Subject Leader: Mr Fowler
General information about the subject
Students study Design and Technology once a week for the full academic year. They develop a wide range of design and practical skills, all of which are based around product solutions to a given target audience.
We focus on developing a greater knowledge and understanding of the world of design by giving students design briefs that are relevant and necessary in today's society.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups, and complete a wide range of written, practical and experimental tasks.
What topics are taught?
When will they be taught?
Theoretically, students focus on:
The understanding of different design movements.
How to apply design movements into products.
How a target audience's needs will influence a design.
Input, control and output devices in products.
Schematic diagrams in electronics.
Wood, metal and polymers’ mechanical and physical properties.
Ferrous, non ferrous and alloys.
Practically, students will make a desktop light for a chosen target audience
using a range of materials, tools, equipment and machinery. They will also make
a silver ring and finally a model train.
How will my son or daughter be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
Students will complete assessments throughout the academic year, normally towards the end of each topic. These take the form of a ‘Learner Check’, a formative assessment of their design and practical skills with feedback on how to improve, and an Assessment, for which students will receive a summative grade.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
Students are provided with Knowledge Books that include details of theoretical
knowledge covered in Y8.
Resources are available on the Y8 Google classroom.