Within Design and Technology, students are expected to respond to a design situation/brief, conduct appropriate research, generate a design specification, explore ideas, developing these into a realistic, appropriate and achievable design that suits the needs of the end user.
Students are involved in making products which are of high quality and address a range of issues which are studied in greater depth at Key Stage 4.
Key evaluative skills are taught and nurtured whilst the exploration of existing products and material applications develop student awareness. Students consider the environmental and social aspects relating to design whilst ensuring that their designs are fit for purpose.
Students work to deadlines acquiring a range of practical techniques, working with a variety of materials and components in the areas of Electronics, Graphics and Resistant Materials. Students also develop skills in the appropriate use of Information Technology and all enhance their skills further with the use of CAD and CAM technology, appropriate to the design/ability level.
Each of our 5 main assessment areas feature in every project however specific focus areas are built in to each project, as described below:
|Planning||Year 9||Year 9|
|Technical Knowledge||Year 7|
- use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
- identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them
- develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
- use a variety of approaches to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses
- develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools.
- select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
- select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties
- Electronic systems and sub-systems
- Circuit concepts
- Resistive components in circuits
- Switching circuits
- Applications of diodes
- Combinational logic systems
- Operational amplifiers
- Timing circuits
- Sequential systems
- Interfacing digital to analogue circuits
- Control circuits
- A design and realisation task based on an individually identified problem, context or opportunity.
- Research and analysis of the problem to develop a design specification.
- Develop a system from a series of sub-systems which will be tested individually before assembly and tested as a complete system.
- Evaluate the performance of the developed system against the design specification and suggest improvements that could be made.
Visual Communications is a new qualification to the Kingsway School and replaces GCSE Graphic Products.
- Students will learn to draw and sketch in 2D and 3D both using traditional drawing techniques as well as specialist CAD (computer aided design) software.
- Students will learn how to digitally edit images including, enhancing, filtering, cropping, rotating, reshaping and resizing. This will also include image capture and manipulation using scanners and digital cameras.
- Students will learn about colour theory and its importance for visual impact to the graphic designer.
- Students will learn about publishing layouts in order to create posters, websites and other publications.
- Students will learn about packaging and card engineering.
- Students will learn about the role of the graphic designer in IT applications, such as web-based design, by customising web pages and developing skills in a variety of printing techniques which will additionally lead onto to printing effects such as lamination and embossing, to name but a few.
The technical award in Materials Technology has evolved from Resistant Materials, a subject that students will be familiar with from lower down the school. Whilst building on the theory knowledge and practical skills that students have generated in Resistant Materials, Materials Technology now provides exciting opportunities for students to develop skills focused practical knowledge.
- Forming, bending or laminating
- Casting or moulding
- Machining and the use of power tools
- Using CAD/CAM systems
- Using finishing techniques
- Quality control and maintaining accuracy