Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

During KS3, we follow a progressive and coherent curriculum which instils and builds on knowledge of the design process. Students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of their surroundings and to question – How can I make this better? Students are introduced to different materials, equipment and processes which are designed to enhance their productivity, creativity and skills in production thus improving their overall effectiveness in design and manufacture.

Schemes of work (Summary)

Year 7 – Pupils work on the following projects:

  • Pencil Box

o   Safety in the Workshop

o   Measuring and marking skills

o   Tool recognition

o   Safe and effective use of Tenon Saw, Bench Hook, Bench Drill, Disc Sander

o   Production of Lap Joints

o   Design Specification

o   Design Ideas

o   Use of 2D Design Tools Software (CAD)

o   Use of Laser Cutter (CAM)

o   Finishing skills

o   Evaluation

  • Door Knocker – (in addition to/building on previous skills)

o   Design Research

o   Target Market research

o   Use of Firmer Chisel / Mallet

o   Design Development

o   Use of Coping Saw, Hand File

o   Production of Housing Joints

o   Classes of levers

o   Assembly

  • Drawing Techniques

o   Oblique

o   Isometric

o   Crating

o   One point perspective

o   Tonal shading and rendering

  • Pop up card

o   Robert Sabuda

o   Existing products and ACCESSFM

o   Four types of motion

o   Types of card

o   Modelling of pop up card

o   Design Specification

o   Design Ideas

o   Product manufacture

o   Evaluation


Year 8

  • Maze Game

o   Analysis if existing Products (ACCESSFM)

o   Materials – Acrylic and HiPs

o   Design Specification

o   Design Ideas

o   Ideas development

o   Packaging analysis

o   Processes – Vacuum Former and Laser Cutter

o   Product Manufacture

o   Evaluation

  • Bookends– (In addition to/building on previous skills)

o   Research around theme

o   Target Market Identifying and analysing

o   Design Specification taking into account research and knowledge of materials, situation, processes available

o   Design Ideas referred to specification

o   Development of Design to detailed and appropriate end product

o   Product Specification

o   Product Manufacture (inc CAD/CAM)

- Comb Joint

- Making a matched pair

- Use of materials in variety

o   Evaluation

  • Headphone wrap

o   Wally Olins

o   Existing products – ACCESSFM

o   Materials – Acrylic and HiPs

o   Design Specification

o   Design Ideas

o   2D Design Tools (CAD)

o   Packaging symbols re-visited

o   Use of Powerpoint / 2D Design to produce final packaging outcome

o   Production techniques development.

o   Evaluation.

Year 9

  • Nightlight

o   Analysis if existing Products (ACCESSFM)

o   Materials – hardwoods, softwoods and manufactured board

o   Design Specification

o   Design Ideas

o   Ideas development

o   Presentation of ideas using one and two point perspective.

o   Wood finishes

o   Product Manufacture

o   Soldering

o   Wood joints

o   Evaluation

  • Food technology

o   Pupils will cook various meals such as

- Fruity cakes

- Healthy flapjacks

- Lasagna

- Savoury tarts

- Homemade pizza

o   Eat well plate

o   Nutriants and minerals

o   Understanding the methods to making and adapting all practical meals

o   Functions of ingredients

o   Health and safety in the kitchen

o   Personal and food hygiene

o   Food labels


o   Assessments (by term)

As per school calendar

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

  • Qualifications

- AQA Graphic Products and AQA Product Design

  • Modules

- Unit 1 – 40% (Exam)

- Unit 2 – 60% (Controlled Assessment)

Course expectations:

Students following the AQA Design & Technology course and will be assessed in the following areas:

  • Research

o   Existing products

o   Target market

o   Materials

o   Product Analysis/disassembly

o   Social Moral and Environmental

o   Design Specification

  • Development

o   Modelling

o   Rapid prototyping

o   Sketching techniques

o   Compliant materials

  • Manufacture

o   Joining materials

o   Shaping, forming, casting, machining


o   Finishes

o   Printing / plotting

o   Planning / recording making

  • Evaluation

o   Testing

o   Modifying

o   Quality Control / Assurance

  • Communication

o   Use of technical terms

o   Clear and succinct presentation

o   Spelling and grammar

Students produce a main project where the skills identified can be demonstrated. Typical outcomes could include students designing, making and evaluating:

Board games, docking stations, point of sale displays, pop-up books, Easter egg packaging, gadget storage / tidy or sporting memorabilia.

Product Design Specification:

Graphic Design Specification:

We believe that these are essential to ensure that students are motivated to achieve in this subject. The following activities are available:

  • Lunch club
  • RM club
  • Construction club
  • Courseffwork Hel