Key Stage 3 Product Design
Delivered within Design Technology lessons. The science of designing products for everyday use. We are surrounded by products in our daily lives, and they have all be designed and manufactured by product designers; taking into account everything from form, function, materials, target market right through to manufacture and end of life disposal.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered

Delivered within Design Technology lessons. The science of designing products for everyday use. We are surrounded by products in our daily lives, and they have all be designed and manufactured by product designers; taking into account everything from form, function, materials, target market right through to manufacture and end of life disposal.

Skills Developed
  • Understanding a design brief
  • Researching existing products
  • Writing individual design criteria
  • Marking out and cutting acrylic with hand tools
  • Use of the pillar drill and associated safety training
  • Finishing plastics
  • Modelling using card, and computer aided design
  • Refining an idea into a working final product
  • The purpose and function of packaging
  • Vinyl cutting to enhance products aesthetically
  • 3D CAD introduction and 3D printing
  • Evaluation and peer assessment.

Year 9

Key Topics Covered

A pewter cast keyring project. Students have to understand how to meet a commercial design brief to produce a commercially viable end product.

Skills Developed
  • Analysis of task, target market, existing products and manufacturing methods.
  • Creating a range of ideas which meet their individual design criteria
  • Use of 2D CAD software to create a mould to be cut using Computer Aided Manufacture.
  • Use of hand cutting skills to prepare acrylic inserts
  • Casting metal safely and effectively
  • Drilling metals
  • Hand finishing and polishing metals
  • Evaluation against design criteria, to meet 3rd party requirements and suggesting further modifications.
  • Peer assessment
product design

How is This Subject Assessed?

  • Teacher assessment of practical work to allow for iterative design to take place
  • Peer assessment of final products against agreed criteria
  • Research tasks and quizzes set as homework
  • Final assessment of design work and product
product design ideas