Design Technology

KS3 D&T  Resistant Materials/Mechanisms & Structures

What will my child be studying?

During KS3 Resistant Materials lessons student learn how to mark-out, cut, shape and join a variety of different materials using a range of hand tools and equipment. They learn how to achieve surface finishes, e.g. edge polishing acrylic, sealing wood to achieve quality products. They develop skills by completing a range of practical tasks, and then apply their knowledge to design and make projects. They will learn about the properties of materials, e.g. hard/soft, ferrous/non-ferrous, thermo/thermosetting etc. During the Design and Make activities they will learn basic design principles of investigation, generating ideas, planning, making and evaluation. 

How will my child be assessed in KS3?
Students are assessed through a range of base line assessments, directed practical tasks, design & make assignments and written  end of unit assessment tests. 

What equipment will my child need?

Students should have their own pencil. However, having equipment such as rubbers, sharpeners and colouring pencils is beneficial during lessons or when completing tasks at home. Specialist equipment is available in school.

How can I support my child through KS3?

Support and encourage your child to complete the extended learning creative design projects.


KS4 AQA Design and Technology: GCSE Graphic Products (4550)

What is covered on the course?

The course will help students to understand and appreciate how Graphic Products help to shape the world we live in. It will enable young people to be engaged and excited by Graphic Products, preparing them to respond to real life design challenges. There is so much that is covered on the course that it is difficult to list each component. However, the main areas are designing and making skills, understanding the properties of materials, developing an understanding of designers, market influences, technical drawings, processes and manufacturing.

How is the course assessed? 60% of the GCSE Graphic Products final grade comes from controlled assessments. The controlled assessments are a fantastic opportunity to get those creative juices flowing! Students are given a selected brief to research and they then develop their own graphic products. Past briefs have included promotional materials or designing the packaging for a new product. The majority of the project is practical based. However, there is a need to research and evaluate throughout.

The remaining 40% of the final grade is a two hour externally set exam. The theme of the first section of the exam is researched before the actual exam.
What equipment will my child need?

Students are required to have a graphic design pack. This is an A3 folder with basic equipment, which allows students to bring home their work to continue their studies at home. It is possible to purchase these packs from the academy. This pack costs approximately £15. Revision books are also available to loan, with a returnable deposit of £5.
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