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, 3 year program

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
• Evaluation

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.

Steady hand game.

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

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
• Evaluation

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.
The project aims to provide Y9 with a taste of what GCSE Design and technology has to offer in preparation for KS4 options.
Pupils will produce an e-portfolio similar to the NEA requirements for the AQA D&T GCSE. The portfolio is split into six sections to coincide with the NEA. The portfolio is designed to be completed on a computer to improve pupils ICT skill and also allows work to be edited during the iterative design process.

Occasional Seat.

Designing portable seating for a specific client taking into account user needs and inspiration from designers and companies.
Promoting greater independence in working with tools and equipment.
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

Y9 BTEC early option 2yr course (in addition to Y9 core D&T lessons)
The BTEC Tech Award in Art and Design Practice is a practical introduction to life and work in the industry, you can explore the sector while:
• Generating creative responses to briefs, prototyping, developing, reviewing and refining ideas
• Students will also develop an understanding of important attitudes, such as planning, organisation and communication.

The course has two internally assessed components, and one that’s externally assessed.

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.

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).

CURRICULUM TIME per week
KS3: 2 hours
KS3: Y9 early option 1st year of course 4 hours, Y10 2nd year of course 2 hours.
KS4: 2 hours (Y10), 3 hours (Y11)

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Mr. P. Johnson