Design Technology Overview

Technology is seen as an important subject within the academy and is growing in popularity amongst the students. We have excellent facilities and a great deal of space that will allow us to expand as we need to.

Within the different subjects taught students will develop the key practical skills and vital Health and Safety knowledge of working within a practical environment. They will develop their practical knowledge and skills of working with machinery and hand tools and will develop their design skills by designing products that must be manufactured and tailored to set briefs and specification. Students will develop a good knowledge of the workshop by completing set practical tasks under supervision to help guide, support and monitor their progress. Students will be able to understand design briefs and take the information to produce practical outcomes following a detailed specification. Equally important to us is the development of team building skills, sharing equipment, peer mentoring, responsibility for personal and group safety, understanding that resources are not infinite and need to be used appropriately.

Studying these subjects at examination level is a good way to enter practical apprenticeships leading to trades, Plumbing, Joinery, Catering, and Construction amongst others.

It can also lead to a pathway through higher education to become an Architect, Industrial engineer, Quantity surveyor or Project manager.

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Curriculum Overview

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Workshop safety - The practical environment

Skills we use:

  • Listening
  • Following instructions
  • Working together
  • Risk assessment
  • Understanding the dangers of a practical classroom

Assessment:

  • Tools and equipment competence and safety

Homework

  • Spot the Hazard
  • Health and Safety in the workshop
  • Tools and equipment

We study:

  • Using the tools and machinery safely, accurately and independently

Skills we use:

  • Listening
  • Following instructions
  • Working together
  • Risk assessment
  • Understanding the dangers of machinery
  • Recognising the different tools and their uses

Assessment:

  • Practical cutting driving test

Homework

  • Machinery competence

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Designing a Tanagram product for young child

Skills we use:

  • Research puzzles
  • Considering client needs
  • Drawing skills
  • Shape and measuring
  • Considering the properties of wood/card as a medium
  • Costing
  • Safety needs for children

Assessment:

  • Your design situation- Analysing the problem?

Homework

  • Market Research
  • Prototype Modelling

We study:

  • Designing and Manufacturing a Tanagram Puzzle

Skills we use:

  • Accuracy in drawing, measuring and cutting
  • Choosing the right materials and tools
  • Making it safe
  • Making it fun
  • Evaluation skills

Assessment:

  • Designing a functional product
  • Product analysis/Workshop tools and equipment
  • Product Evaluation

Homework

  • Workshop H&S
  • Workshop hand tools knowledge and understanding

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Designing Ear Phone mobile storage device

Skills we use:

  • Working with a combination of materials timbers/Acrylics
  • Understanding the properties of different materials
  • Considering client needs
  • Developing clear knowledge and understanding of Design and Technology vocabulary

Assessment:

  • Materials and properties
  • Manufacturing processes and machinery

Homework

  • Materials properties research

We study:

  • Manufacturing of earphone storage device

Skills we use:

  • Accuracy in drawing, measuring and cutting
  • Choosing the right tools for the different materials
  • Making it safe
  • Making it look good
  • Evaluation skills

Assessment:

  • Generating Designs

Homework

  • 3rd Party Feedback Consumer

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Manufacturing a modern functional multi-media storage device that could be commercially viable to a current market

Skills we use:

  • Revisit practical Health and safety rules
  • Research skills looking at devices already on the market
  • Evaluation skills
  • Discussion skills
  • Comparing and contrasting products

Assessment:

  • Designing for clients

Homework

  • Existing product research

We study:

  • Manufacturing a modern functional multi-media storage device that could be commercially viable to a current market

Skills we use:

  • Decision making.
  • Assessing shape and materials.
  • Mathematical skills; shape; ratios.
  • Drawing and labelling.
  • Design and annotation.
  • Costing.

Assessment:

  • Product Anaylsis- Materials/Production methods/Consumer

Homework

  • Design Specification
  • Materials Research

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Manufacturing a modern functional multi-media storage device that could be commercially viable to a current market

Skills we use:

  • Model making skills.
  • Measuring accurately.
  • Choosing suitable materials.
  • Understanding weight; stress.
  • Choosing the right tools.

