Design Technology Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

How to use basic tools and processes to create a finished project.

CAD/CAM Experience

DT Theory - Materials and realisation.

 

Students will be learning to select and use specialist tools and equipment and will follow a teacher led process, which mimics a simplified mass production system, to complete a finished product. They will have the opportunity to enhance their product with a CAD/CAM element to individualise their products. 
They will be learning about safe production methods and how to work efficiently and accurately.

Students will underpin their practical making with exploration of the theory which underpins the iterative design process.

Students will use safe, efficient and accurate working practices independently following initial  demonstration of the process. They will be able to explain the correct use of individual tools and will be able to demonstrate sound understanding of the principles of design practices covered by the term’s work.

Baseline Assessment of prior knowledge of the source of materials and prior making experiences.

Half Term - Assessment of theory of knowledge  a range of question types. Tools used and theory of iterative process so far.

End of term - Final practical piece assessed.

CAD test

Year 7 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

The Work of Others.

How the work of iconic designers and makers can influence our own work. 

Students will study an individual designer and use their work to influence the development of their own product. They will begin to use an iterative design method to explore how a product is developed through a process of trial, evaluation and modification.

Students will use the beginnings of the iterative design process to create creative ideas for a product which demonstrate clear influences to an iconic designer, which are imaginative and creative.

Half Term - The students will be assessed on the product they create in response to the research into the work of others. 

Mechanisms and forces

Students will begin to look at mechanisms and forces and how they are used to make products efficient.  

They will be able to identify which forces and mechanisms which are used in everyday objects and will be able to explain in detail how they make those objects more efficient.

End of Term - Test on Mechanisms and Forces - based on AQA Section A style questions, multiple choice and short answer questions. 

Year 7 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Structures: How they are designed and constructed with consideration to forces

Students will study structures and how they are joint. They will explore materials, how they perform and can be altered and joining methods including use of adhesives. Students will gain knowledge of different structural elements in buildings and how forces are applied to these structures to enhance performance.

Students will respond with creativity and careful consideration to a series of short practical tasks ensuring they are build with care and precision. Here they will be able to put into practice the theoretical ideologies they have learnt and explain the how and why behind their structures. They will result in a series of build structures and can explain where the forces are applied and how they are utilised to reinforce the build.

Students will be tested using a written paper which will include multiple choice questions as well as a design task.

 

Year 8 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

How to use the iterative process to create a virtual representation of a product.

Using a brief, Students will write a short specification and will go on to use an iterative process to sketch, model and realise a product which challenges design fixation. They will use CAD to fully realise their final design and will present their final ideas to a ‘client’.

Students will use a guided iterative process to design and present a product which challenges their design fixation and demonstrates creativity and innovation. Excellent projects will demonstrate a clear narrative structure throughout.

Half Term - Students 3d models will be assessed for innovation and creativity.

The completed design folder will be assessed against criteria adapted from the AQA GCSE D&T specification.

Year 8 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Two design projects - Product Design and Graphic Design

Students will use a brief to develop original design which involves a pre-manufactured component - (for example, a tea light). Design process will go from model to prototype, utilising a CAD/CAM. Students will then go on to develop a graphic product. This project is intended to encourage an understanding of aesthetics and ergonomics. In both cases, the iterative process will be used.

Both this term’s products should demonstrate high levels of imagination, creativity and innovation and will have demonstrated a strong adherence to the iterative process throughout.

Students will have a firm understanding of the underlying theory studied alongside the design projects this term and will achieve a high grade in the end of term exam, which tests their understanding of design and making principles. 

Half Term - Final product will be assessed against criteria adapted from the AQA GCSE D&T specification. 

End of Term - The Graphic product will be assessed against criteria adapted from the AQA GCSE D&T specification.

End of term test based on Section C of the Exam component of the AQA GCSE D&T specification.

Year 8 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Technical drawings and Graphics.

Students will learn a range of technical drawings and graphics skills including computer aided design in order to create a given product based on a design context. Students will develop their 2D design and editing skills. Students will continue to use drawing techniques such as orthographic, oblique as well as 1 and 2 point perspective drawings in order to build their repertoire of skills. They will then create a product utilising their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Students will work hard in lessons asking enquiring questions and practising their graphical skills to enhance and refine them. The product they design and produce will be a marketable and complete product that fits the specification and meets the design context. They will be able to explain and talk through their design and why they have made design decisions following the iterative design process.

Students will be assessed against the AQA GCSE criteria adapted for KS3 to assess their design work and the final product they produce.

 

Year 9 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Portfolio Project: Working with specialist materials & techniques to develop knowledge and understanding

Students will learn about using a range of materials such as wood and plastic and how to join different materials together.

Students will learn about a range of drawing techniques and be able to apply this knowledge to make a lamp using an electronics circuit.

They will also develop their evaluative thinking regarding their products and producing production plans.

Students will produce a quality ‘prototype’ of a functioning lamp.This final prototype will be a highly finished product. Their portfolio will include creative and exciting design ideas, some of which will have been influenced by the designs of others. Photographs of their finished product along with a detailed evaluation showing improvements that can be made to the product.

Final made product will be assessed against criteria adapted from the AQA GCSE D&T specification.

Year 9 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Portfolio Project: Working with specialist materials & techniques to develop knowledge and understanding

Students will gain knowledge in research techniques and developing and testing design ideas. Students will use scientific principles and mathematics to develop a water filter ensuring that their product matches that of their specification and developing the product further in light of additional research

Students will produce a fully realised functional quality prototype of a water filter ensuring that the product meets the strict specification guidelines. Evidence that the design has been informed by the student’s research.

The student will carry out tests to prove the success of their design and evidence it working as planned.

