Design & Technology

Design & Technology

Aims

Design and Technology (D&T) is the inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares all young people to live and work in the designed and made world.

Here at HGS we are focused on giving students the tools, knowledge and information they need to become more effective, more experienced and more efficient. Design Technology at HGS is a popular Department, all year groups are encouraged to express their creativity and analytical skills over a range of projects taking in a range of disciplines within Design Technology.

We also offer a Technology Club in which students can continue with their making or explore the possibilities in developing interest in the extra-curricular activities available. With the introduction of new technologies, student have the opportunity to explore these outside the lesson.

We currently offer Design and Technology at KS3 and subjects within the discipline at KS4.  Students are able to choose from GCSE Resistant Materials and Electronic products. An A Level in Product Design is to be introduced for September 2017.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

Students are exposed to all aspects of design right from year 7 embarking on a 9 week rotation. Students explore Design Technology through the following areas; Resistant Materials, Computer Graphics, Electronics and Food Technology.

DT MP3 Prototypes

Resistant Materials

Students design and make a number of products in the workshop including a handmade photo frame. During the project student learn basic design and modelling skills to help them develop an understanding of prototyping and manufacturing.   Students work with a range of tools and equipment to achieve a high quality outcome.

Computer Graphics

Students are introduced to a Computer Aided Design (CAD) package Techsoft 2D design. They learn how to develop a design which they will then produce using a laser cutter, Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to cut out a practical outcome. Students work with a number of materials to produce a commercially viable product.

In this module students will build up body of evidence of learning with practical outcomes and in the form of technical diary. Students are able to work independently to explore their ability when using Computer Aided Design to prototype a packaged keyring product. Students learn about a number of processes including vacuum forming and laser cutting.

Electronics

This is a hands on project in which students make a membrane switch operating a buzzer. Students are introduced to Circuit Wizard design software and soldering skills. Students produce the circuit and the packaging using 2D Design tools and the Laser cutter to produce a high quality product outcome.

Food Technology

Students get hands on experience in following a recipe, cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson. They learn and develop the basic skills of successful food preparation, health and hygiene and healthy eating. Students produce a range of dishes in which they adapt and develop to suit different dietary needs. All food at HGS is provided.

 

Year 8

Resistant Materials

Students build on the skills they develop in Year 7, to produce work of a higher level. Students develop further their skills of manual dexterity and knowledge in using CAD Cam to design, and prototype a Sweet Machine using tools and equipment from the work shop, here students build competence at working independently. Students are taught a number drawing and presentation skills to further enhance their design work.

Students will further develop skills using the laser, 3D printer, vacuum former and more.

Electronics

For sensor circuit project, students will further develop their knowledge and understanding of switches used, explore how environmental changes can affect sensors to trigger transistors leading to an output. Students will use CAD software to design and simulate a model of their circuit leading to a CAM process to make their circuit and build it up into a working product with an appropriate case. Written evidence is used to expand on their knowledge and understanding of electronics.

Food Technology

Students continue with hands on experience and they will build upon skills and knowledge gained in Year 7. Again they will cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson. Written evidence is important in providing evidence of knowledge and progress.

Computer Graphics

Students build on the skills they develop in Year 7, to produce work of a higher level. Students develop further their skills of manual dexterity and knowledge in using CAD Cam to design, and prototype an MP3 player. Students are taught a number drawing and presentation skills to further enhance their design work.

Students will further develop skills using the laser, 3D printer, vacuum former and more.

Students are introduced to a Computer Aided Design package PTC Creo. In using this they learn to produce a design in the digital environment. This will developed into Orthographic drawings for use in an engineering environment and a rendered a Digital Model of their MP3 player.

 

Year 9

During Year 9, students will be making their option choices for Key Stage 4. In order to prepare students for this important step they will work following the design process used by our Exam Board AQA.

These groups are set following performance across Year 8. During this year students will continue to work to a greater understanding of the Design Process and will follow modules in:

Electronics
Students can chose between two projects, one to design and make a project using a flashing light that may be used by cyclists or pedestrians. The other is a Personal Alarm that can protect their belongings such as mobiles and cameras.

Both projects are built around an Integrated Circuit. Students will develop their research techniques and presentation in the presentation of a high quality folder. Realisation of the project involves the production using Circuit Wizard design software to design and simulate leading to production of a Printed Circuit Board produced using a CAM engraver. Students will also produce a Vacuum formed case using Pro-Engineer and Boxford CAD/CAM.

Food Technology

Students will be challenged to build upon existing skills whilst learning new skills and gaining knowledge about food processes and how food contributes towards a healthy lifestyle gained during Key Stage 3. Again they will prepare, cook and take home a finished product every practical lesson.

Resistant Materials

Students embark on an Architecture project where they develop skills using CAD to design and prototype a community purpose building. Students develop their skills and knowledge of perspective drawing and presentation of design work. They come together at the end of their rotation, to present and deliver their final design idea.

Computer Aided Design

In this module student design and make a working clock in the style of an inspiring designer from the 21st Century. Students are encouraged a designer that inspire them to innovate and creative a final design for their chosen client. Students use CAD CAM to prototype and manufacture their final idea.

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Key stage 4

Year 10 & 11

GCSE Design and Technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.

We currently offer two schemes from the AQA suite at GCSE level: Resistant Materials and Electronic products. These Schemes are assessed by the exam board 50% Written exam and 50% controlled assessment. This suite of courses offers students the opportunity to build and develop knowledge and skills acquired during Key Stage 3, along with new skills required to achieve the higher grades in coursework and examinations. We support our students with a vibrant technology club where students can work with the design after school to achieve one to one support.