Design and Technology Curriculum

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Year 9 

In Year 9 we use the opportunity to 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. Students are then involved in a four week focused practical project working with either acrylic or mild steel. Finally, this term the students get the opportunity to perfect their design and presentation skills. They are involved in an 8-lesson 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.

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

Half Term 2 (November - December)

This term consists of a 5-lesson module covering smart materials (e.g., shape memory alloys, reactive glass, piezo electrical etc.) The students will discover the unusual and interesting properties of a group new materials, known as smart material, and will consider how these unique materials can be put to use in modern design. There is also a second focused practical task working with either acrylic or mild steel. During this half term, all students will be formally assessed. This takes part in assessment week and covers on all of the topics covered to this point. Finally, pupils are involved in a four-week topic about engineered structure in which students work in design teams to solve engineering problems.

Internal Common Assessment: Formal assessment during assessment week.

Half Term 3 (January to February)

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 being taught a range of practical skills needed in order to manufacture a functioning electronic circuit board.

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

Half Term 4 (February to March)

This term, students are introduced to a number of different natural timbers and manufactured boards in order to learn about the properties, characteristics and uses of these materials. Students are taught a number of timber joining techniques including rebate joints, dowel joints and mortice and tenon joints. Students will make a wooden coat hook using the knowledge and skills taught.

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

Half Term 5 (April to May)

In the final half term in Year 9, students investigate and analyse the work of a number of influential designers of the past and present. Additionally, pupils learn about the developments in more modern materials to understand the properties, applications and characteristics of composite materials and textiles.

Internal Common Assessment: Design assessment. Knowledge of composites and textiles assessment.

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Year 10

GCSE Design and Technology

Half Term 1 (June to July)

Wood joint box practical task

The students will be involved in a focused practical task to learn about and practice various wood 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 2 (September to October)

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.

External Assessment/Controlled Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Knowledge of resistors, transistors, LEDs and other common components. All students will receive a common assessment based on the previous two terms topics.
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No

Half Term 3 (November to December)

This half term the students are taught an eight-lesson module of theory lessons about mechanical systems. Included in the module are topics such as levers and linkages, cams, pulleys, gears and gear ratios. In addition to this, the students will also learn about smart materials and composite materials. Topics will include shape memory alloys, reactive glass, nanomaterials, and a range of composite materials including carbon fibre and concrete. Just before Christmas, students will have an input about sources of renewable energy.

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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