Technology

Year 7

TechnologyJewellery Design: Scholars will develop their design skills in order to create their own range of jewellery items. The designs must be based on a cultural influence of each scholar’s choice. They will then choose and refine one piece to be made, using a range of materials and standard components. This unit includes an introduction workshop safety.

Links to GCSE Specification:
  • Understanding of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Introduction to plastics and polymers
  • Discussing issues of sustainability
  • Identifying different examples of standard components

Year 8

Passive Amplifier: Scholars will revisit safe working practices in the workshop environment. This topic requires scholars to use a basic template to develop their own version of a Passive Amplifier, for use with a mobile phone. They will develop their own design, working to a retro design theme. Scholars will use a range of tools and materials, as well as learning to measure and work with materials with precision.

Links to GCSE Specification:
  • Designing to a brief
  • Exploring the work of others
  • Introduction to timbers and engineered boards
  • Selection of appropriate hand tool skills

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2: Design and brand - Perfume: Scholars will develop their own scent and brand identity. They will use this to develop a final fragrance bottle design and suitable packaging solution. They will also make a sample swatch, which will contain a gel wax sample of their own scent.

Links to GCSE Specification:
  • Understanding of iterative design processes, through modelling
  • Developing user-centred designs
  • Using technical drawing methods to communicate final design solutions

Terms 3 & 4: Design Movements - Nightlight: Scholars will learn a range of drawing techniques and understand how these are used to communicate design concepts. They will use CAD to create designs for production on the laser cutter. The final design will be based on research into a named designer from the GCSE Specification.

Links to GCSE Specification:
  • Investigating the work of others
  • Understanding of input and output concepts
  • Using technical drawing methods to communicate final design solutions

Terms 5 & 6: Product development - Clock for the Contemporary Home: Scholars will focus on identifying ways of designing products for a specific retailer. Scholars will look at related products on the market. Scholars are required to design and prototype one such kit. The kit will need to be appropriately packaged and contain everything the user will need to complete the task including detailed instructions.

Links to GCSE Specification:
  • Understanding context to develop own brief

Year 10

Term 1: GCSE Non Exam Assessment Prep - Fundraisers: Scholars will investigate the needs and want of the charity, and design a product or range of products which can be easily manufactured to a high quality using school facilities and a student workforce. They may need to develop methods of manufacturing which ensure that they are able to provide large quantities at a consistent standard.

Term 2: GCSE Design Technology Theory Lessons: Lessons will address theory content required to address the exam content in Year 11. Scholars will develop knowledge of materials and components, methods of manufacture and the use of ICT to design and manufacture different products.

Term 3: Non Exam Assessment Prep - Thermochromic printed shopping bag:

Skills development:

  • Production planning
  • Stenciling
  • Working to a pattern
  • Theory:
  • Scales of production
  • Anthropometrics- selection and application of correct data for user groups

Term 4: GCSE Design Technology Theory Lessons: Lessons will address theory content required to address the exam content in Year 11. Scholars will develop knowledge of materials and components, methods of manufacture and the use of ICT to design and manufacture different products.

Term 5: GCSE Design Technology Non Exam Assessment Prep - Dolls House Storage Box:

Skills development:

  • Use of standard components
  • Following a working drawing to mark out accurate measurements, using correct tools and equipment

Theory:

  • Manufacturing processes
  • Standard components
  • Scales of manufacturing

Term 6: GCSE Design Technology Theory Lessons: Lessons will address theory content required to address the exam content in Year 11. Scholars will develop knowledge of materials and components, methods of manufacture and the use of ICT to design and manufacture different products.

Year 11

Term 1: AQA GCSE Product Design Controlled Assessment: Making of final product and Test & Evaluation.

Term 2: GCSE Product Design Theory Lessons: 

  • Social, Moral, Environmental and cultural issues
  • Sources of and issues of sustainability
  • Legislation and safety
  • Production Methods, including industrial processes
  • Use of ICT in CAD/CAM

Term 3: GCSE Product Design Theory Lessons:

  • Materials - Paper and board
  • Materials - Smart (reactive) and New (breathable, water resistant, lightweight
  • Materials - Plastics: Thermo/Thermoset-
  • Materials - Timber
  • Materials - Finishes

Terms 4 & 5: GCSE Product Design Theory Lessons:

  • Intro to Pre-release topic (TBC)
  • Revision of key areas