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Head of Department:
Resistant Materials Coordinator: Mr Philjeus Couloute

Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9)

Year 7

Theme: London architecture – novelty light and storage box

As a starting point, students will focus on iconic London architecture to inspire their own designs. They will use different drawing and modelling techniques to develop their ideas, including CAD / CAM. A range of materials including paper, cardboard, manufactured timber, natural timber, polymers and basic electronic components will be explored to produce a final product.

Year 8:

Theme: Robotics

Students will continue to develop their knowledge of materials and their properties while refining workshop techniques to produce a competent robot chassis; develop their understanding of and the ability to deploy a range of materials and improve their awareness of modern smart materials & programmable components. Relevant Links to mechanisms, ferrous & non-ferrous metals will be made to enhance their product.

Year 9:

Theme: Mobile phone/device point of sale display stand.

Students explore different strategies to add creativity & innovation to their design solutions. Further use of tools, techniques and processes will build confidence, skill level & independence in a design and make centred environment; developing an ongoing appreciation and understanding of materials, their properties and applications will enable students to successfully design and make a product which is fit for purpose – using a range of iterations to cater for aesthetic, functional & sustainability requirements.

Students will be directed to investigate design movements, artists and designers throughout the key stage.

Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)

Year 10:

Mini GCSE projects to accompany core content

· Students will acquire subject knowledge in design and technology that builds on Key Stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities.

· Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.

· Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and the global community.

Year 11:

Mini GCSE projects to accompany core content

· Students will acquire subject knowledge in design and technology that builds on Key Stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities.

· Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.

· Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and the global community.

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