Key Stage 3 Design Technology
Key Topics Covered

These include 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 iterative design process and manufactured by product designers and design engineers, taking into account everything from form, function, materials, and target market right through to manufacture and end of life disposal.

Skills Developed

• Writing individual design criteria
• Marking out and cutting acrylic with hand tools
• Use of the pillar drill and associated safety training
• Finishing plastics including use of the buffer/polisher and associated safety training
• Modelling using card, and computer aided design
• Refining an idea into a working final product
• Vinyl cutting to enhance products aesthetically
• 3D CAD introduction and 3D printing
• Analysis of task, target market, existing products and manufacturing methods
• Creating a range of ideas which meet their individual design criteria
• Use of the vacuum forming machine and finishing formed plastics
• Use of jigs to assist manufacture
• Testing and Evaluation against design criteria, to meet third party requirements and suggesting further modifications
• Evaluating through self and peer assessment

Knowledge Gained

• Understanding a design brief
• The purpose and function of packaging
• Understanding soldering and associated safety training
• Understanding Electronic systems and components and how they work

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