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Smithdon High School

Design Technology Department


What is DT and why do we do it?
 
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We aim to prepare our students today to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking also encourages students to make positive changes to their quality of life.

Design Technology encourages students to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities, and to respond by developing ideas – eventually making products and systems to address those needs and opportunities.

Design Technology ensures that the practical applications of mathematical and scientific concepts are combined with the practical technology skills; and an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, together with industrial practices, can be gained. This allows students to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts. We hope that the study of Design Technology helps all students to become discriminating and informed consumers and potential innovators of the future.

Design Technology KS3 Curriculum Topics

 

 

Autumn Term
1

Autumn Term
2

Spring Term
 1

Spring Term
2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2 

Year
7

Night light project. Product specification and brief

Night light project. Health and Safety in the workshop and practical work.

Night light project. Health and Safety in the workshop and practical work.

Night light project. Electric components and soldering

Night light project. Electric components and soldering. Creating a high quality finish using machinery.

Night light project. Creating a high quality finish using machinery and materials. Night light assembly and evaluation.

Year
8

Bottle Opener Project. Working and isometric drawings. Metal theory.

Bottle Opener Project. Health and safety and knowledge of tools and workshop machinery

Bottle Opener Project. Using tools to measure and make accurately

Bottle Opener Project. Using tools to measure and make accurately. Begin making.

Bottle Opener Project. Continue making

Bottle Opener Project. Working with metal and wood, theory and assembly of bottle opener. Evaluate

Year
9

Jewellery Project. Design movements. Project brief and reseach

Jewellery Project. Iterative design ideas reflecting prior research and theory of available materials for laser cutter.

Jewellery Project. Development of design ideas with annotation.

Jewellery Project. Computer Aided Design skills and application

Jewellery Project. Computer Aided Design skills and application

Jewellery Project. construction of jewlery and evaluation.

Design Technology KS4 Curriculum Topics

 

 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2

Spring
Term 1

Spring
Term 2

Summer
Term 1

Summer
Term 2

Year
10

Theory plus designing and making skills - Metals

Theory plus designing and making skills - Woods

Theory plus designing and making skills - Plastics

Theory plus designing and making skills - Papers and Boards

Core Theory

NEA project starts

Year
11

NEA

NEA

NEA

Exam  Prep-Theory

Exam  Prep-Theory

Exam  Prep-Theory