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KS3 Design and Technology

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Key Stage 3 Course Information Page

Course Name : Design and Technology

Curriculum Content

The Building Project

Throughout years 7 & 8 student’s work will be based around the development of a local building.

Students will remain in one area in year 7 and rotate around the remaining two specialist areas in year 8.

Product Design

Students design and make a wooden gift that could be sold in the building’s gift shop. Alongside the design and make project students will also make a wind chime which will focus on developing practical skills, knowledge and expertise. For both projects students will also learn to develop skills in CAD/CAM- computer aided design and manufacture.

Textiles Technology

Students design and make a drawstring bag and textile storage unit for a ‘new’ storage solutions store in Digbeth, Birmingham. They will experiment with the decorative techniques of applique and embroidery. Students will choose their own theme and target audience. The storage unit will be produced using hand and machine sewing and decorative techniques.

Food Technology

Students will design and make a food product, suitable to be sold in the building’s restaurant. They will complete a range of focused practical tasks to produce mainly savoury meals. These will focus on developing knife skills and a range of cooking techniques. They will also develop knowledge on nutrition, ensuring that they understand the components of a balanced diet and the benefits.

Throughout the project, students will complete design and development work.

Skill development

Students will rotate around all three specialist areas focussing on skill development.

Product design

Students will be making a jewellery/memo board. The project will focus developing the students woodwork skills – marking, sawing, producing wood joints, assembly and finishes. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their CAD/CAM skills

Textile Technology

During this project students have the opportunity to develop their making skills. They will cut, paint and hand sew a leather purse as part of a co-ordinated collection of leather products.

Food Technology

Students will complete a “British Bake Off” project. Where they will complete mainly practical activities to develop more advanced level techniques, as well as finishing skills. They will aim throughout to focus on quality control. They will also enhance their design and development skills.

How classes are grouped

Mixed ability

Mixed ability

Mixed ability

Assessment (including homework)

 

Each project will be assessed, at critical times within the process but also at the end of the project.

These results will be shared with the students on a personal assessment sheet on which they can track their progress and set targets.

Interim reports and profiles will feature the student’s current, working at level.

Homework is marked regularly and a target for improvement is set if applicable.

Merit stickers are awarded for excellent effort or achievement, 3 Merits will be rewarded with an achievement mark.

For exceptional performance postcards are also sent home.

 

Each project will be assessed, at critical times within the process but also at the end of the project.

These results will be shared with the students on a personal assessment sheet on which they can track their progress and set targets.

Interim reports and profiles will feature the student’s current, working at level.

Homework is marked regularly and a target for improvement is set if applicable.

Merit stickers are awarded for excellent effort or achievement, 3 Merits will be rewarded with an achievement mark.

For exceptional performance postcards are also sent home.

 

Each project will be assessed, at critical times within the process but also at the end of the project.

These results will be shared with the students on a personal assessment sheet on which they can track their progress and set targets.

Interim reports and profiles will feature the student’s current, working at level.

Homework is marked regularly and a target for improvement is set if applicable.

Merit stickers are awarded for excellent effort or achievement, 3 Merits will be rewarded with an achievement mark.

For exceptional performance postcards are also sent home.

 

How to support your daughter

Encourage your daughter to think of herself as a product designer, someone who researches, designs, produces and evaluates products for the needs of a specific target audience and not necessarily herself.

Careful consideration of the presentation of her work is essential along with quality of written communication.

For food technology, your daughter should be encouraged to take part in any food preparation that occurs in the home.

This will help her to become more confident and independent in lessons and support her progression through the key stage.