Design Technology at Key Stage 3 aims to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world. We follow the National Curriculum allowing students to develop iterative designs, and to manufacture quality products through the use of specialist tools, 21st Century techniques and processes with access to the latest equipment and machinery (such as Computer Aided Design, Computer Numerically Controlled machines and rapid prototyping). Students also develop technical knowledge of materials, mechanical and electronic systems and processes.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
In each of these projects students will explore Health and Safety and develop a composite product that focuses on the three core resistant materials: woods, metals and plastics.
This is delivered across three rotations of 6 weeks (18 hours).
Supported with various home learning tasks, each project is designed to develop practical skills and competence through design and make activities (DMAs).
YEAR 7 AUTOMATA MOVING TOY
The Focused Practical Tasks in this project (FPTs) introduce students to materials and processes, mechanisms, tools and machinery.