Design and Technology

Head of Department: Ms Ritzaki

Product Design encourages students to design and manufacture creative and innovative products, using a range of materials such as paper and card, textiles, timber based materials, ferrous and nonferrous metals and electronic components. Students also develop a variety of manufacturing techniques, key problem solving skills and a good knowledge and understanding of materials technology, becoming responsible and creative designers.

Curriculum Maps

KS3

Resistant Materials & Product Design

Product Design encourages students to design and manufacture creative and innovative products, using a range of materials such as paper and card, textiles, timber based materials, ferrous and nonferrous metals and electronic components. Students also develop a variety of manufacturing techniques, key problem solving skills and a good knowledge and understanding of materials technology, becoming responsible and creative designers.

Year 7 – De Stijl time piece.

During this project, students will design and make a De Stijl inspired wall/Desk clock. They will develop key product analysis skills, designing and modelling skills and encounter new practical manufacturing skills and machinery. Using a range of tools and Resistant Materials, they will be encouraged to think about design history and ‘design in the style of’ contexts. We will also be  discussing the principles of sustainable design and ethical use of materials, planning and health and safety.

Year 8 – Coat Peg and annealing metals

During Year 8, student are taught about manufacturing in industry, scales of production and the use of manufacturing aids. With the design and planning of their own quality assurance processes,students produce an accurately engineered coat peg. They continue to develop research, designing and practical skills, using a range of tools and equipment for manipulating and combining resistant materials, based on their aesthetic and physical properties. Throughout the unit they will also gain a concrete understanding of working drawings and important design communication approaches.

Year 9 – Hot metal working and casting

Our Year 9 program of study has great potential for pupils to proceed into Product Design at GCSE. Pupils continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of materials and standard components. They will be introduced to further research and design approaches, refining their design communication skills and preparing them for GCSE. Students will encounter pewter casting, enamelling and the shaping, forming and finishing of nonferrous metals.

KS4

GCSE Product Design