In design and technology our aim is to encourage all pupils to become independent learners, to be able to solve problems and to understand the importance of completing projects to a successful outcome. Pupils combine practical and technological skills and knowledge with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems both as individuals, and as members of a team.
Key Stage 3
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Key Stage 4
In key stage 4 pupils move away from levels, and start to use grades (as will be awarded on completion of GCSEs). Pupils are supplied with the exam board’s mark scheme which should be regularly checked whilst completing individual coursework elements. Staff assessment will be based around ways to generally improve work (with a food for thought format). It will also give “working at” grades for individual criteria of the project.
Design & make
Pupils will undertake individual design and make tasks (with emphasis on making) where they will use the materials, tools and equipment that they expect to use for their coursework. This will enable pupils to understand the full use and limitations of workshop equipment, and allow them to make any necessary design modifications that will maximise coursework grades.
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http://www.technologystudent.com/ A very useful general Design Technology website.
http://www.design-technology.org/ General Resistant Materials (interesting furniture pages)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/design/ General Resistant Materials info—good for revision
http://www.designandtech.com/resistantmaterials/ Comprehensive cover Resistant Materials (worth a look)
http://www.design-technology.info/resistantmaterials/default.htm General Resistant Materials info (good for research)
http://designinsite.dk/ The Designers guide to Manufacturing. Materials and processes (great for research)
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ How things work (great for research and general knowledge base)
http://www.btinternet.com/~hognosesam/gcse/page2.html General Resistant Materials (good for materials)
http://www.jjjtrain.com/vms/library.html Virtual Machine shop (Metal work tools, machines and processes)
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