Assessment:

  • Prototype 3D-Model production- Non resistant materials.

Homework

  • Manufacturing and production processes

We study:

  • Manufacturing a modern functional multi-media storage device that could be commercially viable to a current market
  • Making it!

Skills we use:

  • Working safely in the workshop.
  • Choosing the right materials.
  • Using tools and machinery.
  • Measuring and cutting.
  • Costing.
  • Problem solving.

Assessment:

  • On-going peer and teacher assessment.

Homework

  • Consumer Target Market research.

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Manufacturing a modern functional multi-media storage device that could be commercially viable to a current market
  • Making it!

Skills we use:

  • Working safely in the workshop.
  • Choosing the right materials.
  • Using tools and machinery.
  • Measuring and cutting.
  • Costing.
  • Problem solving.
  • Aesthetics.
  • Practicality evaluation.

Assessment:

  • Product analysis/ Tools and Materials assessment.

Homework

  • Final Design Proposal.

We study:

  • Manufacturing a modern functional multi-media storage device that could be commercially viable to a current market
  • How good is it?

Skills we use:

  • Evaluation of look, practicality, cost.
  • Testing strength.
  • Giving and receiving constructive criticism.

Assessment:

  • Product Evaluation and testing.

Homework

  • Product Testing
  • Consumer feedback

Term 1

September-October
(Lighting Influences project)
October-December
(Lighting Influences project)

We study:

Influence Lighting Project- Product Research Develop set design proposals from design briefs utilising key information and details to design and manufacture a working functional product.(Lighting Design)

Develop practical knowledge and understanding of machine processes and methods of manufacture. Students will develop a key knowledge and understanding of manufacturing a functional product for a specific target market.

Skills we use:

Students will develop a clear and concise understanding of sustainability and the global environment understanding the need to design products that have a low impact on the environment. Students will understand the importance of production methods on large scale related to industrial processes. Develop a clear knowledge of prototype, Batch, Mass and continuous production. Develop a clear knowledge and understanding of CAD/CAM the importance and impact of production quantity, speed and methods of production CAD/CAM can provide in the global market.

Assessment:

  • Designer influence-Design and research

Homework

  • Existing Product Research
  • Materials/Properties
  • Target Market

We study:

  • Product Design and Manufacture

Skills we use:

Students will develop a clear understanding of creating products from a detailed specification and a plan production processes. Develop Knowledge and understanding of key GCSE criteria.
  1. CAD/CAM- 2D-Design Computer Aided Manufacture Software.
  2. Laser cutter Computer Aided Manufacture-To cut specifically design features.
  3. Recycling and sustainability.
  4. Materials and Costing.
  5. Consumer Target Markets
  6. Packaging/Legal requirements and advertising

Assessment:

  • Designing functional products/Product Analysis
  • Product Design Requirements

Homework

  • Materials research
  • Tools competency and safety
  • CAD/CAM

Term 2

January-Feburary
Mono Speaker Amplifier (Electronics)
February-April

We study:

  • Mono Speaker Amplifier

Skills we use:

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of electronics/systems and control. Within this project students will focus on the following areas.
  1. Electronic components and uses
  2. Soldering and manufacturing functional circuitry
  3. Volts/Amps/Ohms-Circuit Power
  4. Problem solving?
  5. Safety Soldering
  6. Housing manufacturing methods
  7. Vacuum Forming
  8. Materials and properties
  9. Traditional woodworking joints/Modern flat pack assembly
This project will outline how? and why? Electronics is in important and integral part of the growing world of technology.

Assessment:

  • Electronic products
  • Components and Functionality
  • Circuit Construction/Safety

Homework

  • Safety Soldering.
  • Electronic components.

We study:

Students will develop and improve their knowledge and understanding of electronics through design and manufacturing a functional Amplifier product.

Key terms and subject specific language students will develop throughout the project:
  1. Mono Amplifier
  2. PCB Printed Circuit Board
  3. Capacitor
  4. L.E.D. Light Emitting Diode
  5. Solder, Flux
  6. Soldering Iron
  7. Power Cell
  8. Voltage
  9. OHMS

Skills we use:

Students will develop a clear knowledge and understanding of PCB’s, electronic components and their functionality, circuit construction. Students will learn how to solder and construct function circuits to produce a functional Amplifier product.

