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  • Design & Technology

    It is our aim to equip young people with the skills necessary to take a proactive role in society. Pupils build their knowledge and confidence by creating innovative solutions to identified problems, considering both practical and aesthetic needs. Students will have an understanding of the impact that social, economic and environmental issues have on us and the worldwide community.

    In Years 9 & 10 students who have chosen to specialise in D&T continue to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through a wide range of practical tasks. The specialist materials taught are woods, metals, plastics, paper & boards but students are also introduced to electronics, textiles, CAD/CAM, systems & control and smart & modern materials.

    Year 9 Projects

    Materials

    Practical Focus

    Folder Focus

    Linkage Toy & Blister Pack

     

    MDF, Card, Polythene sheet

    Cutting and enhancing MDF/Vacuum forming

     

    Woods Theory /Mechanisms/ Legislation/     Purpose of Packaging/ Information on Packaging/2D Design/plastics theory

    Key Hooks

     

    Softwood & hardwood

    Inlaying/Finishing Techniques

    Quick sketching/fixtures & fittings/Finishes/Health & safety/Google SketchUp

    Bridge Build

     

    Paper & Straws

    Teamwork/Constraints

     

    Structures/Tolerances/Mechanical & Physical properties/data analysis

    Chocolate Packaging

    Card

     

    Teamwork/Manufacturing in Quantity/Quality Control

     

    Jigs/Templates/Formers/Manufacturing in Quantity/Production lines/Boards theory/Design Movements

    Storage box/cabinet

    MDF/Perspex/

    Acrylic

     

    Wood joints/fixtures & fittings/CAD CAM/layering acrylic

     

    Client profile/3D Drawing/Orthographic Projection/Materials ordering/Knock down fittings/exploded views

     

    Year 10 Projects

    Materials

    Practical Focus

    Folder Focus

    Pewter rings & packaging

    Pewter/Styrofoam/Neoprene / Microfibre cloth

     

    Casting/CAD CAM

     

    Metals theory/Printing processes/Special printing effects/Fabrics theory/Anthropometrics/

    Ergonomics

     

    Upcycled clock

    MDF/Mechanism/student sourced materials

    Combining materials

     

    Sustainability/Modern & Composite Materials/Adhesives

     

    Pop-up Cards

    Card/Smart Materials

     

    Cutting and assembly of cards and boards

    Card Mechanisms/SMART materials

    Computer Control & Electronics

    Electronic components. Microbit accessories

     

    Creating sequence diagrams for computer control. Soldering

    Basic circuits and components. Microbit.

    Please click here to see examples of student work.

    Considering a career in Design or Engineering? Click here to find out more information about our 'A' Level course in D&T.

    Students start their Year 11 coursework at the end of Year 10, when the design briefs are released by the board. We use AQA for our examining board, specification: Design & Technology (8552)

    Assessment criteria:

    NEA (Non-Examination Assessment)   100 marks 50% of GCSE grade

    Students produce a practical piece with a supporting folder of work. Students may specialise in the material of their choice when making their product. The majority of work is done within lesson time but aspects of the folder work may be completed at home. Folder work is completed electronically on a PowerPoint.

    Written Examination (2 hours)               100 marks 50% of GCSE grade   

    A mixture of multiple choice, short answer, design and drawing tasks and extended answer questions, based on the core skills and knowledge, materials specialism and the design and make principles.

    Useful websites:

    http://www.technologystudent.com/

    http://www.mr-dt.com/materials/main.htm

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/resistantmaterials/

    http://www.designinsite.dk/

    http://manufacturing.stanford.edu/

    http://www.neok12.com/Industry.htm

    http://www.teachers-direct.co.uk/resources/quiz-busters/subjects/Design-and-Technology.aspx

    http://www.the-warren.org/GCSERevision/resistantmaterials/GCSR%20Resistant%20Materials%20Quizzes.htm

    AQA past papers and marks schemes can also be found on the Student Share (M) drive.