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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Design Technology
Rotation in DTProduct Design   
Students will learn about simple electronic circuits, looking at diodes, cells and plastics. They will design and make an automata project, looking at the different motions and how one motion can transfer to another. Students will learn how to use power tools such as the belt sander, scroll saw and cordless drill. As well, they will learn how to use basic hand tools. Through the projects the students will gain knowledge of materials and their properties and how to use a range of workshop tools.
Assessment: We start the product design module with a multiple choice base line test to gauge prior knowledge. This will then be repeated at the end to show clear progression and improvement. The mid point assessment will test students theory knowledge in a mid point graded written assessment done in exam conditions. Practical skills are assessed throughout the unit and this will be accompanied by a written evaluation of their products where they use their theoretical knowledge of the product design development cycle. Key Words and Terms
Rotation in DTTextiles   
In this 13 week rotation, students will produce a product reflecting the work of Claus Oldenburg, acquiring the knowledge of artists and how to use this to inform design decisions. Students will be introduced to hand and machine sewing, and with the confidence built in this area, they will use the techniques to create a final product; a cushion inspired by their favourite food wrapper. Through the module students will gain knowledge of materials, and their properties, textile equipment and its uses, as well as how to build a workable design specification. On completing their cushion, pupils will develop their graphical knowledge to design and make packaging, suitable for a retail environment. Students will gain a full understanding of health and safety when using all equipment including irons.
Assessment: There will be practical and written assessments. The mid point assessment will be a written assessment based on the skills developed and theory learnt so far. The end of unit assessment include a practical assessment in which students will produce an individual product for a will be a a cushion inspired by their favourite food wrapper in the style of Claus Oldenburg. Key Words and Terms