DT Materials

The D&T department offers students the opportunity to design and make their own products in a range of different materials using a variety of tools and equipment. Students study theory and develop their making skills through lots of interesting practical work. It is also an opportunity for them to apply the knowledge and techniques that they have developed in other core subjects into designing and developing practical solutions. Students analyse existing products to enhance their own designing. We are keen that students develop their ability to plan projects and present their work with clarity and impact. Our aim is that students enjoy highly productive lessons where they get to design and make quality products that they are proud to take home.

Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4
Engineering

What will my child learn about in DT Materials this year?

Discovery


Students will design and make a Ball Bearing Game, discovering the properties of materials and learning about processes they use to make it.  

Celebration


Students will complete a course on basic hand graphic skills and CAD. They will design a fridge magnet using CAD and the laser cutter. They will research products associated with different Celebrations.

Creativity


Students will plan and make a holder for a mobile phone in acrylic. They will design its top profile with creativity.

Balance


Students will further develop their ability to communicate ideas through sketching and modelling. They will consider how to achieve the correct balance of product proportions.

What type of homework will be set?

Research tasks into: existing similar products; relevant useful data; user needs. To be compiled on iPads.
The learning of: relevant materials; equipment; processes; and keyword spellings. To be tested prior to the Progress Tracking Point.
Writing of an iPad diary of the technology and making tasks completed during the course of an assignment.

How will my child be assessed in DT Food/Textiles this year?

Students will be assessed during and at the end of each of the four assignments. They will be given levels, feedback and targets for improvement to act upon to ensure good progress each time.
They will also be given a quick knowledge test for each unit of work prior to the Progress Tracking Point.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Encourage your child to research existing similar products at home as a point of inspiration for their own designing.
The product analysis and design tool, ACCESS FM, is a very important part of all areas of Design and Technology. It is an acronym for Aesthetics, Client, Cost, Environment, Safety, Size, Function, Materials, Manufacture and Maintenance. It guides students through analysis of existing products, the design process and evaluation of their work.
As in the real world of designers, we are constantly looking at a target market group to inspire and guide project outcomes. This can be supported further at home by acting as the client and answering questions and helping them to review and modify their ideas throughout the development stage.

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What will my child learn about in DT Materials this year?

Risk


Students will take design risks when they make an electronically controlled ornament. They will consider the risks associated with work in design and technology and the precautions necessary.

Interpretation


Students will explore electronic systems with computer simulation, and mechanisms with a short design and make activity. They will learn how to interpret system diagrams to create working models.

Identity


Students will design and make a desk tidy in natural timber and manmade board. They will design for a client and try to meet their needs and reflect their identity.

Structures


Students will learn about physical structures. In teams of three, they will design and test straw towers under increasing loads. They will also design and make a ping pong ball firing devices from a set amount of materials to compete in a competition.

What type of homework will be set?

  • Research tasks into: existing similar products; relevant useful data; user needs. To be compiled on iPads.
  • The learning of: relevant materials; equipment; processes; and keyword spellings. To be tested prior to the Progress Tracking Point.
  • Writing of an iPad diary of the technology and making tasks completed during the course of an assignment.

How will my child be assessed in DT Food/Textiles this year?

  • Students will be assessed during and at the end of each of the four assignments. They will be given levels, feedback and targets for improvement to act upon to ensure good progress each time.
  • They will also be given a quick knowledge test for each unit of work prior to the Progress Tracking Point.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Encourage your child to research existing similar products at home as a point of inspiration for their own designing.
The product analysis and design tool, ACCESS FM, is a very important part of all areas of Design and Technology. It is an acronym for Aesthetics, Client, Cost, Environment, Safety, Size, Function, Materials, Manufacture and Maintenance. It guides students through analysis of existing products, the design process and evaluation of their work.
As in the real world of designers, we are constantly looking at a target market group to inspire and guide project outcomes. This can be supported further at home by acting as the client and answering questions and helping them to review and modify their ideas throughout the development stage.

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In GCSE Design & Technology, we aim to:

Give all students the opportunity to build upon the work of KS3 and help them rapidly develop their knowledge and practical skills through designing and making exciting quality products in a range of materials and disciplines. In Year 9 and 10, students will work on a wide variety of design and make projects which will develop their knowledge of working with graphics, textiles, electronics, mechanisms,structures, wood, plastic and metal using a wide range of equipment. At the end of Year 10 they will be able to choose to focus on an area of interest to them and complete a substantial design and make project for their coursework unit(NEA) in Year 11.

The course will enable students to:

  • Develop knowledge and designing and making skills through a range of enjoyable, fast-paced and challenging mini-projects using a wide range of materials and components safely.
  • Develop a creative approach to design development and take calculated risks whilst using technical and practical expertise to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world.
  • Develop important skills in investigation,problem solving, decision making, planning, time management, resource organisation and manufacturing.
  • Use new technology - computer aided designing and manufacturing techniques (including laser cutting and 3D printing) along with traditional hand tools and workshop machinery to design and make your ideas.
  • Develop skills to clearly communicate your ideas through annotation, sketching and 3D modelling.
  • Develop the ability to take into account design considerations and industrial practices.
  • Develop the skills to critically analyse, evaluate, test and refine their own ideas and final products.

