Design Technology

 
 
  • Overview
  • KS3
  • KS4
  • Additional Information
 
  • Design Technology
    Team Members  
    • Miss R Bourne - Head of Design Technology, Teacher of Food and Nutrition and Art
    • Mrs L Brownlie - Teacher of Design Technology, Food and Nutrition and Art
    • Miss H Garner - Teacher of Design Technology, Food and Nutrition and Art
    • Mr B Harman – Design Technology Technician
    • Mr B Hathaway- Teacher of Design Technology, Technical Awards Co-ordinator
    • Miss J Pass - Teacher of Art, Design and Technology and Food and Nutrition
    • Mr B Ramdhony - Senior Deputy Headteacher; Teacher of Design and Technology
    Mission statement Design Technology at Woking High is a very successful department which is forward thinking in its delivery of both Key Stages 3 and 4. Our curriculum enables students to:-
    • Enjoy turning ideas into reality
    • Identify and analyse problems in order to become creative 21st century thinkers
    • Plan and use relevant research
    • Work independently and develop self esteem
    • Think creatively about a number of possible solutions
    • Evaluate and make considered choices
    • Investigate and evaluate products, systems and ideas identifying a “best fit” for purpose
    • To investigate a range of manufacturing systems and material areas.
    • We encourage students to consider the environmental  implications when designing solutions  

    We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. Design Technology is delivered through a consistent and co-ordinated approach.

    Aims and Objectives

    Design Technology will be taught throughout the year, with students receiving 2 hours of lesson time a cycle in KS3. All students will have the chance to work in specialist rooms and material areas each year.

    Year 10 students will be exploring a wide range of materials and processes throughout their first year of the DT GCSE. Students will develop their investigative and problem solving skills in order to prepare them for their non-examined assessment (NEA) at the start of June.

    Year 11 students will continue working on their non-examined assessment (NEA) before revisiting their theory in preparation for the summer exams.

    The KS4 Design Technology GCSE at Woking High School has been carefully selected from a range of examining bodies to provide flexibility, enjoyment and the right level of challenge to match the needs of the individual.

    Celebration of success (achievements)

     

    Summer 2020 GCSE results:
    Design and Technology 75.65% (9-4); 27% (9-7)
     

    McLaren Challenge

    The 2017/2018 group received excellent feedback from judges and engineers for their participation in the McLaren challenge. The students, Sam Threlfall, Joseph Rourke, Sam Davies and Edward Szarvas competed against other Surrey schools at the McLaren Technology Centre.
    Range of Opportunities

    Autumn Term

    Year 9 students will be competing in the Design Ventura competition, a national competition run by the Design Museum in London. Winners will work with designers and business advisers in order to manufacture a final product which will be sold at the Design Museum shop.

    Spring Term

    A house competition for all year groups will see students compete in groups to race their elastic band powered cars across an 8m track. The winners will go forward to compete against other Surrey school at the McLaren Technology Centre for the chance to win the McLaren challenge.

    Summer Term

    Another house competition will see students in year 7, 8 and 9 competing as individuals, pairs or small groups in a Dragon’s Den style competition. 
    Facilities
    • Two x 3D Printer, with a variety of filament colours to enable students to create accurate 3D models!
    • A newly refurbished computer suite with the latest version of a 3D design programme (SolidWorks)
    • Ten sewing machines, two over lockers and a computer controlled sewing machine,
    • Two multipurpose workshops equipped for work with metals, woods and plastics,
    • A heat treatment area with sand casting facilities, brazing hearths, a forge and an anvil,
    • A3 colour scanner and printer.
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    Throughout KS3 students will be asked to respond creatively to a variety of design briefs. They will develop their practical making skills by using a wide selection of materials, tools and processes. Students will be introduced to

    Year 7

    Torch – The first unit will introduce students to basic electronics, computer aided design and computer aided manufacture.

    Technical Textiles – Students will learn about the properties of newly developed textiles and there uses in society. With this knowledge they will design and develop a new uniform for a superhero taking in to account the needs and wants of the end user.

    Toy Train – Students will learn basic practical skills in order to create a high quality toy train out of timber. Drawing skills will also be introduced to help build students’ confidence in their designing ability.

