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The Design and Technology department at Longfield Academy are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. One which allows students to work independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners develop technical and practical competencies as well as the wider skills valued by employers. Our main priority is for students to be problem solvers, who are not afraid of making mistakes. We hope our students will become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The department firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through imaginative teaching that embraces new technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students produce high quality outcomes. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.

The department, along with Engineering, have close links both to Cummins and additional employers through various STEM projects.

 

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 Year 7

Half Term 1
8 Weeks

Half Term 1.2
7 weeks

Half Term 2
6 weeks

Half Term 2.2
5 weeks

Half Term 3
7 weeks

Half Term 3.2
6 weeks

• Can identify the three timber categories
• Can state one or more properties of timbers 
• Can list different type of woods under the correct category 
• Can produce a quality final product 
• Can draw a basic isometric shape 
• Can render an object adding texture and definition to resemble timber on simple shapes 

• Can identify the three timber categories
• Can state one or more properties of timbers 
• Can list different type of woods under the correct category 
• Can produce a quality final product 
• Can draw a basic isometric shape 
• Can render an object adding texture and definition to resemble timber on simple shapes 

Key ring (Electronics and textiles) 3 lessons

Substantive knowledge of Textile

Key ring (Electronics and textiles) 3 lessons

Basic disciplinary knowledge of cutting textiles and Textile tools.

 Year 8

Half Term 1
8 Weeks

Half Term 1.2
7 weeks

Half Term 2
6 weeks

Half Term 2.2
5 weeks

Half Term 3
7 weeks

Half Term 3.2
6 weeks

CAD CAM 8 Lessons

CAD CAM: Substantive knowledge of CAD CAM Disciplinary knowledge of 2D design

Design Movements (Polymers) 7 lessons

Substantive knowledge of Polymers Substantive knowledge of designers and their design movements

Design Movements (Polymers) 4 lessons & User Centred Design 2 Lessons

Substantive knowledge of Polymers Substantive knowledge of designers and their design movements

User Centred Design (Night Light) 5 Lessons

UCD: Substantive knowledge of User Centred Design and client differentiation Disciplinary knowledge of modelling Substantive Knowledge of Evaluating a solution

Animal Ornaments (Metals and Papers) 7 Lessons

Substantive knowledge of brief writing and problem analysis Substantive knowledge of Metals Substantive knowledge of Papers and Boards

Animal Ornaments (Metals and Papers) 6 Weeks

Substantive knowledge of British Culture (Eames Elephant) Disciplinary knowledge of the workshop and metal working tools (hand and fixed)

 Year 9

Half Term 1
8 Weeks

Half Term 1.2
7 weeks

Half Term 2
6 weeks

Half Term 2.2
5 weeks

Half Term 3
7 weeks

Half Term 3.2
6 weeks

Upcycling Rubbish 8 Lessons

Substantive knowledge of contexts and problem analysis Substantive knowledge of design specification writing

Upcycling Rubbish 7 Lessons

Disciplinary knowledge of design ideas and generation Disciplinary knowledge of modelling and testing design ideas

Upcycling Rubbish 6 Lessons

Disciplinary knowledge of the workshop and combined working tools (hand and fixed) Substantive knowledge on Evaluation and modification of design ideas

Mechanical Devices 7 Lessons OR Programming 5 Lessons

Programming:

Mechanical Devices 7 Lessons OR Programming 3 Lessons

Mechanical Devices:

Dragon’s Den 6 lessons

Collaborative work Disciplinary knowledge of the workshop and metal working tools (hand and fixed)

 Year 10

Half Term 1

Half Term 1.2

Half Term 2

Half Term 2.2

Half Term 3

Half Term 3.2

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 Theory and Application

Health and safety (13) & Design considerations and influences (7) 20 lessons

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 Theory and Application

Understanding Human interaction (10), Mechanical Devices (3) & Smart Materials (2) 16 lessons

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 Theory and Application

Material Improvements & Informing Design decisions 16 lessons

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 Theory and Application

Designing for 3rd World Countries (27) 27 lessons

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 NEA AO1:

Section A & AO1: Section B (9) 15 lessons

 Year 11

Half Term 1
8 Weeks

Half Term 1.2
7 weeks

Half Term 2
6 weeks

Half Term 2.2
5 weeks

Half Term 3
7 weeks

Half Term 3.2
6 weeks

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 NEA

AO2: Section C & AO2: Section D 20 lessons

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 NEA 

AO2: Section D & AO2: Section E 16 lessons

AQA GCSE Design and Technology 9 – 1 NEA

AO2: Section E & AO3: Section F 15 lessons

Revision & Exam Technique

12 lessons

Revision & Exam Technique

16 lessons

Exam