Design & Technology

Year 7 Content

Health & Safety in the Workshop – Rules showing how to handle the various machines and tools in the different workshop environments.

Design Process – Each area teaches about the design process that includes analysis, research, specifications, communication of ideas, making, modifications and evaluation.

Resistant Materials – Properties of man-made board, Shaping, Joining and Finishing of these materials.

Graphic Products – The use of computer aided design and manufacture techniques when working with mainly paper and card using up to date industry standard software.

Year 8 Content

Design Process –  includes analysis, research, specifications, communication of ideas, making, modifications and evaluation.

Resistant Materials – Properties of wood and the design of products that are aimed at specific targets.

Graphic Products – Making use of the higher level design skills that the Adobe Design Suite offers to create computer generated images.

Year 9 Content

Resistant Materials – making use of modelling materials to create design ideas for specific customer targets.

Graphic Products – Looking at how graphic design is used to advertise products using techniques other than simple posters and signs.

Year 10 and 11 Content

Product Design – Resistant Materials

The course mirrors good practice within industry and allows students to design and make quality products and foster awareness of sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing. The course seeks to build upon both the practical and multimedia approach at Key Stage 3 but also moves on to develop a high amount of hands on problem solving.

The GCSE course has been designed to encourage students to design and make products with creativity and originality. This is achieved using a range of materials and techniques. The aim is to produce a complete design proposal. This is achieved through the development of both the product and the packaging. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of activities available and the scope for their ideas.

This course has 50 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject. The controlled assessment allows the student to independently manage a project from concept to evaluation. The experience will in turn allow the student to be able to talk confidently about a project that they can call their own.

Product Design – Graphics

In GCSE Graphic Products the students will be able to design and make products with creativity and originality. They will build upon the skills and techniques learnt at Key Stage 3 to use a range of graphic and modelling materials. The projects are designed to direct the students and allow them to understand and apply colour and design to 3D products. Students will generate design proposals against a stated design criteria, and modify their proposals in the light of on-going analysis, evaluation and product development.

Students will learn to present design concepts in effective and exciting ways. This will be achieved through the use of ICT, CAD/CAM and drawing techniques. The outcome will combine fonts, images and colour to communicate ideas that will appeal to the general consumer or a defined targeted market.

Students will use both graphic media and new technologies to prepare for the world of work. Graphic skills are needed in a great many careers especially publishing, marketing and business as well as for specialised professional graphic design, illustration, film, TV, and animation.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Design & Technology

Along with science and mathematics, study of engineering and materials has allowed us to make advances that touch nearly every part of our day to day lives. The aim of the Design & Technology Department is to teach each pupil about the importance of the Design Process and how this process can lead to well thought out, useful and successful products that can be of benefit to the people who use them.

To be successful in Design & Technology takes skill in literacy, numeracy, creativity, logical thought and of course to have practical dexterity. We as a department teach each pupil the appropriate skills needed to be successful in this field and we strive to inspire those individuals who excel so that they might move on and become great designers in their own right.