Design and Technology Curriculum

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Year 9 

GCSE Design and Technology

Year 9

In year 9 we start teaching content from the Edexcel GCSE specification.

Half Term 1 (September - October)

On arrival to the school, the students undergo a baseline test to establish previous knowledge of design and technology.

Focussed practical 1

The students are then involved in a focused practical project working with either acrylic or mild steel. In practical sessions, the students will learn about the different processes, tools and equipment we can use to work with different materials. During the practical tasks, the students will also learn about different materials, materials properties and applied mathematics in design and technology.

Sustainable design project

The students get the opportunity to perfect their design and presentation skills. They are involved in a creative design-based project to design a sustainable product for a toy manufacturer. During this topic, the students also learn about issues of sustainability in design and technology.

Focussed practical 2

Students will finish the term working on the alternative practical task with either acrylic or mild steel.

Internal Common Assessment: Baseline test. Practical work assessment. Design work assessment.

Half Term 2 (November - December)

Electronic Buzz-box project.

In this half term, students are involved in an electronic products project that comprises of a focused practical task and theory lessons. Pupils will learn about electronic components and their functions as well as learning a range of practical skills needed in order to manufacture a functioning electronic circuit board.

Formal assessment

Students will receive a formal 40-minute assessment during this half term. The assessment covers all topics taught to date. A further lesson is dedicated to reviewing the assessment and providing feedback.

Internal Common Assessment: Knowledge and understanding of electronics. Practical assessment.

Internal Common Assessment: Formal assessment during assessment week.

Half term 3 (January to February)

Pine coat-hook project

This term, we introduce students to a number of different natural timbers and manufactured boards in order to learn about the properties, characteristics and uses of these materials. We cover the sources of timber materials and the impact on the environment in this project. During this project, the students make a coat hook from pine. The students learn a number of timber joining techniques including rebate joints, dowel joints and mortice and tenon joints. Students also learn about the different fishing techniques used on timber.

Internal Common Assessment: Knowledge and understanding of timbers and manufactured boards. Isometric drawing assessment.

Half term 4 (February to March)

Pine coat-hook project continued

This term we continue working on the pine coat-hook project focussing on finishing processes and quality control

Internal Common Assessment: Practical assessment.

Half term 5 (April to May)

Engineering challenges

During the final half term, we explore some engineering principles using team challenges and group work. Topics such as types of structure, triangulation, financial implications, team work and time management appear in the different challenges.

Final formal assessment

Students will receive a final formal assessment during this half term. The assessment covers all topics taught over the course of year 9. A dedicated lesson is used to reviewing the assessment and provide feedback.

Internal Common Assessment: End of year assessment.

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Year 10

GCSE Design and Technology - exam board Edexcel

Half Term 1 (June to July)

The students will begin the course by completing a baseline test. This will cover all knowledge learnt previously. This will include some mathematical questions.

Year 10 is dedicated to teaching the content of Component 1 (Core Unit)

Project: Designers and designing

The students will be involved in an iterative designing process while learning about famous designers and their work to influence their designs. They will also build on their skills of technical and presentation drawings.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment:
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September to October)

Project: Wood Joint Box

The students will be involved in a focused practical task to learn about and practice a wide range of woodworking and joining techniques. They will also gain knowledge of different timbers/manufactured boards and discover their properties and applications. Students will enhance their practical work using a range of wood finishing processes.
There will also be an introductory element into sheet metal working processes as well as using some basic CAD/CAM.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Timbers and their applications and properties. Practical work assessed. Wood joints drawing task.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November to December)

Project: Night light project

The students are involved in theory and practical lessons to design and manufacture a night light. Students gain a knowledge and understanding of basic electronic components and their function and will demonstrate practical activities including drilling PCBs and soldering. Students will also be involved in using CAD and CAM to produce a laser cut casing for their electronic circuit. Theory lessons covering the properties and applications of card and paper will be delivered to the students. Basic programming skills round off this particular project.

