Design & Technology

Mr. S. Foreman

Mr. S. Foreman

Department staff:

Mr S Foreman: Subject Leader

Mr D R Lamb: House Tutor Leader

Mr S Teasdale: House Progress Leader

Mr R L Hewitt

Mr S J Furness

Mr T G Pollard: Department Technician

 

Key Stage 3:

Overview of the course

In design and technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

Working in stimulating contexts that provide a range of opportunities and draw on the local community and the wider world, pupils identify needs and opportunities for developing creative solutions. They respond with ideas and products, challenging expectations where appropriate. They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetic, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. As they do so, they evaluate present and past designers, and understand the effect of modern and traditional technologies. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become discriminating users of products. They apply their creative thinking and learn to innovate.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
What will I learn?

·      how computer aided design and computer aided manufacture are used in the design and manufacturing industry;

·      how to use simple computer graphics programmes;

·      an introduction to CAD/CAM skills including the use of different CAD/CAM equipment;

·      how to design for a specific market;

·      how to incorporate commercial components into projects;

·      how to finish wood, metal and plastics to a high standard;

·      how to design and build an electric circuit using a printed circuit board;

·      how to apply suitable finishes to consumer products.

·      about the use of line and shade to produce effective drawings;

·      about the main aspects of workshop health and safety;

·      how to mark out, measure, cut and shape a range of different materials for example; wood, metal and plastic;

·      how to recognise common plastics, wood and metals;

·      about different types of mechanisms, structures and linkages.

What will I do?

·      develop a wide range of practical skills;

·      use a  range of tools and equipment;

·      develop a range of feasible design ideas;

·      investigate, analyse and evaluate;

·      learn the technical knowledge of a range of different materials;

·      use CAD software to design products that can be manufactured using a laser cutter;

·      mark out, cut and shape a range of materials including wood, metal and plastic;

·      use a drilling machine, sanding machine and Hegner saw;

·      work as a member of a team to solve a design and make problems.

DESIGN AND MAKE PROJECTS

Year 7

·      a money box;

·      a collage picture;

·      a CAD/CAM project.

Year 8

Items such as:

·      a project incorporating mechanisms;

·      a project incorporating structures;

·      an electronic night-light.

Year 9

Items such as:

·      a novelty clock;

·      an MP3 docking station.

 

Key Stage 4: Design Technology

GCSE Resistant Materials

Overview of the course

Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of different materials and techniques. This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged.

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment        40% Examination

Examination board: AQA Design Technology: Resistant Materials 

 

GCSE Graphic Products 

Overview of the course

Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make products using graphic media and new technologies

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment        40% Examination

Examination board: AQA Design Technology: Graphic Products 

 

GCSE Electronic Products 

Overview of the course

Electronic Products helps students to design and make quality electronic products with creativity, originality and flair using a wide range of electronic components with appropriate materials to package the electronic circuit. The packaging of the electronic circuit can include individually designed cases made from a range of different materials. Alternatively, candidates can purchase a commercially made case and modify the case to meet their project needs.

This specification requires students to develop their ability to consider sustainability and environmental impact on their designing. It also provides the candidate with the opportunity to design and make an electronic product using new technologies and modern electronic devices.

Assessment details

60% Controlled Assessment        40% Examination

Examination board: AQA Design Technology: Electronic Products

 

 

BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment 

 

Overview of the course

The BTEC ‘Construction and the Built Environment’ course is designed to:

  • Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction and built environment sector;
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction and built environment sector;
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction and built environment course or an apprenticeship;
  • Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.

 

Core units

Unit 1: Construction Technology – This unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Construction and Design – Internally assessed

 

Mandatory units

Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – Internally assessed

Unit 11: Sustainability in Construction –This unit will be externally assessed.

 

Optional specialist units

Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques- Internally assessed

Unit 7: Exploring Blockwork and Brickwork Principles and Techniques- Internally assessed

Unit 9: Exploring Plumbing Principles and Techniques- Internally assessed

Unit 14: Exploring Wall and Floor Tiling Principles and Techniques- Internally assessed

 

Assessment details

8 equally weighted units of study:

2 Externally assessed examination units, 2 mandatory internally assessed units and 4 internally assessed optional specialist units.

Graded on Pass, Merit or Distinction

 

Useful Subject Links:

http://www.technologystudent.com/

Bitesize: Resistant Materials 

Bitesize: Electronic Products

Bitesize: Graphic Products