Product

Year 7

Health and Safety

Students start the rotation looking at health and safety in the workshop.  Students create a Health and Safety Dice using only symbols so students become familiar with the signage in a workshop environment.

Tools and Equipment

Students look at the basic hand tools they will be using during the pewter key fob project.

The students carry out research on these items to enable them to identify them when they start and understand the functions of each one.

Pewter Key fob Project – Metal

This project introduces the students to the design process.  Students write a design brief and carry out research into their hobbies and interests.  Students are given a design specification of what their key fob must meet.  Students create and develop design ideas, evaluating each one in order to arrive at a final design.

Students learn how to use a 2D CAD programme in order to design their casting mould.  This is then cut out using CAD/CAM.  Students introduced to CAM and a small insight into different manufacturing process and their advantages and disadvantages.

Students then cast, prepare, personalise and finish their pewter key fobs.

 

Extension task to design and make the packaging for their key fob.

 

Skills

2D Design

CAD/CAM

Basic Metal working skills

Basic tools and equipment

Material properties

 

Assessment Areas

Design Ideas

Development of Ideas/Modelling

Practical Outcomes

Evaluation

Year 8

Health and Safety
Students re-visit health and safety as a re-cap to ensure that all correct Health and Safety rules and procedures are followed.  Students create a Health and Safety poster to be displayed in the workshop.

Trophy Project – Timber/Plastic

The theme of the project is to design and make a trophy which is to be awarded to the best student in either Technology or one of the areas studied within the Technology department; Product Design, Graphics, Textiles or Food.

This project introduces the students to working with timber and plastic.  The majority of the practical work is with timber.  Here students are taught new skills and introduced to new hand tools in order to make the wooded bases for their trophy.  Students told focus is on accuracy and quality of work.

Students again follow the Design Process.  A design brief is given and students carry out research into Trophies/awards and also their chosen area for which the trophy is to be awarded.  Students given Design Specification points which they must meet when designing their trophy.

Once students have developed and evaluated designs they produce their final design using 2D design.  Skills should now develop further, as using more advanced tools in the software.  Students to gain understanding of CAD/CAM controls and the communication between computer and machine in order to carry out machining.

Students then assemble base and trophy top together gaining an understanding of assembly techniques.  Trophy is finished off by applying a wood finish.

 

Skills

2D Design

CAD/CAM

Basic Woodworking skills

Woodworking Tools and equipment

Material properties

Finishing techniques

Jig and Fixtures

Assembly

 

Assessment Areas

Design Ideas

Development of Ideas/Modelling

Practical Outcomes

Evaluation

Year 9

Students are to be given more control over their final outcome in preparation that they may wish to choose to study Product Design at KS4.  The project covered is similar to possible controlled assessment tasks available for study at KS4.  Students have control of their design, materials they use and the way in which they manufacture it.

 

MP3 Speaker Project – Electronics

Students are to design and make an MP3 speaker for use with a mobile phone or MP3 player.  The electronics of the project are supplied un-assembled, enabling the students to learn the process of soldering.  They will gain a brief knowledge of the different components and their function.

Discussions into sound and vibration and the need for the speaker to be held securely  in the casing to ensure good sound quality.

Students then research existing products and evaluate them in order to look at what features customers want.

Design ideas are created and developed for a suitable casing for the speaker.

Students to take into account the dimensions of the speaker and circuit board to ensure that they can be assembled into the casing.

 

Skills
2D Design

CAD/CAM

Electronics

Soldering

 

Assessment Areas

Design Ideas

Development of Ideas/Modelling

Practical Outcomes

Evaluation

Examination Board: AQA

With a focus on Resistant Materials exploring timbers, metals or polymers

Aims:
Why Design & Technology?

Design & Technology is part of our everyday life and it’s constantly evolving. Our new D&T GCSE will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in this increasingly technological world. The course focuses on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes.

Students will study and learn from wider influences on Design & Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. They will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise to timbers or polymers.

They’ll gain an understanding of commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as teamwork and communication.

The new GCSE places great emphasis on understanding and applying the design processes. Students will use their creativity & imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Assessment:

The GCSE course is split 50% final 2 hour Exam and 50% Non-Exam assessment project.

The Exam will assess:

* Core technical principles

* Specialist technical principles

* Designing and making principles

Non-Exam assessment will include a design and make task which will assess:

* Identifying and investigating design possibilities

* Producing a design brief and specification

* Generating design ideas

* Developing design ideas

* Realising design ideas

* Analysing & evaluating

Students will produce a prototype product and a portfolio of evidence.

Design & Technology can set you up for a career in a wide variety of industries such as Advertising, Media, Fashion, Design, Architecture, IT, Hospitality, and even Education.

Popular careers for people with design & technology qualifications include: Advertising designer, Web or game design, product or graphic design, architect, software engineer, civil engineer, carpenter etc.

For further information contact Mrs Marsland

Subject Topics covered: Method of delivery (e.g. after school or lunch time sessions)
Product Design Coursework Catch-up After school
STEM* STEM Club Lunch times in conjunction with other faculties
Primary Bloodhound STEM 4 Day project with Local Primary School involving ICT and Science faculties
Key Stage 3

Year 7

Health and Safety

Students start the rotation looking at health and safety in the workshop.  Students create a Health and Safety Dice using only symbols so students become familiar with the signage in a workshop environment.

