Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation. The Design Technology department at Woolwich Polytechnic aim to ensure all students receive a curriculum that both stretches and engages their learning. We wish to instil an enthusiasm for Design Technology to show students how relevant the subject is to their everyday life and futures.
Programme of Study
Year 7
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Baseline assessment project- design and prototype match box car packaging - Modelling, Design development evaluation. Graphics - Glider, CAD/CAM, Packaging, Design development. Resistant Materials- design and make a sweet dispenser - Woods, Mechanisms, Workshop tools and machinery. Resistant Materials- design and make a desk tidy - Woods and plastics, Tools and machinery, Modelling, Evaluating.
Year 8
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Graphics - Fashion, CAD/CAM, Research, Packaging, Sustainability. Resistant Materials - design and make a clock , Plastics, Tools and Machinery, Art movements. Resistant Materials- design and make a tea light holder, Metals, Tools and Machinery, Heat Treatment.
Year 9 - Qualification: GCSE Resistant Materials/Graphic Products
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
RM - Design and make an angle poised lamp. GP - Festival Project RM - Design and make a passive speaker. GP - Design and make an Oyster card. RM - Design and make a coat hook. GP - Museum Project
Year 10 - Qualification: GCSE Resistant Materials/Graphic Products
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
RM - Introduction of controlled assessment task - Research GP - Introduction of controlled assessment task RM - Designing - Drawing Techniques GP - Designing RM - Design development - CAD, Modelling GP - Design development
Year 11 - Qualification: GCSE Resistant Materials/Graphic Products
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
RM - Making of final product GP - Making of final product RM - Completion and hand in of controlled assessment GP - Completion and hand in of controlled assessment RM - Revision and final exam GP - Revision and final exam
KS3
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. Pupils are given a design brief and work through the design process by researching, designing, making and evaluating the product.
KS4
In KS4 pupils can chose between GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphic Products. Both subject pathways help students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.