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Product Design
 
 
KS3
 
C7
Learners will be encouraged to reflect on the skills and knowledge they have gained at primary school. The first four weeks LS’s are designed to ignite learner’s curiosity about Product Design and the design process. Learners will be offered experiences in the different subject areas to develop their understanding of different skills and their applications. In the study periods learners will choose which material/room they want to explore. Master-classes have been planned in the material/ room which the learners may or may not choose to opt into. This will give them a better knowledge about the material possibilities beyond the area they have chosen as many are applicable across the different materials. We have also created guides for each project that the learners can use along with physical demonstrations for new equipment addressing H&S issues.
 
C8
Learners will again be offered opportunities in a variety of subjects/materials. Learners will be able to rotate around the subject areas that we offer as GCSE options, or they could re-visit a particular subject if they wish to explore it further. In each subject there are two similar projects that the learners could choose from, a full set of resources have been created to help guide the learners and we will continue to run a series of master classes which will be focused on different skills or activities to broaden their knowledge of world technologies that can be applied. The study periods have been created to build on the skills and knowledge from cohort 7.
 
 
KS4
 
C9
Food: Learners will be working on independent assessment tasks of their choice throughout the year, these projects are based on festivals and fairs, farms shop, cultural foods, two course meals, entertaining and designer lifestyles. Each learner works on developing existing practical skills from Cohort 7&8 whilst building creative and analysis skills. They are provided with all the resources they need to be successful including how to guides and assessment logs. Sessions involve options to sign up to master classes where learners can build on existing knowledge and skills in a variety of pre-planned activities or can work on a one-to-one basis with the class leader. These projects are designed to prepare learners for the controlled assessment aspect of the course.
 
Graphics: Learners will be following the design process throughout all projects and will be developing their drawing and rendering skills, gaining an understanding of pop-ups and mechanisms, creating high quality 3D models and learning how to use Photoshop successfully. They will be identifying target markets and evaluating their needs, linking their designing and making to real life. All design briefs are closely linked to the controlled assessment specification and develop the skills needed to complete controlled assessment.
 
Product Design: Learners will be developing their knowledge and skills in a variety of different materials. We will be spending a half term on each material completing a programme of structured design and making assignments. These mini ‘design and make’ tasks will focus on broadening understanding of materials through first hand practical projects. The emphasis within these projects will be developing hands-on practical skills.
 
RM: Learners will be gaining skills throughout the year in the main areas of Resistant Materials – Wood, Metal, Plastic, Electronics and CAD/CAM they will also develop their drawing and rendering skills. Learners will choose what product they would like to make from a selection of design briefs which are all closely linked to the controlled assessment and each project will closely follow the design process.
 
Textiles: We take a creative approach to our teaching and learning and allow learners to explore the artistic aspect of fabric design through a range of materials and techniques. Projects Undertaken in Cohort 9 - Purse and bag project - creating a basic pattern, decorative techniques, Children’s toy Project – basic construction techniques, making your own pattern and smart materials, Fashion Project - fashion through the ages, trend prediction, construction techniques, pattern construction, Shop window design - creating patterns for wallpaper and fabric, staging techniques, Sculpture Project - wider range of techniques, how to create fabrics.
 
 
C10
Food: Learners start the year with two smaller assessment tasks based around entertaining; producing food on a large scale for a special occasion. This project is designed to get learners thinking about food on a larger scale and improving their analytical skills whilst producing new and innovative products. The second project is based around target market diet plan; learners are to explore nutrition and diet in detail. Both projects are designed to prepare them for starting their controlled assessment after Christmas. In the projects, learners are to follow the design process.
 
Graphics: Learners will continue to develop the skills they have learnt during C9 preparing them to start their controlled assessment after Christmas. They will be given a selection of design briefs for each project and they can choose the product they want to design and make, they should be working independently to fulfil the design brief.
 
Product Design: Learners will start the year with two mini design and make tasks for the first term. Learners will then be given a selection of design briefs that will cover a range of materials. Learners will choose one and will start creating their design folder focusing on a target market.
 
RM: Learners will continue to develop the skills they have learnt during C9 preparing them to start their controlled assessment after Christmas. They will be given a selection of design briefs for each project and they can choose the product they want to design and make, they should be working independently to fulfil the design brief.
 
Textiles: Learners in Cohort 10 start the year with an interior project, building on skills learnt in the previous 3 years. Learners can choose what product they want to create and should work as independently as possible to achieve quality outcome. After the completion of this project learners are introduced to topics such as smart materials, social, moral and environmental issues surrounding the production of textile products. After Christmas Cohort 10 learners start their controlled assessment. Please see GCSE options for more information on this.
 
C11
Learners are all working on their controlled assessment. They have planned their own work using their gained knowledge about different materials and equipment and have all had to identify the need of a product for a particular target group. Learners would have completed research relating to their subject to come to conclusions which would have informed them about critical points to consider in their designing of products.
 
The Team
 
 Ms L Brown Subject Responsibility for Textiles and Food  [email protected]
 Mr R Flanders Teacher
 Mrs C Howard Subject Leader  [email protected]
 Mrs S Lockett Teacher
 
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