Design Technology

Staff

Mr O Collins - Head of D&T 
Ms H Inglis - 2 i/c of D&T
Mr R Parkinson - Teacher of D&T
Mr B Pittard - CDT Technician

Norlington Reads in DT

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 boys are in the DT carousel along with Art and Music. Boys will do four weeks in each subject area before rotating to the next.
In DT boys will study Graphics, CAD/CAM, Product Design and Food (n.b: Food is part of the Literacy timetable, not the carousel) 

Year 8 

Year 8 boys will study three subjects in DT this year: Graphics (one term, taught by Mr Collins), Product Design (one term, taught by Mr Parkinson) and Food Tech (1/2 a term). The final half term of the year will see boys studying their chosen DT option.

  • Graphics is the study of Graphic Design in the printed world.

Students will learn about how graphic products (e.g. posters, logos, packaging, board games etc) are designed and made, and will create two graphic products of their own: a 'table talker' promoting the Norlington Reads campaign and a range of small graphics projects including vacuum forming, 3D printing and laser cutting.

Students will develop their drawing and ICT skills using CAD and CAM.

Product Design is the study of the design and manufacture of products made from wood, metals and plastics.

Students will learn about product design and manufacture and will design and make products of their own: a table tennis bat, and a wooden slotted toy influenced by Memphis Design

Food is the study of cooking; food preparation and storage. Boys will learn about the various health and safety aspects of food, and will cook a range of dishes.

Key Stage 4

Year 9

We currently offer two GCSE options in DT at KS4: Graphics and Product Design. Both are run with the AQA exam board. Both have a coursework element worth 60% of the final mark, and a single final exam, sat at the end of year 11, which is worth 40%

GCSE Graphics

Students will design and fast food branding and packaging for it for their coursework project, and will get to use some of the latest making technology available to schools: we have 3D printers and laser cutters in every DT classroom. Students will develop their skills in CAD and CAM, including 3D modeling using Google Sketchup and Autodesk 123D, and will also develop their drawing and modeling skills to produce prototypes. We also have Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, both professional software packages widely used in industry, and so pupils will be learning highly sought after skills in creating and developing 2D graphics.

The key skill areas developed in Graphics are:

  • Creativity (the ability to generate and develop ideas and solve problems)
  • Communication (drawing and using ICT to communicate and develop design ideas)
  • Technical Knowledge (understanding how Graphic Products are manufactured, and the attendant social, moral and environmental issues)
  • Making Skills (the ability to use modeling media to accurately and safely create Graphic Product Prototypes)

GCSE Product Design

Students will design and make a flat pack child's chair for their coursework project, and will get to use some of the latest making technology available to schools: we have 3D printers and laser cutters in every DT classroom, and a brand new CNC cutter.
Students will develop their skills in CAD and CAM, including 3D modeling using Google Sketchup, and will also develop their drawing and modeling skills to produce ideas and prototypes.
We also have Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, both professional software packages widely used in industry, and so pupils will be learning highly sought after skills in creating and developing their ability to use CAD to develop and present design ideas.

The key skill areas developed in GCSE Product Design are:

  • Creativity (the ability to generate and develop ideas and solve problems)
  • Communication (drawing and using ICT to communicate design ideas)
  • Technical Knowledge (understanding how products are manufactured, and the attendant social and environmental issues)
  • Making Skills (the ability to use hand tools, machines and CAM accurately and safely to develop and make design ideas)

 

     

 

Year 10-11

We currently offer two GCSE options in DT at KS4: Graphics and Product Design. Both are run with the AQA exam board. Both have a coursework element worth 60% of the final mark, and a single final exam, sat at the end of year 11, which is worth 40%.

 

GCSE Graphics

Students will design and fast food branding and packaging for it for their coursework project, and will get to use some of the latest making technology available to schools: we have 3D printers and laser cutters in every DT classroom. Students will develop their skills in CAD and CAM, including 3D modeling using Google Sketchup and Autodesk 123D, and will also develop their drawing and modeling skills to produce prototypes. We also have Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, both professional software packages widely used in industry, and so pupils will be learning highly sought after skills in creating and developing 2D graphics.

The key skill areas developed in Graphics are:

  • Creativity (the ability to generate and develop ideas and solve problems)
  • Communication (drawing and using ICT to communicate design ideas)
  • Technical Knowledge (understanding how Graphic Products are manufactured, and the attendant social and environmental issues)
  • Making Skills (the ability to use modeling media to accurately and safely create Graphic Product Prototypes

GCSE Product Design

Students will design and make a flat pack child's chair for their coursework project, and will get to use some of the latest making technology available to schools: we have 3D printers and laser cutters in every DT classroom, and a brand new CNC cutter.
Students will develop their skills in CAD and CAM, including 3D modeling using Google Sketchup, and will also develop their drawing and modeling skills to produce ideas and prototypes.
We also have Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, both professional software packages widely used in industry, and so pupils will be learning highly sought after skills in creating and developing their ability to use CAD to develop and present design ideas.

 

The key skill areas developed in GCSE Product Design are:

  • Creativity (the ability to generate and develop ideas and solve problems)
  • Communication (drawing and using ICT to communicate design ideas)
  • Technical Knowledge (understanding how products are manufactured, and the attendant social and environmental issues)
  • Making Skills (the ability to use modeling media to accurately and safely create product prototypes).

 

Boys will do three projects: Lighting, Camera and Memphis. This will add up to a portfolio of work that will form the coursework module of the AS qualification

Boys will use 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC routing as well as using hand tools and traditional workshop machines to make high quality products that meet users' needs.

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A Level Product Design

 

Norlington Boys currently study AQA ‘A’ Level Product Design: 3D Design. The course is over two years, with the first year being an AS Level and the second an A2. In each year boys will produce a coursework portfolio worth 50% of the final mark and sit a single two hour exam, also worth 50% of the final mark.

 

Year one: AS Level (50% of overall mark)
Boys will do three projects: Lighting, Camera and Memphis. This will add up to a portfolio of work that will form the coursework module of the AS qualification

Boys will use 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC routing as well as using hand tools and traditional workshop machines to make high quality products that meet users' needs.

 

The first batch of coursework by Norlington year 12s in 2015-16 was commended by the exam board for its outstanding quality.

 

Year two: A2 Level (50% of final mark)

Boys will do one major project covering the whole year: a full design and make of the students’ own choice. This project is 25% of the whole A level. There is also an exam, with longer essay type answers required; based on the knowledge acquired over the two year course.

 

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