Assessment:

  • Initial ideas housing development
  • Materials and properties

Homework

  • Machinery Competence
  • Manufacturing methods

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

Designing for a client. Students will select a Design Brief and manufacture a design proposal to create a physical product that will function and provide a solution to the highlighted design problem?

Skills we use:

Students will further develop their knowledge and understanding of materials and their properties and manufacturing methods. The design brief will be varied to allow all students to develop their individual ideas of problem solving, manufacturing techniques and the consumer target market .Students will focus on the identified areas:
  1. Materials
  2. Construction Methods
  3. Consumer
  4. Scale and dimensions
  5. Batch, mass, continuous production
  6. CAD/CAM
  7. 2D-Design/Google sketch-up Prototype modelling

Assessment:

  • Designing for a client
  • Manufacturing methods
  • CAD/CAM

Homework

  • Client Questionnaire
  • CAD/CAM Human VS Machine

We study:

Manufacturing testing and product modification. Students will understand the different methods of construction both modern and traditional and utilise selected methods to fulfil the design solution. Students will manufacture their chosen product and use a series of material types to increase the understanding of material properties and how they are sourced considering the effect on the environment. All products will be tested and judged against the specification to display their function, aesthetics, construction and overall success for solving the selected design problem. Students will learn to understand the need for modification and be able to give constructive 3rd-Party feedback to their peers evaluating each product.

Skills we use:

Students will develop:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of practical processes
  2. Machinery competence and H+S
  3. Product Evaluation Techniques
  4. Constructive feedback

Assessment:

  • Product Evaluation- Product analysis
  • 3D Modelling

Homework

  • The product and the client
  • Consumer target market research

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

Developing set design proposals from design briefs utilising key information and details to design and manufacture a working functional product. Develop practical knowledge and understanding of machine processes and methods of manufacture. Students will develop a key knowledge and understanding of manufacturing a functional product for a specific target market. Students will understand the importance of selecting and using appropriate materials for manufacturing products and be able to cost and plan effective ways in which to develop products on a large scale. Students will develop a clear understanding of creating products from a detailed specification and a plan production processes.

Skills we use:

Develop Knowledge and understanding of key GCSE criteria.
  1. CAD/CAM- 2D-Design (Computer Aided Manufacture Software)
  2. Recycling and sustainability
  3. Materials and Costing
  4. Consumer Target Market

Assessment:

  • Section A GCSE Exam- Design requirements/designing products from a set brief

Homework

  • Materials properties
  • Designing for a client
  • Focussed product research

We study:

Developing practical skills and processes using hand tools and machinery. Understand how a practical environment works efficiently and safely. Increase knowledge and understanding of materials, properties and their uses. Develop a clear knowledge and understanding of CAD/CAM the importance and impact of production quantity, speed and methods of production CAD/CAM can provide in the global market. Manufacture and assemble functional Occasional Table using a series of traditional and modern methods of construction.

Skills we use:

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and product functionality
  1. Jigs and Templates
  2. Traditional and contemporary woodworking joints
  3. Finishing techniques
  4. The importance of Accuracy and Scale production
  5. Develop key terminology and subject specific language
  6. Understand the importance of function and ergonomic

Assessment:

  • Manufacturing methods equipment and machinery
  • Practical H&S awareness- Practical

Homework

  • Traditional wood working joints
  • Materials and choices
  • Product Analysis

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

Finishing Techniques Students will develop a clear understanding of the importance of applying appropriate finishes to functional products. Students will understand the importance of selecting appropriate finishing techniques and improve their practical ability by applying finishes to their individual Occasional Table design.

Skills we use:

Students will learn how to select finishes for specific material types considering the consumer and also understand the importance of applying finishes accurately.

Students will develop their individual knowledge and understanding of applying finishing techniques to different material types.
  1. Applying and selecting suitable finishes for natural timbers.
  2. Applying appropriate finishes for Man made Timbers.
  3. Applying finishes to ferrous and non ferrous metals- Dip coating, sacrificial coating, Plastic coating.
  4. Polishing- Acrylics and Ceramics.

