Design & Technology

Head of Department:
Mr Steve Berry

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Design & Technology

Core skills taught throughout KS3 include:

  • Responding creatively to design briefs.
  • Communication including 3D and 2D drawing and CAD.
  • Analysis and evaluation of products, materials and their properties.
  • Problem solving and perseverance to achieve workable solutions.
  • Modelling and testing ideas as part of an iterative design process.

Y7 and Y8 lessons are run on a ‘carousel’ system which enables every student to carry out a section of the year studying food technology. 

Year 7

Gadget holder: Introduction to the laser cutter to cut and shape acrylic and using hand tools to shape plywood.

Fridge magnets: Exploring vacuum forming and working with pine.

Design communication skills: Communicating accurately using a range of 2d and 3d drawing techniques, including CAD and SketchUp.

Year 8

Pewter cast jewellery: An introduction to metals and developing knowledge of materials and CAD/CAM to create a mould on the laser cutter.

Clocks: Developing knowledge of plastics.

Programmable buggies: Using microcontrollers and electronic systems.

Mechanisms: Using card modelling techniques to explore different mechanisms and types of motion.

Year 9 

If students opt in to DT at Y9, they follow one of two routes which lead to the GCSE course.  Core skills are covered in both of the two routes:

1. Product design: Exploring design theory, a wider range of materials and processes.  Understanding primary users’ needs and linking knowledge from science and maths.

2. Design engineering: Developing understanding of electronic and mechanical systems.  Modelling circuits and understanding primary users’ needs, linking knowledge from science and maths.




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