Design & Technology Curriculum Overview 2016-17

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year.

Year 7

Product Design – Pen Project

Students design and make a plastic pen. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Students will look at existing products and analyse them. They will use this information to produce a specification then several design ideas. The students make the pen out of layers of plastic then design and make retail packaging for the product.

Product Design - Electronics – Alarm Project

Using specialist computer software the students design and make an alarm. Students will learn the basic principles of electronics and learn about some of the components used in electronic products.

Food Technology - "Me, the Chef"

Students carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. The focus being manufacturing skills; nutrition and healthy eating. Practical opportunities include making dishes such as fruit salad, soup, and fajitas

Textiles Technology - Oven Glove Project

Students carry out a design and make project meeting the needs of the main kitchen users at home. There are introduced to machine skills and working with fabrics through the manufacture of an oven mitt, and show their aesthetic creativity through the design of surface decoration for fabrics.

Year 8

Product Design – Jewellery Project

Students design and make a piece of jewellery. They will learn about industrial processes used in jewellery manufacture particularly casting. Students use our specialist design software and Laser cutter (CADCAM) to create part their casting moulds. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. Once the jewellery piece is complete the students will design and make a suitable retail package for the item.

Product Design – Sweet dispenser

Students design and make a dispenser for sweets. They will be researching existing products and designing a solution that meets their design brief. They are encouraged to use the Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills they have learnt in previous projects to produce a high quality outcome. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation.

Food Technology - Looking Outwards

Students develop their food skills by exploring culture and traditions, seasonality/ availability, customer needs (dietary requirements and personal preference), and staple products. Practical opportunities include making dishes such as Savoury rice or couscous, pizza, and sausage rolls.

Textiles Technology – Utility Bag project
Students further develop their design and manufacturing skills by designing to meet functional needs
Students design and manufacture a Utility Bag such as a pencil case and evaluate it against the original design specification, particularly in regard to aesthetics and function.

Year 9

Product Design – Computer Aided Design (CAD) and hand drawing skills

Students will start the year learning new CAD/CAM skills. They will also learn a range of hand presentation techniques that will enable them to present their work to a very high standard.

Product Design – Festive Slot Project

Students will design and make a festive themed slot-together item. They will carry out a range of activities covering research, design, manufacture and evaluation. They are encouraged to use the CADCAM skill learnt in the previous project.

Product Design – Lighting Project

Students will be designing and making a product with the theme “lighting”. The project will be similar to the expectations of GCSE Product Design/V-Cert PD. They are encouraged to present their idea as a complete design portfolio. We are expecting a high quality final outcome.

Food Technology - Cooking for Pleasure, and as a Career

Students begin to focus on cooking for pleasure, and are also able to consider a role in the food industry as a future career. There is a greater emphasis on seasoning and garnish, and on the presentation of food. Practical opportunities include making dishes such as chicken nuggets, lasagne, and curry.

Textiles Technology – Mad Hats Project

Students carry out a full design and make project identifying the needs of a target market group, and designing to meet that need. More complex techniques are introduced such as 3D construction, and developing individual pattern templates to meet the requirements of Designing for Manufacture

Year 10/11

V-Cert Product Design

The course is concerned with the properties and application of a range of materials. Students undertake a progression of structured tasks that develop practical skills in wood, metal and plastics as well as theoretical understanding of working practices. This includes use of computer aided design to enhance project work and an appreciation of industrial contexts. Students are led toward completing an extended design project that demonstrates their understanding and skills in designing, planning and fabricating an artefact to meet a specified need. Topics that may be chosen for coursework include storage, innovative devices for personal use and mechanical toys.

Assessment is by completion of assessed PowerPoints. They start assessment at the beginning of year 10. They will also complete a 30 hour design exam at the beginning of year 11.

Year 10/11

Product Design

A course that builds on the students past experience across the Design & Technology material areas with a focus on resistant (metal, plastic, wood), and graphic materials, (paper and card). It differs from other Design & Technology courses in that you do not need to know any one material in great depth. The specification is commercial Product Design, most commercial products are constructed or assembled from a variety of materials and require some form of labelling, packaging or instructions and consequently an element of graphic design may be needed for the product to be complete. Products will be designed to enable production in quantity, therefore manufacturing aids such as jigs, templates, moulds and formers will need to be made and CAD/CAM used.

Students will experience a series of short practical design and make projects to build theoretical and practical knowledge of materials, processes and packaging. 

Assessment is by completion of an extended design project and by sitting a terminal examination. Students will be required to contribute towards materials used for their practical work.

Year 10/11


Students undertake a number of Design and Make projects in which they will develop Design Criteria in response to a variety of Design Briefs, Generate and Develop creative Textile designs to meet user needs, and plan and manufacture the products they have designed using both craft and industrial techniques. Textiles theory includes Materials and Components, Fibres and Fabrics, and Processes and Manufacture. Students will have opportunities to work with both woven and knitted fabrics, and to use a variety of textiles machinery and techniques including Lockstitch machine, Overlocker, Eyelet machine, and CADCAMTransfer printing and flocking.

Unit 1 Written Paper (40%)
Unit 2 Controlled Assessment – 45 hour design and make project (60%)

Year 10/11

Food Preparation and Nutrition 

During the course, students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. They will have opportunities to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and to acquire knowledge in order to be able to food themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, both now and later in life.

Component 1 Written Paper (50%)
Component 2 Non-Examination Assessment. One Food Investigation and one Food Preparation Task (50%)

Year 10/11

Food Studies (Entry Level)

Students learn about:
Nutrition and health
Food preparation and cooking
Research, design, planning and evaluating
Some of the tasks covered include:
Designing a healthy food product for a vending machine
Learning about the dietary needs of different groups of people
Planning and making an afternoon tea
Cooking foods from other countries
Designing a food product that could be manufactured as a ready meal

Assessment/Examination: 100% Coursework

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