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CURRICULUM: PRODUCT DESIGN

Approach/Learning Styles

  1. To stimulate and maintain student interest, enjoyment, curiosity and concern in the subject of Design and Technology.
  2. To enable students to become familiar with the knowledge, principles, skills and vocabulary of Design and Technology.
  3. To enable students to be confident and competent in designing and making quality products.
  4. To enable students to evaluate and improve upon a design or product.
  5. To develop an awareness of the role of Design and Technology in the development of the modern world.
  6. To develop an enjoyment in solving technological problems.
  7. To develop the skills which enable students to make reasoned decisions about the implications of technological advances.
  8. To develop through Design and Technology a range of desirable personal qualities that will enable students to become confident, committed and co-operative members of society


Overview of Content at KS3

In Key Stage 3 pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and the course is delivered through projects which combine both Designing and Making. The complexity of the projects increases as the pupils’ progress through the Key Stage. Students will cover projects in Resistant Materials, CAD (Computer Aided Design), Graphics, and Food across Years 7, 8 and 9.

During each project a range of skills are assessed. These include: researching the task, developing ideas, making high quality accurate products using a range of tools, equipment and processes. Other areas that are also assessed include; quality of presentation and finish, effort, planning and evaluation. Homework is set using extended tasks, based around a particular theme or topic related to the project being worked on. These are graded together with the complete project.


Option Choices at KS4

GCSE Product Design is an optional subject at Key Stage 4. It involves students in identifying and solving real problems and appreciating the made world around them. It combines designing and practical skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. Students develop their graphical skills as well as working with computer aided design software and a range of materials including woods, metals and plastics.

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