Key Contacts

Ms Dominique Deiuliis – Subject Leader
Mrs Dominique Rhodes
Miss Helen Boschen
Mr Craig Coulstring
Miss Abbi Simmons
Miss Caileigh McNeil

Year 7:

All students follow a course that allows them to experience a wide range of materials and processes in a number of design based situations.  The students start the year taking a Communications and Expectations module, where they will learn basic skills to help them in DT, and then rotate around modules covering food, graphics, textiles, resistant materials, and electronics.  Each of these modules lasts approximately seven weeks and is taught by the same teacher.  The theme for the year is “Designing for You” where students will be introduced to the following skills and Knowledge:

  • Materials and equipment including wood, metal, plastics, textiles and ingredients; including properties and functions.
  • Simple electronic systems including input, process and output.
  • Basic methods of joining, fixing and combining materials and ingredients.
  • Key terminology to communicate ideas and concepts
  • Safe and hygienic working practices
  • Users/client needs (target market)
  • Product analysis
  • Uses of ICT (including CAD/CAM) in technology
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Awareness of basic quality control
  • Evaluation and feedback techniques
  • A basic understanding of structures and mechanisms
  • basic mathematical and scientific principals
  • Some knowledge of social, moral and environmental aspects of design

Year 8

In this time they will continue to work in Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials but will continue to embed their learning about electronics, computer aided design, computer aided manufacture, developing their skills and knowledge.  As their skills increase they are given more independence in their design problems as reflected through the Year 8 theme of “Designing for Others”, students will embed, develop and demonstrate the following:

 

  • A wider range of materials and equipment including wood, metal, plastics, textiles, electronics and ingredients; including properties and functions.
  • Knowledge of joining, fixing and combining materials and ingredients.
  • An extended use of key terminology to communicate ideas and concepts
  • Users/client needs (target market)
  • Uses of ICT (including CAD/CAM) in technology
  • Quality control
  • Evaluation and feedback techniques
  • The use of specifications
  • The use of quality control within an industrial context
  • Industrial practices for manufacturing/origin of ingredients
  • Physical properties of smart materials
  • Structures and mechanisms
  • Mathematical and scientific principals
  • Knowledge of social, moral and environmental aspects of design

Year 9

In Year 9 all students have the opportunity to specialise in two of the following areas: Food, Textiles and Resistant Materials. Students will spend six months in each of their chosen areas to experience a more enriched program of study. This time will allow students to produce GCSE standard work and follow a GCSE project in readiness for their options in year 10. This way of study allows students to make more challenging products using much more technical skills and techniques. Students will be expected to develop a more ‘professional’ way of designing and manufacturing their ideas by using the design process including research and analysis that they would have been introduced to in year 7 and 8. By the end of year 9 we would expect pupils to be confident in:

 

  • Showing more independence whilst following instructions
  • Demonstrating and selecting appropriate materials/ingredients based on their characteristics
  • Selecting and using the most appropriate equipment/tool for measuring, marking and weighing accurately
  • Demonstrating how to fix, join and combine materials and ingredients with more accuracy
  • Using a wide range of key terminology to communicate ideas effectively
  • Demonstrate safe and hygienic working practices consistently
  • Focusing their outcomes considering the user/client, research and specification
  • Analyse a range of products and give your justifications and reasons for modifications
  • Demonstrating 2D and 3D design skills in a highly creative way
  • Using annotations to explain their design with more detail
  • Using rendering to enhance design presentation
  • Evaluating the quality of the outcomes
  • Reflecting on positive and negative features of their products and suggest improvements
  • Selecting the correct unit of measurement based on prior understanding
  • Demonstrating through design work social, moral and environmental aspects