Tools and Equipment

Students look at the basic hand tools they will be using during the pewter key fob project.

The students carry out research on these items to enable them to identify them when they start and understand the functions of each one.

Pewter Key fob Project – Metal

This project introduces the students to the design process.  Students write a design brief and carry out research into their hobbies and interests.  Students are given a design specification of what their key fob must meet.  Students create and develop design ideas, evaluating each one in order to arrive at a final design.

Students learn how to use a 2D CAD programme in order to design their casting mould.  This is then cut out using CAD/CAM.  Students introduced to CAM and a small insight into different manufacturing process and their advantages and disadvantages.

Students then cast, prepare, personalise and finish their pewter key fobs.

 

Extension task to design and make the packaging for their key fob.

 

Skills

2D Design

CAD/CAM

Basic Metal working skills

Basic tools and equipment

Material properties

 

Assessment Areas

Design Ideas

Development of Ideas/Modelling

Practical Outcomes

Evaluation

Year 8

Health and Safety
Students re-visit health and safety as a re-cap to ensure that all correct Health and Safety rules and procedures are followed.  Students create a Health and Safety poster to be displayed in the workshop.

Trophy Project – Timber/Plastic

The theme of the project is to design and make a trophy which is to be awarded to the best student in either Technology or one of the areas studied within the Technology department; Product Design, Graphics, Textiles or Food.

This project introduces the students to working with timber and plastic.  The majority of the practical work is with timber.  Here students are taught new skills and introduced to new hand tools in order to make the wooded bases for their trophy.  Students told focus is on accuracy and quality of work.

Students again follow the Design Process.  A design brief is given and students carry out research into Trophies/awards and also their chosen area for which the trophy is to be awarded.  Students given Design Specification points which they must meet when designing their trophy.

Once students have developed and evaluated designs they produce their final design using 2D design.  Skills should now develop further, as using more advanced tools in the software.  Students to gain understanding of CAD/CAM controls and the communication between computer and machine in order to carry out machining.

Students then assemble base and trophy top together gaining an understanding of assembly techniques.  Trophy is finished off by applying a wood finish.

 

Skills

2D Design

CAD/CAM

Basic Woodworking skills

Woodworking Tools and equipment

Material properties

Finishing techniques

Jig and Fixtures

Assembly

 

Assessment Areas

Design Ideas

Development of Ideas/Modelling

Practical Outcomes

Evaluation

Year 9

Students are to be given more control over their final outcome in preparation that they may wish to choose to study Product Design at KS4.  The project covered is similar to possible controlled assessment tasks available for study at KS4.  Students have control of their design, materials they use and the way in which they manufacture it.

 

MP3 Speaker Project – Electronics

Students are to design and make an MP3 speaker for use with a mobile phone or MP3 player.  The electronics of the project are supplied un-assembled, enabling the students to learn the process of soldering.  They will gain a brief knowledge of the different components and their function.

Discussions into sound and vibration and the need for the speaker to be held securely  in the casing to ensure good sound quality.

Students then research existing products and evaluate them in order to look at what features customers want.

Design ideas are created and developed for a suitable casing for the speaker.

Students to take into account the dimensions of the speaker and circuit board to ensure that they can be assembled into the casing.

 

Skills
2D Design

CAD/CAM

Electronics

Soldering

 

Assessment Areas

Design Ideas

Development of Ideas/Modelling

Practical Outcomes

Evaluation

Key Stage 4

Examination Board: AQA

With a focus on Resistant Materials exploring timbers, metals or polymers

Aims:
Why Design & Technology?

Design & Technology is part of our everyday life and it’s constantly evolving. Our new D&T GCSE will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in this increasingly technological world. The course focuses on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes.

Students will study and learn from wider influences on Design & Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. They will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise to timbers or polymers.

They’ll gain an understanding of commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as teamwork and communication.

The new GCSE places great emphasis on understanding and applying the design processes. Students will use their creativity & imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Assessment:

The GCSE course is split 50% final 2 hour Exam and 50% Non-Exam assessment project.

The Exam will assess:

* Core technical principles

* Specialist technical principles

* Designing and making principles

Non-Exam assessment will include a design and make task which will assess:

* Identifying and investigating design possibilities

* Producing a design brief and specification

* Generating design ideas

* Developing design ideas

* Realising design ideas

* Analysing & evaluating

Students will produce a prototype product and a portfolio of evidence.

Design & Technology can set you up for a career in a wide variety of industries such as Advertising, Media, Fashion, Design, Architecture, IT, Hospitality, and even Education.

Popular careers for people with design & technology qualifications include: Advertising designer, Web or game design, product or graphic design, architect, software engineer, civil engineer, carpenter etc.

For further information contact Mrs Marsland

Extra Curriculum
Subject Topics covered: Method of delivery (e.g. after school or lunch time sessions)
Product Design Coursework Catch-up After school
STEM* STEM Club Lunch times in conjunction with other faculties
Primary Bloodhound STEM 4 Day project with Local Primary School involving ICT and Science faculties