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Design & Technology

Introduction

Design and Technology shows students how to design and make products that met people’s needs.  It is a challenging subject that enables them to:

  • Design and make quality products
  • Become problem solvers and critical thinkers
  • Develop an enquiring and open mind
  • Understand the impact of design upon our environment
  • Looking at new technologies

The new Design and Technology GCSE specification encompasses all areas of designing and making, so what was previously resistant materials, graphics, textiles, systems and control, and product design are now all one subject.

Our new curriculum for Key stage 3 reflects this, focusing on designing skills, materials knowledge, making skills and evaluating your own work and the work of other designers.

Key Stage 3 Design and Technology

The focus at Key Stage 3 is for students to generate creative design ideas for textile, wood, plastic, metal, system and control and smart materials products.  They will be encouraged to make high quality products and effectively evaluate their own practice through self-assessment.  Students will develop their knowledge of woods, plastics, metals, smart materials, fibres, yarns, fabrics and a range of hand and machine skills.  They will learn to interpret inspiration from a wide range of sources to develop individual original work.

Year 7

Product Design Projects

Design style clock Project

What time is it?  In this project we will be designing a free standing clock based on a design style of the past 100 years. Investigating into Art Deco, Memphis and Organic design to create stylish clocks to be sold in the Victoria and Albert museum.  The clock will be made from acrylic, plywood and mild steel.  Once we have an idea what our designs will looks like we use a computer to draw out designs then use hand and power tools to produce the work.  With this project, you will develop a greater understanding of the design process, generate your own design proposals, gain an understanding of the properties of plastics, woods, and metals, and improve your ability to work accurately and safely with tools.

Design and make a packaging for the clock

You are going to learn the importance of packaging, choosing a suitable net for the product, designing a logo for the product, and producing a complete package using 2D Design.

Textiles Project

During Year 7 pupils will complete 8 weeks of textiles and all pupils will be given the opportunity to make one project, a “creative Cushion”, inspired by multi-cultural designs and decorative techniques.  Students will be taught the importance of health & safety, fabric properties, equipment, hand embroidery, tie and dye, Shisha work, beading, Angelina fibres, machine embroidery, construction techniques, CAD/CAM and the use of the sewing machine.  Students will be expected to work within an A4 booklet which will be provided; students will complete one 3D prototype by using a range of hand and machine skills.

Students will be aware of grade descriptors and target grades to ensure the highest attainments are achieved.

Year 8

Product Design Projects

Biplane children toy project

You will be making a biplane toy which is dedicated to children over 3 years of age.  In this period of life their imagination is always active, they like to act and play roles of various professions.  It will let children to have a good time, but also make them learn something about traffic and vehicles, also to develop their imagination and spend their energy while running around simulating plane flight and at the same time building their muscles.

With this project, you will not only enhance your understanding of the properties of plastics, woods, and metals but also further your ability to work accurately and safely with tools to make quality products.

Textiles Projects

Within textiles all students will be given the opportunity to make a “Beanie Toy”.  Students will be taught the importance of health & safety, sewing machine skills, CAD/CAM, transfer printing, fabric properties, hand embroidery, decorative techniques and construction techniques.  Students will be expected to work within an A4 booklet which will be provided; students will complete one 3D prototype by using a range of hand and machine skills.  Students will be aware of grade descriptors and target grades to ensure the highest attainments are achieved.

Year 9

Product Design Projects

MP3 Amplifier project

Here you will be designing and making a system which amplifies music from your MP3 player or mobile phone.  It is all about selecting the right components and working out where they need to be connected to produce a working circuit.  We then need to make a container to house our circuit and keep it safe and durable.

Textiles Projects

Students in Year 9 will be given the opportunity to develop skills in pattern cutting and a verity of different construction techniques by manipulating, forming and shaping fabric to create original and inspirational design ideas.  Students will use the skills they have learnt to make a “Food Pincushion” comprising of: research, design work, evaluations and a 3D prototype.  Students will be expected to work within an A4 booklet which will be provided.  Students will be aware of grade descriptors and target grades to ensure the highest attainments are achieved.

Key Stage 4 Design and Technology

Year 10

Product Design

Design and Technology follows the AQA course.  Design and Technology until June of Year 10 is all about preparation.  You will be investigating and practising manufacturing techniques, a wide range of materials (woods, plastics, metals, papers/boards, smart materials, modern materials, and textiles) and the design process.

You are going to work on children toy project in order to practice how a portfolio can be generated for GCSE no-exam assessment and enhance your understanding about materials and processes.

Homework will be set on a regular basis and will directly link to the theory and practical elements within the course.

What you learn by June of Year 10 will go on to define the work that you will start in June of Year 10 and finish by Christmas of Year 11.

Textiles

In Year 10 students will begin their GCSE Design and Technology (Textiles) course and work on a range of projects including:

  • A reversible printed bag

  • A skirt

  • Trastion- up-cycling and recycling existing products to create new ones

Students begin their non-exam assessment on 1st June, in the summer term using skills they have learnt over the year, this will be a contextual challenge set by the exam board.

Theory lessons are weekly and concentrate on core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.  Students will gain knowledge about the specification topics in order to apply it to their practical work this equips students with the knowledge required for their non-exam assessment and their written exam.

Homework will be set on a regular basis and will directly link to the theory and practical elements within the course.

Students will have the opportunity to attend two trips, firstly, observing behind the scenes of the Royal Opera House, focusing particularly on theatre costume design and construction and viewing live projects for up and coming performances, secondly, visiting the William Morris Gallery, where students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the Arts and crafts movement.

Year 11

Product Design& Textiles

Non-Exam-Assessment (100 marks)

In June of Year 10 you are given a choice of context in which you will produce a product (textile or product design) alongside a 20 pages portfolio explaining in detail investigation into the design context, research and generating ideas, developing those initial ideas and modelling producing a final prototype/product and evaluation right the way though. You need to complete your product and portfolio by Christmas of Year 11.  This project will make up 50% of your final grade in the GCSE.

Written Exam (100 marks)

After completing non-exam assessment we will start exam preparation.  The GCSE examination is one 2 hour paper covering a wide range of areas.  Its split into 3 sections; core technical principals (multiple choice questions on a wide range of topics), specialist technical principals (longer, 2-5 mark questions focusing on an area of your choice - textiles or product designs) and designing and making principals (Mixture of short and long responses, including an extended 12 mark design question).  This will make up 50% of your final grade in the GCSE.