Design Technology Handbook 2016-2017

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students are introduced to Design and Technology and the many varying subjects under the D&T umbrella. The students follow a carousel system, rotating between Resistant Materials, System and Control and Food Technology.

In Food Technology students are introduced to the basics of food hygiene. They are taught how to prepare a cooking area and how to avoid cross contamination. Students will be introduced to the healthy diet and the “well Balanced Plate”. They will gain practical experience in using kitchen equipment, weights and measure, to produce healthy dishes.

Within Resistant Materials students learn the key concepts of working with wood, metal and plastics. They will be given a starter project to provide them with first hand practical experience working with tools and machinery. They are introduced to the design process and the importance of assessing and evaluating their own work and the work of others, and the ability of designing for a chosen client. The core project provides them with the opportunity to access the three main materials, traditional making processes and provides them with the opportunity to experience Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).

Within Systems and Control the students are provided with the opportunity to design and model their ideas, using simple mechanisms to create a prototype. They will also learn how to plan their manufacturing process to improve the quality of their making.

Year 8

As with year 7 the students will follow a carousel program to continue developing their knowledge and understanding of the main strands of Design and Technology.

Through Year 8 Food Technology students will be following the Licence to Cook program started in year 7. They will be provided with the opportunity to further develop the skills they have acquired whilst developing new techniques to produce classic dishes, set out by the Licence to Cook scheme of work

Within Year 8 Resistant Materials the students will gain further understanding of how to successfully design for a chosen client and how to research effectively to enable them to improve their designs. Students will be introduced to quality assurance and how to improve the manufacturing of their products through the use of jigs, formers and templates. The students will also improve their understanding of working with plastics, and how to form thermo plastics. The students will continue to evaluate their and others work, using AFL to allow them to improve the overall quality of their products.

Through Systems and Control the students are introduced to basic electronics, input – process – output. They will learn about electronic components, their purpose and how to use them. Students will also develop their understanding of the planning process and the need to plan their making effectively to achieve the desired result. They will be introduced to complex mechanisms in a project designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of motion and control.

Year 9

This year students will continue to develop their understanding of the three main strands of Design and Technology. They will further their understanding of materials and processes and improve their understanding of the design process.

This year in Food Technology students will continue following the Licence to Cook program. Students will gain a better understanding of British and World foods, giving them the opportunity to produce many classic dishes. Pupils also learn about food preservation and how to store foods correctly.

In Resistant Materials more emphasis is put on the design process and creativity. The pupils follow a “Fantastic Plastic” scheme of work which allows them to explore the different processes of forming and shaping thermo plastics. Students will also be introduced to different design movements to provide them with design solutions. They will be given design briefs targeting creativity and their making skills.

Through Systems and Control the students continue their learning in electronic components and gain a further understanding of control in a circuit. They are also introduced to designing and making products more akin to Product Design. They develop their understanding or existing product analysis, working with materials and evaluations to design and make quality products.