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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Design Technology
Terms 1/2Mini Speaker Project   
Electronics Students begin by doing research into electronic components before moving on to design a mini speaker. As part of the design process students will learn about the 6Rs of waste reduction before designing and developing a casing. Part of this process involves making a range of development models to test and improve their design further. Once fully developed they will use a range of hand tools, machinery and CAD/CAM to manufacture their mini speaker circuit and casing. Once complete they will learn how to test and evaluate their electronic products using digital multimeters and a range of performance tests. Graphics Students will research and then design an element of the packaging for the mini speaker. During this part of the project students will learn about the basic functions of packaging such as protect, inform, contain, transport, preserve and display. They will explore the use of proper product labelling relevant.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Terms 3/4Biomimicry, Ergonomics and Techniques 
Resistant Materials Students start this unit by investigating biomimicry and the influence of nature on novel design and technologies. They present their findings to the class. They also draw inspiration from nature in the design of a range of practical pieces. These focus on metal working and students learn a range of techniques for shaping, forming, joining and finishing metals including brazing, scrolling, enamelling, shearing, punching, drilling, filing and polishing. Graphics Students develop card models and test these for ergonomics. They develop their design drawings taking inspiration from natural forms.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Terms 5/6Textiles  
Textiles Students start this unit by completing a detail product analysis to gain understating of the product they are to produce; a drawstring or shopper bag. They are then introduced to a range of new techniques such as fabric dying, CAD CAM, screen printing, embellishing and overlocking. Sampling each technique allows them to then produce a fully detailed, workable final design idea. In this textiles rotation students are particularly encouraged to experiment and test ideas, enabling them to produce very individual outcomes. To help them manage their own projects students are also required to complete detailed manufacturing plans to aid time management.Once complete students bags are then tested for function and evaluated using 3rd party feedback. Graphics Students acquire knowledge in colour theory, typography and the use of imagery in branding. They analyse exciting fashion branding and produce their own in Photoshop for a professional outcome.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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