DT at Key Stage 3

During Keystage 3 years, students follow a series of modules that introduce many varied aspects of Design Technology and progressively build up both their knowledge of basic concepts and their practical skills.

Year 7

Pewter Jewellery – This project introduces CAD/CAM and designing for a target market. Students learn safe workshop practice and develop skills in a range of processes, including generating ideas, using design software, laser cutting, metal casting and achieving a high quality finish.

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Pod Project – An introduction to plastic forming and the process of designing to meet a specific need. The development of safe and effective workshop skills. Using power and hand tools including: pillar drill, scroll saw, files and glass paper. Learning to incorporate simple mechanisms and embellishment.  pod_big
Nature Cushions – Introduction to basic sewing machine skills. Producing abstract designs from natural inspiration including outdoor learning opportunities. Understanding and using tie-dye, seam allowance, and appliqué to make a cushion.  cushions_big
Basic Food Skills – Introduction to knife skills, food hygiene and health and safety. Understanding nutrition and healthy eating. Measuring ingredients accurately. Bread, raising agents and rubbing-in methods.  foodsmall

Year 8

MP3 Docking Station – Introduction to systems and control, electronic components and PCBs (printed circuit boards.) Developing skills in plastic forming and finishing. Introduction to 3D drawing skills and to simple woodworking skills. Developing the ability to evaluate work.

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Bug Candlesticks – Introduction to metalwork covering material properties, metalwork tools and processes. Developing workshop knowledge and safety. Using modelling to develop a design solution. Students produce a steel bug to hold a candle.  candlestick_big
Book Cover – Introducing dyes and block printing and developing CAD/CAM skills. Understanding repeat patterns. Combining resistant and compliant materials. Designing and making products with additional complexity.  bookcover
Family Meals – Classification of food by function. Introduction to scientific food principles including thickening, gelatinisation, and coagulation. Use of temperature probes. Understanding the environmental issues associated with food production.  family_meals

Year 9

Solar Lamp – Developing higher level electronics skills. Using effective product analysis to inform the student’s own design work. Developing higher level making and finishing skills in the manufacture of a solar powered lighting device.

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Mirror Frame – A project using traditional woodworking tools and skills. This module covers understanding jigs, cutting and shaping wood, the use of adhesives and finishing techniques. Incorporating decorative detail in a product to enhance its aesthetic appeal.  mirror_frame_big
Ugli Pals – Understanding and using the “6 Rs” (Reduce, Rethink, Refuse, Recycle, Reuse, Repair) in developing a product. Designing and making a novelty toy focusing on pattern-making. Producing samples and swatches. Developing high level machine and hand-sewing skills with emphasis on high quality. Working independently students also use all the skills developed over the Keystage to manufacture a phone case.  ugli_pal_big
Pastry and Cakes – Pastry making and shortening. Investigating proteins. Using different methods to evaluate success criteria. Modifying and developing standard recipes using previous learning.
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