Design Technology

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Contacts

Head of Technology and Visual Arts Faculty

Ms R Doherty

rdoherty@lymmhigh.org.uk

Head of Design Technology

Mr T Beardsall

tbeardsall@lymmhigh.org.uk

Overview

The Design and Technology department at Lymm High aims to provide learners with a broad and exciting experience through engaging schemes of work.

Students are given opportunities to work with a range of subject areas including Graphics, Resistant Materials, Systems and Control.

At Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to think imaginatively to design and make products using a wide range of materials. Learners will be taught how to problem solve covering themes such as health, typography and mechanisms. Cooperative projects enable students to develop transferrable personal skills that can be used within any subject area.  Students learn from first-hand knowledge and experience working with tools and modern equipment that can be found in the Design and Technology industry.

The knowledge and understanding gained at KS3 provides learners with the skills required to study the specialist subject areas at KS4 and KS5.

You can find more information on how our Design Technology curriculum builds year-on-year by clicking on the Key Stage links below:

 

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 1Rotation 2Bridging Project
Mechanical Toy Project

With Gift Packaging

 

Mini Light, Flight, ProjectBadge Making and Graphic Posters
AssessmentAssessmentAssessment
Product investigation – BikeDesign style – MinimalResearch
DesigningPlanningPlts

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 1Rotation 2Bridging Project
Metal Letter HooksUgly dolls – SpeakersAlton Towers Project
AssessmentAssessmentAssessment
TypographyDesign style – UrbanResearch
MakingPlanningPlts

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 1Topic 2Topic 3
Sweet PackagingDesign History

Clock Designs

Sustainability

Wild Task

AssessmentAssessment Assessment
Product Investigation – ToothbrushDesign StyleResearch – Cereal Design
DesigningPlanningPlts

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

Useful websites:

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1Promote a keen interest in Design, Technology and Manufacture through watching programmes such as:

·         Abstract: The Art of Design – Netflix / YouTube

·         Big Life Fix – BBC iPlayer

·         Inside the Factory – BBC iPlayer

·         Grand Designs – Channel 4 / All 4

·         How It’s Made – YouTube

·         Megastructures – Channel 5 / Discovery Channel / YouTube

·         The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes – Netflix / BBC

2

Develop an ability to draw and present ideas in 3D through techniques such as Isometric, Oblique, Perspective. Tutorials can be found on YouTube and guides are available on TechnologyStudent.com

3

Encourage your child to analyse and question the products they are surrounded by – Why does it cost that price? Why were the materials selected? How was is made? Is it environmentally friendly?
4Inspire a love of making, constructing, problem solving and being ‘hands on’ through building sets such as LEGO, K’nex, Meccano, GraviTrax.

5

Experiment and develop CAD (Computer Aided Design) modelling skills by using ‘SketchUp’. This is a free to use software package we use in school that you can download on your personal computer once you have set up an account through Trimble.

KS4 Design Technology

Year 10

Students at key stage 4 can opt to study Graphics or Product Design.

GCSE courses consist of 60% coursework and 40% controlled assessment.

V-cert craft courses are assessed through a series of units throughout the academic year and is the equivalent to a GCSE grade.

GCSE Graphic Products

Coursework: 60% of your final GCSE grade will be work completed in class time. In Year 10, students learn the theory and application of Graphic Design before starting their major project. The major project will consist of a portfolio of work and a graphical product based on a set theme.

Exam: Students will sit an exam towards the end of Year 11 that is worth 40% of the final grade. The exam will be based upon theory learnt in the class over the 2 years.

Topic 1Topic 2Topic 3
Graphics

Drawing skills

Toothbrush project

Product Design

Passive Speaker

Craft

Joinery and Carpentry

Graphics

Fast Food Project

Jewellery Design

Product Design

Charity Laser Cut Box

Craft

Research and Design

Graphics

Pop up

Control Assessment

Product Design

New Technologies

Craft

External Brief

Year 11

Students will complete their final major project using the design process taught. This will make up 60% of their overall grade and 40% will be theory based written paper.

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Graphics

Major Project

Product Design

Major Project

Craft

Research and Design

 

Graphics

Major Project

Product Design

Major Project

Craft

External Brief

 

Graphics

Theory and exam Prep

Product Design

Major Project and exam prep

Craft

Enterprise Project

Homework: Students will be set weekly homework tasks. These tasks will support classroom learning and will be formatively assessed with targets for improvement. Students will be expected to respond to the targets given. Student will need to complete weekly exam questions. We expect student to complete self-directed study and manage their own resource file.

Useful websites:

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1Encourage 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.
4Talk to them about their progress and attainment.

5

Provide basic art materials and equipment (set of art pencils, colouring pencils, fine liner)