Assessment:

  • Materials and finishes
  • Practical assessment

Homework

  • Finishing Techniques
  • Finishing research

We study:

Study will develop their knowledge and understanding of key specific GCSE areas manufacturing processes and subject specific language.>
Key Subject specific topics:
  1. Ergonomics/Product Functionality for the user
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of ergonomics by design and manufacturing prototype ergonomic utensils providing individual ergonomic features.
  1. Generating Design proposal from set design briefs.
  2. Quality Assurance
  3. Composites and new materials
  4. Social and Environmental
  5. Issues

Skills we use:

Students will complete a variety of both practical and research based tasks developing their knowledge and understanding of key GCSE topics. Students will complete practical activities designed to target and assess their understanding of the specific topic areas. Students will develop practical skills, methods of production and understanding of the consumer market.

Assessment:

  • Generating ideas for a set design
  • Considering the clients needs

Homework

  • Quality Control
  • Smart Materials Research
  • Recycling and the environment

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

Designing for a client. Students will select a Design Brief and manufacture a design proposal to create a physical product that will function and provide a solution to the highlighted design problem?

Skills we use:

Manufacturing methods. The design brief will be varied to allow all students to develop their individual ideas of problem solving, manufacturing techniques and the consumer target market .Students will focus on the identified areas:
  1. Materials
  2. Construction Methods
  3. Consumer
  4. Scale and dimensions
  5. Batch, mass, continuous production.
  6. CAD/CAM
  7. 2D-Design/Google sketch-up Prototype modelling

Assessment:

  • Designing for a client
  • Manufacturing methods

Homework

  • Consumer Questionnaire
  • CAD/CAM- Production Methods
  • Product Functionality

We study:

Manufacturing testing and product Evaluation/modification.
Students will understand the different methods of construction both modern and traditional and utilise selected methods to fulfil the design solution. Students will manufacture their chosen product test and evaluate the effectiveness of the product against their individual specification.

Skills we use:

Students will use a series of material types to increase the understanding of material properties and how they are sourced considering the effect on the environment. All products will be tested and judged against the specification to display their function, aesthetics, construction and overall success for solving the selected design problem. Students will learn to understand the need for modification and be able to give constructive 3rd-Party feedback to their peers.

Assessment:

  • Product Evaluation
  • The consumer and the environment

Homework

  • ACCESSFM- Key criteria
  • The consumer
  • Quality assurance

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

Major Project- Controlled Assessment Coursework 60% Final GCSE Select Design Brief/ Proposal
Students will select their Design Brief from a series of topic choices from the examining body.
Students will analyse and investigate the brief focussing on the highlighted topic areas.
  1. Task/ Analysis
  2. Target Market Research
  3. Consumer
  4. Focussed research/Summary

Skills we use:

Students will analyse their selected brief to develop a function design proposal for manufacture.

Students will complete the tasks under controlled conditions following set timeframes.

All controlled assessments will be presented in A3 format portfolio.

Assessment:

  • Analysing the Brief
  • The consumer
  • Focussed product research

Homework

  • Product Analysis
  • What is ACCESSFM?
  • Generating Ideas?

We study:

Focussed Research/Conclusion?
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the highlighted areas:
  • Consumer target Market Research
  • Client profile- Designing for a client?
  • Research summary/ Conclusion?
Students will summarise and evaluate the research and generate initial proposal for design. Students will generate a client for manufacture and develop a client profile and questionnaire to form the first stages of developing potential solutions and a design situation.
  • The success or failure of the Suffragettes
  • The Home Front during World War One.
  • The reasons for success at home during world war one.

Skills we use:

Students will develop their knowledge of analysing products and the needs of the customer and summarise their findings. Students will utilise the information and research completed to generate possible design solutions initials ideas.