Project: Levers and mechanisms

Students will then complete a theory based project about mechanical systems. Included in the module are topics such as levers and linkages, cams, pulleys, gears and gear ratios. Alongside this they will also learn a number of mathematical calculations associated with levers and mechanisms

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Knowledge of resistors, transistors, LEDs and other common components. Mathematical calculations associated with the movements.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half term 4 (January to February)

Project: Core materials and sources of power.

This half term the students are taught a module of theory lessons about core materials. Topics will include metals, shape memory alloys, reactive glass, nanomaterials, textiles and a range of composite materials including carbon fibre and concrete. In addition to the core materials student will also learn about different sources of power.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: A range of in class tests will be used to check the students understanding of the topics covered.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half term 5 (February to April)

Students will then learn about the impacts of new technology focusing on the environment and sustainability, this includes topics such as Carbon and ecological footprint, life cycles and sustainability, Fair trade, green designs, Recycling and reusing and other associated topics.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: A range of in class tests will be used to check the students understanding of the topics covered.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half term 6 (April to May)

Students will then move on to learn about the wider impact of new technology focusing on Society and industry. This will include topics such as levels of production, enterprise, people and workforce in design and technology. This will lead on to the implications of designers on society and the economy and the ethical issues designers much consider.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: A range of in class tests will be used to check the students understanding of the topics covered.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

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Year 11

GCSE Design and Technology - exam board Edexcel

Half Term 1 (June to July)

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Investigate)

The students start the non-examined assessment unit (previously referred to as coursework). The contexts for this unit are issued by the exam board (Edexcel) and change each year. Each student will select a design context. The students analyse their chosen design context to identify the potential user groups and assess their needs. The students will research relevant existing products, materials and other information to help inform their design work. Finally, the students will write a design problem, design brief and a design specification.

 

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES

Internal Common Assessment: NO

Coursework Deadline this H/T: All sections up to and including the design specification.
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 2 (September to October)

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Design)

The students use their findings from their research to produce a range of design ideas that meet the specification and the user’s needs. Students will use a range of drawing techniques to present their ideas. The students may conduct further relevant research. Finally, students will start to develop a chosen design idea or elements of their design ideas into a final design proposal.

 

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: NO
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Design ideas and design idea review
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half Term 3 (November to December)

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Design)

The students continue to develop their chosen design into final prototype. Students are encouraged to take an iterative approach to designing by modelling and testing to continually improve their design through a process of identifying and eliminating problems and weaknesses in their work. The designing section of the project concludes by planning the manufacture and materials requirements for the project.

 

During this half term, students will sit their mock examination.

 

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: YES
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Designing section completed and materials requirements finalised.
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half term 4 (January to February)

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Make)

Students dedicate this term to the manufacture and realisation of the final prototype. Students will need to independently select and use suitable tools and equipment and workshop techniques. Practical work needs to be manufactured with skill and accuracy.

 

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: NO
Coursework Deadline this H/T: NO
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half term 5 (February to April)

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Evaluate)

Students conclude the manufacture of their prototype. The final section of the non-examined assessment is concerned with the testing and evaluation of the final prototype. The last task for the non-examined assessment is the compiling and printing of the final design folders ready for sending to the external moderator.

 

Final preparations for the final examination. Revision sessions and exam question practice.

 

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: NO
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Final deadline for all sections of the non-examined assessment.
Field Trips/Visits: No

 

Half term 6 (April to May)

Component 1

Final preparations for the final examination. Revision sessions and exam question practice.

 

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: NO
Coursework Deadline this H/T: NA

Field Trips/Visits: No

 

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Year 13

A Level Design and Technology (Product Design), exam board Edexcel

Half Term 1 (June to July)

Component 1. Principles of design and technology.
The students will undertake a practical based exercise where they develop their knowledge of digital technology including the advantages and disadvantages of computer aided manufacturing machines and the safe and accurate operation of computer-aided design and manufacture,
The students will study the effects of technological developments covering current and historical developments and the features of manufacturing industries.

