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Design Technology
SUBJECT LEADER
Miss H. Andrews
h.andrews@kingsmeadschool.net


SUBJECT VISION
To deepen students knowledge and understanding of the D&T world around us while developing products that help various needs and users. The curriculum develops an awareness and clear understanding of practical skills using a range of different materials and ingredients all crucial to life.

Our curriculum allows students to experience a range of fun and exciting projects that solve real and relevant projects. Cooking and nutrition: Being able to cook and apply principles of nutrition and healthy eating. The curriculum develops an awareness and clear understanding of a range of ingredients, practical skills and kitchen equipment, all crucial life skills.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

Autumn Term
Students will focus on technical drawing skills while also working within the room of curiosities within school. Students will focus on isometric drawing and applying this skill in producing a sketch of a 3D product. They will then move onto Biomimicry, where students will work with the exotic zoo looking at specific animals whose attributes can be used in the design of a new innovative product.

Spring Term
Students will focus on practical skills while working safely within a workshop. They will manufacture and produce a chocolate gift holder by using hand tools and machinery and understanding why templates are important within industry. They will then focus on healthy lifestyles and the Eatwell guide and how to make important changes to meals and snacks in order to make them healthier, this will be applied in the way of practical skills lessons.

Summer Term
Students will be immersed into the world of CAD CAM, they will be introduced to 2D design and will design their very own ruler and programme a laser cutter. They will understand how CAD/CAM fits into the world around them while applying their knowledge in a practical way.

Year 8

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to product evolution and the reason behind the development of everyday products. They will then apply their knowledge of this and work within teams to produce an new innovative product that they have developed and pitch in a dragons den style lesson. Students will also be introduced to prototyping and the importance of this within industry, they will be following an Ikea lead project where they will design and manufacture a prototype of a flat pack chair for students.

Spring Term
Students will focus on practical skills while working safely within a workshop, building on their skills developed in year 7. They will manufacture and produce a base of a USB light project, while also soldering the electronic components ready for the CAD/CAM project. They will then focus on seasonal foods, where does our food come from? and cook savoury dishes using food that is in season, again building on their practical skills and techniques developed in year 7.

Summer Term
Students will be immersed into the world of CAD CAM, they will build on their skills of 2D design and will design a light topper to slot onto their previous constructed base. They will understand how CAD/CAM fits into the world around them while applying their knowledge in a practical way.

Year 9

Autumn Term
Students will focus on practical skills while working safely within a workshop. They will manufacture and produce a chocolate gift holder by using hand tools and machinery and understanding why templates are important within industry.

Spring Term
Students will be introduced to the world of hospitality and catering gearing them up for their options, they will focus on the hospitality sector and will design and cook their very own 3 course meal, looking at the planning behind it and using all their previous skills to link into their dishes.

Summer Term
Students will focus on a graphics project, applying their skills of technical drawing, innovation and creativity in the design of a new logo for a new t-shirt brand.

KEY STAGE 4

Year 10

Autumn Term
In order to make effective design choices throughout the AQA Design and Technology course, students will need a breadth of core technical knowledge and understanding that consists of:
• New and emerging technologies
• Energy generation and storage
• Developments in new materials
• Systems approach to designing
• Mechanical devices
• Materials and their working properties.

Students will focus their learning around theory topics that will link into their exams and coursework. The focus being this term:
• Materials and their working properties - specialising in timbers - where students understand timbers while applying their knowledge in a practical problem solving live project. Then will focus on other materials that will be worked with within Technology.

• New and emerging technologies - this is where students must know and understand the impact of new and emerging technologies on contemporary and potential future scenarios.

Spring Term
Spring term continues with theory units focussing on:
• Energy generation and storage
• Developments in new materials
• Systems approach to designing
• Mechanical devices

These will be taught within a practical environment solving real life problems with the knowledge gained.

Summer Term
Students will be introduced to the Non-exam assessment which contributes towards 50% of the students overall mark. The NEA project in its entirety should take between 30–35 hours to complete and consist of a working prototype and a concise portfolio of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper, equivalent A4 paper or the digital equivalent. The focus during this term consists of an investigation into a contextual challenge, defining the needs and wants of the user and include relevant research to produce a design brief and specification.

Year 11

Autumn Term
During this term students should generate design ideas with flair and creativity and develop these to create a final design solution (including modelling). A manufacturing specification should be produced to conclude their design findings leading into the realisation of a final prototype that is fit for purpose and a final evaluation. Students will investigate, analyse and evaluate throughout the portfolio and evidence all decisions made.

Spring Term
Students will fully complete all aspects of their portfolio including a realistic prototype ready for submission. Once all coursework is submitted, this term focusses on revision for their exams, closing any gaps within their learning and preparing them for the 2 hour exam which they will sit in June.

Summer Term
Students will be continuing their revision from last term.

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Cultural Capital Development
During Technology we like to explore students' cultural capital, we try and link many of the projects to real life situations. Throughout their time here, students will work with the Kingsmead farm and use this to help inspire designs, something called Biomimicry which is used extensively within design. We broaden students' skill set by guiding them through multiple CAD software's which link to the laser cutter & the 3D printer, preparing them for the big wide world out there and providing them with a skill set that can be transferred into any CAD/CAM field. Students work on live projects linked to architecture, designing a common room for the school site then transporting their CAD 3D drawing onto the VR headsets within school to virtually see their designs. This is an exciting project which architects use with their clients; we give students first-hand experience with up-to-date technology. We run numerous live projects around the school our current one being designing products for our memory garden on site, using a live client and old pallet wood to design and develop products that can be used by staff and students while also exploring the environment.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
We love any cross curricular opportunities within Technology with our most recent using the VR headsets from computer science to allow the students to virtually walk around their 3D CAD common room. We use the Kingsmead farm within many projects within Technology with strong links with maths.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
There are many opportunities to develop leadership skills in Technology: Team work is huge in technology being able to design as a group and lead on this is amazing experience gearing students up for industry
• Being able to lead on programming machines within the department
• Each practical lesson students are assigned multiple roles, quality control check, equipment check, expert, and safety monitor. This enables students to be a leader in one of these areas giving them specific roles to carry out during the lesson.  

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
We develop students extended writing skills throughout the key stages introducing them to the world of product analysis, specifications and annotating designs, our way of communication with the design world. There are huge links with numeracy, being able to read mm, work out tolerances, area of shapes, material wastage, marking out, CAD skills requires a lot of numeracy looking at scale, X,Y and Z axis, the list keeps on growing. Numeracy is the heart of Technology, and we build lots of numeracy skills into all our lessons.

Exam Boards and Links
AQA GCSE Design Technology
WJEC Hospitality & Catering

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