From the outset of Year 7 we aim to instill the design process as a ‘learning tool’ that can be adapted to other areas of the curriculum and to life in general; by providing a common understanding of how designers and engineers think and iteratively solve problems through progressive cycles of the revision of ideas. Our curriculum challenges students to adapt their existing technical skills, technology knowledge and conceptual understanding, whilst continuing to expand in both design and manufacture through increased exposure to the contextual study of the importance of engineering and technology to every aspect of human life with particularly reference to our local/regional economy. We commence with the study of non-complex materials, clear concepts and simplistic skills, this builds greater confidence and understanding and enables students to advance to a higher level of abstraction and greater complexity of material manipulation. We modify our curriculum to enable full access to those students with physical difficulties and special educational needs; we are all-inclusive and adapt our theory and technical components to recognise the needs of each individual child. We have tailored digital and paper resources to individual requirements, and adapted physical resources (where possible) to allow unhindered access and provide full assistance in the production of physical outcomes. Our curriculum is contextualised within a vocational framework, students consider each project through the lens of sustainability, whilst developing their cultural capital through debate and presentation towards an empathy of the design needs of the global-family of humankind. We encourage students to widen their horizons from local and regional opportunity within the renewables engineering and energy sectors and aspire to other career pathways previously not considered, by enabling a complete understanding of the world of engineering and how that impacts on all aspects of life.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology.
During Year 7, each Creative Studies class will study Design & Technology for two half terms each. Students will create two projects:
- Pull along Toy. Through this project students are introduced to a range of technical skills in design and manufacture. They will work to a given design brief creating a simple specification, that will be stimulated through classroom discussion and brainstorming. They will learn how a task is made easier through the use of simple mechanism and how the combination of simple mechanisms a machine can be created. They will be able to identify forms of motion through practical application. They will develop simple design skills and be able to understand how jigs and templates aid manufacture. They will understand the differences between hardwoods and softwoods and the need to source wood from sustainable-managed forests, and the major importance of the replacement of trees to offset climate change. They will use a range of tools to shape, form and finish a simple design. They will be able to use machine tools; the pillar drill and the belt sander. They will understand the need for precision and accuracy to assemble their toy successfully and the best methods of fixing. The will be able to evaluate to inform improvement.
- Night Light: Through this project students are introduced to a range of technical skills in design and manufacture. They will work to a given design brief creating a simple specification, that will be stimulated through classroom discussion and brainstorming. They will be introduced to simple circuits and learn how current flows in one direction to create an outcome. They will develop simple CAD skills. They will understand the differences between hardwoods and softwoods and the need to source wood from sustainable-managed forests, and the major importance of the replacement of trees to offset climate change. They will use a range of tools to shape, form and finish a simple design. They will be able to use machine tools; the pillar drill and the belt sander. They will understand the need for precision and accuracy to assemble their Night Light successfully and the best methods of fixing. The will be able to evaluate to inform improvement.
In Year 8, each Creative Studies class will study Design & Technology for a further two half terms. Students will create two projects:
- Box: This project is designed to extend the design and manufacturing skills that they have been introduced to in year 7. They will be expected to use more specialised marking-out procedures, use a chisel correctly and be able to work with precision. They will use simple CAD to produce a simple decorative finish with the laser cutter.
- Balancing Toy: Design and make a souvenir balancing toy, that reflects different countries, customs and/or cultural experiences. It utilises the three main materials of RM; wood, metal and polymer. Students will waste, form and finish using a range of technical skill. Cutting a thread (male/female), use of machine sander, pillar and centre lathe (facing-off), use of the laser cutter combined with 2D Design. They will evaluate against their specification.
Key Stage 4
Course Introduction: Engineering is the fastest growing sector in the UK. This course is designed to provide students with the skills to progress into an engineering career. Our country needs the next generation of engineers to continue to make technological advances and shape our future.
Course Outline: The course is split into 3 Components and assessed during years 10 and 11. Year 9 broadens student knowledge beyond the specification, providing engaging learning opportunities from a team catapult challenge to manufacturing a range of products and career encounters such as visiting lotus.
Course Outline: This course will deliver a GCSE in three years. Pupils will study authentic literature, and learn the valuable skill of translation both in to and out of the language. At GCSE, pupils will continue to develop upon skills and vocabulary taught during KS3.
Course Expectations: Pupils will be expected to use the language creatively and independently and they will be expected to use the language spontaneously to discuss their ideas (both verbally and in writing), and to revise for all four final exams.
Progression and Careers:
Education: Level 3 Tech-Level in Engineering studied at Lord Nelson Sixth Form. Degree and higher education study.
Training: Apprenticeship in one of the following Engineering Sectors; Aviation, Automotive, Communications, Civil, Chemical, Environmental, Electrical, Energy, Mechanical, Marine, Transport, Military etc…
Key Stage 5
Advanced (Level 3) Technical qualifications are on a par with A?levels. They are for learners over the age of 16 who wish to specialise in order to progress into a specific sector or occupational group, through advanced/higher apprenticeships, further study or employment. This course seeks to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills required in industry. You will have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials, design software and manufacturing process. These will include 2D and 3D computer aided design, traditional methods of manufacture such as machining and modern methods including computer aided manufacture utilising CNC (computer numerical control) milling, laser cutting machines and 3D-Printers.
DT Engineering Team
|Mr Duncan||Dr Debney||Mr Grimes||Mr Hindle|
|Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Achievement||Lead Teacher of DT Engineering||Teacher of DT Engineering||DT Engineering Technician|