• Pewter key ring Project- Working properties of metals and acrylic.

• Systems & Control – Create an electronic Organ. Skills taught in soldering electronic components.

• Food Technology – license to cook delivering arrange of skills.

• CAD/CAM-using 2D tools and Pro Desktop software using the laser cutter. 

Year 9

Students will experience a range of projects through modules of CAD, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems & Control and Food Technology. They will undertake a range of projects including:

• The Mini Project

• In the Design Style of Ikea

• Clock Project

• Systems & Control - Electronic MP3 player

• Food Technology – Healthy Eating

• CAD – Using 2D Tools and ProDesktop software to produce an outcome using the Laser cutter. 

How will they be assessed?

Year 7

•Presentation of group work

•Peer and formative assessment strategies used to assess current progress

•Monitoring via marks books

•Through completion of practical and design work in all design and technology modules

•Spelling and meaning tests Food technology – assessment of practical outcomes

•Systems & control – quality of outcome (soldering) completion of examination.

•End of year assessment through examination

•VLE tasks

•Meeting individual targets set by the teacher 

Year 8

• Through completion of practical outcomes and design work.

• Testing knowledge and understanding of keywords used in Design and Technology-

• Spelling test.

• Understanding of graphical techniques

• (Graphics Project)

• Food technology – license to cook online programme.

• Formative – presentation on their practical outcomes.

• Systems and control. Organ completion and soldering of circuit board.

• Completion of maze game using 2D tools and the laser cutter.

• Investigation – disassembly and evaluation task (IDE)

• End of year examination

Year 9

• Investigation of Design Tasks and finding solutions.

• Designing for purpose • Planning for production

• Marking and Numeracy in production

• Presentation skills in all areas of Design Technology

• Evaluation of outcome against specification criteria.

• Use of key terminology

• Use of tools and equipment accurately and safely.

• Practical skills – awareness of health and safety

• End of Year Examination 

Home Learning

Year 7

A range of homework tasks are set for the different areas of DT, involving a cross curricular project with other departments.

• Revision for spelling tests and keyword definitions for all projects completed.

• Research tasks- using internet search engines e.g. research task on Mini cars.

• Design Work - creativity in producing design ideas for projects and annotating ideas with strengths and weaknesses. A3 Design sheets are produced for Project work.

• Bringing ingredients to school for Food Technology

• Attending workshop sessions during lunch hour to work on practical outcomes.

• Evaluative work - Testing their practical outcomes outside of the school environment and gaining user feedback. Comments of users and reflection of the project.

Year 8 

Yr8 Home Learning project A range of homework tasks are set for the different areas of DT, involving a cross curricular project with other departments.

• Revision for spelling tests and keyword definitions for all projects completed.

• Research tasks- using internet search engines e.g. research task on Mini cars.

• Design Work - creativity in producing design ideas for projects and annotating ideas with strengths and weaknesses. A3 Design sheets are produced for Project work.

•Bringing ingredients to school for Food Technology

• Attending workshop sessions during lunch hour to work on practical outcomes.

• Evaluative work - Testing their practical outcomes outside of the school environment and gaining user feedback. Comments of users and reflection of the project

Year 9

A range of homework tasks are set for the different areas of DT

• Revision for spelling tests and keyword definitions for all projects completed.

• Research tasks- using internet search engines e.g. research task on Mini cars.

• Design Work - creativity in producing design ideas for projects and annotating ideas with strengths and weaknesses. A3 Design sheets are produced for Project work.

• Bringing ingredients to school for Food Technology

• Attending workshop sessions during lunch hour to work on practical outcomes.

• Evaluative work - Testing their practical outcomes outside of the school environment and gaining user feedback. Comments of users and reflection of the project.

 

How can parents support their child?

Year 7

•Encouraging good, clear presentations.

•Monitoring the progress of their design work.

•Celebrating their achievements’.

•Help to stimulate further interest by providing resources that may provide further insight.

•Taking part in Stemnet projects and the Allotment club.

•Take an active role in their learning by discussing and questioning.

•Provide resources such as ICT search engines, books, magazines, television programs of interest such as the Discovery channel.

•Encourage recycling 

Year 8

• Parents can help their son/daughter in a number of ways over the academic year

• Following the progress of their design work and celebrating their design work and celebrating their practical outcomes.

• Encouraging positive responses from teacher comments

• Assisting them with research task and helping to widen the understanding of then concept of design- use of ICT search engineers, books and magazines, visiting the exhibitions’ and museums, relevant television programmes such as the discovery channel.

• Encouraging good, clear presentation of work.

• Involvement in the school allotment club and stement project

• Participating in Technology led activities e.g. plastics recycling, energy conservation.

Year 9

• Encouraging pupils to make informed choices for their GCSE options. At GCSE level Design Technology promotes creativity and innovation and aims to harness skills through promoting independent learning and challenging learners perception of the world they live in.

• Following the progress of their design work and celebrating their practical outcomes

• Encouraging positive responses from teacher comments

• Assisting them with research tasks and helping to widen the understanding of the concept of design– use of ICT search engines, books and magazines, visiting exhibitions and museums, relevant television programmes such as the Discovery channel.

• Encouraging good, clear presentation of work.

• Involvement in the school allotment club and Stemnet projects

• Participating in Technology led activities – e.g. plastics recycling, energy Conservation