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KS3 Overview

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) all pupils work in different material areas which include Food/Catering, Graphics Resistant Materials Technology, Control and Product Design.

  • Pupils follow courses which meet the National Curriculum requirements for Design & Technology.
  • Pupils undertake a variety of projects in each material area.
  • The modules are split into 4 *10 weeks modules, to enable all students to experience all the different material areas.
  • At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils receive a teacher-assessed National Curriculum level.
Year 7
                         Topic:           Skills:
Product Design


 
Earphone Wrap.
Students' research existing products before developing design ideas for the product and it's packaging using CAD to achieve a high quality outcome.
  • Scaled drawing, rendering and tonal shading.
  • Use of CAD software.
  • Understanding of CAM with use of the laser cutter and CAMM-1 plotter cutter.
     
Resistant Materials




 
Jewellery Design.
Students will study bio-mimicry in design before developing a range of ideas for making a pendant necklace. This module will be split between the classroom and workshop and will introduce students to safe working practices with tools and equipment.
  • Research and analysis.
  • Properties of metals.
  • Sketching and rendering.
  • Marking, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing metals.
  • Workshop health and safety.
     
Food






 
Basic Skills.
Students will develop their practical skills by designing making a range of sweet and savoury products using basic recipes. The recipes will be adapted to meet the needs of a specific target group. They will compare and analyse their product against existing products.
  • Research and analysis.
  • Designing.
  • Health and safety in a food room.
  • Recipe adaption.
  • Practical skills.


     
Textiles






 
Soft Toy.
Students will study and sample the different areas of decorative techniques. They will use these skills to research, design and make a soft toy. This module will include both individual and group work as well as introducing students to safe working practices with tools and equipment.
  • Research and analysis.
  • Designing.
  • Sampling decorative techniques.
  • Hand and machine sewing.
  • Classroom health and safety.


     
Year 8
                         Topic:           Skills:
Product Design







 
Architectural and interior design.
Product design.

Students use a variety of drawing techniques to illustrate both interior and exterior views of buildings and products. There will be an opportunity of using a number of CAD software programs to develop their design skills with the possibility of using the CAM equipment to model the designs that have been created.
  • 1 point perspective drawing technique.
  • 2 point perspective drawing technique.
  • Isometric drawing process.
  • Axonometric drawing.
  • Google 'Sketch-up'.
  • Pixalogic Sculptris CAD program.
  • Creo CAD design software.


     
Resistant Materials



 
Wooden Toy Project.
Students will research pull and push-along toys for children. They will design a toy based on the theme of vehicles or animals and use a variety of new workshop skills to make a high quality finished product.
  • Writing specifications.
  • Properties of wood.
  • Marking, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing wood.
  • Workshop tools and equipment training.
  • Evaluating against a specification.
Food







 
Healthy Eating.
Students will develop their practical skill by designing and making a range of sweet and savoury products. They will learn how to adapt recipes so that the products meet some of the healthy eating guideline and meet the needs of a specific target group. They will compare and analyse their products against existing products.
  • Research and analysis.
  • Designing.
  • Health and safety in a food room.
  • Recipe and adaption.
  • Practical skills.



     
Textiles






 
Tetrahedron Lanterns/Fabric Torch Project.
Students will develop their practical skills and knowledge of e-textiles by creating basic circuit to form a key ring torch or lantern. They will develop both their hand and machine sewing skills and use a variety or textiles and decorative techniques to make a high quality product.
  • Writing specifications.
  • Properties of fabric.
  • Creating a basic e-textiles circuit.
  • Using cross curricular knowledge from maths and science.
  • Classroom health and safety.
  • Evaluating against a specification.