DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

In Design and Technology students learn about technological concepts, systems and processes that are applied to solve practical problems. In addition, students are made aware of the properties of the materials they handle and of safe working practices. Students learn about the design process when designing with wood, metal, plastic and textiles.

Exercises that lead to practical outcomes in wood, metal, plastics, textiles and the assembly of the electronic and mechanical components are undertaken. Information technology is applied to a number of these practical outcomes as well as to the designs that are generated in the planning stages.

Students evaluate their results by comparing the outcomes to the design specifications that are determined at the beginning of each project. 

Year 5

Through practical skill-based exercises, students explore how the characteristics and uses of materials affect the function and appearance of products. Students use a variety of handtools and machines to produce practical outcomes. Awareness of safe working methods are introduced. Students may also investigate ways that systems have been developed and applied to meet human needs.

Year 6

Students continue to explore the characteristics and uses of materials and design of products through practical exercises. They develop preferred solutions to problems. They prepare designs for products by undertaking a range of production processes and evaluate their productions against the design plan. They construct and modify simple systems and report on their performance.

Year 7

This course develops understanding about materials, use of technology in design and production. Students examine the social, environmental and aesthetic effects of products. Students generate design solutions combining traditional designing skills with that of CAD (Computer Aided Design, using computers to draw and design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing using computers and machinery to build the products). Steps in the production process are followed in the manufacture of a range of practical projects working in a wide range of resistant materials. Students will experience working with computers, wood, metal, plastic, textiles and computer driven machinery.

ASSESSMENT
1. Investigating and designing (40%)
2. Production work (50%)
3. Evaluation (10%)

Year 8

Students create their own design proposals, organise and implement the production process to a range of structured projects. Students consider the social and environmental implications of their actions whilst working in range of resistant materials. Considerable emphasis is given to the implementation of safe working practices whilst working with wood, metal, textiles, plastics, and the CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled: Machines run by computers such as the 3D printer, Laser cutter and Routerlaser). A range of projects provide an understanding of different materials and processes.

ASSESSMENT
1. Investigating and designing (40%)
2. Production work (50%)
3. Evaluation (10%)