Design Technology

Key Stage 3 DT Lesson

Key Stage 3 DT Lesson

Design and Technology – Resistant Materials


Over the course of KS3 students engage in design and make projects that are based around different themes, the projects that they create are progressively more challenging.

In Year 7 students create projects that are based around a set theme. Within this they will learn  about the origins and properties of different materials and how to shape and assemble with hand tools/equipment safely and effectively.

Year 8 students will also complete a range of themed based projects, in which they will continue to use hand tools/equipment and will also be introduced to industry techniques such as CAD/CAM upon the creation of their products.

All projects are planned with literacy and numeracy opportunities. Students research, analyse, explain and describe; often orally during group discussion and also in written work. Practical activities incorporate numeracy through calculation, measurement and scaling.

Students receive ongoing feedback to help them improve during discussion and through comments in books. A summative assessment of progress is also made at the end of each project.

Extra-curricular opportunities
The department regularly participates in externally based events and competitions with students enjoying success at both local and regional level. Year 9 students are invited to join the National Design Ventura competition in early September until November. Year 7 and 8 are also able to participate in an product design/electronics club, in which they will be given the opportunity to identify and  demonstrate new and further making skills in Design and Technology.

For further information:
Please contact any of our technology teachers:
Hannah Saunders, Teacher of Technology
Justin Draper, Subject Leader for Art, Design and Technology
Andrea Brown, Director of Learning for Art, Design and Technology

Key Stage 4 DT Lesson

Key Stage 4 DT Lesson

GCSE Design Technology: Product Design

What will you be learning?
Year 9 starts with a project that investigates 20th century design movements; using findings as inspiration for the testing and development of designs for a range of key tags in different materials. This is then followed by a range of short skills based projects, which include a variety of materials and manufacturing processes.

This GCSE helps to develop innovation and flair in designing products. Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials. Candidates will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials. It anticipates that candidates will develop their skills and knowledge of designing, modelling, materials for production and media, including the use of ICT. This course:

  • exposes candidates to creative, design based activities
  • encourages candidates to explore and develop experience and express their design ideas
  • provides a participatory and experimental learning experience
  • values flair and imagination
  • uses innovation assessment methods.

Unit 1 – Written paper
40% of total marks
2 hour exam
120 marks
Candidates answer all questions in two sections. Pre-release material is issued.

Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice
60% of total marks
Approximately 45 hours
90 marks
Consists of a single design and make activity from a range of broad set tasks.
For each unit, candidates will need to use communication skills and develop their ideas, using ICT with many aspects of their work.

Unit 1 requires candidates to answer questions on a broad range of design influences. This specification will be taught in a suitably equipped design studio and workshop environment. The specification provides a framework which can be accessed by all candidates with the potential of gaining GCSE grades A*-G.

Unit 2 may focus on the use of any of the following: paper/card, plastics, ceramics, timber-based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. It is anticipated, however, that candidates will need to combine materials in order to successfully complete their work in these units. Portfolio evidence for this unit can be presented in electronic format, in line with the guidance given.

In recent years we have developed the department’s jewellery making techniques including professional tools, materials and equipment. The students will learn processes including copper soldering and wire work, pewter casting, enamelling, and glass fusion to name a few. Our previous Year 11 work is displayed in College and shows a range of approaches and outcomes which highlight how the students grow in creativity and independence during the course.

What other learning could you do:
With further training, you could go into a job related to Design and Technology and Electronics such as an Technician, Electrician or Design Engineer.
You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.