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
Assessment AssessmentAssessment
Product investigation – BikeDesign style – MinimalResearch

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
Assessment AssessmentAssessment
TypographyDesign style – UrbanResearch

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


Wild Task

Assessment Assessment Assessment
Product Investigation – ToothbrushDesign StyleResearch – Cereal Design

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