Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Design Technology
Rotation in DT (Term 1 / 4)Design Module  
Students will look at drawing techniques such as perspective and isometric drawing, as well as rendering techniques. This will include how to render an object to reflect a certain material. Students will learn the basics of designing. They will apply this knowledge to all future designing tasks. The purpose of this is to increase confidence when it comes to drawing. This will enable students to project their thoughts and creativity onto paper.
Assessment: Students will be assessed at the end of the unit on the various techniques learnt, and how well they can be applied. This will be in the form of a paper assessment using drawing instruments. Work completed up to that point within the subject booklet will also be assessed to look at the progress made. Key Words and Terms
Rotation in DT (Term 2 / 5)Technical Making - Storage Box   
In the project, students will be introduced to a heavily practical project. For the storage box, the primary material used will be a natural timber, pine. Students will learn about different types of wood; coniferous, deciduous and manufactured boards, with the opportunity to work with least two of them. Students will be given measurements, steps and demonstrations to follow to create the finger joints to assemble their storage box. The project will develop a student's ability to follow technical instruction to produce a box to specific dimensions. At the end of this project, students will be introduced to different wood finishes to highlight the need to protect the materials for longevity and aesthetic reasons.
Assessment: Using the standardised measurements, each storage box will be marked against the final dimensions to assess how well the student has been able to stick to the instructions. As well as this, the quality of finger joints and the over the final finish will be assessed. Key Words and Terms
Rotation in DT (Term 3 / 6)Design and Make - Acrylic Keyring, badge and packaging.  
Students will have the opportunity to design and make a key ring out of different choices of acrylic plastic. Using what was learnt in the previous project, students will be able to show their creativity through their newly developed drawing skills to produce designs to take forward to manufacture. Once confident with the design, students will be able to take their final design forward to the computer room where computer aided design will be used (CAD). Students will be introduced to the programme '2D Design' to create their chosen idea which will then be cut out using computer aided manufacture (CAM), in this case the laser cutter. Students will then take forward some simplified design to make into a badge before designing and making the packaging to complete the project.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on the quality of the final product that they create. This will be based on assessment criteria which include quality and creativity. Key Words and Terms