Design Technology

Design Technology is delivered following the National Curriculum and prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. They learn
key areas such as design skills; developing creative, technical and practical expertise; experiencing state of the art machinery; understanding the principles of healthy living and nutrition; foods of the world and learning how to cook.

They combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social, environmental and health issues, function and industrial practices. As they do so, they reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and effects. Through design and technology, all pupils can become discriminating and informed users of products, become innovators and know how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The pupils draw on knowledge and understanding from across the curriculum, develop their numeracy, literacy, ICT and communication skills and are required to apply these in practical ways.

Based on their suitability, pupils are entered for a wide range of qualifications. These include WJEC/NOCN units; WJEC Entry Pathways Creative, Media and
performance Arts and BTEC Level 1 Construction Award.

Design Technology Curriculum Overview

Design Technology in Primary

Year

Design Technology in Year 7

Pupil’s in Year 7 will start to develop creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills that they will build on as they move through the school, they will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

In Year 7 pupil’s will experience working in the Design & Technology workshop where they will have practical experiences using a variety of hand tools and machines including saws, hammers, screw drivers, disc sander and pedestal drill. The pupils will always work with safety in mind and use a range of personal protection equipment and safe working techniques.

They will work across four areas of Design & Technology which include Product Design, Resistant materials, Textiles and Food. They will learn drawing techniques including 3-D and one point perspective, make a simple wooden game, make a simple felt puppet and learning about healthy eating.

Design Technology in Year 8

Pupils in Year 8 will continue to develop creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, build and apply a repertoire of knowledge that they will build on as they move through the school, they will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

In Year 8 pupils build on the knowledge gained in Year 7. They will again experience working in the Design & Technology workshop where they will have practical experiences using a variety of hand tools and machines including saws, hammers, screw drivers, disc sander and pedestal drill. Again the pupils will always work with safety in mind and use a range of personal protection equipment and safe working techniques.

The pupils will again work across the four areas of Design & Technology in more depth; these areas are Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food. Pupils will draw in two point perspective and design and make simple packaging, design and make a desk tidy using wooden joints and laser cut designs, design and make a felt bag using different stitches, look at where food comes from, focussing on local and British.

Design Technology in Year 9

Pupils in Year 9 will continue to develop creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, build and apply a repertoire of knowledge that they will take into Key Stage 4 and apply to their accredited courses, they will understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

In Year 9 pupil’s build on the knowledge gained in Year 7 & 8. They will again experience working in the Design & Technology workshop where they will have practical experiences using a variety of hand tools and machines including saws, hammers, screw drivers, disc sander and pedestal drill. Again the pupils will always work with safety in mind and use a range of personal protection equipment and safe working techniques.

The pupils will again work across the four areas of Design & Technology in more depth; these areas are Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Food. Pupil’s will their drawing and ICT skills to make packaging which will include both model making and the use of the vacuum forming machine, design and make a book ends using complex wooden joints and laser cut designs, design and make a bag using different techniques including using the sewing machine, look at where food comes from focussing local, British and worldwide.

9P will carry out the above work but will use the Entry 3 WJEC Design & Technology Framework to gain accredited units.

Design Technology in Year 10

Pupils in Year 10 will use their creative, technical and practical expertise their repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills learned in Key Stage 3 to begin their accredited courses.

Pupils in Year 10 will either begin WJEC Entry Level 3 Design & Technology units that will feed into a WJEC Entry Pathways Creative, Media and performance Arts qualification, there will be an opportunity to complete a NOCN Horticulture in our outside space in the Summer Term or pupils will begin a BTEC Level 1 Construction certificate, both of these accredited courses will continue into Year 11.

The WJEC/NOCN units are: WJEC – Designing & Modelling using Graphic Products (Unit 6220), WJEC – Health & Safety using Resistant Materials (Unit 6223), NOCN – Horticulture – Clearing & Weeding a Garden (Unit D/505/3601)
The BTEC units in Year 10 are: Developing Carpentry Skills (Unit R/502/3687), Decorating
Household Goods (Unit T/502/3682) & Working Towards Goals (Unit J/502/0463)

Design Technology in Year 11

Pupils in Year 11 will use their creative, technical and practical expertise their repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills learned in Key Stage 3 and Year 10 to work on accredited courses.

Pupils in Year 11 will either begin WJEC Entry Level 3 Design & Technology units that will feed into a WJEC Entry Pathways Creative, Media and performance Arts qualification, there will be an opportunity to complete a NOCN Horticulture in our outside space in the Summer Term or they will complete a BTEC Level 1 Construction Award.

The WJEC/NOCN units are: WJEC – Designing & Modelling using Graphic Products (Unit 6220), WJEC – Health & Safety using Resistant Materials (Unit 6223), NOCN – Horticulture – Clearing & Weeding a Garden (Unit D/505/3601)

The BTEC units to be completed in Year 11 are: Developing Carpentry Skills (Unit R/502/3687),
Decorating Household Goods (Unit T/502/3682) & Working Towards Goals (Unit J/502/0463)