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Design and technology

Objectives in design and technology

In year 7:

Students begin to develop skills and techniques to enable them to design and make products suitable for different users. They select and use the correct tools and equipment and use a varied range of materials to make creative solutions to a set brief. Projects encourage independence and creativity.

Projects covered:

  • Textiles – Pencil cases/Electronic textile bookmarks
  • Resistant materials – Boats /Racers
  • Food technology – Healthy eating
  • Product Design - Nightlight /Architecture project using Google Sketch Up

In year 8:

Students build on the skills and techniques developed in Y7. They work with independence and precision to make well finished products that meet the needs of the target market. Testing and evaluating skills are used effectively to develop their work. Projects are challenging and allow students to take design risks.

Projects covered:

  • Textiles – Travel pillows/Travel accessories
  • Resistant materials - Maze game/Desk tidy
  • Food technology - The Great Ibstock Bake Off
  • Product design – Sustainable Speaker /Chocolate bar wrappers

In year 9:

Students extend their skills and knowledge enabling them to prepare for GCSE choices. In depth research enables them to design and make creative and quality products that are innovative. Students investigate the work of professional designers and recognise how it impacts on their own projects. They work consistently and independently with a wide range of tools, equipment and materials.

Projects covered:

  • Textiles – CAD/CAM bags/Decorative techniques
  • Resistant materials –  Insect Homes /Clocks
  • Food technology – Festival - street food
  • Product design - Festival graphics

In year 7

  • Collect some research that can be used to help develop design ideas
  • Develop design ideas with some basic labels and list the materials they are going to use
  • Produce a step by step plan which shows the main stages of making
  • Complete a product using the tools, materials and equipment correctly and safely with some assistance
  • Check their work as it progresses and suggest improvements
  • Identify what is good about the final product and suggest some improvements that could be made
  • Name the main nutrients provided by the food groups of the Eat Well plate and use to make a healthy product

In year 8

  • Show an understanding of the design brief and produce some research that is suitable for a target market.
  • Annotate a range of designs, clearly identifying how the design ideas meet the needs of the brief.
  • Produce a plan of making that includes measurements, materials, equipment and health and safety advice.
  • Select and use the correct tools, materials, equipment and processes safely to produce a complete product with some independence.
  • Explain the properties of the materials used and justify why they are suitable.
  • Test the product made and explain some changes and improvements.
  • Describe the properties of the Eat well plate and relate it to a healthy diet.

In year 9

  • Analyse the design brief and use research from a wide range of sources that is relevant to the target market
  • Generate a range of creative design ideas that clearly link to research and show some further development
  • Produce a detailed plan that which includes accurate timings and health and safety
  • Select a range of appropriate tools, materials and equipment and use with precision to create a well finished product
  • Record the processes used and quality control checks made throughout in a diary of manufacture
  • Test and evaluate throughout the project and justify the changes and improvements required
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functions of the food groups and apply to the product