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KS4 DT Resistant materials

GCSE Design and Technology is an exciting and creative course which
focuses on problem solving and practical skills. GCSE Design and
Technology requires students to develop skills and understanding in
both designing and making products. Our pupils will build on and apply a
repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and
make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
Our curriculum focuses on three threads:
  • Knowledge - building knowledge about materials, processes and production methods.
  • Developing - designing and communicating ideas.
  • Making - using materials to make products.
As students move though the curriculum they will become increasingly confident in knowledge, developing and making.

 

Exam board:

AQA GCSE Design Technology

 

How is the course examined?:

  • 1 x 2 hour written exam (50%). This focuses on core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.
  • 1 x Coursework (50%). The context is set by the exam board on June 1st in
    Year 10. Students will identify a problem they wish to solve, they will then research, produce a design specification, produce design proposals and develop proposals through modelling by hand and using CAD. The final product is then tested and evaluated.

 

How is the course structured?

Year 10 Year 11

Term 1:

Design and Make

  1. Workshop Safety
  2. Skills Project Box with CAD/CAM lid

 

Theory

  1. Technology in Manufacturing
  2. Production Systems
  3. Product Sustainability
  4. Products in Society
  5. Powering Systems
  6. Properties of Materials

 

Term 2:

Design and Make

  1. Bottle Opener 

 

Theory

  1. Paper Board Timber
  2. Metals Alloys
  3. Polymers
  4. Textiles
  5. Manufactured Boards
  6. New Smart Materials

 

Term 3:

Design and Make

  1. Memphis inspired Lighting / Phone Holder

 

Theory

  1. Electronic Systems 1
  2. Electronic Systems 2
  3. Mechanical Systems 1
  4. Mechanical Systems 2
  5. Forces and Stresses
  6. Scale of Production

 

Term 4:

Design and Make

  1. Memphis inspired Lighting / Phone Holder

 

Theory 

  1. QA and QC
  2. Production Aids
  3. Sources of Materials
  4. Stock Forms + Standard Components
  5. Uses of Wood/Metals/Polymers and  Modifying materials

 

Term 5:

Design and Make

  • Press formed dish
  • Wind Chime

 

Theory

  1. Finishing Techniques
  2. Shaping Materials Power and Machine Tools
  3. Shaping Techniques
  4. Moulding and Jointing
  5. Jointing 2

 

Term 6:

Coursework - design brief released 1st June

  • Exploring the context
  • Identifying a problem
  • Research

 

Theory

  1. Designers + Movements
  2. Revision 1
  3. Revision 2

Term 1:

Coursework

  • Design Brief
  • Design Specification
  • Generating Ideas

 

Theory

  1. Form / Function / Aesthetics
  2. Communicating Ideas
  3. Sustainability

 

Term 2:

Coursework

  • Design Development

 

Theory

  1. Making Prototypes
  2. Maths in DT 

 

Term 3:

Coursework

  • Making a Final Prototype

 

Revision

 

Term 4:

Coursework

  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Front Cover and contents

 

Revision 

 

Term 5:

Revision 

 

Why is the course sequenced this way?

Year 10 focuses on the examined content of the course. Students will have one theory lesson a week. Through the year we build the students’ knowledge and understanding of the core elements of GCSE Design and Technology. This builds on their knowledge and skills acquired from KS3. Throughout Year 10 students will also have practical opportunities to apply knowledge and skills through project work.


Year 11 is then focused on coursework completion where students can apply the knowledge and skills learned from Year 10. Once coursework is finished we return to revise the examined content ready for the summer exam.

 

What is the best way to revise?