Design Technology

At William Hulme’s Grammar School, Design and Technology is an inspiring, fun and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils investigate, design and manufacture products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils acquire a broad range of cross curricular subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, ICT/CAD and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, pupils develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

The Technology Department consists of a purpose built workshop with industry standard tools and equipment and an ICT CAD/CAM suite with laser cutter.

 

Staff

  • Mr G Pieri - Teacher
  • Mr P O Reid - Teacher
  • Mr M France - Technician

Throughout Key Stage 3, students cover a broad and varied range of design technology disciplines in their weekly lessons. 

At the beginning of Year 7, students will complete a Health and safety project. This consists of making a stationary holder with an animal theme made from wood. The focus of this project is to familiarise students with the safety precautions needed when using tools and equipment in the workshop. 

The second project the students will be completing is a novelty mirror made from wood and plastic. The focus of this project is the design process and designing for a specific target market.

All projects will have opportunities for group work, independent
investigations, class presentations and practical work. 

Homework is set once a fortnight.

Year 7 Downloads

Knowledge Organiser - Metal

Knowledge Organiser - Plastic

Knowledge Organiser - Wood

Test Revision

Throughout Key Stage 3 students cover a broad and varied range of design technology disciplines in their weekly lessons. 

At the beginning of Year 8, students will completing a Health and safety project. This consists of making a candle holder made from sustainable materials. The focus of this project is to familiarise students with the safety precautions needed when using tools and equipment in the  workshop. Accuracy and quality is also a main focus in this project.

The second project the students will be completing is a ball bearing game made from wood and plastic. The focus of this project is the design process, joining techniques and manufacturing plastics. 

All projects will have opportunities for group work, independent investigations, class presentations and practical work. 

Homework is set once a fortnight.

Year 8 Downloads

Knowledge Organiser - Metal

Knowledge Organiser - Plastic

Knowledge Organiser - Wood

Test Revision

Throughout Year 9, students cover a broad and varied range of design technology disciplines in their fortnightly lessons. The purpose of these lessons are to give students the opportunity to see what is required at GCSE level if they were to opt for the subject mid-year. 

At the beginning of Year 9, students will complete a Health and safety project. This consists of making a wooden phone holder/speaker from a working drawing. The focus of this project is to familiarise students with the safety precautions needed when using tools and equipment in the workshop. Accuracy and quality is also a main focus in this project.

The second project the students will be completing is a novelty coat hanger made from wood and metal. The focus of this project is the design process, manufacturing techniques and finishes.

All projects will have opportunities for group work, independent investigations, class presentations and practical work. 

Homework is set once a fortnight.

Year 9 Downloads

Knowledge Organiser - Metal

Knowledge Organiser - Plastic

Knowledge Organiser - Wood

Test Revision

'Choices at 14+' Booklet

Coursework Content Includes:

  • (5 lessons per fortnight)
  • Coursework Content: 50%
  • Examination Content: 50%

You will produce a design portfolio and a 3D product. 

You will have a free choice of topic with the support and guidance from your teacher to help you choose a suitable focus.

This subject is concerned with the designing and making of products using wood, metal and plastic, although other materials are not excluded. Electronics may also be used to complement the work with resistant materials.

  • How to develop a specification for a product;
  • How to analyse existing products;
  • How to generate a range of design proposals;
  • How to use the Internet to research ideas;
  • Product development and planning;
  • How to select materials and work with tools and equipment;
  • How to evaluate products.

Key Skills being developed on this course:

  • Improve your ICT skills and learn about CAD and CAM
  • Develop your awareness of consumer requirements of a product
  • Analyse products and the processes used to manufacture them
  • Work practically with wood, metal and plastic materials
  • Learn how to work on your own and as part of a team

You can go on to study A level Product Design at WHGS.

Following further education, jobs available are the following:

Product design, Industrial Design, Furniture Design, Architectures and many more.

NEA Coursework (50% of GCSE)

What is assessed:

Practical application of:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

Task(s):

  • Substantial design and make task
  • Assessment criteria:
  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
  • Producing a design brief and specification
  • Generating design ideas
  • Developing design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating

In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner

  • Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA
  • Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence
  • Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Summer Exam (50% 0f GCSE)

What's assessed:

  • Core technical principles
  • Specialist technical principles
  • Designing and making principles

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks

Questions: 

Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks): A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks): Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks): A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

GCSE Downloads

Knowledge Organiser - Metal

Knowledge Organiser - Plastic

Knowledge Organiser - Wood

GCSE Design and Technology Knowledge Organiser

GCSE Design and Technology - AQA Specification

 

In order to succeed in Design and Technology, students must be independent learners and be able to work on projects inside and outside of the classroom.

View more information on KS5 Design Technology

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