KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Design Technology
Term 1Audio Amp Project 
In this project students are going to have the opportunity to define their own design opportunity in order to take advantage of the availability of a relatively cheap and easy to assemble Audio Amplifier electronic circuit. The aim of the project is for them to develop a functional and marketable product which is designed and made to a high level of quality.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on the following areas: • They will identify and write their own Design Brief before identifying a list of Specification Points or Design Constraints. • They will follow instructions to assemble the Audio Amp and they will demonstrate their understanding of signal amplification and speaker design. • They will explore a range of initial ideas before using Google Sketch-up to present one idea. • They will produce and justified and final design proposal using 2d design. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Bloodhound Racer (Forces and Making)  
The student’s task is to understand the forces of friction and drag and to develop the body shape and running gear of a vehicle which can harness the power of a compressed air motor in order to achieve the highest speed possible. Students will develop their own vehicle through sketching and 3D modelling in order to produce a working prototype which can be tested on our test track.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on how well they complete the orthographic drawing tasks in their exercise books. The main assessment task will be their final orthographic design in their books along with their finished bloodhound racer car, which will combine to form their final grade.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Innovation Challenge
Designing and Making Innovation Challenge, is an exciting assessment, focusing on learners’ imagination, innovation and flair for designing and making. It requires learners to make quick decisions, take risks, be adventurous and use input from others, through controlled and structured peer evaluation. This consists of two 3-hour sessions and a further half-hour reflection session in which students can evaluate their designs.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Architecture (Designing and Modelling)  
This project develops student’s creative and modelling skills. Students are required to design and model their own modern style building. Students will design the outside and inside of the building, the floor plan and landscape.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on how effectively they develop their one and two point perspective in their exercise books. Student will go on to develop design ideas in their exercise books along with a final Architectural model, which will combine to generate a final grade.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5GCSE D&T Unit 3 Materials 
This unit focuses on Sections 3.1.6.1 and 3.1.6.2 of the AQA specification. It covers the categories and properties of a complete range of core materials within each of five specialist areas. The materials are covered through practical applications and with reference to the key material category in which they belong. The specific physical and working properties that best describe each material subcategory are identified and defined with reference to use and knowledge that will underpin practical designing and making activities.
Assessment: A unit assessment will be taken at the end of the unit. This includes questions from all the material areas covered. Worksheets are completed during and after lesson activities and homework questions are awarded marks and students receive grades for each piece.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6GCSE D&T Unit 3 Materials 
This unit focuses on Sections 3.1.6.1 and 3.1.6.2 of the AQA specification. It covers the categories and properties of a complete range of core materials within each of five specialist areas. The materials are covered through practical applications and with reference to the key material category in which they belong. The specific physical and working properties that best describe each material subcategory are identified and defined with reference to use and knowledge that will underpin practical designing and making activities.
Assessment: A unit assessment will be taken at the end of the unit. This includes questions from all the material areas covered. Worksheets are completed during and after lesson activities and homework questions are awarded marks and students receive grades for each piece.Key Words and Terms
 

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