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Design TechnologY

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.”

Stephen Gardiner 

 Our mission in KS3 Design and Technology is to provide opportunities for students to develop and show their creative abilities. Students use their design skills and imagination to produce workable plans for a real-world scenario. This is done in a variety of materials and involves using a wide range of tools and equipment.

Prior learning from other subject areas, such as Maths and Science, combined with DT skills, knowledge & understanding enable students to create quality products. Students will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate existing product and review their own work critically.

Students will understand the design process and how new innovations and technologies can shape our future world.

Assessment

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 7 DT (Resistant Materials) Technology

Term

Topic /  Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

On rotation once per year

Students carry out practical activities, these include the production of a CAD/CAM product and a Gumball sweet dispenser.

Students will understand how to identify a need in a product and be able to create a design brief.

Students will look at how CAD/CAM can be used to create part of the product and the advantages and disadvantages of using CAD/CAM,.

Students will use research skills, be able to develop their design ideas and sketch ideas using pencil crayons.

Students will look at the properties of some materials and be able to select the most appropriate for a given task.

Students will be able to evaluate their products and suggest improvements.

End of half term assessment to include:

Marking of their design booklets and their design ideas, these will be given a level.

Students will be given guidance and feedback on their practical skills when carrying out practical work.

Each topic will include independent research, a design and evaluation of their product.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Watch the ‘The Repair Shop’ or ‘How it’s made?’.

Encourage students to take up hobbies such as painting, origami or indeed anything practical that encourages hand skills.

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Year 8 DT (Resistant Materials) Technology

Term

Topic /  Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

On rotation once per year

Students carry out practical activities, these include the production of a moving child’s toy.

Students will carry out research skills and carry out an analysis of an existing product to investigate the decisions that have taken place.

Students will look at CAMS and the types of movement they can create, examples will be given.

Students will research properties of different materials and how to select the most appropriate materials for the product.

Students will look at a variety of finishes for their products and how the selection of this finish is very important and relates back to the requirements of the design brief.

Students will be able to evaluate their products and suggest improvements.

End of half term assessment to include:

Marking of their design booklets and their design ideas, these will be given a level.

Students will be given guidance and feedback on their practical skills when carrying out practical work.

Each topic will include independent research, a design and evaluation of their product.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Watch the ‘The Repair Shop’ or ‘How it’s made?’.

Encourage students to take up hobbies such as painting, origami or indeed anything practical that encourages hand skills.

Look for examples of CAMS at home and how they are used.

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Year 9 DT (Resistant Materials) Technology

Term

Topic /  Key Enquiry questions

Type of Assessment

On rotation once per year

Students carry out practical activities, these include the production of a personal phone/MP3 holder and amplifier circuit board.

Students will carry out independent research and look at existing products that are available.

Students to understand the importance of accurate measurement of raw materials in preparation for the practical skills.

Students will create an electronic circuit board to amplify the music from their personal stereos. They will understand the idea of input, process and output.

Students will look at the properties of several different materials and how these materials should be used for the correct selection of materials for a product.

Students will be able to evaluate in detail and be able to change design ideas in light of feedback given.

End of half term assessment to include:

Marking of design booklets and their design ideas, these will be given a level.

Students will be given guidance and feedback on their practical skills when carrying out practical work.

Each topic will include independent research, a design and evaluation of their product.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Watch the ‘The Repair Shop’ or ‘How it’s made?’.

Encourage students to look for electronic devices around the home, try to understand the design decisions that have taken place to produce that product.

Take up hobbies such as painting, origami or indeed anything practical that encourages hand skills.

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Year 10 DT

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

New and emerging technologies, why large businesses use CAD/CAM.

Design strategies and how to communicate their design ideas.

How energy is generated and stored.

The wide variety of mechanical devices.

Different materials and their properties.

Practice a mini NEA project to test their design planning skills.

Ecological and social footprint is studied.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions and ongoing assessment of practical skills with verbal feedback.

Creation of a mini coursework to be assessed against examination board criteria.

Spring

Sources and origins of different materials

Stock forms types and sizes

Investigation of existing products and primary and secondary data

Communication of ideas using drawing techniques

Specialist techniques and processes, e.g. prototypes and production aids

Material management

Surface treatments and finishes

Practice a mini NEA project to test their design planning skills.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions and ongoing assessment of practical skills with verbal feedback.

Creation of a mini coursework to be assessed against examination board criteria.

Summer

Look at the work of other designers

How to write a design brief and communicate design ideas

Prototype development

Specialist tools and equipment

Scales of production

NEA (non-examined assessment released) students start researching for their coursework,

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions and ongoing assessment of practical skills with verbal feedback.

Summer release of NEA from exam board, students spend remainder of the term researching their chosen task.

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Encourage students to watch the BBC show ‘The Repair shop’ or ‘How it’s made’ TV shows. Take up a craft hobby, painting, sewing, origami or anything practical that involves using your hands.

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Year 11 DT

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

This whole term is devoted to the creation and production of the coursework for their NEA they were given in the last term of year 10.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions and ongoing assessment of practical skills with verbal feedback.

 

Spring

Students will be finishing off the NEA task and have it completed.

Student will spend the remaining time in the spring term revising and practising exam questions in preparation for the summer examination.

Completion of the NEA, this will be internally marked and externally moderated by the examination board.

Students will have access to a variety of exam style practise questions.

Summer

Students continue revising and take the summer exam.

Summer examination.

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Encourage students to watch the BBC show ‘The Repair shop’ or ‘How it’s made’ TV shows. Take up a craft hobby, painting, sewing, origami or anything practical that involves using your hands.

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How we assess the impact of what your child is taught:

Design Technology

How will classwork be marked/

monitored/

graded/

self-assessed

KS3

Once every 3 weeks due to number of lessons per fortnight. Levels will be awarded at end of the unit of work. Verbal teacher-feedback. Teachers will use red pen.

KS4

Reviewed every 3 weeks, depending on practical activity taking place at the time marking could be once per month. Grades will be awarded upon completion of the piece of work. Verbal teacher-feedback. Teachers will use red pen.

KS5

N/A

What classwork will be marked?

KS3

Classroom notes and designs will receive teacher comments. Due to practical nature of subject, often verbal feedback is given, stamps are used in booklets to indicate if verbal feedback has been given.

KS4

Teachers will comment on classroom notes and give verbal feedback on assessments. Often Post It Notes are attached to practical work to provide feedback. Controlled assessment in some areas cannot be marked formally as work progresses due to exam board regulations.

KS5

N/A

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?

KS3/KS4/KS5

Students will read and respond to comments made in books in green pen. In RM students have levels within booklet to enable students to review levels and reflect how they can make improvements. Where Post It Notes are used, these can be transferred to booklets and their response is written in green pen.

How will Homework be marked/

monitored/

graded?

KS3

Homework is often part of practical booklet and marked as described above.

KS4

Revision workbooks are produced for homework and these are marked when needed. Some of the homework can be marked by stickers if work is practical.

KS5

N/A

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

KS3 – students are given practical projects to complete each term, at the end of the unit of work students are given a formal level. Each subject area has a variety of differing projects they offer.

 

KS4 - Lots of verbal feedback and discussion to help students enhance their creativity and therefore increase their formal assessment level, often this is coursework. Some of the formal assessments are controlled assessments. Practice essay type questions are used, and revision booklets are distributed to students on the chosen theme for that year.