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Technology & Design is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3. Students gain experience in the following control areas: electronics, mechanisms, pneumatic and computer control. Pupils get the opportunity to design and manufacture projects throughout the key stage from a range of materials to include Wood, Metal and Plastics.

Pupils develop confidence and competence in the workshop environment across the Key Stage and gain experience of using a range of machines/equipment in each workshop.

Pupils can continue with the subject for GCSE and A Level and student numbers are generally high for both courses.

 

Staff


  • Mr G Tumelty (Head of Department)
  • Mr G Cullen (Technician)
  • Mr E Clarke (Technology teacher)

 

Facilities


The Technology & Design department has new state of the art facilities. We have 2 multi-purpose manufacturing workshops, 2 planning rooms and a Systems Design Suite. The systems suite is fully kitted with new computers and an A3 laser printer.

The workshops have up to date CAD/CAM equipment to include a laser cutter, CNC router and 3D printer. With such modern equipment, all projects from Year 8 -14 have a professional finish and pupils love to show case their outcomes.

 

Career Opportunities


Technology & Design can allow students to follow a wide variety of degree courses and professions. Some examples of these are listed below:

- Engineering – Electrical/Mechanical/Structural/Civil
- Architecture
- Product Design
- Interior Design
- CAD/CAM
- Programming

 

Useful Websites


www.technologystudent.com/

www.design-technology.org/

www.coroflot.com/

www.data.org.uk/

www.dornob.com/

 


Key Stage 3

 

Technology & Design is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3. Students gain experience in the following control areas: electronics, mechanisms, pneumatic and computer control. Pupils get the opportunity to design and manufacture projects throughout the key stage from a range of materials to include Wood, Metal and Plastics.

Pupils develop confidence and competence in the workshop environment across the Key Stage and gain experience of using a range of machines/equipment in each workshop. Pupils will be introduced to a range of new software packages throughout the course of Key Stage 3. Within the ‘Design’ aspect of the subject, students will develop a range of free hand sketching techniques and technical drawings.

Students are timetabled for one double period per week. It is extremely important that pupils present themselves fully equipped for each lesson. Pupils are provided with a homework grid for each term, stating clearly the homework for each week and the learning intentions for each lesson.

 Term One
  •  Safety & Safe Practice
  •  Families of Woods/Plastics (theory)
  •  Manufacture of Picture Frame
 Term Two
  •  Focus on Plastics
  •  Designing - Good/Bad design
  •  Manufacture of Acrylic Key ring
 Term Three
  •  Electronics Theory
  •  Manufacture of electronic circuit
  •  Packaged electronic circuit

 

Extra-Curricular Activities


Pupils my be encouraged to participate in competitions throughout the year.

 

Assessment


On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework. Assessments One and Three, in October and March respectively, will be informal in nature, based on a classwork, homework, or manufactured pieces of work. Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December (Assessment Two) and June (Assessment Four).

 

How Parents Can Help - Some Suggestions


  • Insist that homework is presented neatly
  • Encourage sketching to develop hand graphics
  • Talk about items that are designed - good/bad aspects of each.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Maps


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Exemplar Key Stage 3 Practical Work


 


GCSE

 

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two Units of work in Yr 11:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting 
 Unit 1 - Technology & Design Core 

 Externally assessed written paper (1hr)

 24th May 2016
 09.15-10.15am 
 20% of GCSE

 Unit 4 - Design Assignment

 Set design assignment

 (Controlled Assessment) 

 Practive design assignment
 (Halloween)
 CCEA set assignment completed
 January 2016 
 20% of GCSE 

 

The table below shows the outline of Yr 11 Technology course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

   Topics  Teaching Time 
 Term 1 

 Unit1:

 Core: Safety and safe practice

          Materials & Processes

 Unit 4:

 Practice controlled assessment task

 Unit 1:

 Pneumatic Control

 September - October

 Halloween

 November

 Term 2 

 Unit 4:

 Set Assignment (Controlled Assessment)

 Unit 1:

 Core: Computer Control/Mechanical Control

 January (completed)

 February/March

 Term 3 

 Unit 1:

 Core: Electronics Core/Core Revision

 Preparation for Y12 Controlled Assessment

 April/May

 June

 

Resources


Core material /notes are available on ‘Fronter’ and students are expected to refer to these and make summary notes when requested. On completion of core topics, students will be provided with a bank of past papers to work through.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content. Controlled Assessment will be internally marked and externally moderated.

