Technology

“Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it”. Thomas Fuller

KS3 Curriculum:

At KS3 our primary focus is establishing practical skills that will allow a child to thrive and progress in Design Technology all the way through to KS5.

Our curriculum is split and is designed to cover two main topics, namely; Resistant Materials and Graphics.

Resistant Materials

Initially we will teach your child safe practices in the workshop. They will have an opportunity to use a wide range of hand tools and machines in the first three years of their school career, and it is imperative that they use these tools safely and with assured confidence.

We focus on the teaching of traditional hand skills, and do not rely solely on computers and CAD/CAM to cut and shape work. We believe that this new technology can be used to enhance and embellish work, but practical skills should start with the basics, and children should be very hands on with the materials that they use.

Students will be taught how to mark out, cut and assemble a number of traditional box joints including comb joints, half lap joints, through dovetail joints and stopped dovetail joints. Each joint utilises accurate marking out techniques and a range of different hand tools, one skill building upon another as the challenge increases. Students will also gain an understanding of the materials that they are using; where timber actually comes from, what a manufactured boards is, and why we should be looking for the FSC logo on all our timber products.

Half way through each topic your child will then be expected to use and apply the skills that they have used in the realisation of a Focused Practical Task, or FPT. This is an opportunity for your child to make a product that they can bring home, and will demonstrate the skills that they have been acquiring throughout the year.

Graphics

As in Resistant Materials, we focus on teaching skills in graphics and again believe that skills start with the basics. In the first year of your child’s time in Design Technology we will focus on hand drawing skills rather than CAD/CAM.

Your child will learn a number of different drawing techniques, each getting progressively more challenging. They will learn how to draw in oblique and isometric, and they will also learn how to draw in a more realistic view using one and two point perspective techniques. Your child will then be able to present these drawings as they learn a number of presentation techniques such as thick and thin line, shading and rendering.

Again, just as they would do in Resistant Materials, half way through the topic they would be expected to produce a FPT, demonstrating the skills acquired. This time they would draw a product with their chosen drawing technique and presented in an appropriate style.

In years 8 and 9, Graphics moves towards CAD/CAM. There are a number of software packages that we use in school namely Techsoft 2D Design, Solid works and Adobe Photoshop and the remainder of time left in KS3 is dedicated to the teaching of these software packages.

Our schemes of work are written to permit students time to practice and use the software. The skills acquired are allowed to embed in year 8 and then are revisited in year 9 where the challenge continues to increase. As before, students are required to produce a FPT demonstrating their skills in each area.

By the end of year 9, students would be expected to be able to manipulate and alter images in Photoshop, using layers, filters and a variety of ‘tools’. Produce drawings in 2D Design, that could be sent digitally and then cut or engraved on our Laser cutter, or CNC milling machine, and even draw products in Solid Works that could then be used to produce photorealistic images, or sent to our 3D printer to be manufactured in school.

 

KS4 Curriculum:

Our KS4 curriculum continues to builds upon skills acquired at KS3.

Students would get the opportunity to pick from three options in Design Technology. They could study Three Dimensional Design, which previously they would have called Resistant Materials, they could study Graphic Communication which previously would have been called Graphics or they could pick Design Technology, Electrical and Mechanical Systems and Components.

The expectation would be that with guidance from their teachers, students would pick an option best suited to their interests informed by their experience at KS3 and outside school.

3D Design and Graphical Communication are both 100% coursework based subjects.  There are two main components that need to be completed. Component 1 is a task set by the teacher and uses the skills taught in KS3 as a starting point, whilst showing the students how to produce their own response to the task. Component 2 is set by the exam board (AQA) in year 11. It follows the same approach as component 1, but there is an expectation that a physical response to the task is produced within a supervised 10 hours in addition to the completed coursework.

Design Technology, Electrical and Mechanical Systems and Components is an option that is better suited to students that have an interest in Electronics and Programming. This course has a written exam covering all Design Technology Theory in addition to a coursework element based on a task set by the exam board (Eduqas)

KS5 Curriculum:

Our KS5 curriculum continues to builds upon skills acquired at KS4.

Students would get the opportunity to continue with their subject of interest within Three Dimensional Design or Graphic Communication.

As in GCSE, 3D Design and Graphical Communication are both 100% coursework based subjects at A level.  There are two main components that need to be completed. Component 1 is a task set by the teacher and uses the skills taught in KS4 as a starting point, whilst showing the students how to produce their own response to the task. Component 2 is set by the exam board (AQA) in year 13. It follows the same approach as component 1, but there is an expectation that a physical response to the task is produced within a supervised 15 hours in addition to the completed coursework.

Staffing:

Mr P Dickinson – Curriculum Leader of Design & Technology

Mrs J Green – Part Time – Assistant HOY

Mr S Metcalf

Mrs N Tueart – Part Time