Students will complete a concise portfolio detailing their relevant research with justified reasons explained for the utilisation of materials and design.

Students will be assessed through a portfolio based on the AQA DT Specification

The assessed pieces will be checking their ability to record their own specification.

The will also be assessed on their evaluation which entails comparing their final prototype to their specification and a series of tests in ensure function and that the design is fit for purpose.

Year 9 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Portfolio Project: Working with specialist materials & techniques to develop knowledge and understanding

Students will continue to learn about different design and technology techniques and learning how to develop their ideas to make a functional product. Students will be given a design task and learn how to research, develop, model and make a high quality finished prototype ready for future development.

Students will make a portfolio of work that will encompass all knowledge gained in the first 2 terms and show high quality product development and drawing skills as well as a production plan and an evaluation showing further developments required.

End of term test based on Section C of the Exam component of the AQA GCSE D&T specification.

 

Year 10 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Making: Working with specialist materials & techniques

Making

Health & Safety

Select & use specialist tools, equipment & machinery

Select & use specialist techniques & processes

Select & use CAM

Detailed plans

Students will learn about broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes

Use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes

Knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes

Selecting and working with appropriate materials and components in order to produce a prototype

Using specialist tools and equipment, appropriate to the materials or components used (including hand tools, machinery, digital design and manufacture), to create a specific outcome

Specialist techniques & processes that can be used to shape, fabricate, construct & assemble a high quality prototype, including techniques such as wastage, addition, deforming and reforming, as appropriate to the materials and/or components being used

Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology

Pupils will produce a quality ‘prototype’ of a functioning design outcome. A final prototype would be a highly finished product, made as proof of concept prior to manufacture, or working scale models of a system where a full-size product would be impractical.

 

Year 10 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Structures and forces 

Students will learn about the impact of forces and stresses on materials and objects and the ways in which materials can be reinforced and stiffened.   Students will be tested on their knowledge and understanding of the impact of forces and stresses and the way in which materials can be reinforced and stiffened. How materials and objects can be manipulated to resist and work with forces and stresses: Tension, Compression, Bending, Torsion, Shear, how materials can be enhanced to resist and work with forces and stresses to improve functionality: How materials can be reinforced, stiffened or made more flexible: e.g. Lamination, Bending, Folding

Students will detailed notes in their work books featuring key words and terminology to indicate understanding of the concepts that have learnt. Students will produce accurate working models practically that indicate structures and force in action. Practical made examples of structural devices which will be tested and evaluated in detailed with explanations written in detail to describe their findings and acquired knowledge. 

Assessment: Written exam with AQA DT style questions

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Portfolio Project: Working with specialist materials & techniques to develop knowledge and understanding

Students will continue learning about a range of materials, components and technologies and enhance their practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes.

Students will learn to refine their use of specialist tools and equipment to better their practical work. Students will also use specialist techniques and processes to shape. Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology.

Students will produce a quality ‘prototype’ of a functioning design outcome. The final prototype would be a highly finished product, made as proof of the concept they have developed to be used as a test in industry prior to manufacture. Student's will display their design journey featuring both design work and models showing their following of the iterative design process. Work will be annotated to show knowledge and convey understanding.

Students will be assessed through portfolio work closely following the AQA GCSE D&T specification requirements.

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Non Examination Assessment (NEA) Portfolio Project

After exposure to their Design problem students will independently research their design context to help them solve the problem with a design solution. They will generate initial ideas and a range of different design solutions in response to their brief and research findings. Students will then create designs and models following the iterative design process in response to a brief stimulus. They will research the design and test their ideas through making models. These designs and models will then be evaluated and tested to ensuring they do not become fixated on one design idea until a suitable range of ideas have been established. Students will need to utilise their broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and the safe practical skills and specialist techniques they have developed to assist their design journey.

Students will produce well presented and explained initial ideas in their portfolios and appropriate quality research regarding their design context. Initial design will be carefully drawn and modelled in Computer Aided Design software. These designs will then be modelled in suitable materials to test them and ensure they are fit for purpose. Design concepts will be evaluated in their portfolio to show the iterative design process in action. Consideration will be given to the client to ensure the design develops to meet a clear and concise specification.

Students will create a Non Examination Assessment (NEA) portfolio of work and a finished practical project that will be assessed against the GCSE AQA criteria and graded 1 to 9. The portfolio project will be assessed holistically. Personal feedback is not permitted by the exam board, each section of the project will have general comments regarding improvements that can be made to assist progress. This project makes up 50% of their final grade. Students will take an exam in the summer term that will make up the other 50%.

Year 11 Spring

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Non Examination Assessment (NEA) Portfolio Project

Students will continue their Non Examination Assessment (NEA) Portfolio Project finalising their designing and modelling in coming to a design conclusion. The design solution will need to be fully realised to demonstrate knowledge of materials, specialist techniques and skilled safe practise. This design solution will then be created to showcase the student's skills in working with materials to produce a quality product. This project and product will then be fully evaluated with the findings presented in their portfolio ensuring the prototype is fully tested against the design specification and reviewed by the client.

Students will produce a detailed and concise portfolio evidencing and explaining their design journey to meet their design brief and reach their design solution. They will have created a quality highly finished prototype of their design that meets their design specification. The student's work will be informed by their ongoing research and annotated to explain their evaluative design thinking throughout their project. Evidence that the design has been informed by the students’ research will be apparent.

The student will carry out tests to prove the success of their design and evidence it working as planned this will be written up in detail in their evaluation with photographs showing their finished prototype in use.

The student's Non Examination Assessment (NEA) Portfolio Project and final piece will be assessed against the GCSE AQA criteria and graded 1 to 9. This project makes up 50% of their final grade. Students will take an exam in the summer term that will make up the other 50%.