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“ Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works”
Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple

We aim for students to be able to explore ideas with ambition and creativity, develop the creative, practical & technical expertise to design and make high quality products, and to  critique, evaluate and test their ideas and the work of others. 

Design and Technology at Ivanhoe is an inspiring and challenging practical subject. Developing their creativity and imagination students learn the skills and knowledge to solve problems with design, invent and create their own products, and become innovative, resourceful and capable young adults.
Students enjoy Design & Technology and feel proud of their progress and the products they make. Innovation, creativity and achievement are recognised in the ‘Designer of the Month’ award and in success in national competitions such as the 3M Young Innovator Award.

 

Year 7 Topics 

In year 7 students develop a range of basic skills across the areas of Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles and Graphics. 

  • In Product Design, students will gain a knowledge of a range of electronic components and circuits. Over the course the students will use their new knowledge to design and build a Buzz wire game, using a range of tools and materials.
  • They then start to consider importance and scope of Graphic Design. They research and design graphics for a personalised product, which is then printed onto a mug for them to take home. 
  • In Resistant Materials, students will develop their practical skills and make a stylish birdfeeder using traditional hand tools. This will utilise skills that students will learn throughout the project.
  • They will also learn the basic skills and principles of Textile Technology. They learn to use tools and equipment safely and appropriately as they design and make a cushion cover to be used in their bedroom.


Year 8 Topics 

Year 8 allows for the development of more in depth skills across all areas. 

  • In year 8 Product Design students learn about coding and using the BBC micro:bit. Students will work on a range of different codes, radio signals and bluetooth control. They will use their knowledge to design a unique game based on a clear theme. 
  • Their Graphics project brings in the history and impact of modern technology in design. The course teaches the skills of computer aided design leading to a 3D printed product with packaging. 
  • The Resistant Materials course brings in target markets, with students producing an acrylic clock for a teenager. Before designing and making pupils are taught a range of traditional and contemporary skills and they use this to inform them how to make their designs independently. 
  • In Textiles, students design and make an environmentally friendly bag for a client of their choice. Designing within the constraints of a design brief, they explore the social responsibilities that designers face today.


Year 9 Topics 

Year 9 allows students to specialise further to prepare them for GCSEs.

  • In year 9 Product Design students are introduced to the 6R's and sustainability. They will each design and make a speaker for a chosen purpose, using a range of tools, materials and CAD/CAM. The brief gives them the freedom to create something completely different and challenge themselves to try something new. 
  • For their Graphics product students research paper engineering, and improve and expand on their previous knowledge to design, model and create a pop up book to advertise and promote a film to the general public.
  • Year 9 Resistant Materials students will be challenged to create a pull along toy for a child in their early formative years.  They have to investigate their client’s interests, look at existing products and research sustainability and a range of sensory features that they could include to help engage the child. This project introduces terminology and techniques that will be necessary in GCSE
  • Textiles students will design and make a piece of winter headwear within a theme of their choice. A broader design brief allows students to develop creativity and innovation, designing their own unique product and selecting the appropriate techniques and materials to use.

 

 

How does Design Technology embed cross curriculum literacy skills?

Communication is a huge part of Design and Technology and the ability to explain your ideas to others means that students learn to use language for both description and analysis, through writing and speaking. 


How does Design Technology embed cross curriculum numeracy skills?

Dimensions, spatial awareness, and accuracy of measurements all play a part in the production of quality outcomes.  From leaving an appropriate seam allowance, to measuring accurate wood joints, to producing 3D computer models, numeracy is found in all aspects of Design and Technology. 

 

How does Design Technology develop/link to SMSC and PLTS?

Design and Technology persuades people to donate to charity.  Design & Technology supports people with disabilities and impairments.  Design and Technology can bring communities together. Successful young designers learn to consider the needs of others, and to work independently and creatively to solve problems in an effective way, taking inspiration from a broad knowledge of the wider world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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