 

GCSE Curriculum


 Unit  Assessment   Weighting 
 GTD2B Examination   Written Paper: 2hr examination  20% of GCSE 
 GTD5A

 Controlled Assessment

 Interally Assessed - externally moderated

 40% of GCSE

 

The table below shows the outline of the GCSE Technology course as it will be delivered:

gcsecurr

Resources


Additional material is available on ‘Fronter’ and students are expected to work
Independently.

Students are expected to meet set deadlines throughout the year for Unit 2. Students should download ‘SolidWorks’ and have access to this CAD package at home so that they can work on their design folder throughout each term.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

Exemplar Work


 


AS Level

 

We follow the CCEA specification which consists of two Units in Yr 13.

The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting

 AS 1 - Product Design & Systems Control

 Written Paper: 2hr examination  50% of AS

 AS 2 - Coursework

           Product Development

 Continually assessed throughout the 
 Year. Final Submission to CCEA 1st
 May 2016.
 50% of AS

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS Technology course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

   Topics  Teaching Time
 Term 1

 Unit 1:

 Product Design & Practive/Material choice & selection

 Unit 2: Section 1&2

Investigation & Analysis
Redesign solutions & Development

 September - October

 November - December

 Term 2

 Unit 2: Section 3

Manufacture

 Unit 1

 Mechanical/Pneumatic Control

 January - February

 March

 Term 3

 Unit 2: Section 4

Evaluation/Testing

 Unit 1

Revision

 April

 April/May

 

Resources


Students should use ‘Fact Files’ that are available on the Technology & Design Microsite to support Learning and teaching of Unit 1.

Additional material is available on ‘Fronter’ and students are expected at this level to work independently.

Students are expected to meet set deadlines throughout the year for Unit 2. Students should download ‘SolidWorks’ and have access to this CAD package at home so that they can work on their design folder throughout each term.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

Exemplar Work


 


A2 Level

 

A2 continues on from the AS year and consists of 2 units of work.

The structure of the A2 course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting

 A2 1 - Systems and Control

 Mechanical Systems (AAV21B)

 Written Paper:

 2hr examination

 25% of A2

 A2 2 - Coursework

 Systems and Control
 Pneumatic/Mechanical system.
 (AAV22)

 Continually assessed throughout the year.

 Final submission to CCEA 1st May 2016.

 25% of A2

 

The table below shows the outline of the A2 Technology course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

   Topics  Teaching Time
 Term 1

 Unit A2 1:

  •  Pneumatic systems
  •  Clutches
  •  Brakes
  •  Shafts & Couplings
  •  Mechanics of Lubrication

 Unit A2 2: Section 1&2

 Coursework ideas confirmed Section 1&2 complete.

 September - October

 November - December

 Term 2

 Unit A2 2:

Completion of section 3 and Manufacture of structure

 Unit A2 1:

  • Cams
  • Bearings
  • Torque & Calculations

 January - February

 March

 Term 3

 Unit A2 2: Sections 4&5

Housing of system and fault finding.

 Unit A2 1:

 Revision

 April

 April/May

 

Resources


Students should use ‘Fact Files’ that are available on the Technology & Design Microsite to support Learning and teaching of Unit 1.

Additional material is available on ‘Fronter’ and students are expected at this level to work independently.

Students are expected to meet set deadlines throughout the year for Unit 2. Students should download ‘SolidWorks’ and have access to this CAD package at home so that they can work on their design folder throughout each term.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

Exemplar Work


 


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