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Curriculum Statement for Design and Technology

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Subject Leader - Mr. M Malhi

MMi@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

Design Technology
Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

At GCSE level students will study core technical and design and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Year 7

Basic Skills Module

All Year 7 students will be taught basic skills that can be applied to all Design and Technology subjects. On completion of this module, they will then rotate between: Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Design and Technology.

Term Topic Assessment Home Learning

Subject to Rotation 

Foot Stool

Pupils will be making a footstool in order to develop an understanding of the basics of the design and manufacturing process. Students will use a range of wood and metal components to make a footstool in timber. They will be introduced to Safety in the Workshop, modelling, marking equipment, hand and power tools and assembly techniques. In addition to the practical work they will be introduced to a range of materials such as timber, metals, paper, card and textiles. Environmental and ethical issues are also dealt with. This unit of learning will last 12 weeks.

All students will have 1:1 individual verbal feedback, written feedback and assessment levels linking to pre-GCSE grades.

Pupils will prepare a diary of all the joints they have been introduced to. Using this information, they will analyse a traditional chair explaining the location of different joints and alternative joints that could have been used

 

Year 8

Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
Subject to Rotation Oil Burner

Pupils will design and make a fragrant oil burner. They will use CAD and a variety of tools to produce their product within certain material constraints. They will learn of the sources and classifications of Timber and Metals. Analysing Existing Products for inspiration. Sketching and CAD for idea development. Coping saws, tenon saws, drilling machines, adhesives, beating metals to create shapes, guillotine, screw thread cutting and finishing techniques such as preparing to oil or varnish or powder dip coating. Evaluation of their artefact.

All students will have 1:1 individual verbal feedback, written feedback and assessment levels linking to pre-GCSE grades.

There will be a variety of tasks including selecting different timbers for different products. Pupils will be encouraged to examine hazards when working with manufactured boards and of ways of protecting against these? They will also investigate Industrial pollution in our air and waterways.

 

Year 9

Term  Topic Assessment Home learning
Subject to Rotation Jewellery
Pupils will design and manufacture two items of jewellery ie a necklace and a set of earrings. They will design their item using CAD and cut items using a laser cutter. In this module they will learn to create market profiles, analyse existing products, model and test their ideas and evaluating the items they have made.
All students will have 1:1 individual verbal feedback, written feedback and assessment levels linking to pre-GCSE grades. Pupils will examine consumer responsibilities in ensuring products are as sustainable as possible. Their other home learning task will be on the impact of barcodes on society, products and stock controlAssessments:

 

Assessment Matrices

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Year 10 and 11 (Option Subject)

Specification link

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552/specification-at-a-glance

Overview
Students will undertake three projects in year 10 during which key concepts in Design and Technology will be introduced and developed further. The examination will comprise of 2 parts, each of which will contribute tyo 50% of overall marks in this subject

PART 1

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)

A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

PART 2

This will be the non-assessment aspect of the course (coursework) and will contribute to 50% of the overall marks for this subject. Pupils will be presented a substantial design and make task in which design possibilities are identified, a design brief and specification created, ideas generated and developed before being realised. The prototype made will then be open to analysis and evaluation.

In the spirit of the iterative design process, the project should be conducted holistically not in a linear manner

Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA

Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence

Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Year 10

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - December

Themes that will be covered:

A range of focused practical tasks to learn about designing, CAD and CAM, manufacturing processes and design techniques.

  • Techsoft 2D: how to produce and prepare drawings for a laser cutter
  • Methods for fabricating wood and plastics

Theory

  • Industry and Enterprise
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • The 6 Rs
  • Mechanical Devices
  • Polymers
  • Natural and Manufactured Timbers
  • Scales of Production
  • Design Strategies
Design and make a mechanical toy from Acrylic and Plywood. Tasks related to the lesson content where applicable

Creating revision notes

Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - April

Themes that will be covered:

Focused practical task(s) to learn about the working properties and characteristics of metals.

  • How to use materials and processes for making products in metal
  • How to improve the functionality of products

Theory

  • Improving Functionality
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Working with metal-based materials and fixings
  • Modern Materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Systems approach to design
Design and make a candle holder out of steel rod, mild steel. Brazing, Powder dip coating. Paint. Tasks related to the lesson content where applicable

Creating revision notes

Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - July

Themes that will be covered:

Practical task(s) to learn about the working properties and characteristics of timbers.

  • How to use Jigs, Router’s, Biscuit Jointers, Pocket Holes for making products in timber
  • How to improve the functionality of products.

Theory

  • Timber Sources and Properties
  • Informing Design Decisions
  • Textiles Paper and board
  • Commercial Manufacture and surface treatments
  • Selection of Materials and components.
  • Ecological and Social footprint
Design and make tool box out of natural and manufactured Wood. Marking out, parts lists, plan of manufacture, Data collection, Designing strategies.

Tasks related to the lesson content where applicable

Creating revision notes

 

Year 11

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - December

Designing and Manufacturing:

  • Designing Products to specified criteria
  • Evaluating and developing designs
  • Modelling and testing
  • Producing final design details
  • Product Manufacture

Theory

  • Investigation, primary and secondary data
  • The work of others
  • Design Strategies
  • Communication of Design ideas and prototype development
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Specialist Tools, equipment, techniques and processes
  • Surface treatments and finishes
  • Informing Design Decisions
Coursework (NEA Design and Make Project) Tasks related to the lesson content where applicable

Creating revision notes

Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - April

Designing and Manufacturing:

  • Product Manufacture
  • Product testing, evaluation and modifications
  • Completion of final stages/improvements etc

Theory

  • Energy Storage
  • Systems approach to Designing
  • Scales of Production
  • Working with Timber based materials
  • Commercial Manufacturing
  • Surface Treatments and Finishes
Coursework (NEA Design and Make Project) Tasks related to the lesson content where applicable

Creating revision notes

Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - July Revision   Tasks related to the lesson content where applicable

Creating revision notes

 

Pupils are expected to finish all course work within the school environment.

Assessment:

Students in Year 11 are assessed using the exam board criteria. Internally work is monitored on a weekly basis and targets set. Assessments are reported to parents/carers at intervals during the academic year.

The exam board criteria is as in the link below.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552/scheme-of-assessment

Other Useful Links:

Technology Student http://www.technologystudent.com/gener/linkspg1.htm

Revision World https://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/design-technology

Design Council https://www.designcouncil.org.uk/

 

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