Students will build on skills learnt at KS3 in more depth. Practice NEA's will start to allow students to be familiar with the mark scheme and marking process that will happen in year 11. The first practice NEA for them will be the tool box project which focuses on building their practical skills and theory knowledge of materials, construction methods, the design process and finishes.
• Primary and Secondary research tasks.
• Design ideas and development of product and testing materials and making models.
• Manufacture of product using wood joints and finishes, such as comb and dovetail joints.
• Learning CAD/CAM development for decoration purposes.
• Evaluation and testing of product.
Theory preparation lesson once a week relating to topic and materials and manufacturing processes used.
Design process and practical marked for assessment every 2/3 weeks.
Mini assessments at the end of each theory topic roughly every 3 weeks.
An evergreen, coniferous tree which has clusters of long needle-shaped leaves. Many kinds are grown for the soft timber, which is widely used for furniture and pulp.
A finger joint, also known as a comb joint, is a woodworking joint made by cutting a set of complementary, interlocking profiles in two pieces of wood, which are then glued.
A dovetail joint is a joinery technique most commonly used in woodworking, noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front.
First ideas of a product that you sketch, model or draw on CAD to show you thoughts and variations of a product.
A specific person that you are making your product for with a want or need.
Research found using internet, books and or magazines, this research has already been carried out by someone else rather than yourself (primary research)
Developing an idea using CAD modelling or card modelling to explore the initial idea and create a final design looking at material, aesthetics, shape,. construction methods and finish.
Removing the excess wood from the comb joints using a File, to create smooth edges that interlock together.
A saw used to cut curves or shapes shapes from timber. A fine blade that can easily move in thinner pieces of timber.
A tool used on a work bench, to hold securely, your timber in place as you cut with a saw, file it or glue it.
Students are giving freedom to design the toolbox based on their own influences such as Artists, Sports and hobbies, backgrounds and nature. This should build confidence to explore designs they are proud of and can take ownership of.
Students can support each other in cutting difficult dovetail joints, share their experiences and explain them in demos to the class, again helping with confidence and feeling 'at home' in the DT workshop. Health and safety is paramount so students will need to look after and inform each other to ensure they stay safe with equipment and tools.
Completion of tool box for the design and make task along with theory understanding of materials, processes, sustainability, CAD/CAM processes and finishes based on requirements set by exam board. Students will focus on testing finishes and outcomes with the need to evaluate their work and work with the client in order to complete the project to the highest standard.
Evaluation and testing with client.
Photographing work and suggesting improvements.
Mock exam in November.
Mini end of unit assessments every 3 weeks.
NEA marked every 2 weeks.
The making of a judgement about the product you have made, from your own opinion, others and your client. Can be critical.
Using testing methods such as drop test, to check product for strength, durability, etc. Does it hold weight, can it open and close, does the client enjoy it and can they use it?
Collection of opinions and views from students, staff and clients about your product. Could be collected by questionnaire, verbally, email etc.
Wood Stain is a type of paint used to color wood. Comes in various colours and shades.
Chalk Paint is a type of paint that can be used on furniture and other items to create a chalky appearance. It's used for creating an aged appearance and can be distressed easily.
Satin paint has some sheen to it, and is an excellent choice for hardworking rooms, like kitchens and bathrooms. It stands up exceptionally well to scrubbing and regular cleaning. However, its glossiness highlights wall imperfections like cracks.
Wood wax is similar in ways to varnish and stain, but offers more protection that most other wood coatings. When given a light coating of wood wax, the entire surface of wooden objects is protected from moisture, and it holds the color of the wood.
Students will work with a client to take on feedback from their project and how it fitted the brief and the clients needs. This will enhance their confidence, ability to talk to otters to gain appropriate feedback and ensure they can explain the feedback and suggest ideas that would improve their product.
Students can give each other feedback on their designs throughout the process of making to help them make improvements and adapt making styles. Students can share clients, give sketched feedback to help visual learners and so collect information for students who may find interaction with other difficult.
• Secondary and primary research tasks.
• Design ideas and development of product.
• Manufacture of product using 2D Design and CAD/CAM processes.
• Development of packaging using Adobe suite.
• Manufacture of packaging using graphic design and vacuum former.
• Evaluation and testing.
2 hour mock exam November.
Acrylic is a transparent plastic material with outstanding strength, stiffness, and optical clarity. Acrylic sheet is easy to fabricate, bonds well with adhesives and solvents, and is easy to thermoform. It has superior weathering properties compared to m
A glue used to glue plastics together, unlike super glue it dries slowly over a few hours so can be moved if the position of the product changes and dries clear. health and safety measure to be taken with this adhesive.
Computer Aided Design Computer Aided Manufacture
Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to slice materials. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. Can be quick and high efficient with good accuracy.
The person who the product is made for with specific wants and needs.
Packaging used to hold the maze in place to advertise and protect against wear and tear.
10mm in 1cm, used in DT as it is much for accurate than working in CM.
Students will work with a client to take on feedback from their project and how it fitted the brief and the clients needs. This will enhance their confidence, ability to talk to otters to gain appropriate feedback and ensure they can explain the feedback and suggest ideas that would improve their product. Students are working with a different material and a different construction methods so will gain knowledge and understand go this for their theory work.
Students can support each other in use of using the laser cutter, share their experiences and explain them in demos to the class, again helping with confidence and feeling 'at home' in the DT workshop. Health and safety is paramount so students will need to look after and inform each other to ensure they stay safe with equipment and tools, especially the adhesive.
Continuation of maze game project for the design and make task along with theory understanding of materials, processes, sustainability, CAD/CAM processes and finishes based on requirements set by exam board.
Final assessment of maze game project paper work and coursework.
Students to design and make their choice of product using all the skills they have learnt so far. (Practice NEA).
• Write own brief and specification.
• Design ideas for product.
• Development of materials and testing for product.
• Practical using hand tools and CAD/CAM and electronics.
• Production plan task.
• Evaluating and testing with improvements suggested.
Work is marked throughout project using AQA mark scheme with feedback given.
Pages marked on PP and feedback given to help with improvements.
Non Exam Assessment
The person who the product will be made for with specific wants and or needs.
A challenge set by the exam board for the NEA, 2-3 are set students are to choose one for their project in year 11.
The iterative process is an approach that designers, educators, and others use to continually improve a design or product. People create a prototype and test it, then tweak and test the revised prototype, and repeat this cycle until they reach an outcome.
Exam board used by St Andrews in this NEA challenge.
Exam board release design context June 1st. Students will start the project before the summer holidays and will continue to work on this come September.
1 NEA project roughly 20 pages. 100 marks overall.
Section A Research - 10 marks
Section B Specification - 10 marks
Section C Designing - 20 marks
Section D Developing design - 20 marks
Section E Realising design - 20 marks
Section F Testing and Evaluating - 20 marks
2 hour mock exam November.
Assessment of NEA throughout the term for feedback and marks in order to improve work.
Students can start their nEA as soon as exam board release the design contexts, this allows for time management and ensures that students complete their NEAs on time to allow for revision and marking of the NEA's before sending to exam board. With feedback students can develop their NEA and increase marks to reach their predicated grade if not exceed them.
Students are working within the same design context so can share ideas and support each other with feedback and evaluations throughout their projects. Students can use older NEA's in order to support their learning and look at page layouts and content that may be used.