    Crazy inventions – To finish off their first year at Woking high School, students will design an invention which will solve a problem for someone. Students will be expected to present their ideas to the rest of the class in a Dragon’s Den style lesson.

    Year 8

    Photo frame – Students will work independently to produce a photo frame made from a wide variety of materials and using a range of tools and equipment.

    Designer Coaster – Students will be introduced to design movements and design companies in order to inspire a range of laser cut coasters.

    Educational Toy – In order to challenge students to think creatively, this design brief will focus on the needs and wants of young children with learning difficulties. Students will be expected to research thoroughly and design an appropriate educational toy for their user.

    How things move – In this unit, students will look at the world around them in order to better understand how things move. We will look at everyday household objects and learn how designers can improve products.

    Year 9

    Design Ventura – Student will compete in a national competition, where they will be expected to design a product which will help improve the everyday life of a specific user. The winning team could see their work being sold at the Design Museum in Kensington and the profit given to a charity of the groups’ choice.  

    Lighting – A challenging unit of work for our budding designers. This unit of work will focus on smaller practical tasks to build students’ confidence and ability in order to design, model and make a fully working light. Students will have the freedom to design a light the way they want it, and will only be restricted on material costs. This should give students a great insight in to the GCSE course.

    The war on plastics – A sustainability project tackling the use of plastics at Woking High School. Students may develop a new product and accompanying campaign materials. Students will be expected to research thoroughly and think creatively.

    Extra-Curricular –

    Autumn Term

    Year 9 students will be competing in the Design Ventura competition, a national competition run by the Design Museum in London. Winners will work with designers and business advisers in order to manufacture a final product which will be sold at the Design Museum shop.

    Spring Term

    A house competition for all year groups will see students compete in groups to race their elastic band powered cars across an 8m track. The winners will go forward to compete against other Surrey school at the McLaren Technology Centre for the chance to win the McLaren challenge.

    Summer Term

    Another house competition will see students in year 7, 8 and 9 competing as individuals, pairs or small groups in a Dragon’s Den style competition.

    Additional Support

    KS3 DT Drop In

    Students may attend the DT Drop in on Thursday’s lunch time in T7 for:

    ·        help with homework,

    ·        help with 2D design,

    ·        a space to complete classwork,

    ·        to catch up on a missed lesson.

     

  • Year 10

    Core content – Students will spend the first half of the year covering the core content of the GCSE in a series of focussed practical tasks. Students will make a range of small items which have been designed to test their accuracy and making skills. These tasks will be set in a variety of ways; students may be given written instructions to follow or a simple orthographic drawing. They will need to interpret these carefully in order to create a high quality product.

    Practice Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – Students will spend approximately 8 weeks in the spring and summer term creating a smaller project in the style of their NEA project. This will give students the opportunity to practice the work and receive constructive feedback ahead of their final NEA (Information released from the exam board on the 1st of June each year).

    Final Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – On the 1st of June each year, the exam board will release the themes and contexts for the NEA. We aim to start students as soon as possible after the release in order to give students plenty of time to complete their work. Students will be expected to work independently on their projects; they should aim to complete the investigation section by the summer holidays.

    Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-2017.html

    Year 11

    Final Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – Students will have until February half term to complete their NEA, in this time they should have designed a suitable solution for their users problem, modelled their idea and created a suitable prototype which can be tested by their end user. Once a cycle, a lesson will be dedicated to revising topics which they covered in year 10 (Core Content).

    Specialist Content – As a school, we have selected to specialise in Timber for Section B of the examination. This means that the students will need to know about the sources of timber, the categories, properties and characteristics, the social, moral and environmental impact of using timber. Students will learn about the different processes used when working with timber and how different finishes impact the quality of a product.

    Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-2017.html

     

  • Non-Examined Assessment Supporting documents

    Supporting documents for parents and carers who are supporting students through their Non-Examined Assessment (NEA), Leavers 2021.

     

    Enrichment programme

    McLaren Challenge – Run in the Spring term

    Dragon’s Den – Run in Summer term.

    KS3 DT Drop in – Thursday lunch time, T7.

    KS4 Catch up – Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 – 5, T3/4/7.

    Useful Web links and resources

    http://www.technologystudent.com/

    Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Design and Technology Student Book – Available on Amazon.

    https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/design-and-technology-2017.html

    https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zvg4d2p

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