KS3 students (year 7, 8 and 9) follow schemes of learning based around the English National Curriculum framework. Activities that promote key literacy skills have been built into the schemes. Year 7 are initially given a baseline test which dictates their end of year target. All students in KS3 revisit the three different areas of study each year which allows progression year upon year. The following topics will be studied throughout the year: CAD/CAM, Workshop skills, Systems and control.
Skills such as working with traditional hand tools, using computer based software and design skills will be taught during KS3.
|Year 7 Curriculum Overview||Themes||Unit content|
|Term 1||Design and make a ruler showing accuracy and skills|
|Students will demonstrate a clear understanding of 2D Design and how CAD/CAM works. We will also look at horticulture and packaging. The students will end up producing a ruler and seed packaging.|
|Term 2||Design for sport.|
Designing and making a table tennis bat.
|Students will have an understanding various types of timber. We will also look at ergonomic design with in sport and produce a table tennis bat from start to finish.|
|Term 3||Material recognition (metals) and simple circuits|
User centred design – relative
|Students will have an understanding of the flow of electricity and how circuits work. Students will produce a LED torch and then move on to user centred designs. Students will have the opportunity to produce key rings made from pewter.|
|Year 8 Curriculum Overview||Themes||Unit content|
|Term 1||Use research and exploration such as the study of Cultural and seasonal design to identify and meet the needs of customers||During this project the students will look at branding and identity. We will focus on producing seasonal inspired hot drink cups and stencils as well as working with bio-degradable material.|
Cultural / anthropometrics
|Students will have an Understanding of chip based circuits, Incorporating the 6R’s and working with 555 timers during the project. The students will produce speakers which they can connect to various devices via a 3.5mm jack.|
|Term 3||Design for the outdoors. Designing and making a bird box for the local area||Students will look at biomimicry and understand how animal inspired designs are all around us. Students will then go on to producing a bird box.|
|Year 9 Curriculum Overview||Themes||Unit content|
|Term 1||Identify and solve their own design problems. Innovative, functional and appealing products that respond to a variety of situations within the home.||You will identify the strengths and weaknesses of various timber before working with Plywood to produce a ‘Gift box’. The Gift box will be made from a number of different wood joints. You will have to identify the end user and ensure the inside of the box meets their needs.|
|Term 2||Students will design a hand held product based on the needs and function of their chosen user|
Design for play- student will develop a 3d Computer model of a playground.
|You will have to identify a customer i.e. teenager and produce a hand held product to meet their needs. Google sketch-up as well as foam modelling will form part of their learning.|
|Term 3||User centred design – relative|
|You will look at SMART materials and the way in which they are incorporated within the world we live in today. Students will also have the opportunity to work with pewter again to make pewter pendants.|