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Product Design / Resistant Materials

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Design Technology: Key Stage 3

Subject Content: Year 7

Resistant Materials. Students will produce a focused Design and Make It task - personalised key ring. This project will introduce them to metals and their properties. Others topics to cover will include- manufacturing techniques and evaluation techniques. The students will produce an aluminium/acrylic based upon initials. All supporting theory work will go into their books. 

Graphic Skills – In this project students will explore a range of drawing techniques and presentational skills. This project will build upon students' previous knowledge of how to present information clearly and to colour work neatly using good shade and tone skills.

Subject Content: Year 8

Resistant Materials. Students build up their knowledge from the previous year and complete two, more complex, design and make it projects. Materials used this year include pine, polythene and neoprene. Groups look at simple mechanisms and different ways that plastics can be formed.  Students expand on their presentation skills and are able to map out how they made their products and how they could be modified and improved.

Subject Content: Year 9

Graphic Products. Students cover two graphic based design and make projects. Materials used are paper, card and board. Students learn the importance of corporate identity and logo design. Topics covered throughout the term include packaging, die cutting and basic paper mechanisms used in pop up products. Students improve their presentation, drawing and typography design skills.

KS3 Skills Taught

Planning, identification of tools and equipment. Cutting, filing, shaping, polishing, gluing and assembly of different materials. Health and safety considerations of the workshop. Different drawing techniques used with design.

Key Stage 4

Product Design / Graphic Products

Exam Board : AQA

Subject Content

Product Design - Product Design encourages students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, timber based materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Candidates will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials

Graphic Products - Graphic Products enables students to develop products using a range of graphic and modelling materials and new technologies. Students use a range of materials including plastics, paper, card and other block modelling materials. Students build up their knowledge of technical drawing which includes isometric, crating, perspective, orthographic and exploded drawing techniques.

Skills Taught

Product Design -Designing Skills;

Involves being creative and innovative when designing, design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers, understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose, to consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products, use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals, reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their design ideas and proposals in order to improve their products, devise and apply test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical/key points during development, and to indicate ways of modifying and improving it when necessary.

Making Skills;

Select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products, consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process, use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others, to gain a good knowledge of materials and their groupings (Mainly timber, plastics, paper & card)

Graphic Products -Designing Skills;

Involves being creative and innovative when designing, design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers, understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose, to consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products, use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals, reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their design ideas and proposals in order to improve their products, students study paper mechanisms, Points of Sale, Pop Up books and other popular graphic products.

Making Skills;

Select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products, consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process, use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others, to gain a good knowledge of materials and their groupings (Mainly plastics, paper & card)

Assessment Detail

Controlled Assessment 60%

One 2 hour exam 40%