KS3 Design Technology

Year 7

Students will gain valuable workshop experience and will be introduced to the equipment and machinery used within this specialist subject area. Students will produce a working toy based on their favourite story book. Further projects studied in Year 7 will develop basic skills in computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) as well as drawing in Photoshop. These skills will enable students to produce products to a professional standard.

Rotation 1 Rotation 2 Bridging Project
Mechanical Toy Project

With Gift Packaging


Mini Light, Flight, Project Badge Making and Graphic Posters
Assessment Assessment Assessment
Product investigation – Bike Design style – Minimal Research
Designing Planning Plts

Year 8

Students are encouraged to design innovative and imaginative products for industry. They will build on the practical skills developed in Year 7 to plan, design and make quality products that utilise problem solving skills. Throughout this year students will explore graphic skills through typography and basic electronic and soldering.

Rotation 1 Rotation 2 Bridging Project
Metal Letter Hooks Ugly dolls – Speakers Alton Towers Project
Assessment Assessment Assessment
Typography Design style – Urban Research
Making Planning Plts

Year 9

Students will further develop designing and prototyping skills to design a sweet dispenser and Photoshop packaging. Students will also develop understanding of design movements and product development.

Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Sweet Packaging Design History

Clock Designs


Wild Task

Assessment Assessment  Assessment
Product Investigation – Toothbrush Design Style Research – Cereal Design
Designing Planning Plts

Homework: Students will be set termly projects which will re-enforce/enhance classroom learning.

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5 ways I can help my son/daughter
1 Encourage your child to join one of the extracurricular activities ran within the department.
2 Encourage your child to enter school and national design competitions.
3 Look at objects to see what materials they are made from and how they might be manufactured.
4 Talk to them about their progress and attainment.
5 Provide basic art materials and equipment (set of art pencils, colouring pencils, fine liner).