Design and Technology

Design and Technology is an engaging subject, encouraging both student genders to develop their capacity to design and make products, addressing human needs and values; cutting across cultural and gender boundaries.  Pupils are set problems and, within guidelines, are asked to solve problems, produce quality outcomes and evaluate their successes and failures.  Environmental, cultural, historical and ergonomic research may be needed to solve a problem, moral and aesthetic judgements may be needed to generate a solution. Teachers within the faculty are good role models that set standards, have high expectations and encourage all pupils.

Key Stage 3:

Key Skills developed during this course are:

•             Problem solving.

•             Research based learning.

•             Developing graphic communication both in freehand and using CAD (Computer Aided Design).

•             Reinforcing numeracy and literacy skills.

•             Confidence in mathematical operations.

•             Analysis of statistics and data.

•             Developing tool handling and dexterity.

•             Full participation in all activities in order to develop Personal learning and thinking skills.

A termly rotation at KS3 enables all students to experience and to be assessed through the following projects:

Year 7:

Term 1:

In Resistant Materials: Health and Safety introduction and 3D robot project

In Control Technology: Health and Safety introduction and flashing badge project

In Computer Aided Design: Introduction to and use of CAD drawing processes

Term 2:

In Resistant Materials: Desk tidy & Automata

In Control Technology: Night Light & Mechanical grabber

In Computer Aided Design: Maze & Pen

Term 3:

In Resistant Materials: Desk tidy & Automata

In Control Technology: Night Light & Mechanical grabber

In Computer Aided Design: Maze & Pen

 

 

Year 8:

Term 1:

In Resistant Materials: Trinket box and Pewter pendent

In Control Technology: Sweet dispenser & Mono Amp

In Computer Aided Design: Moisture sensor and Cyber-pet

Term 2:

In Resistant Materials: Trinket box and Pewter pendent

In Control Technology: Sweet dispenser & Mono Amp

In Computer Aided Design: Moisture sensor and Cyber-pet

Term 3:

In Resistant Materials: Trinket box and Pewter pendent

In Control Technology: Sweet dispenser & Mono Amp

In Computer Aided Design: Moisture sensor and Cyber-pet

Year 9:

Term 1:

In Resistant Materials: Bird Feeder & Sun glasses

In Control Technology: Angle poise lamp & Lego ‘Mindstorm' control

In Computer Aided Design: Bottle opener & USB

Term 2:

In Resistant Materials: Bird Feeder & Sun glasses

In Control Technology: Angle poise lamp & Lego ‘Mindstorm' control

In Computer Aided Design: Bottle opener & USB

Term 3:

In Resistant Materials: Bird Feeder & Sun glasses

In Control Technology: Angle poise lamp & Lego ‘Mindstorm' control

In Computer Aided Design: Bottle opener & USB

 

Key Stage 4:

Year 10 and 11: AQA Product Design

This first year of the two year course deals mainly with students acquiring underpinning knowledge and skills that are essential to their success in both the written paper and the controlled assessment.

The underpinning skills are:

Theoretical Knowledge

Paper/card plus at least one other material

Design issues such as sustainability, packaging, human factors, etc

Manufacturing both school based and commercial methods

Designing and making skills

Drawing and modelling skills

Analytical skills

 ICT skills

Hand, machine and CAM production methods

Assessment is through a combination of assessed practical work leading to a controlled assessment task, worth 60% (internally marked and AQA externally moderated).

A final written examination in the summer term of Year 11 is set and marked by AQA = 40% of the final grade.

Work To Be Studied Term 1 Year 10:

Students will be developing their technical/practical skills using a range of materials and components. Students will also be developing their graphic communication techniques, including the use of computer aided design.

Work To Be Studied Term 2 Year 10:

Students work through a range of focused practical tasks, developing knowledge and skills required to help them with their major coursework project and final written examination.

Work To Be Studied Term 3 Year 10:

Students start their major project choice, carrying out extensive research tasks into a chosen topic area. This coursework accounts for 60% of the total marks.

Work To Be Studied Term 1 Year 11:

Students will continue to develop their major project (controlled assessment).

Work To Be Studied Term 2 Year 11:

Students will continue to develop their major project (controlled assessment) and further revision preparation for their written paper examination

Work To Be Studied Term 3 Year 11:

Students will complete major project controlled assessment coursework and prepare for written examination. This written examination is worth 40% of the total marks.

 

 

 

Key Stage 5:

AQA GCE Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design).

At AS level candidates should develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical

properties of a broad range of materials and components.

 

Year 12: Product Design (3-D Design)

Unit 1: Materials, components and Application;

Two hour written paper = 50% of ‘AS’ grade and 25% of ‘A’ Level grade (80 marks).

Unit 2: PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making;

Coursework design-and-make project and portfolio of work: (approximately 50 hours) = 50% of AS grade and 25% of A Level grade (80 marks).

 

At A2 this knowledge and understanding will be developed through Unit 4 coursework and a further study of how materials and components play a major part in the sections which follow:

• Design and Market Influences

• Processes and Manufacture

 

Year 13: Product Design (3-D Design)

Unit 3: PROD3 Design and Manufacture

Two hour written paper = 25% of ‘A’ Level (84 marks)

Unit 4: PROD4 Design and Making Practice.

Final substantial designing and making activity (approximately 60 hours) = 25% of ‘A’ Level (85 marks).