Design Technology Y7

Overall Curriculum Goals

 Students will be able to list, identify and work through the six stages of Design process.  
 Students will follow Health and Safety practices within a practical workshop environment.   
 Students will be introduced to various workshop tools and equipment and use them within projects to help create their final outcomes.  
 Students will develop their CAD and CAM skill set.  
 
Students within Year 7 will work through and complete the 3 projects over the course of the academic year.   

Project 1

Project 2

Project 3

Maze Project (Graphic Communication) 

Clock Project (Resistant Materials)  

Pencil Box Project (Resistant Materials) 

Topic Intent:

Students will gain knowledge and skills within this project that will enable them to identify and work through each stage of the design process step by step.  Within this project students will learn how to distinguish the difference between CAD and CAM processes and their uses. Students will then use these processes and skills gained to create a final design. The final piece students create will be one that answers the design brief as well as appealing to a key consumer market by working with a range of materials, techniques and processes. This project will build on a student's confidence and ability to work using both CAD and CAM processes as well as continuing to develop their confidence in Graphic design and their ability to follow a set Design Brief. 

Topic Intent: 

Students within this project will be able to identify and work through each of the 6 stages of the design process. Students will develop skills investigating and creating pieces of work that mirror the following iconic design movements: Pop Art, Bauhaus, De Stijl and Memphis. Students will build their confidence in the workshop by working with a variety of materials, tools and equipment in order to create their final project outcome. Students will be able to recognise the need to be working safely and efficiently within a busy workshop environment in order to create their outcome. Students will look at various materials and their properties alongside the importance of sustainability in manufacturing and the impact that this has on the world around us. 

Topic Intent:

Students within this project will be able to identify and work through each of the 6 stages of the design process. This project will give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical skills within a workshop environment. Students will use a variety of methods with a variety of tools and equipment to create their final project outcome. Students will be able to recognise the need to be working safely and efficiently within a busy workshop environment to create their outcome successfully. Students will look at various manufacturing methods that are currently used in industry today.  

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What is CAD an CAM and how can we use them within Design Technology?
  • Why is research an important stage of the design process?
  • Why do we need to create a specification?
  • Why is it important to create initial ideas?
  • How can we use CAD to create our maze game?
  • Why do products need to be packaged?
  • How can we use CAD to create our packaging?
  • How can we assemble our final pieces safely?
  • Why is important to evaluate our final design?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What is a design brief and why are they important?
  • Why is it important to conduct research into different design movements?
  • Why is health and safety important in the workshop?
  • How do isometric drawings help us to present our ideas?
  • What are the properties and characteristics of the materials we will be working with?
  • Why is it important to create initial designs for our clock face?
  • How can we use CAD to create our clock face?
  • Why is it important to assemble our final design accurately?
  • Why is important to evaluate our final design?

Key Content / Skills:  

  • What is a design brief and why are they important?
  • How do isometric drawings help us to present our ideas?
  • Why is it important to work safely within the workshop?
  • Why is it important to assemble our final design accurately?
  • How can CAD be used to add decoration to our final design?
  • What scale of production will we be using to create our final design?
  • Why is important to evaluate our final design?

Assessment:

Students are assessed at the end of the completed project. The assessment is 80 marks coming from 4 equally weighted assessment objectives.  

Assessment:

Students are assessed at the end of the completed project. The assessment is 80 marks coming from 4 equally weighted assessment objectives. 

Assessment: 

Students are assessed at the end of the completed project. The assessment is 80 marks coming from 4 equally weighted assessment objectives. 

Home Learning:

Worksheets are set with a focus on building colour knowledge and developing drawing skills.

Home Learning:

Worksheets are set with a focus on building colour knowledge and developing drawing skills.

Home Learning:

Worksheets are set with a focus on building colour knowledge and developing drawing skills.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Students to look at CAD and CAM systems used in industry.
  • Client profiling: Age, Needs, looking at existing products and client profile.
  • Exploring existing products. Who are their target audience? How have they ensured they capture maximum engagement? Are they successful?
  • Why do we require packaging, why is it a necessary part of design?
  • The importance of the introduction of sustainable packaging.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Exploring well known design movements and the impact they have had on the outside world.
  • Students to look at materials in detail, discuss their sustainability and their effect on the world we live in.
  • Students will look at past and current advertising campaigns and strategies used in order to capture a target audience.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Isometric drawings and how they are an integral part of the design industry.
  • Health and safety and its importance both in the workshop and in industry.
  • Students to look at scales of production within industry.

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