Design Technology

Subject Overview

In Design and Technology students learn how to design, develop, make and evaluate products through a range of practical experiences. Our hope is that they will be able to work safely and confidently with a range of hand tools and machines, as well as being able to use computers to model designs and to create cutting paths for CAM machines. All students will also get to solder electronic circuits and consider ways to make products more sustainable through good material choice and moral design decisions.

All students will learn about a variety of materials including fabrics and textiles, smart materials and drawing media. Whilst there are project plans in place, students are encouraged to think creatively and so projects will evolve depending on student interest and ability.

Our modern facilities enable students to cast, turn and heat treat metals, mould and bend plastics, shape woods and boards, and sew fabrics using sewing machines and interlockers. We have a DT CADCAM suite with computers for modelling in 3D, a laser cutter that is used across most projects and CAM routers that can cut out shapes in harder materials.

From Year 9 students may choose to study GCSE Design and Technology from the AQA exam board with a focus on either textiles or wood based materials. All students will learn about mechanisms, electronic systems, hard and soft materials, energy systems and many other topics. This will give a good basic knowledge for anyone who enjoys the design and making process, or is thinking about a career in the fields of design, engineering or technology.

KS3 Projects and Intent

Year 7

Term 1- Health and Safety, building confidence and experience, using tools and machines 
Plywood Keyfob
Acrylic phone holder 

Term 2 - Enterprise and design 
Design Challenge
Pewter casting
Textiles boat project

Term 3 - Communication 
Drawing styles and rendering
CAD 2d-design

Term 4 - Modern manufacturing 
Design Challenge
CAMM repeat pattern

Term 5
TBA

Term 6Testing and applying knowledge
Revision
End of year exam

Year 8

Terms 1&2Electronics, H&S, batch production 
Longer project – Night Lamp includes soldering electronic components, making formers and vacuum forming, communicating designs and outcomes. 

Term 3Sustainability and options 
Choosing Design Technology at GCSE.
Design Challenge.
Bug Box redesign for a happy planet. 6 Rs of recycling.

Term 4&5Building resilience 
Extended project solving a problem based on a user at home.

Term 6Testing and applying knowledge
Design Challenge
Revision
End of year exam

Timber Based Materials KS4 Curriculum

Year 9

Term 1
Baseline Assessment - Maths for DT.
Specialist Technical Principles.
Introduction to joints and finishes in timber based materials.
Frame construction – design and prototype a frame with value added purpose.
The Timber Tree.
Stock sizes of natural timber and conversion Maths for DT.
Core Technical Principles - New and emerging technologies https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zn4bcj6/revision/1

Term 2
Product Analysis
Laminating – card based materials CORE Theory.
Laminating wood boards  / shaping laminated plywood using formers.
Enterprise – small groups. Funding streams. Using lamination – plywood hooks.
Design Ventura 2020 or Apprentice Challenge.
Self-assembly products, metal heat treatment, flat-pack table.
Core Technical Principles - Energy generation and storage https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zf8ck2p/revision/1

Term 3
2d-design and CAMM laser and router.
Plastics and new materials.
Repeat patterns, tessellating and calculations, Maths for DT
Core Technical Principles – Developments in new materials https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zfq8jty/revision/1

Year 10

Term 1
Baseline Assessment - Maths for DT
Specialist Technical Principles
Self-assembly and flat-packed products.
Manual orthographic drawing, marking out on plywood and screw/rebate construction.
Google Sketch Up 3D modelling and product modification.
Metal heat treatment, annealing/ hardening/ toughening – screwdrivers holder band.
Section drawings as part of Product Specification.
Core Technical Principles - New and emerging technologies https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zn4bcj6/revision/1

Term 2
Product Analysis
Laminating – card based materials CORE Theory.
Laminating wood chopping board / shaping laminated plywood using formers.
Enterprise – small groups. Funding streams. Using lamination – plywood hooks.
Design Ventura 2020 or Apprentice Challenge.
Core Technical Principles - Energy generation and storage https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zf8ck2p/revision/1

Term 3
2d-design and CAMM laser and router.
Plastics and new materials.
Repeat patterns, tessellating and calculations, Maths for DT
Core Technical Principles – Developments in new materials https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zfq8jty/revision/1

Term 4
Mechanisms, levers, pneumatics and hydraulics. Bike related.
Nutcracker design for practical mechanisms and building resilience.
Core Technical Principles – Mechanical devices
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zfq8jty/revision/1

Term 5
Maths for DT.
Specialist knowledge.
Preparing for the Non-Exam Assessment (N.E.A.).
Core Technical Principles – Systems approach to design
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zfq8jty/revision/1

Term 6
Non-Exam Assessment (N.E.A.) contexts released by AQA 1st June 2020.
Begin coursework – Section A, Exploring the Context and Section B, Writing a design specification

Year 11

Term 1
Non – exam Assessment (N.E.A.) Sections B and C and first modelling.
Baseline Assessment - Maths for DT
Mock Revision - Core Technical Principles – 6 sections revised and tested
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkcpkmn

Term 2
Non – exam Assessment (N.E.A.) Section D – Modelling and Development
Exam section B revision – Specialist Technical Principles – Timber based materials.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zkvny4j/revision/1

Term 3
Non – exam Assessment (N.E.A.) Sections D & E making.
Focus on completing N.E.A. for Section F Evaluating over half-term break.

Term 4
Non – exam Assessment (N.E.A.) completion – all sections. Marking and moderating.
Exam section C revision – Designing and making principles – Timber based materials.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zkvny4j/revision/1

Term 5
Exam revision – all sections
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zby2bdm
Term 6
Exam revision – all sections
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zby2bdm

Assessment

Work is marked in accordance with school policy and parents are informed at the four data points throughout the year.

In June students take a DT test covering the specific skills and experiences over the year. The result of the test will be sent home with the Data Point 4 level.

Teaching Staff

Phillip Cornish - Head of Design Technology - phillip.cornish@swale.at
Dawn Carey - Design & Technology Teacher - dawn.carey@swale.at
Paul Edmonds - DT Technician - paul.edmonds@swale.at

Notices

Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100
enquiries@pcs.e-sussex.sch.uk