Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Design Technology
DT in Rotation (Term 1 / 4)Design Movement Clock   
The students will focus on the properties of plastic, both working and physical. Students will gain an understanding about the industrial production and explore how plastic products are made in factories. Students will learn about sustainability, and the effect that plastic can have on the environment if not disposed of properly. Students will also learn how to write a design brief and specification and then manufacture their design. The practical element is to design and make an acrylic clock by cutting, shaping and attaching pieces together that will be based around a design movement of the students choice.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on their understanding of a variety of different industrial manufacturing techniques, such as vacuum forming, their knowledge of design procedure, and the quality of their final outcome.Key Words and Terms
DT in Rotation (Term 2 / 5)Electronics - Night light   
Students will be shown how to solder using the equipment safely and efficiently. The project involves constructing a circuit board using the assembly instructions provided to create a dark activated night light. Students will be able to develop practical skills of a more delicate nature and be responsible for identifying any issues in the PCB that may need correcting. A base will be made using the Vacuum Former, out of High Impact Polystyrene to hold the circuit safely. The top of the night light will be designed on CAD software, 2D Design, to be cut out on the laser cutter from translucent acrylic.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on their soldering skills. This will ultimately be determined on whether their circuit board works. Neatness and quality of soldering will be looked at as well as their CAD skills for the translucent acrylic top which will be laser cut to make the illuminated top of the night light.Key Words and Terms
DT in Rotation (Term 3 / 6)Technical Make - Link Toy  
In this project, students will be creating a link toy, with their own design influence, out of wood. They will be using workshop tools and machinery to create a movable connected toy. The emphasis will be on following the manufactured plans closely and to close tolerances to ensure that the toy is able to pivot effectively. Students will recap knowledge from year 7 about wood as a material and how it can be identified, as well as its uses.
Assessment: The final outcome will be assessed against a 'master' to compare how well the student has read, understood and stuck to the measurements when making. Quality of finish, such as the product's smoothness, will also be assessed. Key Words and Terms