Design & Technology
We focus on Designing and Making skills primarily in wood. Pupils manufacture using traditional hand tools a Small Planter, we then incorporate an animal design to make the product more appealing to the target audience using Computer Aided Design and the laser cutter. In a second unit of work, students design and manufacture injection-moulded jewellery inspired by design movements of the past.
We focus on Scales of Production, looking at how products are manufactured in quantity. Pupils develop practical skills through a group-manufacturing task to manufacture a decorative lantern. Using a variety of knew manufacturing techniques. In a second unit pupils look at the effects of climate change on people across the world and how different communities have develop solutions to help deal with these challenges, pupil design, manufacture and test a solution.
In year 9 the structure of Design & Technology has changed, as a result there are a number of material based knowledge and skill units. We start the year looking at Polymers, where they originate from and how products are design and manufactured in them. We then focus on metals, using simple metal manufacturing techniques to develop an understanding of their working properties and processes used when manufacturing in metal. Crumble programmable technologies are used to develop an understanding of how we can include programmable components into products that we design and make within school. Towards the end of the year, pupils are set an open-ended design and make challenge. The focus of this challenge is independence.