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What Will I Learn?
  • To use a range of tools and machinery safely
  • To use 2D Design CAD software & develop products that can be manufactured on a laser cutter
  • To shape and finish plastics and about the related properties, origins and manufacturing processes
  • To shape and finish woods and about the related properties, origins and manufacturing processes

How Will I Be Assessed?

Assessment within each project focusing on specific skills and knowledge


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Introduction to Woods (Theory and Practical) – Puzzle Project
  • Introduction to Plastics (Theory and Practical) – Mirror Project
  • Introduction to CAD/CAM – Fob/Ruler Project
  • Health and Safety within the practical environment

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

In Year 8 you will build on your skills and knowledge gained this year.  Everything you learn at KS3 will help you prepare for the GCSE Design Technology qualification which will be an option at KS4.

What Will I Learn?
  • To use techniques to develop Design and Graphics
  • To assemble electronic components and understand the systems model INPUT PROCESS OUTPUT
  • To shape and finish metals and about the related properties, origins and manufacturing processes
  • The concept of Smart Material and how they can be used to enhance design

 

How Will I Be Assessed?

Assessment within each project focusing on specific skills and knowledge


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Introduction to Metals (Theory and Practical) – Coat Hook Project
  • Use of modelling to design a chocolate bar and use of CAD to develop suitable packaging
  • Introduction to Electronics (Theory and Practical) – Alarm Project
  • Produce a design that could make use of at least one smart material

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

In Year 9 you will build on your skills and knowledge gained this year.  Everything you learn at KS3 will help you prepare for the GCSE Design Technology qualification which will be an option at KS4.

What Will I Learn?
  • How to put together a GCSE design portfolio.
  • How to develop projects using the iterative design process
  • How to integrate CAD & CAM into a GCSE style project
  • Sources of energy and their generation and storage
  • To shape and finish card and about the related properties, origins and manufacturing processes

How Will I Be Assessed?

Assessment within each project focusing on specific skills and knowledge.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Memphis clock design – You will study the Memphis design movement and design a clock based around this theme.
  • Night light – You will identify a specific client then design and develop a night light for that specific client.
    • A range of materials & techniques can be used with an emphasis on recycling and reuse.
  • Other projects will follow!

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

You will be practicing the production of GCSE style design work in preparation for the 50% coursework element of the GCSE course.  You will be building on the base of knowledge and understanding gained in years 7 & 8 to cover a large proportion of the Core technical principles required for Section A of the GCSE terminal examination

What Will I Learn?

You will have chosen a specialist area on which to focus.  Either Timbers & Polymers, Paper & Boards or Electronic Systems.  You will continue to study and revisit the remaining areas of the Core and learn, in more depth, about you chosen area.

You will also continue to develop your ability to research, design and develop products.  You will also have the opportunity to practice and improve a wide range of practical skills including the use of CAD CAM.


How Will I Be Assessed?

The NEA – None Exam Assessment (piece of coursework) where you will have to design and make a prototype product in response to one of the contextual challenges set by the exam board. (this account for 50% of your marks)

Also by the terminal exam (this accounts for the other 50%).

Continual assessment/tracking through specific tasks.

Tracking exam preparation through mocks and class tests.

 

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

During year 10 you will carry out a range of tasks and projects to help you develop the skills and knowledge to achieve a good result in both elements of the assessment.  The NEA can be started in the final half term of year 10 when the exam board release the contextual challenge options


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Year 10 is all about preparing for being able to complete a high scoring piece of coursework and being able to confidently answer the exam questions.

What Will I Learn?

You will continue to review, revise & learn the theory content required for the exam.

You will work on your NEA coursework.


How Will I Be Assessed?

The NEA – None Exam Assessment (piece of coursework) where you will have to design and make a prototype product in response to one of the contextual challenges set by the exam board. (this account for 50% of your marks).

Also by the terminal exam (this accounts for the other 50%).

During year 11 you will mainly be working on completing your NEA and revising / practicing exam style questions.

Continual assessment/tracking through specific tasks.

Tracking exam preparation through mocks and class tests.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Identifying a problem, carrying out research, generating and developing design ideas, planning and manufacturing a prototype and evaluating and testing your final solution.

Practicing exam papers.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This qualification would be an excellent introduction to any design, manufacture or engineering based course at Level 2 or Level 3 as you move into KS5.