Glossopdale School

Design Technology

Curriculum Content: D&T

Aims and ambitions:

Enable students to;

  • Understand the wider influences on D&T including; historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.
  • Work creatively when designing and making prototypes and products, applying technical and practical expertise.
  • Recall and apply technical knowledge and designing & making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.
  • Participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.

Year group

Topics include

By the end of the year, students should be able to:

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Termly Topics

Terms 1 to 3: Articulated Toy project       

  • task analysis, research, specification
  • design ideas, design development
  • final design, workplan and evaluation

 

Terms 4 - 6: Torch project                   

  • research, product analysis, conductors and insulators, electronics and specification
  • design ideas, design development and CAD (Art Deco patterns on 2D Design)
  • CAD/CAM, packaging design and evaluation

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by (simplified) GCSE-style milestone tests, vocabulary tests, design skills and their competence in the workshop.

 

  • analyse and evaluate (products, tasks and designs)
  • understand a specification and identify the target market for their products
  • develop their own designs (sketching and CAD)
  • work safely in the workshop using a range of tools – marking out using a try square and marking gauge
  • sawing using a tenon saw and bench hook
  • using the mortising machine, pillar drill, sanding machine and    scroll saw soldering

 

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Termly Topics

Terms 1-3: Automata project

  • researching mechanisms,
  • product analysis and specification
  • design ideas, design development and CAD
  • final design, mechanisms and evaluation

 

Terms 4-6: Jewellery project              

  • task analysis, research (cultures) and specification
  • design ideas, design development and modelling (CAD/CAM)
  • final design, CAD/CAM, packaging and evaluation

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by (simplified) GCSE-style milestone tests, vocabulary tests, design skills and their competence in the workshop.

 

  • analyse and evaluate (products, tasks and designs) linking different elements of project work together
  • write a specification based on the needs of the target market
  • develop their own designs (sketching, 3D drawing, card modelling)
  • work safely in the workshop using a wider range of equipment and tools independently (including CAM with some support)
  • carry out pewter casting, enamelling, working with wood and acrylic

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Termly Topics

Terms 1-3: Clock project                       

  • task analysis, research, specification,
  • design ideas, design development and CAD modelling
  • final design, workplan and evaluation

 

Term 4- 6: Storage project   

  • research, product analysis, wood joints and specification
  • design ideas, design development through modelling and CAD                      
  • 3D drawing, workplan and evaluation

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by GCSE-style milestone tests, vocabulary tests, design skills and their competence in the workshop.

 

  • be able to analyse and evaluate (products, tasks and designs)
  • write a specification based on their own research and their users’ needs
  • develop designs (sketching, 3D drawing, CAD and modelling) refining their ideas and justifying design decisions
  • work safely and independently in the workshop using a range of tools skilfully (including CAM)

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  • Picture frame project
  • Pizza cutter project
  • Packaging project

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by milestone assessments (both written exam and practical assessments). There will be a mock written exam, using an exam board paper, in April.

 

  • Understand the NEA requirements
  • Be able to work through the design process independently
  • Analyse and evaluate (products, tasks and designs)
  • Develop designs (sketching, 3D drawing, CAD and modelling) justifying design decisions, to meet the needs of the design context and TMG.
  • Work safely and independently in the workshop using a range of tools skilfully (including CAM)
  • Recall and apply knowledge studied in preparation for the yr11 exam.

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Theory lessons run throughout the year to revise the topics for the exam. An individual extended project, consisting of a design portfolio and a physical prototype, developed for a specific brief and evaluated by a client will run during lessons most of the year.

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by milestone assessments (both written exam and practical assessments). There will be a mock written exam, using an exam board paper, in December.

The NEA (50% of the grade) is an ongoing project throughout yr11 with a practical exam day on 19/3/20.

  • Understand the wider influences on D&T including; historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors.
  • Work creatively when designing and making a prototype, applying technical and practical expertise.
  • Recall and apply knowledge studied in core technical and designing & making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment.
  • Participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.

KS4 Key Information

Qualification

GCSE D&T

Exam board

AQA

Website link

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-8552

Exam structure and content

Unit 1 - Exam

2hr exam worth 50% of the final grade

Pupils need normal writing equipment, a calculator and a protractor for the exam.

 

There are three sections;

SECTION A - Core Technical Principles, multiple choice and shorter style questions on the basic core of the specification (types of materials, systems and mechanisms, and new technologies).

SECTION B - Specialist Technical Principles, questions that require a more in depth knowledge of how products are made, scales of production and manufacturing.

SECTION C – Designing and Making Principles, longer style questions on design strategies, the work of designers and how products are developed to suit the needs of users.

 

Unit 2 –NEA (coursework)

40 hour individual project worth 50% of the grade

An extended project consisting of a design portfolio and a physical prototype developed for a specific brief (written individually) and evaluated by a client.

Recommended revision guide

CGP GCSE D&T 9-1 Revision - New Grade 9-1 Design & Technology AQA Complete Revision & Practice

Extra-curricular opportunities in Design & Technology

KS3 homework help/catch-up is available after school Tuesdays 3-4pm.

KS3 CAD/CAM club Wednesday 3-4pm GT4

Rotary Club Technology Tournament in March 2020

KS4 homework help/catch-up is available after school Wednesdays 3-4pm GT3.