Design Technology is a subject different to all others; it allows the combination of knowledge of materials, creative thinking and manufacturing skills, giving the opportunity to make products in a range of materials.
In years 7-8 students will work in three broad material areas: food, textiles and resistant materials, whilst developing expertise in design skills such as research techniques, generating designs, planning, manufacturing and critical evaluation.
Units studied and a brief description of their content
Area one: Food: Safety and hygiene
Students will learn how to prepare food safely and hygienically. They will learn and demonstrate the rules of basic food hygiene and be able to identify foods which are high risk. Students will be able to identify important safety information on food packaging and know how to store a range of foods safely. Practical experience will enable them to use a range of practical preparation techniques successfully and use a range of cooking methods safely and competently.
Area 2: Textiles: Decorative cushion
The focus of this project is an introduction to the properties of fabrics and construction techniques (seams, hems and fastenings) employed in textile products. They learn how fabrics are constructed and can be manipulated for effect and they will consider sustainability issues relating to textiles. Uses of basic constructional and decorative techniques are developed during manufacture. Students will develop their expertise in using a sewing machine and will experiment with pattern design in the development of their product.
Area 3: Resistant materials: An introduction to CAD
Students are introduced to CAD/CAM as a method of manufacture as this is a vital tool in many manufacturing industries. Students will learn how to use 2D designer as a drawing tool and produce a product which they have designed using the laser cutter to produce a good quality outcome. Students will investigate the properties of wood and plastics and how they are used in manufacturing. A product will be designed and manufactured using acrylic or wood.
Wooden novelty product
In this learning experience students will be introduced to some of the processes and techniques which can be used in the manipulation and forming of wood products. Learners will be able to use a range of hand tools and machinery safely. Marking, cutting and finishing materials are the main focus of this unit, allowing pupils to manufacture a simple novelty product which they have designed independently.
Area 1 Food: Food and farming
Students will investigate the origins and sources of a range of food materials. They will be introduced to the importance of fruit and vegetables in the diet, considering their nutritional benefits in addition to investigating the possible nutritional and environmental benefits of organic farming.
Protein sources will also be a focus of learning: meat production and the analysis of protein sources will enable learners to make more informed choices, as well as investigating the benefits of dairy products to the diet. Students will develop their practical skills by choosing from an increasingly challenging group of recipes.
Nutrition and health.
Students will learn to use a range of practical skills, techniques and equipment to prepare single and multiple products safely and hygienically. They will investigate nutrients and their sources, learn how target audiences differ and find out how to choose foods wisely.
Reading labelling information is a vital part of both food safety and good health. Students will investigate the range of information on a label and produce their own healthy main course product for which they may be able to analyze the nutritional content.
Area 2: Resistant materials: An introduction to electronics
Students produce a game which uses a range of manufacturing materials. They are introduced to the vacuum forming of plastic, develop an understanding of basic electronic components and the soldering of components to produce a circuit together with design work which allows them to create their own personalized product.
Students continue to build on the knowledge of wood and manufacturing processed learned from year 7 to design a product which they construct using a number of advanced joining techniques.
Students will investigate the Memphis design movement and use this as an inspiration to produce an original, creative design for their product. They may present their design using including Google sketch up which is a valuable tool in many design industries.