Design & Technology (D&T) at KS3

Faculty
Design & Technology
Department
Design & Technology
Level
Key Stage 3
Head of Faculty
C. Chandler, C. Roncarati

The topics studied at KS3 have been designed to give students the opportunity to be creative, using their imaginations to produce innovative outcomes for a wide range of users.

Students will be able to work as individuals and co-operatively in groups, developing ideas and making products. They will respond to a range of briefs set in a variety of contexts. They will improve upon existing items by questioning and evaluating. They will develop their appreciation of and sensitivity to global issues. They will learn how to use a wide range of tools and materials effectively and safely as stepping stones to help accomplish these aims.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 7

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 During the first ½ term students will sit a baseline test. End of unit test.
Autumn 2 Working with wood; learning about timber and the practical processes of shaping and finishing a truck. Students learn to code robots through a series of activities. Electronics theory covered through a booklet and practical process of making a fuse tester. Students design and make a board game developing graphic skills and CAD CAM. End of unit test.
Spring 1 A selection from: Working with wood; students learn about timber and the practical processes of shaping and finishing a truck. Students learn to code robots working through a series of activities. Electronics theory covered through a booklet and the practical process of making a Fuse tester. Students design and make a board game developing graphic skills and CAD CAM. End of unit test.
Spring 2 A selection from: Working with wood; students learn about timber and the practical processes of shaping and finishing a truck. Students learn to code robots working through a series of activities. Electronics theory covered through a booklet and the practical process of making a Fuse tester. Students design and make a board game developing
graphic skills and CAD CAM.
End of unit test.
Summer 1 A selection from: Working with wood; students learn about timber and the practical processes of shaping and finishing a truck. Students learn to code robots working through a series of activities. Electronics theory covered through a booklet and the practical process of making a Fuse tester. Students design and make a board game developing graphic skills and CAD CAM. End of unit test.
Summer 2 A selection from: Working with wood; students learn about timber and the practical processes of shaping and finishing a truck. Students learn to code robots working through a series of activities. Electronics theory covered through a booklet and the practical process of making a Fuse tester. Students design and make a board game developing graphic skills and CAD CAM. End of unit test.

 

Year 8

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 A selection from: Karakuri – students make a moving mechanism using paper and card which culminates in a whole-year House Competition. Passive Speaker – continuing from the truck project students learn more in-depth theory and skills using wood, polymers and CAD. G-Clamp or Balancing Tool – learning about metals and how to cut shape and join them. End of unit test.
Autumn 2 A selection from: Karakuri – students make a moving mechanism using paper and card which culminates in a whole-year House Competition. Passive Speaker – continuing from the truck project students learn more indepth theory and skills using wood, polymers and CAD. G-Clamp or Balancing Tool – learning about metals and how to cut shape and join them. End of unit test.
Spring 1 A selection from: Karakuri – students make a moving mechanism using paper and card which culminates in a whole-year House Competition. Passive Speaker – continuing from the truck project students learn more in-depth theory and skills using wood, polymers and CAD. G-Clamp or Balancing Tool – learning about metals and how to cut shape and join them. End of unit test.
Spring 2 A selection from: Karakuri – students make a moving mechanism using paper and card which culminates in a whole-year House Competition. Passive Speaker – continuing from the truck project students learn more in-depth theory and skills using wood, polymers and CAD. G-Clamp or Balancing Tool – learning about metals and how to cut shape and join them. End of unit test.
Summer 1 A selection from: Karakuri – students make a moving mechanism using paper and card which culminates in a whole-year House Competition. Passive Speaker – continuing from the truck project students learn more in-depth theory and skills using wood, polymers and CAD. G-Clamp or Balancing Tool – learning about metals and how to cut shape and join them. End of unit test.
Summer 2 A selection from: Karakuri – students make a moving mechanism using paper and card which culminates in a whole-year House Competition. Passive Speaker – continuing from the truck project students learn more in-depth theory and skills using wood, polymers and CAD. G-Clamp or Balancing Tool – learning about metals and how to cut shape and join them. End of unit test.

 

Year 9

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 A selection from: Structures – making structures by learning about forces to support loads for testing. Clock – within a theme, design and make a creative clock, with supporting project book. Hammer – learning about manufacturing and machining with metals. All projects extend knowledge and understanding from Year 8. End of unit tests and design
projects.
Autumn 2 A selection from: Structures – making structures by learning about forces to support loads for testing. Clock – within a theme, design and make a creative clock, with supporting project book. Hammer – learning about manufacturing and machining with metals. All projects extend knowledge and understanding from Year 8. End of unit tests and design
projects.
Spring 1 A selection from: Structures – making structures by learning about forces to support loads for testing. Clock – within a theme, design and make a creative clock, with supporting project book. Hammer – learning about manufacturing and machining with metals. All projects extend knowledge and understanding from Year 8. End of unit tests and design
projects.
Spring 2 A selection from: Structures – making structures by learning about forces to support loads for testing. Clock – within a theme, design and make a creative clock, with supporting project book. Hammer – learning about manufacturing and machining with metals. All projects extend knowledge and understanding from Year 8. End of unit tests and design
projects.
Summer 1 A selection from: Structures – making structures by learning about forces to support loads for testing. Clock – within a theme, design and make a creative clock, with supporting project book. Hammer – learning about manufacturing and machining with metals. All projects extend knowledge and understanding from Year 8. End of unit tests and design
projects.
Summer 2 A selection from: Structures – making structures by learning about forces to support loads for testing. Clock – within a theme, design and make a creative clock, with supporting project book. Hammer – learning about manufacturing and machining with metals. All projects extend knowledge and understanding from Year 8. During final term students will sit an end of KS3 test.

 

Extended Learning

Year 7

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
technologystudent.com;
BBC Bitesize; How It’s
Made YouTube channel.
Collins D&T workbooks. Museums and exhibitions. KS3 Club, Props Club for shows. Robotics Club, F1 for schools. CAD support.

 

Year 8

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
technologystudent.com;
BBC Bitesize; How It’s
Made YouTube channel.
Collins D&T workbooks. Museums and exhibitions. KS3 Club, Props Club for shows. Robotics Club, F1 for schools. CAD support.

 

Year 9

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
technologystudent.com;
BBC Bitesize; How It’s
Made YouTube channel.
Collins D&T workbooks. Museums and exhibitions. KS3 Club, Props Club for  shows. Robotics Club, F1 for schools. CAD support.

 

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