Technology

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 

In KS3 students work in a 9-10 week rotation covering 2 areas of Design and Technology, Food Preparation and Nutrition, and Art.  In Design and Technology they start a programme that will build knowledge and understanding of tools, equipment, materials and processes that will develop the skills to be able to design and manufacture various projects.  This work leads directly into the GCSE program at KS4.  Once completed the students take home their projects for a small contribution towards the material costs.

KEY STAGE 3

Y7

Students start to learn about the design process, tools, equipment and materials required to produce the following projects.  This will also include independent and group work as well as self and peer assessment.

Mechanisms project.

Understand basic mechanisms by making a mechanical toy.

Celebration Project.

Understand basic electronic circuits by making a Celebration themed display.

Key skills covered in both projects are.

  • Designing skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Manufacturing processes.
  • Use of specific hand and machine tools.
  • Materials and properties

Y8

Students build on prior knowledge to develop their understanding of both designing and practical skills.  Students are expected to work more independently so they can solve problems that the projects may present.

Manufacturing Project, Toy Truck.

Understand how products are made in large quantities to allow for greater accuracy and repeatability by producing a toy truck.

Working drawings.

Packaging.

Steady hand game.

Develop further understanding of electronic circuits and how they are produced by making a steady hand game.

Industrial processes (injection moulding).

Key skills covered in both projects are.

  • CAD, Computer Aided Design
  • CAM, Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Problem solving skills
  • Quality Assurance & Quality Control
  • Manufacturing processes.
  • Use of specific hand and machine tools.
  • Materials and properties
  • Advancements in technology

 

 

Y9

Students continue to build on prior knowledge to develop their understanding of both designing and practical skills.  Students are expected to work more independently so they can solve problems that the projects may present.

Desktop Storage Project.

Understand how products are made in large quantities to allow for greater accuracy and repeatability buy producing a desktop storage unit.

Working drawings.

Packaging.

Occasional Seat.

Designing in the style of 20th Century art & design movements including looking at design history to inspire a folding stool.

Working with metals and textiles.

Introducing Die sublimation, sewing machines and Metal Lathe.

Evaluating work.

Key skills covered in both projects are.

Further CAD, Computer Aided Design

Further CAM, Computer Aided Manufacturing

Working to specific tolerances

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

Manufacturing processes.

Use of specific hand and machine tools.

Materials and properties

KEY STAGE 4

Design & Technology is an option subject which offers students the opportunity to build on prior knowledge and skills and can lead in to career areas such as Product Design, Graphic Design, and Computer Aided Design.  There are no longer specific pathways or materials at GCSE level and students are encouraged to be creative in their designs and use of materials and processes to meet the task set by AQA.

Y10

Using the skills knowledge and understanding from KS3 students work through a mock GCSE NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) which represents 50% of the total marks and helps to prepare for the project which is set by AQA in June of Y10.  Students also sit a mock written exam which represents the other 50% of the total marks.  To help prepare for this exam students complete core knowledge lessons during the course to cover the material that they may be examined on.

Y11

Students work on their NEA set by AQA using the lessons to complete their design folder, models and final product.  This is an independent task worth 50% of the marks and should be completed by the students within time (from June of Y10 to March of Y11) set by AQA.  The students will have access to all the tools, materials and equipment within the department to enable them to complete their task.  Core knowledge lessons will continue to prepare the students for the written exam worth the other 50% of the marks and during the year they will sit two mock papers to enable them to develop their exam technique.

 

CURRICULUM TIME

KS3: 2hours

KS4: 2 hours (Y10), 3hours (Y11)

 

ASSESSMENT

Paper 1: (50%) Written paper – 2 hours

Section A :  Core technical principles –  mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Section B: Specialist technical principles – mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section C: Designing and making principles – several short answer questions and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Non-Exam Assessment: (50%) Practical application of: Core technical principles, Specialist technical principles and Designing and making principles (30-35 hours).

 

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Mr. P. Johnson