DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY – Developing creativity. Manufacturing innovation.
During KS3 students will undertake project based learning, to develop a range of theoretical and practical skills. Students learn to work both independently, and as part of a team. CAD/CAM is an integral part of all projects delivered at KS3, as is investigation, development and manufacturing. Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs.
At KS4 students will study exam based topics, whilst further developing their practical skills. Such skills include the effectivce use of CAD/CAM, approprate use of hand toold, 3D modelling and formal drawing techniques.
Pewter casting – students will design a range of possible outcomes, use CAD/CAM to develop a mold, and then cast a pewter keyring for a chosen client.
Designer influenced CAD mirror – Students will research a famous designer, and then select one to base a range of mirror designs around. The CAD/CAM they learnt in Y7 are then further developed and embedded as they develop a final mirror prototype. CAD presentation skills are also developed as a wider range of CAD software is introduced.
Formal drawing techniques, along with a focus on traditional practical DT skills, are the main focus in Y9. Students will manufacture a range of small products using both hand tools and CAD/CAM. These products are then sketched using a range of presentation techniques including isometric drawing and CAD. Key theory is also delivered through a range of engaging and challenging activities.
This year will introduce students to a wider range of skills that are covered within GCSE Design and Technology. They will gain valuable insights into key design and make skills including problem solving, creativity, generating ideas to meet a specific need, prototyping, CAD (inc. 3D printing and laser cutting), manufacturing, environmental and social issues, alternative technologies, renewable technologies, and testing and evaluation.
The main GCSE design project complete in Y11 includes a detailed written design folder, prototypes and a final product. CAD/CAM will be used during the project. Students will have to be able to explain in great detail the processes they have gone through to manufacture the final prototype. They will also study a wide range of theoretical content, and will need to be able to transfer this information when answering written exam questions.
The course is 50% project based work and 50% technical exam (15% of which tests knowledge of Maths and Science based DT)