At the end of Year 10 students will start their GCSE coursework project (50%), completing a concise design folder containing: analysed research; development of ideas; planning;and on-going evaluations. Students will then manufacture, test and evaluate their final product in Year 11.

The final examination (50%) enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge within a range of exam contexts set by the examination board.

The impact of Design & Technology on the world and society around us

An economic purpose –

A steady supply of people who have studied design & technology is essential to maintain and develop the kind of society we value. Design & technology is central to the innovation on which our future economic success as a nation depends. For those young people who achieve a design & technology qualification at Abbey Grange Academy, the experience may well predispose some of them to consider a technical career.

A personal purpose –

The learning achieved through studying design & technology at school is useful in everyday situations, as it enables young people to deploy design skills and technical problem solving to address and solve practical problems at both the personal and community levels.

A social purpose –

In their communities, their work places, and through the media, people encounter questions and disputes that have matters of design and/or technology at their core. Often these matters are contentious. Significant understanding of design and of technology is needed to reach an informed view on such matters and engage in discussion and debate.

A cultural purpose -

Technologies and the design thinking behind them are major achievements of our culture, linked to the history of our country. With links to religious studies students will develop a better understanding of different food beliefs and choices and how this has brought different cultures and communities together.

Potential Career Ideas

Furniture Design, Joinery, Electrician, Construction, Site Manager, Architect, Production Line Manager, Logistics, Fashion Designer, Theatre Set and Costume Designer,Apprenticeships, Interior Design, Teaching, Fashion Buyer, Milliners, Shoe Design, Fabric Design, Aeronautical Engineer, Jewellery Design, Mechanical Engineer, Telecommunications, Electronics Engineer, Plumbing, Product Designer,Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Structural Engineering,Architectural Engineering and lots more.

Useful resources:

  • Use AQA website to access exam board’s specification and other resources.
  • Use https://foldr.abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk (login with your school Username + Password) to access the Digital Resource Library – Technology – KS4. GCSE resources are available for years 9-11.
  • Technology Student
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Textbook and Revision Notes book for AQA GCSE Design & Technology available from Collins, cgpbooks, Pocket Posters and Hodder Education.

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In GCSE Engineering, we aim to:

  • Give students a broad understanding of the world of engineering.
  • Develop students’ skills, knowledge and understanding in engineering, which will be of use generally, and as part of a progressive career path, which could lead to further academic study or employment.
  • Give students a variety of learning experiences which encourage the development of problem solving and practical skills.
  • Use and develop the knowledge and skills that students use in Maths and Physics (Science) to test, calculate and investigate engineering systems.
  • Encourage students to work hard as individuals and within teams, to gain knowledge and complete tasks to a high standard.
  • Develop students’ knowledge of engineering materials and their properties, engineering communication and manufacturing processes.
  • Develop students’ knowledge and understanding of how things work - Mechanisms, Electronics, Structures, Pneumatics and Aerodynamics – and the impact of modern technologies.
  • Develop students’ skills to problem solve, engineer, plan and manufacture their own working solution prototypes.
  • Develop students’ practical engineering skills at using computer aided design & manufacturing equipment, tools and machines to design and make engineered products.

Ultimately, we aim to develop independent problem solving and practical engineering skills through enjoyment of learning about the engineered world around us and putting what is learnt into practice. This will allow our students to understand engineered products and systems, production processes and give them the opportunity to contribute to one of the many engineering fields in the future.

The impact of Engineers on the world and society around us

  • Engineers have changed the world we live in, from modern homes, bridges, space travel, cars to the latest mobile technology. They develop their innovative ideas into new and exciting prospects and solve any problems that arise.
  • Advances in medical technology are down to engineers, and without it, doctors would not be able to treat patients the way they do today.
  • Engineers are the reason for the phenomenal growth in technology in our everyday lives, like the smart phone that allows us to access the world with our fingertips. Engineers have built satellites and machines that help us understand the world we live, monitor the environment, and shape our lives.
  • Communication engineering has developed so we can keep in touch with people at any time, in any part of the world. This has improved how we talk to friends and family, and helped us do business smarter and faster.
  • From steam engines and combustion engines of the past to jet engines and aeroplanes. Improvements to travel and transportation have changed the way humans connect with one another, opening trades for business and allowing us to travel to the other side of the planet in 24 hours.
  • Engineers are now developing sustainable ways of producing energy and methods of transportation to help resolve the issues of climate change.
  • Engineers helped to develop the International Space Station, so that scientists, analysts, and engineers from all over the planet can conduct research and answer the questions that were previously unanswered.
  • Engineering continues to affect society in a great and beneficial way.

Useful resources:

  • Use the AQA Website to access exam board’s specification and other resources.
  • Use https://foldr.abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk (login with your school Username + Password) to access the Digital Resource Library – Technology – KS4 – Engineering GCSE – and see teaching and learning materials.
  • Focus eLearning - Focus on Mechanisms, Focus on Plastics - Manufacturing, Focus on Metals – Manufacturing, DT Materials Database, Smart Materials, New & Emerging Technologies.
  • Textbook and Revision Notes book for AQA GCSE Engineering available from Hodder.

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Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 275 7877
Fax: 0113 275 4784
info@abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk

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Abbey Multi Academy Trust
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Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
Leeds
LS16 5EA
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