Eaton Bank Academy

Key Stage 3

The aims of the Design and Technology Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To combine technological skills with creative thinking in order to design and make products and systems that meet a range of human needs.
  • Develop an understanding of current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of issues regarding nutrition and healthy eating in Food Technology.
  • To raise awareness of multicultural values and traditions and to work within a range of domestic and local contexts

At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

Year 7

  • All pupils will design a casing for a pen drive which can be used for storage of their school work throughout school
  • CAD/CAM – 2D design Tools, Laser cutter,  Vinyl Cutter
  • Resistant Materials – Wood, Metal & Plastic
  • Inspirational design
  • Sustainable design
  • Ergonomics
  • Graphic Design – Promotion, Paper engineering Drawing techniques, Rendering techniques
  • Modern Technologies
  • Textiles – Cultural influences, surface decoration

Year 8

  • Systems and control –  Forces, Structures, Motion, Energy, Elecronics
  • Jewellery – Enamelling
  • Designing for others
  • Graphic Design – Perspective, Stage set design, Promotion
  • Inclusive design
  • Cultural Diversity

Development of knowledge in :

  • CAD/CAM – 2D design Tools, Laser cutter, Vinyl Cutter
  • Resistant Materials – Wood, Metal & Plastic
  • Inspired designing
  • Sustainable design

The study of Design and Technology will allow students to develop their:

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in order to solve a range of design problems.
  • Designing and making skills through working with a wide range of materials and processes.
  • Knowledge of health and safety issues in the various Technology environments.

Key Stage 3 Assessment

Student progress is monitored by teacher, peer and self assessment. Achievements will be highlighted and improvement steps given. Students will continually be encouraged and guided to achieving their target end of key stage attainment level.

Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Regular checking on homework
  • Encouraging – asking your child questions about the work
  • Encouraging your child to take a regular interest in visiting design exhibitions and museums.
  • Discuss articles in the media about new technologies and their effect on the environment and social development.
  • Support your child in giving them opportunity to recreate recipes they have produced in Food Technology.

If you have any queries, please contact Ms Dawson t.dawson@eatonbank.org

Key Stage 4

Product Design

If you enjoy designing and are interested in the products around you and their use by the consumer then this course could be for you. You will analyse everyday products and re-design them concentrating on their appearance, styling, comfort, colour etc. In order to do this you will model in paper, card and foam and manufacture in a wide range of materials. Emphasis will be placed on market influences, the user and how objects are manufactured, giving an insight into industrial techniques and issues such as environmental concerns. The evolution of Product Design and major developments in technology will also be studied.

The main difference between Product Design and Resistant Materials is:

Product Design uses a wider range of materials from card, textiles, ceramics, wood, metal and plastics. Design influences are important in this course and the 3 dimensional outcome can be a model rather than life size. Students may use one material or a range of materials of their choice.

In Resistant Materials students have the opportunity to use wood, metal and/or plastics to make their final product. The 3 dimensional making section is full scale. Both courses run through the design process and students present a folio of research and design work. 

COURSE INFORMATION: 

In the early part of the course you will produce a number of minor projects, each having a design folder to support the product you make.

The Major Coursework Project will begin in the Spring Term of Year 10 and will be completed by Easter in Year 11. For this project you will need to find a design problem to solve. You will get support from your teacher to help you to choose this and to ensure that it is suitably challenging for your ability. This project should be chosen to concentrate on a material area that you prefer.

ASSESSMENT:                        AQA – Design & Technology Product Design 4555 Full course 

Coursework:                 The Major Project         60% Deadline 31st March

This is divided into:

Designing:  40%
Making:  20%
Written Paper:  40%

A two-hour examination at the end of Year 11 will test students’ ability to design and their understanding of the design process. There will also be questions on knowledge of materials and processes.

COMMITMENTS/REQUIREMENTS: 

You will need to be able to undertake tasks (such as researching) on your own and be able to plan your work so that you can meet deadlines.

You will need to provide an A3 folder to keep your design work in. You will be asked to contribute £10 towards the cost of materials, components and other sundries you will use over the 3 year course. Alternatively, you can choose to provide your own throughout the course, but it will be your responsibility to remember to bring materials and components in for every lesson.


Resistant Materials

If you have enjoyed designing and making useful products in the workshops, then this could be the course for you.  The course is concerned with designing and making in plastics, metal and wood and will give you an insight into the workings of industry.  It will help you to understand the increasingly technological world.

Course Information:

In the early part of the course you will produce a number of minor projects, each having a design folder to support the product you make. The Major Coursework Project will begin in the Spring Term of Year 10 and will be completed by Easter in Year 11.  For this project you will need to find a design problem to solve.  You will get support from your teacher to help you to choose this and to ensure that it is suitably challenging for your ability.  This project can be made in the material that is most appropriate and may include electronics if you wish. Skills and knowledge will be taught in relation to practical activities as the course progresses.  Every effort will be made to incorporate the use of new materials and modern technologies such as Computer Aided Design and Manufacture.

Assessment:           

AQA – Design & Technology Resistant Materials 4560 Full course

Coursework:                The Major Project is worth 60%.  (Deadline 31st  March)

This is divided into:       Designing    40%

Making        20%

Written Paper:             40%

An examination at the end of Year 11 will test students’ ability to design and their understanding of the design process.  There will also be questions on knowledge of materials and processes.

 

Commitments/Requirements

You should be interested in designing through sketching and modelling and in making in the workshops.  You will need to be able to undertake tasks, such as researching, on your own and be able to plan your work so that you can meet deadlines. You will need to provide an A3 folder to keep your design work in. You will be asked to contribute £10 towards the cost of materials, components and other sundries you will use over the 3 year course. Alternatively, you can choose to provide your own throughout the course, but it will be your responsibility to remember to bring materials and components in for every lesson.

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