Product Design

All students study Product Design in Year 7, 8 and 9 and then it is an optional subject at GCSE. It involves students in identifying and solving real problems and appreciating the made world around them. It combines designing and practical skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products. Students develop their graphical skills as well as working with computer aided design software and a range of materials including woods, metals and plastics.

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Students need to…

  • be analytical and be able to evaluate products and identify how to improve
  • be imaginative, creative and demonstrate innovative thinking to produce suitable designs
  • be confident with their drawing ability
  • be able to work independently to produce the highest quality product possible.

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Areas of Study

 

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7  Get it WriteStudents will:analyse existing Bic Biros for Function, Cost and Ergonomics

explain the importance of health and safety rules in the workshop and when using the pillar drill

generate a range of annotated and rendered design ideas

make a high quality pen from plastic tubes using the correct tools and equipment

learn beginner 2D CAD skills using 2D Design to recreate their pens

produce a written evaluation of their product

You’re HiredStudents will:analyse how existing brands appeal to their target markets

work in teams to produce a smoothie brand from scratch – paper and iPad

analyse effective logos/brand names/slogans and produce a wide range of design ideas suitable for the target market

complete the compulsory activities of: create a poster, tv storyboard, packaging and speech using persuasive language

complete the optional activities of: create a tv advert, radio jingle, recipe, character/mascot and charity plan

pitch their idea to the class by presenting all of their work using their speech

Let There Be LightStudents will:build on their 2D CAD skills using 2D Design

learn beginner 3D CAD skills using 123D Design app and on Mac

learn programming skills using Logicator for PIC and PICAXE

apply their scientific knowledge of how a circuit works and describe the role of different components

develop their health and safety knowledge when learning how to solder

produce a high quality USB powered light

solder a circuit with the components in correctly

produce a light shade inspired by recycling and their choice of theme from found materials like plastic bags

use templates and jigs as a starting point before modifying the frame for their light

Year 8  Plastic FantasticStudents will:develop intermediate and genius 2D CAD skills using 2D Design

generate a wide range of ideas using 2D Design

compare the advantages and disadvantages of CAD/CAM

recap health and safety rules

produce a high quality product using acrylic and vinyl

describe the different scales of production and recognise the differences between them

describe the differences between thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics

Metal ZooStudents will:produce a range of appropriate ideas that fulfill a design specification

develop their ideas to ensure the product can be made successfully

– recap health and safety rules

– learn how to mark out, saw and finish metal and apply this when making their own product

–  produce a high quality metal animal from aluminium using the correct tools and equipment

–  use the pillar drill and pop rivets to secure different parts of the animal

– produce a written evaluation of their product

describe the differences between ferrous, non-ferrous metals and alloys and be able to give examples of each category and why they are appropriate for their use

Push the Boat OutStudents will:research the initial task and analyse the information they collect by selecting the important information they need to consider when designing

work with woods to produce a high quality former for their boat hull that will move through the water well

explain how the vacuum former works when creating the moulds of their boat hulls

apply scientific knowledge of speed = distance / time when testing their boat hulls

– describe the differences between hardwoods, softwoods and manufactured boards and be able to give examples of each category and why they are appropriate for their use

– develop beginner and intermediate 3D CAD skills using 123D Design app and on Mac

Year 9  Extraordinary StoriesStudents will:select and ordinary product and use the internet to discover the extraordinary story behind it

produce a digitial story (Keynote, iMovie etc.) to tell the viewer the story including who/when/how it was designed, the materials it is made from, how it is manufactured, analyse how suitable the product is for the customer, share their opinion about the product, suggest improvements etc.

 

Molten Metal

Students will:

develop intermediate and genius 2D CAD skills using 2D Design

define the 6 Rs

apply the 6 Rs to packaging and other products to suggest how it could be improved

explain the 6 reasons for packaging and consider how appropriate different materials are for different functions

produce a mould (pre-casting), cast pewter into the mould (casting) and finish the pewter to a high quality (post casting)

On Your BikeStudents will:work in pairs to research the initial design brief

analyse the information they collect by selecting the important information they need to consider when designing

write a design specification to show what their product must be and do

produce a wide range of annotated design ideas that will fulfill the design specification (by hand or using CAD)

develop and model their item

pitch their idea to the class by presenting all of their work and explaining why their product is necessary

 

CAD/CAM

Students will:

develop intermediate/genius 3D CAD skills using 123D Design app and on Mac

create a range of ideas for an earphone wrap or house and apply different features

render their designs using 3D CAD

DysonStudents will:research the range of work that James Dyson has produced, identify the features that his work contain, describe the innovations/new ideas that he has introduced and the influence that he has had on the world of design and technology

disassemble a DC22 and turbine head to discover and explain how they are designed and manufactured

consider the materials used and why they are suitable

explain the process of injection moulding and why it is suitable for mass production

 

Beat the Flood

Students will:

work in pairs to research the initial design brief of flood-proof housing in Bangladesh

analyse the information they collect by selecting the important information they need to consider when designing

write a design specification to show what their design must be and do

undertake scientific testing of materials to discover their tensile strength and absorbency

produce a wide range of annotated design ideas that will fulfill the design specification

work out the costing of their design

develop and model their final design using model making materials

test the strength to weight ratio of different plank and box girder bridges during chocolate welding

