Design Technology & Construction

Welcome to the Design & Technology department home page.
We at Diss high school believe in offering students access to a Design and Technology curriculum that enables them to develop a range of practical knowledge and skills that will prepare them for following a path in technical and practical futures.

 

Our Aims:

We aim to:

  • Nurture independence
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Build confidence
  • Highlight the importance of the planning, design and production cycles
  • Enhance practical skills
  • Capture interests and imagination
  • Drive students to have pride in their work
  • Encourage students set high standards for themselves
  • Strive for quality and success
  • Inspire an enjoyment for our subject

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

During year 7, pupils use a range of materials to design and make products. They work out their ideas with precision, taking into account how products, tools and materials will be used. They develop their understanding of design and production by investigation, structured lesson content and teacher facilitation. Students draw upon their own knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum, and are given focused practical tasks or design and make tasks, and are based on two core projects and an independently led extension unit designed to incorporate the skills developed as part of the core units of study as well as their own design and problem solving abilities.

2 Projects:

1st project: wood based design Project,

Incorporating:

  • Planning skills
  • 3d design
  • Wood working skills:
    • Hand held and mechanical cutting elements.
    • Finishing

2nd Project: electronics and Vacuum forming.

Incorporating:

  • Planning
  • Production skills:
    • Vacuum forming
    • Soldering
    • Electronics
    • Finishing

Extension Project:

Brings together previous gained knowledge and skills into an independent design based upon a pre set scenario.

Homework:

Homework will be set in the form of lesson worksheets with a range of subject knowledge questions and activities linked to the units of work being covered.

 

Year 8

During year 8, pupils are given the opportunity to further their understanding of materials and the design and make process. Students work out their ideas with precision using a developing set of skills, taking into account how products, tools, materials and processes will be used to create a complete product.

They will continue to develop their understanding of design and production by investigation, structured lesson content and teacher facilitation. Students draw upon their own knowledge and understanding from other areas of the curriculum, and are given focused practical tasks or design and make tasks, and are based on two linked core projects, designed to incorporate the skills developed as part of the core units of study as well as their own design and problem solving abilities.

2 Units:

1st rotation: Electronics

Incorporating:

  • Planning skills
  • 3d design
  • Electronic PCB production:
    • Producing a PCB
    • Precision drilling
    • Understanding electronic components and design
    • Precision soldering

2nd rotation: Vacuum forming.

Incorporating:

  • Planning
  • Design
  • Production skills:
    • Pattern Making
    • Vacuum forming
    • Soldering
    • Finishing

Homework

Homework will be set in the form of lesson worksheets with a range of subject knowledge questions and activities linked to the units of work being covered.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9

Design Technology (AQA)

Design and technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. Our qualifications focus on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They’ll learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

Construction in the built environment (BTEC)

this course offers learners the opportunity to learn and develop skills needed for a career in the construction industry.

The rationale for Construction and the Built Environment is to:

  • inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction sector
  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction industry
  • support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship
  • give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.
Year 10

Design Technology (AQA)

Design and technology is part of everyday life and is constantly evolving. Our qualifications focus on developing practical skills within a particular material area, allowing students to manufacture high quality outcomes. They’ll learn about commercial processes and careers in related industries, as well as developing core transferable skills, such as collaboration and communication.

Construction in the built environment (BTEC)
 
This course offers learners the opportunity to learn and develop skills needed for a career in the construction industry.
The rationale for Construction and the Built Environment is to:
  • inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the construction sector
  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the construction industry
  • support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic construction course or an apprenticeship
  • give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the construction industry.
Year 11 2017-2018
 
Product Design
 
A full GCSE in Product Design prepares students to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. You learn to think and challenge creatively whilst acquiring expertise using specialist design software, equipment, machinery and hand tools. Students are encouraged to become creative problem solvers, as individuals and members of a team who develop successful verbal, visual and written communication skills. Students are encouraged to become objective and critical thinkers in order to help make independent decisions throughout the design process from initial ideas to creating 2D and 3D outcomes.
 
Designing Skills
  • design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers;
  • understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose;
  • understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society;
  • analyse and evaluate existing products, including those from professional designers;
  • develop and use design briefs and specifications for product development;
  • consider the conflicting demands that moral, cultural, economic, and social values and needs can make in the planning and in the designing of products;
  • consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products;
  • consider health and safety in all its aspects;
  • design for manufacturing in quantity and to be aware of current commercial/industrial processes;
  • generate design proposals against stated design criteria, and to modify their proposals in the light of on-going analysis, evaluation and product development;
  • reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their design ideas and proposals in order to improve their products throughout inception and manufacture;
  • use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals;
  • investigate and select appropriate materials and components;
  • devise and apply test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical/key points during development, and to indicate ways of modifying and improving it when necessary;
  • test and evaluate the final design proposal against the design specification;
Making Skills 
  • select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products;
  • consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process;
  • use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others;
  • work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and components;
  • manufacture products applying quality control procedures;
  • have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and to use as appropriate;
Exam Theory:
 
Materials and Components
  • Classification and working properties of Paper/card, Timber products, Metals, Plastics, Smart materials and Other resistant material products.
Design and Market Influences
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Evolution of Product Design and Product development
  • Communication and representation
  • Design Methodology
  • Packaging, Product marketing, Communication and representation.
  • Human factors: Safety, Quality, Ethical, Environmental and Consumer issues
Processes and Manufacture
Product Manufacture, Methods of production, Use of Information and Communication Technology.

 

After School and Lunchtime Clubs

  • Construction
  • KS4 GCSE stretch and challenge lunch and afterschool sessions
  • KS3 Additional studies: pneumatics 
Students are welcome most lunch times with staff supervision to develop projects.

 

Design Technology

Diss High School

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