Sir James Smith's School

 

 

Design and Technology 

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

Milton Glaser

Key Stage 3

At SJS You will have one hour of Design Technology lessons per week where you will be able to develop a broad range of skills from in Product Design, Graphic Design, Electronics, Textile Design and Architecture. If you are interested in a career being creative, this could be the subject for you. A supportive and inclusive atmosphere encourages the students to take risks with their work in order to discover new things and become resilient and creative problem solvers.

You will experiment with and explore a wide range of contemporary graphic processes, developing original design concepts across the discipline.  Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think creatively, and develop your skills to enable you to exhibit professional quality work at the end of the second year.

Please click here for the Key Stage 3 plan for the year.

STEPS
Students in Year 7 and Year 8 will be assessed using STEPS.  To find out more about how this works, please click on the link below.  When the Powerpoint opens, if you would like to view as a Slideshow, select Slideshow from the top bar and then the From the beginning icon on the left hand side of the screen:

STEPS for Design and Technology

Key Stage 4

AQA Resistant Materials GCSE Unit

Students opting to take the AQA Resistant Materials course will have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge acquired at KS3. They are encouraged to be creative and original in their design work in order to design and engineer very high quality products that meet a specific consumer need and have the potential to be commercially viable. The GCSE course also gives the students the opportunity to consider the wider social, moral, cultural and ethical issues affecting design and the role design and technology plays in society. GCSE students take part in nationwide design competitions in order to stretch and challenge them, but also to encourage them to think about designing for whole markets and to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit. Students will be marked on the Coursework that they submit, which is 60% of the final grade and they will sit an end of year exam which is weighted at 40%.

What will I do? 

Students opting to take the AQA Resistant Materials course will have the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge acquired at KS3. They are encouraged to be creative and original in their design work in order to design and engineer very high quality products that meet a specific consumer need and have the potential to be commercially viable. The GCSE course also gives students the opportunity to consider the wider social, moral, cultural and ethical issues affecting design and the role design and technology plays in society. GCSE students take part in nationwide design competitions in order to stretch and challenge them, but also to encourage them to think about designing for whole markets and to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit.

Units include:

  • The Tin Can Light project
  • Developing an MP3 Docking station
  • Designing their own phone case using the 3D Printer
  • Designing a clock
  • Developing drawing skills
  • Using a range of CAD programmes like Photoshop, Sketchup and 2D Designer
  • Using a range of CAM programmes – 3D Printer and the laser cutter

What do I need? 

You do not need to have any previous experience, just a creative flare and a willingness to achieve. 

 

Please click on the links below to access the Design Technology pages on facebook:

Resistant Materials:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/300984926957689/

Graphics:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/498172203714668/

Textiles:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/180339319134828/ 

 

Design Technology - Light Projection Project - Year 8

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In Year the Design Technology students have been working hard on producing their light Projection Boxes. The students had to use a variety of skills from using the schools laser cutter, creating Comb Joints, using the drills, attaching hinges, the belt sander and soldering to help build their skill base in the subject. The final products are very impressive, well done Year 8!

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Design Technology - Jewellery Project

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Jewellery Project

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Design Technology - Lamp Project

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Lamp Project

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Product Design Project

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Design Technology/Graphics

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Monster Project

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Design Technology - Clock Project

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Designing for Tesco

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Technology Rooms

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