The children are given an opportunity to experience a range of materials, tools and techniques in Design & Technology (D&T). They are encouraged to solve design problems for themselves and discuss solutions with one another. Class sizes for these lessons are half normal class sizes.
Children learn how to make a simple circuit with a motor and propeller to insert into a vacuum formed boat. This is an introduction to mass production and thermoplastics.
Extending the range - SEAL
Children learn about types of motion and they have the opportunity to investigate moving toys before making their own 'crankshaft toy'. Follow up activities include investigating gears and pulleys.
PROTOTYPING - Security bags
Children undertake a prototyping activity in order to 'design against crime'.
Design and make an embroidered logo using CAD/CAM. Sew together the design on to a personalised water bottle jacket.
The children sew the embroidered design onto a personalised water bottle jacket which they sew on a sewing machine.
Spaghetti Challenge - Design and make against the clock and test the spaghetti towers to destruction!
Solder together a circuit with a programmable chip. (PICAXE) Learn the role of each component and test it out.
Use of CAD technology to make paper pattern in order to make a hat. After modifying the pattern to fit carefully the children sew together a prototype hat. After making the necessary modifications children sew together the final version and insert the circuit that they made in the Autumn term, allowing each design to have sound and lights.
The children will develop their skills using drawing boards.
SEAL / DESIGN ACTIVITIES - 4x4
STRUCTURES COMPETITION - linked with Mill Hill School.
Children are expected to complete some activities as part of their prep. This will be mainly design based or research. There will be at least one week in which to complete their prep and it is expected that the child will bring the work to the next lesson.
The nature of this subject allows for differentiation depending upon each child's ability. The design brief for each project is generally open ended and allows individuals to develop at their own rate. Teacher input can be altered depending on the need of the child and particularly talented children will be encouraged to try out methods and techniques before making a design decision. Children may also be given extension tasks to stretch them further in a particular area.
Scholarships - Children may be put forward to try for a scholarship in this subject. Towards the end of Year 7 children may be asked to take part in scholarship classes after school in order to prepare them for this challenge.
There is an opportunity for children to develop their skills at D&T club, as part of the activity program, if they so wish. Please see Mrs McSween for further details or refer to the Activities Booklet on the website.