Curriculum Plan – Design & Technology

Year / Term

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 7*

*The courses are run as part of a carousel
throughout the year.

Inventors and Inventions

Students learn about great British inventors and inventions by experiencing different activities to show where ideas have come from and how products evolve over time.  They learn about the impact that these technological inventions have on people’s lives.

Robots

Technology is brought up to the present day by looking at the range/types of robot technology that exist to make our lives easier.  This covers robots in Entertainment, Industry, Education and the Home.  They have fun using Robot arms to pick up and place objects and have a Robot Challenge competition.  This topic then moves into Coding/Programming using the BBC MicroBit and software to program light sequences and download them on to the MicroBit.

Pencil Holder and Portable Game

Students learn how to use basic hand tools in order to produce a ball bearing game, and a pencil holder. They learn about materials, how to mark out, cut and fit and join materials using panel pins and woodscrews.  Health and safety is covered and also how to operate the Pillar Drills and Sander.

Phone Holder

Students learn the basics of design and CAD and demonstrate both with the design and manufacture of a phone holder generated through the laser cutter.

Food

Students complete a basic skills course focusing on safety and hygiene, food choices in relation to healthy eating during the rotation pupils are taught how to become competent in a
range of cooking processes such as selecting and preparing ingredients, using utensils and electrical equipment and how to adapt their own recipes.  Practical skills are delivered through the preparation of a range of dishes.

Textiles

Students are introduced to textiles and experiment with designing and they learn how to use a variety of textiles equipment to create a final product.

Year 8*

*The courses are run as part of a carousel throughout
the year.

Alien Bug

Students learn how to solder components to a circuit board that it used to power an ‘Alien Bug’ which they design and build from a selection of CAD/CAM shapes.  Students will use specialist equipment such as soldering irons, cutters, PCB drills etc to make their circuit and learn about electronic components.  They design the pattern and additional decorative features to personalise their Bug.  The Bug vibrates and moves across a surface.

Mechanical Toy/Display

Students develop their skills with the use of hand tools, to design and manufacture a mechanical toy, which is all based on Biomimicry. They also student mechanisms, gears, cams and basic construction assembly techniques. They learn how to use more complicated hand tools such as coping saws, rasps and files etc.

Google Sketchup

Students design a room for a house and the furniture/equipment within the room. This is done through the 3D CAD program Google Sketchup. It teaches them a different approach to conveying their ideas and a different way of building a design.

*Once students have opted for their DT subject they will complete preparation project work for their courses in the summer term.

Mini-option project – Coaster

Students can develop their skills in CAD CAM, and industry manufacturing links. They design and make a fully functioning coffee coaster using basic wood working joints and develop their knowledge and skills to progress into KS4 design and technology.

Mini-option project – Lighting

Includes basic circuitry and soldering with Cad and the use of 2D Design to create a small battery powered Table Light. Use of LED strip lighting, choice of acrylic and layering techniques with a wooden base form the structure of an assembly based project.

Food

During the Food Technology rotation pupils are taught the importance of healthy eating and the principles of nutrition.  Making a range of predominately savoury dishes, pupils are encouraged to explore flavours and textures whilst learning a variety of cooking techniques.

Textiles

Students study the topic of decorative techniques. Students are given a challenge to create a design to produce a pencil case and further develop their sewing machine skills.

Year 9

*Dependant on course choice students will experience work listed below.

Visual Communication – Earphone holder

Students develop their skills in CAD CAM, and industry manufacturing links. They design and manufacture a fully functioning earphone holder using the Laser Cutter, and develop their knowledge on a product’s function rather than design.

Packaging

Students learn about packaging, and more importantly the use, importance, function and design of it. They look at developing their knowledge on Biomimicry, and in-corporate this into their packaging logo design. They draw out their nets using the drawing boards, to scale and are encouraged to demonstrate their accuracy in order for the package to go together as a fully functioning product.

Other skills and coverage include blister packaging, leaflets, vacuum forming, modelling techniques and design/drawing skills both manual and PC based.

Construction

Start with basic construction skills by practising carpentry and joinery joints.

Project – Foot stool

Using MDF construct a foot stool to set dimensions that uses wood joints, wood screws and machine work.

*After this project students will start the Construction course early as part of the 3 year GCSE period.

Materials Technology

*Students will be skilled up with practical exercises involving marking out, cutting and fitting traditional joints and cover a range of techniques and processes in different materials, such as, acrylic, metal, heat joining etc, before starting the Personalised Box project.

Box project

This will be made from softwood, have a lid and can be decorated to a chosen theme and constructed to store a specific item or items.

Other work will include a Clock project, a bedroom coat hook along with some vacuum forming and techniques using lamination. Some theory work will be covered in preparation to star their coursework during the summer term.

Food

During the first year pupils will learn a variety of food preparation skills from basic knife skills to portioning a chicken and filleting fish.

They will continue to focus on hygiene and safety and the prevention of food poisoning.

Pupils will apply their knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating when menu planning in order to meet the needs of different groups in society.

They will begin to prepare for unit 2 of their course.

Year 10

Level 1/2 Awards

We will be offering two Award subject courses in Materials Technology and Visual Communication.

Assessment 60% internal 40% external.

These courses are for students who like ‘hands on’ practical tasks is skills based.  They can include CAD/CAM and work in a variety of materials to learn about the designing and making process.  Students will experience hand tool usage, power tools, standalone machines, designing, drawing, use of specialist software etc.  Both courses consists of three units;

Unit 1 – Skills based techniques and knowledge of equipment, techniques, materials and machinery etc. 

Unit 2 – Is an extended practical task where they can design and make an item of their choice.

Unit 3 – Externally exam which tests the technical knowledge of the students against the specific content of the chose Award

Construction

Over the 2 years in this course, students learn anddemonstrate industry based trades in our purpose build MITIE skills centre. The three main areas are Carpentry, Painting and Decorating and Bricklaying. They carry out 3 practical assessments, and are examined in year 10 on basic safety and security in the construction industry. There is also a planning unit which allows students to look at the process of designing, planning and executing a build for a school.

Food

During the first year pupils will learn a variety of food preparation skills from basic knife skills to portioning a chicken and filleting fish.

They will continue to focus on hygiene and safety and the prevention of food poisoning.

They will complete Unit 2 the internal assessment of their course.

Pupils will apply their knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating when menu planning in order to meet the needs of different groups in society.

They will complete Unit 2 of their course.

Year 11

Y11 Product Design

Students learn about the designing and making of commercially viable products that have a potential to be mass produced. They use both resistant materials and modelling materials to achieve their final products. Students use drawing and CAD (2D and 3D) in generating their ideas and learn about the use of materials, processes and environmental issues, which also relate to the examination they sit.

NCFE’s in Craft

These courses are followed by students who like ‘hands on’ practical tasks is skills based.  They can include CAD/CAM and work in a variety of materials to learn about the designing and making process.  Students will experience hand tool usage, power tools, stand-alone machines, designing, drawing, use of specialist software etc.  Both courses consists of four units;

Craft

Unit 1 – Skills based techniques and knowledge of equipment, materials and machinery. ‘Enterprise Activity’ where they will make a functional item.

Unit 2 – Is a research based, design project that they will develop using PC skills and presentation/design.

Unit 3 – Externally set task which is externally assessed based on a theme, to be completed in school within a set time frame.

Unit 4 – Is a design and make task which students can choose, showing the processes they have learnt and properly evaluated.

WJEC Construction (as Y10)

*see Y10 for details