KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Design Technology
Term 1Smart Materials and Textiles  
Students will learn about the technological advances in materials. They will then go onto use a new material (conductive thread) to make a pencil case which uses electronics. Students will learn how to use sewing machines and how to make a basic circuit.
Assessment: Making task: Students will be assessed on the quality of their machine stitch, hand stitch and ability to set up and use the sewing machine. A single lesson assessment will take place to assess their ability at completing a range of hand stitches. Key Words and Terms
Term 2Systems and Control  
Students will learn about flow diagrams and their use for programming. They will learn about programmable micro-chips and how they can be used in products. Students will learn to solder and the function of different electrical components. The students will use these skills to make an electronic dice. They will then test their product using a range of different computer programs. The project will culminate with them completing a full dice flow chart that can be down loaded to the programmable micro-chip to make a fully functional electrical dice.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on their dice flow chart and how effective their electrical dice is.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Grand Designs (3D modelling)
In this project students will be using their creativity to develop a personalised design for their own grand design. They will first analyse a range of different home designs before creating their own. They will develop their skills using computer aided design to create their own 3D models.
Assessment: Students will produce a product analysis of existing house designs; they will go onto develop their own plan view of a house design and 3d version using goggle sketch up. Students will be assessed on the quality of their final plan view and goggle sketch-up design and their depth of understanding of the 3D design package google sketch-up. Key Words and Terms
Term 4Art Deco Keyring  
Students will learn about the Art Deco design movement and how CAD and CAM work together to produce a mould. Once students have designed their key fob using 2d design software, they will then have their designs cut out using the laser cutter. They will then learn the process of casting and use their mould to cast their key fob/pendant. Finally students will use tools and equipment to finish their final key fob.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on their Art deco designs in their books and their complete key fob/pendant, which will demonstrate their making ability.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Structures - Engineering 
Students will learn about different structures and types of bridges. Students will use computer software to develop their understanding of strength of structures and how they function during real life use. Students will model and test structures using software. Students will design and make model bridges. Students will work in teams to construct and test a bridge to destruction. Students will develop their sketching using isometric grids.
Assessment: Computer models will be assessed on strength and design. Students will work in teams for the making of the model bridge. Both design and testing to destruction will be used to assess.Key Words and Terms
Term 6Resistant Materials - Acrylic 
This terms learning will involve working with acrylic. Students will learn about the types and properties of plastics and its uses. Students will be developing their making skills. Students will develop their skills in using marking tools and a line bender to produce a product of their own design.
Assessment: Students designs from their books will be assesses along with their 2d Design technical drawings. Students ability to take into account the specification when designing using 2d Design and the Laser cutter (CAD/CAM).Key Words and Terms