Within Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to design and make objects in the two major facets of this subject.
Wood, Metal, Plastic and Electronics
Fibres and Fabrics, and Food.
Graphic and ICT skills are integrated within the teaching of all materials. ICT skills include aspects of computer aided design and manufacture.
In Year 7 pupils are introduced to the subject by taking a generic design and make task which involves the production of a phototype picture frame. Various design and make skills are taught and the end achievements of students are used to form a benchmark for their potential achievements at Key Stage 3.
They then progress to gaining knowledge on the safe use of basic equipment and electrical tools by working through a variety of focused practical tasks. They are then able to use tools and equipment to follow longer Design and Make Assignments.
Design and Make Assigments within the Key Stage include:
CAD/CAM Plastics Project
Textiles product which involves design and make of a Wallet/Card Holder which includes Computer Aided Manufacture.
Food based projects which included mini design and make tasks on the Eat Well Plate, design and make foods to add variety to packed lunches and a tear 'n' share flavoured bread.