Key Stage 3 Design Technology
Key Topics Covered

An interesting combination of discovering how things work and the science of designing products for everyday use. We are surrounded by products in our daily lives, they have all been part of an iteratively design process 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.
• 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 ideas
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