Component 2. Independent design and make project (Identifying and outlining possibilities for design)
The students start the non-examined assessment unit (previously referred to as coursework). Each student will identify his or her own context where designing solves a problem. The students analyse their chosen design context to identify the potential user groups and assess their needs. The students will conduct detailed research into relevant existing products, materials and other information to help inform their design work. Students should work closely with a client to reflect how a professional designer would work. Finally, the students will write a design problem, design brief and a design specification for their chosen product.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: YES
Coursework Deadline this H/T: All sections up to and including the design specification.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 2 (September to October)

Component 1. Principles of design and technology.
Students will investigate current legislation concerning consumer rights and the sales of goods act.
They will gain a working knowledge of health and safety regulations associated with the manufacturing industry that ensure the safety of employees and their rights.
They will review the health and safety at work act (1974) and all relevant aspects of PPE, signage, warnings symbols and training requirements.
Students will also gain an understanding of COSHH regulations and volatile organic compounds.

Component 2. Independent design and make project (Designing a prototype)
The students use their findings from their research to produce a range of design ideas that meet the specification and the user’s needs. It is important that students work closely with their client to gain feedback on the designs they produce. Students will use a range of drawing techniques to present their ideas. The students may conduct further relevant research. Finally, students will start to develop a chosen design idea or elements of their design ideas into a final design proposal.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: YES October assessment week.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Design ideas and design idea review
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November to December)

Component 1. Principles of design and technology.
Students will explore the collection and analysis of raw data and use of information to make informed decisions in marketing. This will lead in to associate topics of innovation management and cooperation between management, designers and production engineers.
The students will then study the use of feasibility studies for the manufacture of proposed design solutions. Students model the costings of projects, study financial forecasting and its implications on employees, materials, scale of production and the selection of appropriate tools, machines and manufacturing processes.
Students will develop an understanding of the various means of protecting intellectual property through patents, copyrights and trademarking legislations.

Component 2. Independent design and make project (Designing a prototype)
The students continue to develop their chosen design into final prototype. Students are encouraged to take an iterative approach to designing by modelling and testing to continually improve their design through a process of identifying and eliminating problems and weaknesses in their work. We expect students to have regular contact with a client or user in order to gain useable feedback about their design work and inform the decisions they need to make. The designing section of the project concludes by planning the manufacture and materials requirements for the project.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: YES
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Designing development section completed and materials requirements finalised.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 4 (January to February)

Component 1. Principles of design and technology.
Students will investigate the influence of a “systems” approach on commercial activity to enable all elements of a manufacturing environment to work together. Students will understand the creation of waste and pollution and how it can be eliminated.
The students will also study the applications, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the following project management strategies:
Critical path analysis – the handling of complex and time sensitive operations
Scrum – how flexible, holistic product development cab be achieved
Six Sigma – the improvement of output quality of a process by identifying and removing the causes of defects and setting value targets of reduced process cycle time, reduced pollution and increased customer satisfaction. Students research the cost, sales, profit and market implications to the designer and manufacturer of the stages of a product’s life cycle, including:
Introduction Stage
Growth Stage
Maturity Stage
Decline Stage.

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Making a final prototype)
Students dedicate this term to the manufacture and realisation of the final prototype. Students will need to independently select and use suitable tools and equipment and workshop techniques. Practical work needs to be manufactured safely with skill and accuracy. Their final prototype must be fully functioning and meet the design specification.

During this half term, students will sit their mock examination.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: Mock exams take place.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: NO
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 5 (February to April)

Component 1. Principles of design and technology.
Final preparations for the final examination. Revision sessions and exam question practice.

Component 2. Non-examined assessment (Making a final prototype/Evaluating own design and prototype)
Students conclude the manufacture of their prototype. The final section of the non-examined assessment is concerned with the testing and evaluation of the final prototype and the design process. The last task for the non-examined assessment is the compiling and printing of the final design folders ready for sending to the external moderator.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: YES
Internal Common Assessment: NO
Coursework Deadline this H/T: Final deadline for all sections of the non-examined assessment.
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 6 (April to May)

Component 1. Principles of design and technology.
Final preparations for the final examination. Revision sessions and exam question practice.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: Final A-level examination will take place.
Internal Common Assessment: YES
Coursework Deadline this H/T: NA
Field Trips/Visits: No

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