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Year 9 Curriculum Information - Design & Technology
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Subject outline.

This year pupils will complete the carousel of four different projects of 8-10 weeks. Continuing to develop their skills with a view to choosing one of three design areas for their GCSE, where possible the area they have excelled in and enjoyed. Food, Textiles, ICT and Product Design projects should be completed. Each project has a classroom booklet to work in together with Home-learning tailored to reinforce the classroom learning.

Topics Covered.

Food: During this year pupils will develop a multicultural food product. They will research and investigate food from different cultures and design a dish that reflects their chosen culture.

Product Design: Pupils design and make a Jitterbug. Again building on previous skills they produce a circuit board linked to a motor and combine it with their own acrylic bug design to produce a jittering bug!

Textiles: Pupils will design and make a Bag for Life. The project aims to raise an awareness of the importance of recycling and reusing, combined with pattern cutting to produce a tote/messenger bag.

ICT: Students will take the EDC qualification.


All students will complete four projects throughout the year.  Each is marked with two focus areas that are pertinent to the project and reflect an area of assessment in the deign process together with an outcome mark.  The student receives individual marks for these and an averaged mark for their project.  These marks feed into a data base that will produce an average mark at the end of the year for each student allowing for suitable targets to be set to enable progression.

Throughout the design process students are encouraged to learn new vocabulary.  They are asked to research into and explore other designers and will produce short reports on a regular basis.  As designing requires an ability to understand scale and measurement all students will use their mathematical skills during their projects, e.g. working out the quantities of materials required for a design or weighing and measuring ingredients in food.

Special Requirements/Equipment

Students should always arrive with a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and a selection of coloured pencils. Students will always be informed of special requirements as and when necessary. During the food project they will be required to provide ingredients for the practical sessions and will be given ingredient lists a week prior to the lesson.

Home Learning

Home learning is set and marked in line with the whole school policy. In most instances home learning work sheets are provided with extension tasks. Home learning is also set on the SMHW website.

Reading List

Each area has a selection of text books used to support classroom delivery.

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