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Technology: Product Design


 

Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal leading to creative products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.  Pupils will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible which include a visit to Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College to design a prototype piece of furniture and use the laser cutter to manufacture their design.

 


Evidence of designing is submitted electronically, using a PowerPoint Presentation.

Evidence of marking consists of photographic evidence of the making process plus the final realisation of the design.

The theme for the minor project is an Edge Lit Sign using the laser cutter to cut a design on fluorescent Perspex.  The internet is used for ideas which pupils will then build on to develop their first design.  LEDs are used to bring the sign to life.

The major project theme is a container project.  Pupils can design and make a container, for any purpose, to be sold at John Lewis.  A laser cutter will be used to manufacture the final realisation.

Research is carried out on the internet and designs developed using the pupils own ideas.  Models will be manufactured using the laser cutter and then the ideas developed on to full scale manufacturing.


Syllabus Components:           

Written exam – 2 hours = 40%
Controlled assessment task – 4/5 hours = 60%

Pupils will develop a knowledge and understanding of the processes and techniques which aid manufacturing and of the commercial and industrial applications of a range of materials involved in manufacturing their product in quantity.

 


Designing Influences


This is an examination testing knowledge and understanding of the factors that influence designing, iconic products, trendsetters, design eras and design movements.

This course will lead on to A Level Product Design or other technology based subjects.

 

 


Design Technology at Key Stage 3 Year 7

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

 Pupils study the following areas of Technology:
Food Technology – pupils will develop their understanding of healthy eating, food preparation skills and use of the cooker. Pupils will all have the opportunity of gaining the bronze Active Kids Get Cooking Award. Pupils work through a range of design tasks including smoothies, soups and scones.
Product Design – pupils will develop their practical skills within the theme of celebrations. They will produce a perspex electronic trophy following the design process. Pupils will use 2D Design software to design a trophy to celebrate an occasion of their choosing. They will work using the saw, files, abrasive paper, engraver and soldering irons.
Graphics – Developing drawing/graphic techniques.  Pupils will follow a design brief.  Pupils will focus on all areas of the design process; will research, analyse, evaluate and survey based upon the theme of designing & creating children’s party wear.

 

Assessments:

 

In all areas of Design Technology pupils are assessed in their written and practical work. Pupils work is graded in line with the Design Technology National Curriculum levels and pupils are provided with strengths and areas to improve. 

 

Key dates:

 

 N/A

 

Revision resources

 

N/A

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Within the area of Food Technology pupils are always provided with a printed recipe slip the lesson prior to the practical lesson. Pupils are asked to take home the slips and give them to parents the night it is set. To make the most of one hour lessons, the weighing of ingredients as part of homework is essential, as is bringing in a container for the safe storage of finished food products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Technology at Keys Stage 3 Year 8

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

 Pupils study the following areas of Technology on a rotation basis:
Food Technology – pupils will develop their understanding of healthy eating, food preparation skills with the focus on flour based products and on gaining the two star Active Kids Get Cooking Award.  Pupils will work with bread to make pizzas and develop pasta products.
Product Design – pupils will develop their practical skills within the theme of Celebrations. They will produce a steel sculpture following the design process. Pupils will use 2D Design software to design a sculpture based on Olympic pictograms and using lines of action to develop a sculpture of their choosing.  They will work using the brazing hearth, files, emery paper, drilling machine, marking out tools and Hammerite paint.
Graphics - Developing drawing/graphic techniques.  Pupils will follow a design brief. Pupils will focus on all areas of the design process; will research, analyse, evaluate and survey based upon the theme of making a child’s mechanical toy.

 

Assessments:

 

In all areas of Design Technology pupils are assessed in their written and practical work. Pupils work is graded in line with the Design Technology National Curriculum levels and pupils are provided with strengths and areas to improve. 

 

Key dates:

 

 N/A

 

Revision resources

 

 N/A

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Within the area of Food Technology pupils are always provided with a printed recipe slip the lesson prior to the practical lesson. Pupils are asked to take home the slips and give them to parents the night it is set. To make the most of hour lessons, the weighing of ingredients as part of homework is essential, as is bringing in a container for the safe storage of finished food products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design Technolgy at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

 Pupils study the following areas of Technology on a rotation basis:
Food Technology – pupils will develop their understanding of healthy eating, food preparation skills with the focus on meals inspired by other cultures. The overall theme is “Celebration Food”.
Product Design – pupils will develop their practical skills within the theme of The Local Environment. They will produce a Bird Box for their own garden. They will follow the design process to design another wild life habitat. Pupils will use 2D Design software to design their habitat. They will work using the workshop equipment, marking out equipment, drills, hole-saws, saws and hammers.
Graphics - Developing drawing/graphic techniques.  Pupils will follow a design brief.  Pupils will focus on all areas of the design process; will research, analyse, evaluate and survey based upon the theme of designing & making a prototype clock and packaging. This design task is run alongside a competition run by KMF Engineering.

 

Assessments:

 

In all areas of Design Technology pupils are assessed in their written and practical work. Pupils work is graded in line with the Design Technology National Curriculum levels and pupils are provided with strengths and areas to improve. 

 

Key dates:

 

End of KS3 Level in the Summer Term

 

Revision resources

 

N/A

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Within the area of Food Technology pupils are always provided with a printed recipe slip the lesson prior to the practical lesson. Pupils are asked to take home the slips and give them to parents the night it is set. To make the most of the one hour lesson, weighing of ingredients as part of homework is essential, as is the bringing in of a container for the safe storage of finished food products.

 

 


If you would like further details about this course please see MR Alderman or email: p.alderman@endon.staffs.sch.uk


CAREER SUGGESTIONS


Consumer producr design Marketing Product design consultancy         
Design research Project planning Technical sales
CAD/CAM Buying Advertising
Display design Interior / exhibition design  

 

 

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