St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 you will experience a range of activities in Design Technology. Your introduction to this subject is based on Health and Safety and expected standards in the DT area.
Over the course of the year you will move around the subject areas and you will complete three distinctly different units of work:

DT is all about designing and making quality products. You will go right through the design process, following simple briefs and specifications using yourself as a customer. You will design a range of products, developing 2D and 3D skills and you will also experience Computer Aided Design.

There will be great emphasis on building your skills, knowledge and confidence with tools and machinery, working safely with a variety of resistant materials, graphic and food products.
Parents can help by making sure that you are equipped for all lessons, especially for Food Technology practical lessons. Ingredients and methods are available from subject tutors and the school website.

Year 8

In Year 8 you will continue to build on your experiences in Year 7.
Over the course of the year you will again move around the subject areas and cover a variety of topics. You will complete three distinctly different units of work in Year 8:

As in Year 7, DT is about making quality products. In the mechanical toy unit, you will go through the design process, following a set brief, forming a specification and developing distinct design proposals for a client of your choice. You will manufacture your toy, and then evaluate it in consultation with your client.

In the systems and control unit, you will use a computer program called 'logicator' to control virtual situations with the use of flowsheets. You will then be able to upload your flowsheet to a microchip to control a buggy around a series of courses.

In the Plastic Sports Trophy unit, you will understand the key properties that makes plastic a suitable material to use for products and will produce a sports trophy based on a chosen Olympic sport.