Overview

Autumn term

Key ideas and topics covered

Textiles

  • Understanding the design process; research and analysis, specifications and development, design work, final outcomes, and evaluation
  • Biomimicry – how is it used in everyday and specialist products
  • Understanding hand and machine skills – how to use a sewing machine, hand and machine stitching
  • Dying techniques – tie dye
  • Decorative techniques – applique and embroidery

Textiles

  • Developing our understanding of the design process; research and analysis, specifications and development, design work, final outcomes, and evaluation
  • Smart and modern materials
  • Smart textiles – electronics in textiles products
  • Developing hand and machine skills – how to use a sewing machine, hand and machine stitching
  • Dying techniques – batik
  • Decorative techniques – applique and embroidery, machine free embroidery

Spring term

Key ideas and topics covered

Resistant Materials

  • Product analysis – how and why have products developed over time?
  • Influential designers of the past and how their work can influence the future
  • Safety in the workshop – risk assessments and preventions
  • Tools and equipment – how to measure accurately, the need for different tools and equipment when using timber, metal and plastics
  • Timber theory – types and properties
  • Isometric drawing
  • Creating a timber product – boat hull
  • Measuring, cutting, shaping and finishing in timber
  • Design skills – shading, rendering, lettering
  • Evaluation and testing

Resistant Materials

  • Structures, levers and mechanisms – how do we use these technologies around the world?
  • Prototypes in design – why are these more useful to create a final solution?
  • Modelling
  • Mechanical toys – how do they work? Investigate movement using cams and followers
  • Design skills – quick sketching v final designs
  • Collaboration projects

Summer term

Key ideas and topics covered

CAD / CAM – Computer Graphics

  • Iterative design process
  • Product analysis
  • Specifications and initial design sketching
  • Ergonomics and anthropometrics
  • Electronic theory – simple circuits, LEDS, batteries and other components
  • Computer Aided Design – how to use 2D design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture – how to use a laser cutter, 3D printing
  • Final designs
  • Assembling a small handheld product
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Packaging – vacuum forming process

CAD / CAM – Computer Graphics

  • Packaging project – how do we create corporate designs?
  • Investigations of use of colour, pattern, shape, form, design, image and typography
  • Logo design – development of logo designs
  • 3D shapes – nets and templates
  • Sustainability – renewable and non-renewable resources
  • 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Design packaging
  • Creating prototypes and modelling skills