At Wye School, we predominantly follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. Students in years 7 and 8 learn about design and technology through project based learning, focusing on product design and textiles. Student combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. Projects include ‘Mobile Phone Covers’ and ‘Balloon Powered Racers’ in year 7 and ‘Balancing Rainforest Creatures’ in year 8.
We assess our students regularly throughout the projects. These results are combined to give a reported national curriculum sub-level each term. Students are given a National Curriculum target to work towards by the end of the year. To enrich the learning of our most able students, we challenge them through ensuring that their projects are more advanced and that they are using higher level skills in their designing and making. For our lower ability pupils, we focus on the key learning objectives using more prescribed design-writing frames and guiding their practical work.
Students work on two projects: ‘Mobile Phone Covers’ is a Textiles based project and ‘Balloon Powered Racers’ is a Resistant Materials based project. In the Textiles students learn the techniques of felt making and batik. In Resistant Materials students learn how to make a wooden mould which they then use in the vacuum former. Throughout both these projects, the students develop skills in: research, designing, planning, ICT programmes, making, using tools and evaluating.
Most of the project work is done in school. Parents can support learning by encouraging their students to be aware of product design all around them.
In year 8 students only work on one DT project as they spend half of the year following a Computer Science scheme of learning. ‘Balancing Rainforest Creatures’ is a Resistant Materials project. This moves students on in their making and design skills.
Again, most of the project work is done in school. Parents can support learning by encouraging their students to be aware of product design all around them.
For further information about the Design Technology curriculum, please contact Miss S Phillips - firstname.lastname@example.org