Design Technology Key Stage 3

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 OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Design 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 2Design 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 3Material 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 OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Use research and exploration such as the study of Cultural and seasonal design to identify and meet the needs of customersDuring 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.
Term 2Ergonomics
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 3Design for the outdoors. Designing and making a bird box for the local areaStudents 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 OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Identify 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 2Students 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 3User centred design – relative
Emerging technologies
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.