All students will study all 5 Design Technology subjects in years 7&8 on a rotational basis, each project lasting approximately 7-8 weeks.
These are: Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Graphics, Electronics and Textiles.
At the end of year 8 students will select two of the five subjects to study in more detail over one term per subject throughout year 9. Students will have the opportunity to select one of the five Design Technology subjects as a GCSE option.
All subjects in years 7, 8 and 9 are assessed in the following areas: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical knowledge. They will then have an overall level based on those 4 assessment strands.
Resistant Materials: Students are introduced to materials and their properties, brazing and lathe work, culminating in the production of an individually designed toy that has to balance on a pedestal.
Food Technology: Students are introduced to the kitchen and related Health and Safety rules. Students will perform a series of practical tasks to broaden their skills base culminating in the production of a healthy lunchbox based on their own design.
Graphics: Students will design and make a box for a take away Child’s meal using a range of graphical techniques. Students will have the opportunity to use CAD/CAM to design and make their product.
Electronics: Students create a flashing light display, soldering components to a circuit board and programming LEDs to flash in a sequence. Students then design a stand to hold the circuit using CAD CAM
Textiles: Students will be learning how to make fabrics from scratch. The felt that they make will then be used to applique the features of their felt monster toy! They will be enhancing their hand embroidery skills.
Resistant Materials: Through the use of the brazing hearth students will design and make their own professional looking key ring from casting pewter. This will be displayed in a high quality hardwood box which incorporates marquetry.
Food Technology: The students continue to learn many new skills when making a variety of food and Health and Safety when cooking.
They are given the opportunity to design and create their own pasta salad, scones, crumbles, bread rolls and pizzas.
Graphics: Students design and make a promotional display stand for a cosmetic product using a range of papers, cards and modelling skills.
Electronics: Building upon previous skills, students create a programmable steady hand game that counts the number of lives lost and plays a tune when complete. The focus of this project is independence when making to be able to solder and program confidently.
Textiles: Students will be using inspiration from a range of cultures as they use traditional techniques such as Indonesian Batik, African block printing and aboriginal art. These techniques will combine with the use of the sewing machine and other decorative processes to make a cushion cover.
Resistant Materials: Students work in production teams to design and manufacture their own quality task lamp utilizing the latest 3D design software and CNC machines. The use of plastics, wood and metal enable a wide variety of creative and well-engineered products to be made. Students have to present their products to the Italian lighting company Iguzzini
Food Technology: Students are taught how to cook healthy main meals and desserts from scratch which will cover a range of essential life cooking skills.
Graphics: The Gadgets project is a fun idea to improve the lives of people in an everyday situation. The gadget will result in packaging that will protect promote and preserve the product.
The theme of ‘Rio 2016 Olympics’ forms the focus for the Memorabilia design project whereby students design and make a range of products for this event.
Electronics: Students design and make a fully working MP3 amplifier that can connect to an IPod, phone or similar device; Students solder components onto a PCB and design a casing for the Amplifier using CAD.
Textiles: The impact of the Textiles industry on the environment is explored during this project as well as a range of unusual textiles skills involving refuse. Students will learn how to create new products from items which may have been ordinarily thrown away. There will also be the opportunity to use the laser cutter as well as including electronic components to enhance the bag or device protector that they choose to make.