Design & Technology

YEAR 7

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
RESISTANT MATERIALS
CURRICULUM SUMMARY

TERM 1

ELECTRONICS

 

DESIGNING

  • Analysing situations
  • Analysing a given design brief
  • How to set a specification
  • How to carry out research
  • Draw ideas
  • Produce a final solution
  • Model making in card

 

MAKING

  • Safety
  • Soldering techniques
  • Shaping rigid polystyrene
  • Joining polystyrene
  • Evaluating
  • How to make a simple electronic circuit

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of electronic components
  • Study of properties of plastics and their types
  • Examples of each type and their uses and properties
  • Working out the costs – both financial and environmental

TERM 2 & TERM 3

STRUCTURES

 

DESIGNING

  • Analysing a given situation
  • Analysing a given design brief
  • How to set a specification
  • How to carry out research
  • Draw ideas
  • Produce a final solution
  • Model making in card

 

MAKING

  • Safety
  • Soldering techniques
  • Shaping rigid polystyrene
  • Joining polystyrene
  • Evaluating
  • How to make a simple electronic circuit

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • Knowledge of electronic components
  • Study of properties of plastics and their types
  • Examples of each type and their uses and properties
  • Working out the costs – both financial and environmental

YEAR 8

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
RESISTANT MATERIALS
CURRICULUM SUMMARY

TERM 1 & 1ST HALF OF TERM 2

PACKAGED PUZZLE GAME

 

DESIGNING

  • Analysing a given situation
  • Analysing a given design brief
  • Research into existing puzzles*
  • Writing a specification
  • Drawing ideas showing different puzzles*
  • Choose an idea to develop further
  • Give reasons for their choice*
  • Develop ideas using drawings and card models*
  • Produce a final solution using working drawings*
  • Design and draw the development of a package for the puzzle using 2D
  • Design

 

MAKING

  • Preparing of material to size
  • Joining material using glue and pins
  • Cutting plywood into pieces to form shapes for a puzzle using jigsaw or similar
  • Cleaning up edges of puzzle pieces
  • Applying interesting and colourful surface finishes*
  • Cut out development of box shape for puzzle game packaging using CAMM1*
  • Evaluating against their specification

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • Marking out techniques*
  • Methods of shaping materials*
  • Cutting of screw threads*
  • Drilling techniques*
  • CAD/CAM techniques*

2ND HALF OF TERM 2 & TERM 3

MECHANICAL TOY-CAM BOX

 

DESIGNING

  • Analysing a given situation
  • Analysing a given design brief
  • Research into existing toys*
  • Writing a specification
  • Draw ideas with moving parts*
  • Chose an idea to develop further
  • Give reasons for their choice
  • Develop ideas using drawings and cared models*
  • Produce a final solution using a working drawing* MAKING Preparing of material to size
  • Joining material using glue and pins
  • Drilling holes in material
  • Assembling materials to make cam mechanism*
  • Use levers and linkages to make moving toys*
  • Applying interesting and colourful surface finishes*
  • Evaluating against their specification

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • Marking out techniques*
  • Methods of shaping materials*
  • Drilling techniques*
  • Forms of motion*
  • Machines and mechanisms*
  • Levers and linkages*
  • Cams and pneumatics*

YEAR 9

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
RESISTANT MATERIALS
CURRICULUM SUMMARY

TERM 1 & 1ST HALF OF TERM 2

GEARS AND MOTORS – MOVING DISPLAY

 

DESIGNING

  • Understand the problems of a given situation and design brief (Analysis)
  • Carry out research into a given problem
  • Use the internet for general research
  • Writing a specification
  • Draw ideas choosing the best idea and give reasons for choice
  • Development of best idea using line drawings, CAD drawings and graphics packages.
  • Produce a final design

 

MAKING

  • Preparing of material to size
  • Joining material using temporary and permanent methods
  • Secure different gears in position so as to mesh and reduce speed
  • Use a battery and motor as a power source
  • Calculate linkage lengths and incorporate into a system so as to create movement.
  • Control the movement of a mechanism
  • Evaluating against their specification

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • Workshop safety rules
  • Methods of joining materials
  • Understand the different types of pulleys and gears and know how and why they are used.
  • Understand the importance of control and how it can be achieved
  • Be familiar with the terminology used
  • Use the internet for research
  • Use CAD packages to develop ideas