Assessment:

  • Research summary
  • Product Analysis

Homework

  • Section A Exam
  • Design Requirements
  • Developing design proposals
  • Product evaluation and summary

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

Designing / Generating functional design proposal for manufacture?
Students will use their research to generate several design proposals for possible manufacture. Students will analyse and review the design ideas and select specific ideas for further development. Students will further develop selected ideas through a variety of media, CAD/CAM and prototype model production. All further development will be reviewed and analysed including 3rd party feed back comments to justify final design selection.

Skills we use:

Students will develop their design skills through a variety of techniques.
  • Design Sketching Initial proposals
  • CAD/CAM –Google Sketch-up modelling
  • Rapid Prototyping-Non resistant materials

Assessment:

  • Practical assessment- 3D modelling
  • CAD/ CAM

Homework

  • Google sketch-up design prototype
  • CAD/CAM advantages and disadvantages

We study:

Design development/Final design- Product Specification
Students will select a final design proposal from the developed ideas using a variety of media prototype modelling and CAD. All designs will be analysed to justify their functionality and suitability for the selected brief. One final design proposal will be selected and developed into a final design proposal displaying the highlighted information.
  1. Material Choice
  2. Size/Scale
  3. Manufacturing techniques
  4. Finish
  5. Functionality
  6. Ergonomics
Students will also develop a detailed specification highlighting all the need identified in the design brief.

Skills we use:

Students will complete a detailed final design proposal that meets the need of the brief. Students will use all the research and design development skills through modelling and computer aided design to produce a function design proposal for manufacture.
  • Manufacturing and modelling
  • Constructive 3rd party feedback
  • Justifying the product to meet the design brief
  • Product manufacturing techniques
  • Machinery and equipment identification for product manufacture
  • Knowledge and understanding of material

Assessment:

  • Design requirements
  • Designing for a client
  • Product evaluation?

Homework

  • Lesson 7 Product Manufacture
  • Intervention
  • Exam Revision

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

Time plan/ product manufacture
Students will develop a functional time plan outlining the manufacturing process and the production of their final design proposal. All plans must be detailed and highlight production methods and time frames for production. Students will start to construct and manufacture their final design proposal following the manufacture production plans. All practical tasks will be completed in the practical workshop using a variety of practical equipment, hand tools and machinery. Students will manufacture their design under controlled conditions with supervision and support from Teaching staff and technical support.

Skills we use:

  • Students will develop their practical skills, knowledge and understanding of the manufacturing process.
  • Students will develop their knowledge of materials and properties.
  • Students will further develop their knowledge of manufacture.
  • Understand the importance of H+S working in a practical environment.
  • Understand the need for quality assurance and accuracy.
  • Understand the importance of product functionality, safety and finish.

Assessment:

  • Flow chart production

Homework

  • Lesson 7 Product Manufacture
  • Intervention
  • Exam Revision

We study:

Product Evaluation and Testing
Students will complete a detailed product evaluation of their completed design prototype. All features of the product must be tested and analysed against the specification and changes and modifications must be justified. Students will also complete peer assessment and 3rd party feedback analysing the completed products for the consumer market.

Skills we use:

Students will use photographic evidence to show testing and justify changes within the design. Students will grade and review their product to show the level of accuracy in the following areas.
  1. Manufacturing
  2. Accuracy
  3. Cost
  4. Consumer
  5. Size
  6. Safety
  7. Finish
  8. Environment
  9. Sustainability

Assessment:

  • Product Evaluation

Homework

  • Lesson 7 Product Manufacture
  • Intervention
  • Exam Revision

Examination Details

Resistant Materials

Contact: Mr T. McCormack
Applies to: Year 10
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 4560
Specification: Download

GCSE Design & Technology

Contact: Mr T. McCormack
Applies to: Year 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: Pearson
Spec Code: 2RM01
Specification: Download

Useful Information

Colouring and drawing equipment. Coloured pencils/crayons, fine line pens, pencil, sharpener ruler all these resources will improve the quality of class work and maintain homework to a high standard

Helping support with homework taking the opportunity to discuss and improve designs through third party feedback about ideas. Support when completing research tasks to help organise resources that are relevant and can develop possible improved ideas. Further support your child by having colouring resources and fine line pens to help improve presentation and display homework to the highest standard.