Year 10  TangramsStudents will:accurately measure out a tangram

saw accurately by selecting the correct tools and equipment

create quality edges by selecting the correct tools and equipment

recap health and safety rules in the workshop

describe the meanings of different health and safety signs

 

Two Designers

Students will:

research the range of work that the two designers the exam board select have produced, identify the features that their work contain, describe the innovations/new ideas that they have introduced and the influence that they have had on the world of design and technology

produce detailed essays for both of the designers for all 4 categories

 

Gadgets

Students will:

work in pairs to research and select an area / target market to design a gadget for

develop a range of design ideas appropriate for the target market

explain how their design idea is appropriate

–  develop intermediate/genius 3D CAD skills using 123D Design app and on Mac

render their designs using 3D CAD

 

Materials Investigation

Students will:

complete practical activities to explain the differences of woods, metals, plastics

describe the differences between hardwoods, softwoods and manufactured boards and be able to give examples of each category and why they are appropriate for their use

describe the differences between ferrous, non-ferrous metals and alloys and be able to give examples of each category and why they are appropriate for their use

describe the differences between thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics and be able to give examples of each category and why they are appropriate for their use

explain what smart materials are and what products they are used in

explain what materials flat pack furniture uses and why

 

2D Design

Students will:

develop intermediate/genius 2D CAD skills using 2D Design to produce a range of christmas shapes using different skills

apply the skills learnt to create their own christmas card using 2D Design

Ergonomic MouseStudents will:work with foams to produce a high quality former for their ergonomic mouse that will be comfortable to use

explain how the vacuum former works when creating the moulds of mice for their blister packaging

explain the 6 reasons for packaging

design the blister packaging including all features expected on packaging

explain theory related to paper, card and board e.g. different types and their uses, how it is harvested and manufactured

recognise and explain the meaning of key symbols

 

Sustainability

Students will:

explain the 6 Rs

produce a Keynote considering apply the 6 Rs to a range of products

analyse products using Winners and Losers

recap the meanings of symbols

 

Swatch Watch

Students will:

produce a wide range of design ideas for the strap, watch face and hands inspired by the two designers selected by the exam board

render the designs to a high standard

 

Designing Questions

Students will:

explore how to achieve full marks in designing questions

complete exam question

 

I Am Acrylic

Students will:

research the existing brand

produce a wide range of design ideas for jewellery that would be suitable for I Am Acrylic

select the most appropriate design and develop it so it is suitable to manufactured

produce a high quality piece of jewellery using correct tools and equipment

 

 

Drawing Styles Students will:develop isometric drawing skills

be able to produce an isometric drawing from an orthographic one provided

develop orthographic drawing skills

be able to produce an orthographic drawing from an isometric one provided

name and recognise the differences between different drawing styles and explain when each one is appropriate

 

Mock Exam Preparation

Students will:

use revision resources on Firefly before completing a full mock exam

 

Mock Controlled Assessment Preparation

use preparation resources on Firefly before completing a mock controlled assessment

 

Year 11  Controlled AssessmentStudents will complete the following pages: 

Analysis of the Task, Design Specification, Generating Ideas, Develop form/ function, Develop materials/ components, Develop making, Develop size, Develop finish / quality, presentation drawing, technical drawing

Controlled Assessment Students will complete the following pages and the practical categories: 

Range of Processes, Quality of Making, Dimensional Accuuracy, Quality of Finish, Working Independently, Function, Planning the Make, Evaluation, Suggesting Improvements

Exam Revision Students will be able to answer questions on the following topics: 

Product Analysis, Sustainability / Legislation, Designers, The Design Process, Commercial Manufacturing Processes, Materials and Components, Tools, Equipment and Making, ICT, CAD and CAM, Systems and Processes

Assessment

The course is structured through a project format in all years which are all assessed against GCSE mark schemes. 50% of marks will be awarded for designing, making and evaluating, 50% of marks will be awarded for practical work. Each project covers a range of skills and theory needed for success. In addition to this, students will sit a practice examination paper each term to ensure their examination skills and subject knowledge is up to date.

Firefly/Extended Learning

All extended learning is valuable to the course. Tasks will be set each fortnight and all are on Firefly. The projects in Year 7, 8 and 9 are numbered in order of completion and then each extended learning piece has a decimal to show the order of the projects.

GCSE extended learning tasks will include the use of GCSE Pod which can also be accessed through Firefly.

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Links to useful Resources/ Exam Specifications/ Apps

The Product Design section of Firefly has a wealth of resources to support students at all stages of their course.

Students will study WJEC GCSE Product Design and more information about course content can be found here:

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/design-and-technology/design-and-technology-gcse/

123D Design by Autodesk is a free computer aided design app for the iPad where students can make their own products, parts, or creations.

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The app D&T by J Pimmer is invaluable for GCSE revision; either 69p for Product Design or £1.99 for all D&T topics will be useful.

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Study guides for GCSE Product Design can be bought from many retailers (we recommend Essentials by Letts and Lonsdale).

Particularly helpful websites include:

Extra –curricular activities

Controlled Assessment Catch Up / Get Ahead Clinics are held weekly with lunchtime sessions also available. Year 11 students should look on their section of Firefly for the exact dates and times.