2ND HALF OF TERM 2 & TERM 3

WIND POWER – WHIRLIGIG

 

DESIGNING

  • Identifying a situation that could be improved
  • Identifying a need within that situation
  • Writing a design brief and analysing it
  • Carry out research
  • Write a specification
  • Draw ideas choosing the best idea and give reasons for choice
  • Develop the best idea using models where appropriate
  • Produce final solution drawings

 

MAKING

  • Preparing of materials to size
  • Cutting shaping and joining of materials
  • Use of a jig in construction of mechanism to harness wind energy
  • To use and apply surface finishes that is weather resistant
  • To determine a method of supporting the whirligig

 

KNOWLEDGE

  • Workshop safety rules
  • Methods of joining materials
  • Understand the importance of wind energy
  • Understand the need for a jig
  • Be familiar with the terminology used
  • Understand the difference between stains and polishes
  • Use of internet to generate ideas.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
RESISTANT MATERIALS
CURRICULUM SUMMARY

TERM 1

FOCUSED TASKS

 

  • 2 point perspective drawing
  • Approximate perspective
  • Exploded drawings
  • Circles in perspective
  • Introduction to 2D Design
  • Orthographic drawing
  • CAD work using 2D Design (colour/texture/dimensions)
  • Characteristics of plastics
  • Manufacturing using plastics
  • Vacuum forming techniques (clock project)
  • CAM work using CAMM 2 machine (clock project)
  • Revision – Electronics and Materials
  • Revision – Structures

TERM 2

COURSEWORK – DESIGNING

 

  • Introduction to prescribed project
  • Setting up and using CAD templates
  • Introduction to ‘e-folios’
  • Using graphic packages
  • Writing a situation
  • Writing a design brief
  • Design analysis
  • Project research
  • Focused area – Resistant Materials, mainly Wood, Metals, Plastics, Smart
  • Materials Design questions
  • Revision – Mechanisms

TERM 3

COURSEWORK – DESIGNING

 

  • Using workshop equipment (revision/consolidation) 
  • Safety 
  • Ideas 
  • Development of ideas 
  • Using laser cutter 
  • Model making 
  • Organising and planning (MAJOR PROJECT)

YEAR 11

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
RESISTANT MATERIALS
CURRICULUM SUMMARY

TERM 1

COURSEWORK – MAKING

  • Methods of construction
  • Materials used in construction
  • Processes used in construction
  • Evaluation
  • Project manufacturing/construction

TERM 2

COURSEWORK - MAKING

  • Project manufacturing/construction
  • Using ‘video’ as a tool for ‘e-folios’
  • Individual project processes
  • Completion of coursework projects
  • Design questions

TERM 3

COURSEWORK

  • Revision
  • Examination questions
  • Preparation for examinations

EXAMINATION BOARD: W.J.E.C. LEVEL: G.C.S.E.
COURSE OUTLINE COURSE OUTLINE

Design and Technology is an ideal subject for those students who wish to develop their knowledge, understanding and capabilities through the experience of designing and making things.

EXAMINATION AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Assessment is by means of course work, which is worth 60% (of the final marks) and a written examination which is worth 40% of the final marks.

Very full guidance by the teacher is given with the coursework project.

Students will be required to pursue the following areas of study:
• Analysing problems
• Designing and making
• Economic and Business issues
• Communicating ideas
• Selecting and using materials and equipment
• Environmental and sustainability issues

WHY STUDY DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY?

Students will be involved in designing and planning what they want to make and then realising this by using a variety of resistant materials like wood, plastic , metal and card. It is ideally suited to those pupils who like to see a project through from inception to completion, and who enjoy practical subjects. Design and technology also leads to a wide range of careers.

The department has invested heavily in CAD/CAM equipment, allowing students to develop their ideas using computers, when designing and making their projects.
(CAD/CAM – Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture)

Design and Technology is a well established subject at ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ Levels. It also can lead to the following courses and University as well as other professions:

INTERIOR DESIGN (BSC) - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
FILM AND TV SET DESIGN (BA) - FURNITURE DESIGN
ARCHITECHTURAL TECHNOLOGY (BSC) - FASHION DESIGN
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (BA) - JEWELLERY DESIGN
PACKAGING DESIGN (BA) - PRODUCT DESIGN (BA/BSC)