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Topics Studied
Knowledge Gained
  • Drawing Techniques; Oblique, Isometric, 1 Point Perspective, 2 Point Perspective, Orthographic Projection.
  • Material Properties; Timbers, Plastics
  • Smart Materials
  • Ergonomics And Anthropometrics.
  • The Work Of Others.
  • Developing A GCSE Portfolio.
  • Realising A Client Profile.
  • Students will develop understanding of different drawing perspectives and how to integrate them into their design ideas.
  • Different Material Properties including Timbers and Plastics.
  • How people interact with products through their Anthropeias and Ergonomics.
  • The work of past and present designers and how their work can be used as inspiration.
Practical Work Produced:
Key Vocabulary:
Students will use their knowledge to develop their first project: The Acrylic Clock Project.
  • Oblique
  • Cabinet
  • Cavaliere
  • Isometric
  • Base Line
  • 1 Point Perspective
  • 2 Point Perspective
  • Vanishing Point
  • Horizon Line
  • Set Square
  • Rendering
  • Annotations
  • Analysis
  • Specification
  • Design Brief
  • Scroll Saw
  • Finishing
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Topics Studied
Knowledge Gained
  • Composite Materials.
  • The 6R’s.
  • Product Life Cycle Analysis.
  • Environmental Pressures.
  • Renewable And Non Renewable Energy.
  • Scales Of Production.
  • Technology Push And Market Pull.
  • Material Properties, Papers And Boards.
  • Students will develop their understanding of material properties including; Composite materials and papers and boards.
  • How products are affected within the real world and consider their life cycle.
  • Where does energy come from and how is it affecting the environment.
  • What makes a product successful and how are they made in industry.
Practical Work Produced:
Key Vocabulary:
Students will use their knowledge to develop their second project: Desk Tidy Organisers.
  • Recycle
  • Reuse
  • Refuse
  • Reduce
  • Repair
  • Rethink
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Energy
  • Target Market
  • One Off Production
  • Batch Production
  • Mass Production
  • Smart Materials
  • Composite Materials
  • Ergonomics
  • Anthropometrics
  • User Requirements
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Topics Studied
Knowledge Gained
  • Commercial Production Techniques
  • Addition Processes
  • Deformation Processes
  • Technical Processes
  • CAD and CAM
  • Students will develop their working knowledge of how products are made.
  • Understanding of Addition, Deformation and Commercial production techniques used within industry.
  • How to utilize CAD and CAM within a practical setting linked with 3D Printing.
Practical Work Produced:
Key Vocabulary:
Students will use their knowledge to develop their third project: Card Modelling Lamp Project.
  • 3D Printing
  • Extrusion
  • Injection Moulding
  • Drape Forming
  • Line Bending
  • Vacuum Forming
  • Welding
  • Brazing
  • Soldering
  • Robotics
  • Deforestation
  • Jigs
  • Templates
  • Craft Knife
  • Safety Ruler
  • CAD
  • CAM
Subject Overview:

Students in Year 9 have 3 Design Technology lessons each week.

Students have 2 practical lessons and 1 theory lesson each week.

Year 9 Design Technology students have one piece of homework set every week.


Students in Year 9 are assessed through coursework based assessments and End of Term tests.