Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Document :: Project Identification Document :: Key Stage 3 Project Audit

 In Key Stage 3 pupils follow the National Curriculum programmes of study and the course is delivered through projects which combine both Designing and Making. The complexity of the projects increases as the pupils’ progress through the Key Stage. Students will cover projects in Resistant Materials, CAD, Graphics, Food, Textiles and Electronics across years 7, 8 and 9.

During each project a range of skills are assessed. These include: researching the task, developing ideas, making high quality accurate products using a range of tools, equipment and processes. Other areas that are also assessed include: quality of presentation and finish, effort, planning and evaluation. Homework is set using extended tasks, based around a particular theme or topic related to the project being worked on. These are graded together with the complete project.

Year 7 Projects

Puppet Project
Students will design a wooden puppet based around a simple animal design. The project will introduce students to the design process.  They will learn about different woods and wood joints. Students will use a range of hand tools in the manufacture of the puppet.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Mood Light Project
Students will produce a small colour changing light box. They will gain an introduction to basic electronics and plastics. Students are taught about components, soldering and circuits. Students will learn about industrial processes and the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM).

Scheme of work

project booklet

Badge Project
Students will use the designs of an ancient civilisation to produce a range of designs for a badge which they will make in metal with the design etched on to it. Students will also incorporate CAD to help them develop their designs by using 2D Techsoft Design.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Structures
The theory of structures is covered within the project resulting in the construction and testing of bridge designs. This STEM based project is linked to Science, Maths and Engineering. Furthering student’s knowledge and understanding or forces, engineering, materials, testing, construction and mathematics.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Health and Safety
Students will complete a basic course in health and safety at the beginning of the year which will focus on tools, machinery, safety in the workshop, hazards, risks, signs and symbols.

Safety booklet

Textiles – Hand Puppet
Students are introduced to the safe use of the sewing machine, fibres and fabrics.  Using a theme of their choice, students are asked to design and make a hand puppet which incorporates tie dye, appliqué and embroidery.

 

Scheme of work

Food – Basic Skills
Students will design and make a range of dishes that show safe and correct use of a range of basic equipment and processes.

Scheme of work

Year 8 Projects

Pewter Project
Students design and make a metal key ring that is manufactured using the process of pewter casting. Students gain understanding of different types of casting as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of metals, properties and classifications. 

Scheme of work

project booklet

Architecture
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.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Timer Project
In this project students explore systems and control by using programmable circuits to create a timing device. Students develop and experiment with different casings to produce a complete product. This project will also develop their skills in graphics.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Trinket Box
This project helps to develop practical skills in joining wood together, their characteristics and properties. Pupils will gain understanding of wood joints, knowledge of tools and equipment. A range of decorative processes can be explored for the lid of the box.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Textiles – Pugglies
Students produce samples of seven different textile techniques to add texture and colour to a surface and build on skills from year 7. They then develop their new skills into a fun and unusual character using recycled and sustainable materials.

 

Scheme of work

Food – Nutrition and Me
Students will design and make a range of dishes that highlight the important nutrients in their diet. They will complete a small project on vegetarianism.

 

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Year 9 Projects

Packaging Project
Students will design and make a new carton for a local Chinese takeaway company. They are    required to create a logo for the company and a new recipe in Food. Students will research sustainability, packaging symbols, existing logo and net design.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Wooden Game
The wooden game project offers the opportunity for pupils to develop their design and making skills. Pupils learn new skills and knowledge of tools, equipment and a range of materials.  Pupils explore and experiment with different mechanisms and game solutions.

Scheme of work

project booklet

CAD Project
Students will learn to Creo, 3D modelling software to create a range of different products. The tasks set will provide students with the procedures for           constructing the various parts of the design then assembling them into the final unit.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Pop Up Book
Students will explore and develop a range of graphic skills to create a Pop Up book. A number of different card mechanisms and designers will be researched throughout the project. Students will develop a story and create a 6 page prototype.

Scheme of work

project booklet

Textiles – Bottle Coats
A first experience of industrial construction. Students create a fun bottle holder to keep water cool following a pattern, inserting a zip and round base, transferring an image and learning about smart and modern materials.

 

Scheme of work

Food – Multicultural Food
Work is based around producing food with a multicultural theme, suiting the needs of a teenager and suitable for sale in the College canteen. The dishes designed and adapted must show the use of pastry and sauces.

 

Scheme of work

Expectations

Students are expected to:
- Behave in a safe and sensible manner
- Respect both teachers and other students
- Treat the equipment and other facilities with respect
- Students are required to bring graphics equipment to every lesson.
- Students are given a project folder and a clear plastic wallet to keep their project work in.
- Students have the opportunity to enter local and national competitions.
- Students are given homework once a week which you will find in the project booklets.
- Extra curricular clubs are run after College and at lunchtime in various areas of the department.

Rotations

 In years 7, 8 & 9 students are taught in Design & Technology groups on a rotation basis. These groups comprise of two, three or four form groups which are then equally divided Design & Technology groups within the year group. Each group will contain no more than 21 students based on BS4163 health and Safety requirements. All groups are mixed ability throughout Key Stage 3 & 4. There are 11 groups in each year group which rotate around the main subject areas within Design and Technology.

In Year 7 all students experience working in wood, metal, graphics, textiles, structures and food. Students spend 6 lessons per two week cycle in the Design & Technology department. Three of these lessons are spent in Resistant Materials and the other three in Textiles or Food. Students will spend half the year in either Food or Textiles and then swap over.

In Years 8 and 9, all students work with wood, metal, plastics and electronics, graphics, mechanisms, technical drawing, CAD/CAM, food and textiles. Students spend 6 lessons per two week cycle in the design & technology department. Groups will rotate around the different subject areas every 6 weeks.

Clubs

Club

Year group

Time

Details

LEGO League Challenge

7 to 9

Lunch times all week

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. It is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

Coursework Support

10 to13

Lunch times all week & Tuesday after school

These sessions are held to help and support students currently undertaking their GCSE or A-Level coursework projects.

Stem

STEM subjects are briefly defined as follows:

  • Science and science related subjects: e.g. medicine, nursing, agriculture, horticulture, dentistry, veterinary science, animal science, geology, astronomy, science elements of hairdressing, psychology and pharmacy.
  • Technology: e.g. I.T., manufacturing technology, electricity transmission, telecoms.
  • Engineering: e.g. aerospace, civil engineering, electrical engineering, motor mechanics, marine engineering, power engineering, construction.
  • Mathematics: e.g. statistics, pure and applied mathematics

Our overall goals are to increase student attainment within the schools STEM subjects and to boost their interest and enjoyment through a combined approach to skills development. We believe that it is essential to promote an increased collaboration between Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths departments. A greater integration needs to be achieved between these subjects to help us further develop student’s knowledge, skills in creativity, sustainability and enterprise. I believe that there is an opportunity for our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects to work together to increase the profile of STEM to pupils.

The broader impacts of increasing STEM provision for students within our school will provide us with improved teaching and learning across subject areas. We plan to share resources and develop the skills essential for students throughout the Science, Technology and Maths departments. We want to interest and excite students in opting for Engineering, Technology and Science subjects at KS4 and 5.

Stem Projects

We are currently developing a number of STEM projects for students in years 7 to 9 which include Solar powered vehicles, Urban transport, Battery powered vehicles, Rockets, paper aeroplane challenges and drag cars. We also plan on organising Wind turbine challenges, Food experiments using chemical reactions and external collaboration with the Small piece Trust, Young Engineers etc. We are developing our on-going connections with industry and the organisation of school trips and or visits. These projects will be carried out as extra-curricular clubs and STEM days throughout the year.