design tech

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Design & Technology

Overview for Year 7:

The Design and Technology curriculum is divided into three sections.  For each section students will receive specialist teaching.

Product Design:  Students will complete a project that will help to develop their skills ready for future study.  The key focuses for Year 7 are to develop their graphical presentation techniques; ability to manipulate plastics; ability to work with wood; and batch production skills. 

Food and Nutrition:  As with Product Design, students will complete a project that will help to develop their skills ready for future study.  The key focuses for Year 7 are hygiene and safety; use of hob and oven; knife skills; rubbing in, creaming and melting methods; working on their sensory analysis and design skills.

Textiles:  Students will contextualise their learning in textiles by making a Sock Creature.  They will research products, industry standards and environmental issues as well as developing their hand and machine stitching skills.  As part of this project they will also need to plan their time and make sure they adhere to health and safety standards.


Units of Work Covered in Year 7:

Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below.  The “learning pathway” (e.g.  8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study.  

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Product Design: Wood/Plastic/Metal

Food and Nutrition

Product Design: Textiles


What parents can do to help:

  • It would be very helpful if all students were able to bring with them quality colouring pencils and a black fine liner. 
  • Websites such as Technologystudent.com would be ideal as a point of reference to develop key knowledge such as Batch and mass production
  • Students may also explore Dyson and Apple websites to gain an understanding of Manufacturing and customer “push/pull”

 

Overview for Year 8:

The Design and Technology curriculum is divided into three sections.  For each section students will receive specialist teaching.

Product Design:  Students will complete a Bug House project that will build upon the skills they developed in Year 7.  The key focuses for Year 8 are to build on their existing skills while learning techniques such as isometric drawing, considering ethical and moral issues and increasing the range of joining techniques they can use.  The most important skill in Year 8 is the ability for students to work independently and set their own challenges.

Food and Nutrition:  In Year 8, students will build on their skills from Year 7 and learn new skills such as sauce making and the use of food processors.  Students will be expected to take more of a lead in their own planning and making, ensuring they are adhering to hygiene and safety standards.

Textiles:  Students study the work of Keith Haring in Year 8.  As part of this they focus on traditional craft skills such as resist dyeing, tie dye and batik as well as printing methods such as sublimation, embellishments such as applique and quilting as well as CAD and CAM.  A key focus of this year is to adapt ideas to fit a particular artists’ style.

Units of Work Covered in Year 8:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Product Design: Wood/Plastic/Metal

Food and Nutrition

Product Design: Textiles


What parents can do to help
:

  • It would be very helpful if all students were able to bring with them quality colouring pencils and a black fine liner. 
  • Websites such as Technologystudent.com would be ideal as a point of reference to develop key knowledge such as Batch and mass production
  • Students may also explore Dyson and Apple websites to gain an understanding of Manufacturing and customer “push/pull”
  • In year 8 embellishment of work would be advantageous and craft materials are ideal to enhance pieces of work.  The access to a colour printer would be ideal.

Overview for Year 9:

In Year 9, Students will also study Graphics as a discrete subject in order to support their design work.  Specialist teachers will deliver all four areas.


Graphics:  The main graphical areas covered in Year 9 will be Rendering, single point perspective, isometric drawing, orthographic drawing, exploded view and card and paper packaging.

Product Design:  Students will complete a Box Build project that will further challenge their technical skills and personal qualities. Students will need to make step-by-step guides, make 3D visual designs and use mitre/lap/finger joints.

Food and Nutrition:  In Year 9 students will focus on Ready Meals and will focus on the use of electrical equipment, pastry making and meal design.

Textiles:  Students will be given the freedom to apply the skills they developed in Year 7 and Year 8.  Alongside the technical skills of rendering and stitch selection, there is a strong focus on independent research, design and evaluation skills.


Units of Work Covered in Year 9:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Product Design: Wood/Plastic/Metal and/or Graphics

Food and Nutrition and/or Graphics

Product Design: Textiles and/or Graphics

 
What parents can do to help:

  • It would be very helpful if all students were able to bring with them quality colouring pencils and a black fine liner. 
  • Websites such as Technologystudent.com would be ideal as a point of reference to develop key knowledge such as Batch and mass production
  • Students may also explore Dyson and Apple websites to gain an understanding of Manufacturing and customer “push/pull”
  • In year 9 embellishment of work would be advantageous and craft materials are ideal to enhance pieces of work.  The access to a colour printer would be ideal.  Students will be required to work in sketchbooks.

Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below. The “learning pathway” (e.g. 8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study.

DT-Year-7.pdf

DT-Year-8.pdf

DT-Year-9.pdf