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Product Design (Key Stage 4)

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

Students will begin the 3 year GCSE in Design and Technology by completing a range of design and make projects to develop skills and understanding that will provide them with the necessary knowledge to successfully complete the NEA and Exam element of the GCSE Specification.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Presentation Skills

 Presentation Skills 8 week project where pupils will learn how to present work in a clear and professional style. Skills covered- -CAD and presentation of CAD work -Mathematical drawings i.e. isometric, exploded views, scaling and crating. - Presentation techniques i.e. rendering, swatch, slash techniques. -Modelling techniques, how to use paper and card to make prototype models. This provide will help develop the necessary skills needed for presenting design work in controlled assessment tasks in Yr11. 

 Multi-Organiser

 6 week focused practical tasks to build pupils measuring, marking and making skills, high focus on routine and safe practice. Emphasis on the use of numeracy in design and technology with particular focus on unit conversion, measuring and mathematical planning and drawing techniques i.e. Orthographic plans, isometric and one-point perspective. In preparation for controlled assessment a production log of this project is produced so students are familiar in recorded and writing up what they have been doing.

 Spring Term

 Iterative Design Project

 A research and design project that teaches students to work in a similar style of the NEA in Yr11. In this unit they will be given a design context that they will have to research, plan, design and then model their solution or idea. They will explore properties of materials and finishes and select appropriate materials for their design. Using a variety of CAD skills and workshop skills this project will help them to move closely towards independent makers.

 Summer Term

 Desk tidy

 An independent design and make project where students are given a set sized piece of MDF to design their own desk tidy which will force them to think creatively and economically about how they use their materials. In this project they will apply the measuring, marking and planning from the previous project and there will be a high focus on using hand tools and machinery. This project has no set outcome requiring students to move on to a more independent design and make where they are fully responsible for the planning and progress of their practical project. The will also be given a small amount of acrylic plastic and aluminium so that their knowledge of material properties can be applied practically to support their theory.

 Yr9 Assessment

 In year 9 students will complete two assessments that will assess their theory knowledge. This will include content from the subject knowledge listed below.

 Subject Knowledge

 Colour Theory | Papers and Boards | Categorisation of Materials | Natural and Manufactured timbers | Natural and Man-made Fibres | Thermo and Thermosetting Plastics | Measuring and marking, scale drawings, unit conversion, and mathematical drawings | Drawing and presentation techniques | Computer aided design (CAD) development | Finishing processes | Sustainability| Ergonomics and Anthropometrics | Smart Materials | Levers/Mechanisms | Production Methods

 

Year 10

What will pupils study this year?

Students will complete a Design and Make project that will mirror the NEA controlled assessment unit that they will complete in Yr11. This will ensure that students are fully prepared for all aspects of the NEA including research, analysis, design, making and evaluation. Alongside this students will also complete theory and revision lessons that have a strong emphasis on building subject knowledge that will prepare them for Yr10 mock examinations and their final exams in Yr11.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Iterative Design Challenge (Context taken from OCR release materials)

 ‘What part can design play in securing personal belongings?’ A design and make project that mirrors the NEA that will be completed in Yr11. The project will focus on working through a design process within the context set by the exam board, the theme this year being the ‘security of personal belongings’. All students will follow an iterative design process with no set outcome, focusing on creativity and meeting a target user’s needs. Based on their research students will need to produce a range of design ideas that will be developed to consider function, aesthetics, ergonomics and user influences.

 As part of this unit students will complete - Analysis - Research - Designing - Specification - Design Development - Planning - Making - Testing – Evaluation.

 Subject Knowledge

 Theory knowledge and exam preparation will be intertwined with the NEA mock unit to prepare students for the two mock assessments that they will complete in year 10. The theory coverage will include the new content listed below and will build on what they have already learnt in year 9

 Materials Knowledge | Construction | Technical knowledge: Electronic circuits, smart materials, e-textiles, CAD/CAM. | Sustainability | Ergonomics and Anthropometrics | Colour Theory

 Spring Term

 Iterative Design Challenge (continued)

 In the spring term students will continue with the mock NEA. In this term they will be making their idea and there will be a high emphasis on iterative modelling and making skills. Students will learn how to include a range of skills in their practical and how to achieve higher marks in this unit. The theory content will still run through this project so that students learn the theory content in an accessible and hands on way.

 Summer Term

  At the start of summer term students will be preparing for their last mock exam of year 10. This assessment will include theory content from year 9 and year 10. Additional theory content that they will learn includes -

 Cost | Material selection and cost | Sustainability | Ethical practice | Globalisation | Marketing techniques | Stakeholders.

 

Year 11

What will pupils study this year?

In their final year students will complete the NEA Controlled assessment which contributes 50% of their overall GCSE. This unit will be based on a design context set by the exam board and will require them to work through the design process focusing on research, designing, modelling and making. In year 11 students will also study revision lessons that will prepare them for the written exam paper that will be completed in the summer exam window and is worth the final 50% of their GCSE.

 

 

 Autumn Term

 NEA Controlled Assessment (Context set by OCR exam board)

 In this term students will start the NEA project that has been set by the exam board. This context changes each year so that only a limited amount of time can be spent on this unit. This unit will make up 50% of a students overall grade so it is vital that they can work quickly and effectively to achieve the highest grade possible in a limited time. This format of this unit will mirror what students have already completed in year 10 so students will be fully prepared to independently tackle each aspect of this unit. All students will follow an iterative design process with no set outcome, focusing on creativity and meeting a target user’s needs. Based on their research students will need to produce a range of design ideas that will be developed to consider function, aesthetics, ergonomics and user influences.

 As part of this unit students will complete - Analysis - Research - Designing - Specification - Design Development - Planning - Making - Testing – Evaluation.

 Year 11 Assessment

 In the Autumn term students will complete their first mock assessment. This will assess knowledge from year 9,10 and 11 so revision will be vital to refresh students knowledge of these subjects.

 Spring Term

 NEA Controlled Assessment (continued)

 In the spring term students will continue with the NEA controlled assessment. In this term they will be making their idea and there will be a high emphasis on iterative modelling and making skills. Students will have to independently make their design idea so planning and independent skills will be vital in successfully completing this part of the unit.

 Summer Term

 At the start of summer term students will be preparing for their last mock exam of year 11. This assessment will include theory content from year 9, 10 and 11 and will help us to predict student outcomes in the summer. Revision materials will be provided for each of these assessments and there is an expectation that students will revise for these exams at home.

 The NEA controlled assessment will be submitted this term and the written exam completed on dates that will be confirmed by the exam board.