Subject Design and Technology
Members of staff Terri Brown- Curriculum Leader, Rebecca Blades- Technician and Robert Burroughs- Teacher
Subject overview

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present Design and Technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Key Stage 3
Content Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 Pupils are introduced to workshop safety and working with a variety of timber based materials. They are taught a range of basic skills such as measuring, marking out, cutting and shaping, preparation and finishing. They begin gaining knowledge and understanding of designing using the design process by designing a key ring for themselves. Pupils build upon the skills, knowledge and understanding learned in Year 7. Workshop safety is reinforced, and they continue working with various timber based materials. However, this project has a more traditional approach and incudes working with plastic as well as learning about mechanisms. They build upon the range of basic skills learned in year seven with an increasing focus on working with increased care and accuracy. They continue gaining knowledge and understanding of designing using the design process by designing a CAM Toy for a client.
Autumn term 2 Pupils continue to build on their subject knowledge by working with a range of materials to produce a maze game based on a culture of their choice. n/a
Spring term 1 Pupils strengthen their design skills by creating a vacuum formed clock. n/a
Spring term 2 Pupils manufacture their clock and develop their practical skills, while developing their ability to critically analyse and solve problems. n/a
Summer term 1 Pupils get to work with new materials to produce a tealight holder. n/a
Summer term 2 Pupils start to learn how to use 3d CAD software to design a range of products. n/a
Key Stage 4
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 Introduce the GCSE Design and Technology course, its requirements and expectations. Drawing Skills: Students will enhance their 2D and 3D drawing skills to better present their ideas that will support the creative process for the course. They will also use CAD to a higher level to improve their accuracy. Mini mock controlled assessment where students design and make cufflinks/earrings using 2d design, the laser cutter and pewter casting.

Students focus on quality outcomes and understanding the limits of CAD/CAM

Continuation of controlled assessment: Students commence the practical element of their controlled assessment
Autumn term 2 Designing and making a mini model shop to learn how to work with a range of tools, equipment and materials. Continuation of mini mock controlled assessment while learning theory knowledge needed for the exam. Continuation of controlled assessment: Students continue the practical element of their controlled assessment
Spring term 1 Continuation of the model shop project with the introduction of CAM machines. Investigation into different materials properties. Continuation of controlled assessment work: Testing and evaluation of the finished product
Spring term 2 Investigation into different industrial production methods. Continuation of Investigating into different materials properties. Preparation for Y11 external examination; exploring Part A and Part B questions and revision techniques
Summer term 1 Continuation of Investigating into different industrial production methods. Learning how to use a range of CAD/CAM to help understand its limits in preparation for their controlled assessment. Preparation for Y11 external examination; exploring Part A and Part B questions and revision techniques.
Summer term 2 Understanding what new, modern and smart materials are by producing a range of mini items. Introduction to Controlled Assessment: The work will be used to lead students to focus on the production of design development for their portfolio. Their ideas will be developed as far as possible as the student’s ability will allow. This coursework is recorded in their portfolio GCSE final exam.
Revision links for GCSE course

·         http://www.technologystudent.com/

·         http://www.howstuffworks.com/

·         http://www.instructables.com/

·         http://www.papertoys.com/

·         http://design-technology.info/revisionguides/

·         https://designmuseum.org/

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

Your support, encouragement and interest in the subject can make a spectacular difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the academic and organisational demands of the subject at KS4 and seeing the value of the subject across all key stages.

  • Please encourage your son/daughter to complete their independent study on time and to a good standard.
  • Ask your son/daughter about what they are doing within the subject.
  • Give positive and constructive feedback on products they design and make that will help them write their evaluations.
  • Encourage your son/daughter to watch educational programs linked to the subject. An excellent example of this is how stuff works on the Discovery channel.
Extra-Curricular Activities

The department offers a variety of enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to join clubs that will allow them to develop their practical skills in the workshop, as well as going on trips to show their work at the Maker Faire, Centre for Life. Outside agencies also come in to the department and run workshops on design and programming.