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Year 7 DT

Guidance for parents

What will students study in Design and Technology this year?

In Year 7 students design and manufacture their own working products in response to open ended creative projects in four design disciplines:

  • In Resistant Materials students are introduced to woods and plastics in the manufacture of a Box Game, using hand tools to create the wood joints and computer aided design and manufacture for the injection moulded pieces and graphics packaging. The Moisture Tester Project introduces students to the forming process and the use workshop machinery to shape an original mould and vacuum form their product casing for a soldered printed circuit board with different outputs
  • In Graphics students use the Harry Potter trip as inspiration to write and illustrate their own interactive book; they are introduced to levers, linkages and mechanisms to animate their story and can use electronics to further develop their ideas.
  • In Food students are introduced to Government dietary requirements and develop their practical skills to produce healthier adaptations of recipes including apple crumble, stir fry, and a cultural breakfast.

What are the major assessments this year?

After each project students set their own targets based on peer and teacher feedback, improving on these in the next project. The main target areas are research, designing, planning, construction, and evaluation. In the Year 7 summer exam students are assessed on the projects completed, responding to subject knowledge and design based questions.

What will the current performance grade be based on, and what do the levels mean?

The current performance grades are based on the design folder and each final product in line with a series of level descriptors. All students are given an assessment document at the start of the year.

What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in the subject?

In the first instance, she should speak to her subject teacher who will help to identify specific areas for improvement in the subject with targeted support.

How can I support my daughter in Year 7?

The best way to provide general support to Year 7 students is by discussing their work in the subject and how things are going. If you can, access the CAD programs Techsoft 2D Design and Google Sketch UP, and encourage your daughter to work through the free trials. Visit exhibitions and galleries such as the Design Museum, the V&A, and Science museum for research. For any clarification of key knowledge and revision use the websites www.technologystudent.com and www.bbc.co.uk/education. It would be helpful if students can get involved in any DIY projects around the home and join lunchtime clubs in school.

What kind of independent work should my daughter be completing?

Students are given regular homework to complete and this should be recorded in your daughter's planner. To do well in Design and Technology she should use her assessment for learning pack which details all the outcomes that need to be completed and she should keep up to date with the research, design and evaluation homework she is set. There is a list of high quality websites here for her to develop her skills in the subject.

Who can I contact for further advice and information?

Please feel free to contact the Head of Design and Technology, Mrs Shilling, on fshilling@newsteadwood.co.uk with as much detailed information as possible.

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