Design Technology, Engineering & Construction

What are we studying?

Year

7, 8 and 9 Design and Technology

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Year 7 Design Technology (Rotation)
In their first taste of Design Technology 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 they 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 Design Technology (Rotation)
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 project this year.

Year 9 Design Technology (Rotation)
In this year 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

9 Engineering

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Autumn Term
In Year 9 Engineering it is important that we explore the design and manufacture of engineered products. An initial study will be made into age relevant products and how they are made and this will develop into a project about the design and manufacture of a child’s nightlight.

Spring Term
Using the DT skills picked up in years 7 and 8 combined with new basic engineering skills they will manufacture working prototypes and when completed form a review panel to test and evaluate. Their progress will be ensured by another practical project involving more specific engineering skills.

Summer Term
During this term, the students will get their first taste of using more complex workshop machinery including laser engraving and centre lathes. It is important they are reminded of the health and safety rules in the workshop and these are boosted by specific rules for the machines they are to use. Another practical project will hone these skills and they will complete the academic year with a sense of satisfaction and a broader knowledge of the subject.

Year

10 Design Technology GCSE

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Autumn Term
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. Their challenge this term will be to complete a practical task which forms the basis of a practical design and make project. This will be both challenging and knowledge enhancing.

Spring Term
This term the practical project will continue. They are made aware of the content, theory and the various disciplines of the project. The task is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a piece of work that will give them the best chance to complete the project to its potential.

Summer Term
With one eye on Mock examinations this term the amount of theory work increases and the projects are completed. It is our aim at this point to be ahead of schedule so that the students can take advantage of the many activities offered by the school during this term. The main aim however is to prepare the students for their important end of year examinations.

Year

10 Construction

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Autumn Term
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 tasks are 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 set task in Carpentry is the main topic this term.

Spring Term
The set task for this term is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a task that will give them the best chance to reach their true potential. The set task in Plumbing is the main topic this term.

Summer Term
The set task for this term is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a piece of work that will give them the best chance to reach their goal. The set task in Basic Electrics is the main topic this term. Theory work increases in preparation for their Mock examinations.

Year

10 Engineering Level 1 and 2

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

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. Their challenge this term will be to complete a practical task which forms the basis of their required unit “Preparation and Planning for Manufacture”. This will be both challenging and knowledge enhancing and will be completed by Christmas.

Spring Term
This term the set unit will be “Computer Aided Design”. They are made aware of the content, theory and the various disciplines of this 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 complete the unit to their potential.

Summer Term
With one eye on Mock examinations this term the amount of theory work increases and the completed units are polished, ready for submission. It is our aim at this point to be ahead of schedule so that the students can take advantage of the many activities offered by the school during this term. The main aim however is to prepare the students for their important end of year examinations.

Year

11 Design Technology GCSE

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

 Autumn Term
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.

Spring Term
In this important term the practical project will continue. They are made aware of the content, theory and the various disciplines of the project. The task is explained in detail and the planning begins of how to deliver a piece of work that will give them the best chance to complete the project to its potential. All Practical projects are completed this term.

Summer Term
With Mock examinations looming, this term the amount of theory work increases and the completed projects are reviewed and improved. It is our aim at this point to be ahead of schedule so that the students can take advantage of the many activities offered by the school during this term. The main aim however is to prepare the students for their important end of year examinations.

Year

11 Engineering Level 1 and 2

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

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.

 Spring Term
This term the set unit will be “Quality Control”. They are made aware of the content, theory and the various disciplines of this 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 complete the unit to their potential.

Summer Term
With one eye on Mock examinations this term the amount of theory work is paramount. It is our aim at this point to be ahead of schedule the main aim however is to prepare the students for their important end of year examinations.