In Key Stage 3 students build their knowledge and skills by designing and making in Textiles, Food and Resistant Materials. Every pupil studies each unit in rotation during the year. Safety is an important part of the curriculum.
The work in year 7 involves producing design and practical work which includes planning, construction and electronics. The projects include the production of a phone or iPod holder and an electronic torch.
In Year 8 students focus their studies on designing and making products that have electronics. The unit is focused around designing and making a light sensitive clock. Students learn about electronics components and how they can be used to construct a working circuit. They also learn how to present design ideas and present work in a technical and graphical way. Planning is an important part of Key Stage 3 and investigation work and research is used to plan final solutions.
We offer examination subjects in 3 main areas; Electronics, Graphics and Resistant Materials. All areas are involved in providing design solutions to real life situations using a variety of strategies.
Electronic Products gives pupils the opportunity to design and test circuits in a virtual environment before committing the design to a real circuit. The circuit must then be housed in a suitable case to complete the project.
Graphic Products focuses heavily on concept design and modelling with an emphasis on product design and architecture.
Resistant Materials gives students the opportunities to design real life products. Students are encouraged to produce creative individual designs using a range of materials and manufacturing processes.