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Design Technology in Year 7

 Purpose of the year

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

 TEXTILES

  • How fabrics originated
  • Sourcing fabrics
  • Sustainability and fabrics
  • Basic tools and equipment
  • Use of the Sewing machine.
  • Embroidery and stitching techniques
  • Adornments such as sequins and buttons

FOOD

  • Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats.
  • Healthy Eating
  • Staple foods including Potatoes, Pasta,
  • Origins of dishes.
  • Packaging and labelling of food products.

RESISTANT  MATERIALS

  • Health and Safety in the workshop  Woods and environmental impact
  •  Wood joining methods - permanent and temporary.
  •  Wood finishing methods
  • Protecting metals.
  • Metals, Processes and Tools.
  • Practical Outcome and Design Booklet content.

Assessment Skills:

  • Skill 1 – Research and investigation
  • Skill 2 – Design ideas and development
  • Skill 3 – Knowledge and understanding of materials and processes
  • Skill 4 – The design, construction and overall finish of the final solution

Key assessments

  • Vocabulary and equipment tests
  • Demonstration of learned practical skills
  • Competed textiles product
  • A.C.C.E.S.S. F.M.

End of module test on Food introduction

Practical assessments on:

  • Fruit salad
  • Soup
  • Scones
  • Products made in the workshop will be assessed during production & design.
  • A.C.C.E.S.S. F.M.

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

  • Slip stitch,
  • Back stitch,
  • Running stitch
  • Applique, Needle,
  • Needles eye
  • Embroidery thread,
  • Sewing foot
  • Synthetic fibres,
  • Natural fibres
  • Sustainability
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats,
  • Proteins,
  • Staple Foods
  • Spice
  • Woods,
  • Hardwoods and Softwood
  • Coniferous trees,
  • Deciduous Trees,
  • Sustainability

 

Skills

  • Using the Sewing machine
  • Hand stitching
  • Designing on fabrics
  • Applique,
  • Slip stitch
  • Attaching buttons, Sequins.

 

  • Designing and adapting dishes.
  • Use of spices and flavourings
  • Integrating staple foods into a balanced dish.
  • Multi- tasking
  • Personal organisation and preparation

 

  • Research and Investigation skills
  • Design Ideas generation and presentation.
  • Evaluating
  • Wasting using the Smoothing Plane and Sand Paper
  • Cutting using the Fret Saw and Coping Saw
  • Cutting and Joining materials
  • Gluing and Clamping

Additional Resources

 

How parents can help

Parents can help with supporting in their research and design drawing skills.

Revision techniques for end of module exams.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

Using their skills at home in food/ textiles.

Homework expectations

 

Research for projects homework will be set to each area of study.

Design Technology in Year 8

 Purpose of the year

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

 RESISTANT  MATERIALS

 

  • Health and Safety in the workshop  Woods and environmental impact
  •  Wood joining methods - permanent and temporary.
  •  Wood finishing methods
  • Protecting metals.
  • Metals, Processes and Tools.
  • Practical Outcome and Design Booklet content.
  • Assessment Skills:
  • Skill 1 – Research and investigation
  • Skill 2 – Design ideas and development
  • Skill 3 – Knowledge and understanding of materials and processes
  • Skill 4 – The design, construction and overall finish of the final solution

FOOD

 

  • Health and Safety in the kitchen
  • Basic housekeeping and procedures.
  • Food hygiene
  • Working with utensils and equipment
  • Fruit recognition and preparation.
  • Vegetable recognition and preparation.
  • Healthy eating and a healthy diet. With a balanced diet.
  • Safe food storage.

GRAPHICS

 

  • Students will learn about commercial graphics, and the techniques used to make brands stand out in a saturated market.
  • Music graphic packaging, and Font design, Graphic Communication.
  • Assessment Skills:
  • Skill 1 – Research and investigation
  • Skill 2 – Design ideas and development
  • Skill 3 – Knowledge and understanding of materials and processes
  • Skill 4 – The design, construction and overall finish of the final solution

Key assessments

Products made in the workshop will be assessed during production & design.

A.C.C.E.S.S. F.M.

There will be healthy food snacks produced to sample and take home.

A.C.C.E.S.S. F.M.

A range of Graphic designs products will be made including packaging and a T-shirt design

A.C.C.E.S.S. F.M.

Key vocabulary:

15 essential words for students to be able to spell, explain and use

  • Systems and Control,
  • Recycling,
  • Rethinking,
  • Sensors,
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors,
  • Soldering iron
  • Vacuum Forming
  • Food and Personal Hygiene
  • Balanced diet,
  • Food Provenance
  • Vegetable,
  • Storage,
  • Food Preparation
  • Organisation,
  • Health and Safety
  • Utensils,
  • Carbohydrates,
  • Fats
  • Proteins,
  • Staple Foods
  • Font,
  • design,
  • innovation,
  • graphic design,
  • merchandise,
  • branding,
  • typography.

Skills

  • Research and Investigation skills
  • Design Ideas generation and presentation.
  • Evaluating
  • Wasting using the Smoothing Plane and Sand Paper
  • Cutting using the Fret Saw and Coping Saw
  • Cutting and Joining materials
  • Gluing and Clamping
  • Designing and adapting dishes.
  • Use of spices and flavourings
  • Integrating staple foods into a balanced dish.
  • Multi- tasking
  • Personal organisation and preparation
  • World awareness of cultural dishes.
  • Variety of designing opportunities
  • Research
  • Branding
  • Introduction to Isometric Drawing
  • Functions of packaging
  • Designing commercial packaging
  • CAD/CAM Skills
  • Music packaging, and merchandise designs.

Additional Resources

www.technologystudent.com

 

How parents can help

 

  • Parents can help with supporting in their research and design drawing skills.
  • Revision techniques for end of module exams.
  • Problem solving activities.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits 

 

Extended learning with STEM based activities

Homework expectations

 

Research for projects homework will be set to each area of study.

Product Design GCSE

Why Chose this subject?

WJEC GCSE in product design offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products. Through studying GCSE product design, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors.

What will the course cover?

Unit 1 – External Exam

Design and Technology in the 21st Century

A mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing candidates' knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • The impact of emerging technologies
  • Types of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
  • Developments in modern and smart materials.
  • Sustainability.
  • Designers
  • Materials and their working properties
  • Manufacturing systems.
  • Workshop tools and finishing processes.

Unit 2 - Non Examined Element

Design and make task

Learners will chose one contextual challenge set by the WJEC. In completing the design and make task, the learner will be required to produce the following evidence:

  • A design brief developed in response to one of the contextual challenges set by WJEC.
  • A final prototype (or prototypes) based on that design brief, and additional evidence as necessary.  
  • The portfolio should be in the form of 15 to 20 x A3 single-sided sheets of paper or in the form of an electronic document equivalent in size to this.

How is this course assessed?

Unit 1

  • Design and Technology in the 21st Century
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 50% of award qualification

Unit 2

  • Design and make task
  • Non-exam assessment: approximately 35 hours
  • 50% of award qualification

What can this course lead to?

Studying Design & Technology shows an employer that you are able to use a wide range of academic and practical skills and can apply your knowledge to solve problems.

You can go on to study A level Product Design or Design Engineering following GCSE Design Technology. This can lead to university courses, college courses or employment in a range of areas including Product Design, Architecture, Furniture Design and a range of trade courses.