Design Technology

Design Technology Overview

In Design Technology we aim to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge through the use of project –based learning. The course is guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum for Technology, where-by students learn and develop a range of skills which include: designing, making, manual dexterity, analysing, problem solving, creative thinking and evaluating.

The DT department consists of a range of purpose built specialist rooms which include a food technology room, two multi material workshops and a textiles room. All of our specialist rooms are well equipped and students have access to a wide range of tools and cooking equipment.

All students are assessed on a regular basis through a variety of techniques which enable students to measure progress against the National Curriculum and subject assessment criteria. They are given valuable feedback on how to improve their work.

Resistant Materials Technology

Year 7 Design Tasks

Knowledge and skills taught

Key Tab Project and Packaging

Coat Hook Project

Electronic Badge Project

Work shop safety

Sketching

Rendering

2 D designs

Fireworks

Drawing equipment

Scale drawings

Specifications

Properties of materials

Thermo and thermoset plastics

Manufactured boards and wood

Painting

Electronics

Jigs

Templates

Moulds

Techsoft 2D Design

Tinkercad 3D design

3D printer

CAD—sizing a picture

CNC Router

Laser Cutter

Drills

Vacuum Forming

Line Bending

Oven

Soldering irons

Buffer

Sander

Marking out

Cutting

Filing

Joining

Bending and shaping plastic

Finishing

Evaluation/test

Social, moral, cultural and spiritual in DT

 

 

Year 8 Design Tasks

Knowledge and skills taught

Mechanical Toy Project

Hand Steady Game Project

Work shop safety

Sketching

Rendering

2 D designs

3D designs—isometric free hand

Drawing equipment---isometric

Specification

Construction techniques

What is a mechanisms

4 types of motion

Various Mechanisms

Focus on Mechanisms

Focus on Mechanical Toys

Properties of materials

Thermo and thermoset plastics

Manufactured boards

Softwood

Electronics

Jigs

Templates

Moulds

Techsoft 2D Design

CAD- sizing a picture

CNC Router

Laser Cutter

Drills

Vacuum Forming

Line Bending

Oven

Soldering irons

Buffer

Sander

Hand tools

Portable power tools

Marking out

Cutting

Filing

Joining

Bending and shaping plastic

Finishing

Evaluation/test

Social, moral, cultural and spiritual in DT

 

 

Year 9 Design Tasks

Knowledge and skills taught

Phone Holder Project 

Desk Tidy Project

Work shop safety

Sketching

Rendering

2 D designs

3D designs—2 point perspective free hand

Drawing equipment—2 point perspective

Specification

Construction techniques

Properties of materials

Thermo and thermoset plastics

Manufactured boards

Softwood and hardwoods

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals

Jigs

Templates

Moulds

Techsoft 2D Design

Laser Cutter

Dip coating

Riveting

Drills

Vacuum Forming

Line Bending

Oven

Forge

Buffer

Sander

Hand tools

Portable power tools

Quality control

Marking out

Cutting

Filing

Joining---wood and metal

Bending and shaping metal

Finishing

Evaluation/test

Social, moral, cultural and spiritual in DT

Key Stage 4

WJEC Educas GCSE in Design Technology---Graded on a 1 to 9 scale where 9 is the highest grade.

Course content

This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is to be encouraged along with the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.

In preparation for the major project, year 10 students will complete 3 mini projects.

 1/ Designing and making a clock for the teenage market having to follow some set criteria.

 2/ To design and make an aluminium bottle opener, researching mechanisms, ergonomics and anthropometrics.

 3/ Then finally to design and make a small speaker based around a kitronik stereo amplifier kit that the students have to pre build.

In all 3 projects the students are expected to design creative and imaginative ideas using a variety of materials, workshop tools and equipment. They will also use skills taught throughout KS3 to help produce their individual projects.

From May half term onwards the major project (Controlled Assessment Task) is to be completed throughout one school year. 

Component 1

2 hour written exam

50% of Qualification

 

 A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding of:

· technical principles

· designing and making principles

 

Along with their ability to analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.

 

Component 2

Design and make task

Approximately 35 hours

50% of Qualification

 

A sustained design and make task, based on a contextual challenge set by WJEC, assessing candidates' ability to:

· identify, investigate and outline design possibilities

· design and make prototypes

· analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology

 

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