Design Technology, Engineering & Construction

What are we studying?

Year

7

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Design Technology
In their first term at the school it is important that we get the basics right and so we have a firm belief that a comprehensive introduction to Health and Safety in the workshop is paramount to efficient and productive practical working. Full instruction on the appropriate hand tools will be given as well as the age appropriate machinery. The first project the will attempt in year 7 will be a simple wooden puzzle toy and they will explore softwoods, manufactured boards adhesives and simple woodworking joints.

Year

8

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Design Technology
In Year 8 it is important for the students to realise the subject is a multi-skilled and a multi-material subject. This term we introduce them to light engineering in the form of the design and manufacture of a pizza cutter. Using both Aluminium and Acrylic we introduce them to the associated skills and appropriate machinery to enable them to build on their skill base. Problem solving is also an important skill which together with marking out and measuring forms the backbone of their projects this term.

Year

9

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Design Technology
In this Term we will revisit woodworking skills but with the emphasis on good design and craftsmanship. A study will be made of several designers and makers relevant to the Clock project the students will be making. Dedication to time management and deadlines will become an integral part of the skills they will learn this term. More complex woodworking joints will be studied and executed and advancement in their knowledge of Design and Designers.

Year

10

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Design Technology GCSE
The first term of this two year GCSE is concerned with the students having a full overview of their commitment to the course and helping them realise its make-up of practical units and external examinations. They are made aware of the contents of the theory and the various disciplines of their practical project. The set task is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a body of work that will give them the best chance to reach their true potential.

Year 10 Construction
The first term of this two year course is concerned with the students having a full overview of their commitment to the course and helping them realise its make-up of practical units and external examinations. They are made aware of the contents of the theory and the various disciplines of their practical project. The set task is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a body of work that will give them the best chance to reach their true potential. The course includes set tasks in Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrics.

Year 10 Engineering Level 1 and 2
The first term of this two year course is concerned with the students having a full overview of their commitment to the course and helping them realise its make-up of practical units and external examinations. They are made aware of the contents of the theory and the various disciplines of their practical project. The set task is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a body of work that will give them the best chance to reach their true potential.

Year

11

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Year 11 Design Technology GCSE
 This term, students will consolidate their completion of the unit portfolio which constitutes the coursework element of the GCSE. The unit portfolio will contain a range of work completed throughout Year 10 combined with work completed in the first term of Year 11.  The work will fulfil the assessment objectives of: Analysis of Design Brief and Specification, Planning a Project, Quality Control and Design and Making, recording from first hand as well as developing personal final pieces.

Year 11 Engineering Level 1 and 2
This term, students will consolidate their completion of the unit portfolio which constitutes the coursework element of the Level 1 and 2 Course. The unit portfolio will contain a range of work completed throughout Year 10 combined with work completed in the first term of Year 11.  The work will fulfil the four assessment objectives of: Material Science, Planning a Project, Quality Control and Computer Controlled Machinery, recording from first hand as well as developing personal final pieces.